Taught course

Physician Associate Studies

Ulster University · Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must be graduates with at least a 2:2 degree classification (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a life science or health-related subject (which must contain significant elements of basic medical sciences), normally obtained within the last five years. Applicants must also have experience of paid or voluntary work with people, preferably in a health or social care context; a pass in GCSE Mathematics and English language grades A-C.; Evidence of English language attainment if English is not the first language.

Months of entry


Course content

A Physician Associate is a healthcare professional trained in the medical model to work with the medical team in order to deliver medical care to patients. PAs work under the supervision of a doctor in a range of specialities in both primary and secondary care. PAs are trained to take medical histories, carry out physical examinations, formulate diagnosis, request and interpret tests and investigations, undertake procedures and develop treatment and management plans.

The MSc in Physician Associate Studies aims to ensure students receive the required education and training in line with requirements of the Competence and Curriculum Framework, enabling graduates to be successful in completion of the programme and the Physician Associate National Exam (PANE). It also aims to ensure that graduates are safe and competent clinicians, at the point of qualification.

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Fees and funding

There are 20 funded places each year on the Physician Associate course for students who are eligible for Home/EU fees and have shown a desire to stay in Northern Ireland upon graduation. This funding covers tuition fees only. Students must be able to self fund for living and travel costs throughout the course. This funding is in place for all cohorts up to and and including students starting in 2022. The funding covers both year 1 and year 2 tuition fees.The Department of Health will review the funding position at this point.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Mr Daniel Meehan