Taught course

Physician Associate Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

This programme is open to candidates with a first degree, minimum 2:2, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.

Suitable first degrees include (but are not limited to) the life sciences (biomedical science, biochemistry, physiology and healthcare science), sports science or allied health professions who hold a first degree (pharmacy, audiology, nursing, physiotherapy, radiotherapists, Advanced Paramedics, ODPs) as examples. A postgraduate qualification (at merit or distinction) may be considered for admission in cases where the applicant’s first degree is lower than 2nd class award.

Successful applicants will need to meet the academic qualifications above, an application process and be successful at interview; meeting the requirements of both the university and the health sector. This will include demonstrating the NHS’s required values and behaviours a satisfactory DBS disclosure and occupational health check.

Months of entry


Course content

Train to be a Physician Associate – an innovative, professional healthcare role, that is growing within the NHS, with a starting salary from £30,000.

A Physician Associate is a medical professional providing patient care under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their main focus is diagnosis and management. Consequently, their daily activities include interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management.

This postgraduate programme is taught at either our Preston city campus or our Westlakes campus near the Lake District. See below for more details.

We teach in small groups offering unrivalled student support and direct contact hours with staff; over 25 hours per week of direct, interactive teaching by staff experienced in the clinical sector.

The Masters dissertation is completed incrementally over the two years rather than as an additional module to at the end of the programme.

Approx. 50% of the programme is spent on clinical placement across a full spectrum of opportunities: urban, rural, specialised hospital and general practice. The geographical locations of UCLan campuses provide students with a rare opportunity to experience such a wide range clinical disciplines.

All of our course content is in line with the requirements of the Physician Associate Competence and Curriculum framework (2012) laid out by the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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