Taught course

Physician Associate Studies

Queen Mary, University of London · Institute of Health Sciences Education

Entry requirements

A 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in Biological Science, Biomedical Science or a health professions degree.

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English language requirements

If you got your degree in an English speaking country or if it was taught in English, and you studied within the last five years, you might not need an English language qualification - find out more.

English language entry requirements for programmes within the Institute of Health Sciences Education

You may be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Physician Associate Studies at Queen Mary is a fast-paced and intensive 24-month course. It’s specifically designed for graduates with a background in the life sciences, biomedicine, health sciences, or allied health professionals interested in pursuing a challenging and exciting career in healthcare.

Applications for January 2021 entry will open on the 30th May and close on the 30th September 2020.

  • Excellent clinical placements, at a number of leading GP practices and NHS Trusts across London
  • Extensive network of academic and NHS collaborators around the UK
  • Strong foundation for careers which have excellent employment prospects, as the demand for physician associates outweighs the supply
  • During the training you will rotate between different clinical specialties and areas of practice and develop a varied ‘portfolio’ career with a strong patient focus.
  • Be placed on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PMVR) at the Faculty of Physician Associates, Royal College of Physicians

What you'll study

This course will prepare you to become a physician associate; a collaborative healthcare professional with a generalist medical education. In the UK, physician associates work in a multidisciplinary team alongside doctors, surgeons, and GPs, providing medical care to patients in hospital and in community settings.

The programme of this course is aligned with both the needs of healthcare employers and the strategic aims of the NHS.

In your first year you will be exposed to medical practice through clinical placements. At this time, you will be trained in the relevant theory and necessary practical skills so that you can make the most of your clinical placements.

In the second year, your basic clinical skills will be consolidated and you’ll develop knowledge and skills in medical specialties. You’ll also complete placements in specialty hospital departments.

You will get to undertake 1,400 hours of mandatory clinical training that’ll take place in a range of settings, including:

  • Community Medicine
  • Accident and Emergency
  • Mental Health
  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Acute medicine


  • Six compulsory taught modules
  • Dissertation
  • UK Physician Associate national examination
Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

Information for international students

Visas and immigration

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Institute of Health Science Education
+44 (0)20 7882 8478