Taught course

Physician Associate Studies

Keele University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Please note that applications close at 11.59 (BST) on Friday 31st August 2018

  • 2:1 honours degree in a biomedical or health science related subject (e.g. biomedical science, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, healthcare science, pharmacy, audiology, nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy).
  • All applicants should hold GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at grade B or equivalent. Applicants with equivalent or
  • non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Applications would be welcomed from serving or ex members of Armed forces including those that have served in Nursing/Allied health roles. Along with Medical support roles such as: Combat Medical Technicians/ Medical Assistants who would be considered on a case for case basis and entry the PA programme would follow a suitable period of foundation study.
  • Where English is not offered as a first language, applicants are required to achieve a minimum IELTS score no less than 7.5 (no less than 7 in any sub-set).
  • Please note all applicants will be required to submit a Roles & Responsibilities (R&R) form. The R&R form is an opportunity for candidates to evidence their communication and people skills. A ‘PA Roles & Responsibilities’ form is available for download on the website.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be called to interview, to be held in the David Weatherall (School of Medicine) building on the University campus. Each candidate will undertake a structured multiple mini-interview (MMI). Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 17th September 2018 and week commencing 15th October 2018, 9am to 4pm; candidates will be expected to attend on one day only
  • Before starting the Physician Associate Studies Programme all successful applicants will need to pass health and criminal record screening.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGDip course is a full-time; two year programme of experiential learning where students engage with a range of teaching methodologies linked to clinical cases and associated skills. Both years follow a programme of clinical teaching with integrated placements in primary and secondary care with hospitals and GP practices.

Our aim is to prepare students for the national exam and their future careers with a structured programme of speciality teaching. Students will gain a broad understanding of clinical environments including: General Medical; Acute Medicine; General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Mental Health.

Students complete their PGDip over two years before sitting their National Exam, they then have up to another 12 months to complete their research project for the award of an MSc.

A flexible approach to the research project ensures that students have a positive learning experience and are able to meet the demands of the course. This flexibility recognises the intensity of the course and maintains a focus on the national exam by allowing students an additional 12 months to submit the completed MSc project.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9250 per annum


Information on postgraduate taught course fees can be found on the website under ‘Fees and Funding’.

Keele graduates may be eligible for the Keele Alumni Discount which is a 20% discount of the tuition fee.


Since September 2018, Health Education England, has launched a national funding strategy for all Physician Associate courses in England. Keele students will receive in the region of £4,500 towards such items as tuition fees and travel costs, split across the two years of the course.

Students may be eligible for a postgraduate loan for Master’s study. It can be used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

Career Development Loans are also available from certain high street banks.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Director