Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Physician Associate Studies

University of Chester · Institute of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English and:

  • A lower second class (2:2) Honours degree or above (or accepted equivalent) in life/health sciences
  • Prior work experience in a healthcare or Allied Health Profession

EU candidates should also be competent in English and have achieved, as a minimum, one of the following standards: IELTS 6.5; TOEFL 88.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students with relevant previous study at postgraduate level or with extensive experience may be considered eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Potential students will be required to attend for interview.

This course is available to home (UK/EU) students only.

Months of entry


Course content

This course aims to inform and equip the practitioner with the necessary skills to function in a modern clinical environment as a physician associate.

The physician associate is a type of health professional whose development has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP), as well as the profession itself through the UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA).

Although we will be teaching the academic content in Chester the placements will be based in Cheshire or Shropshire. When applying to the University, you will be asked to indicate which programme you are applying to:

  • Cheshire*
  • Shropshire
  • Both Cheshire* and Shropshire

*Please note that you will only be considered for Cheshire if you have been successful via a Consortium application (link below).

In the first instance, please apply via one of the following links:

Apply for Physician Associate Studies with Cheshire placements

Apply for Physician Associate Studies with Shropshire programme

If you wish to apply to both Cheshire and Shropshire, please apply via both of the above links.

All of our courses involve using current and past research extensively. This course is delivered by a research-active group of academic staff, supplemented by a variety of Clinicians and Biomedical Scientists from local Hospital Departments.

You will receive training in the skills required in the reading and interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidencebased practice.

You will learn through formal lectures, case-based learning, seminars, clinical simulation and the clinical placements.

The theory part of the course covers general medicine, and you will spend 1,500 hours on a clinical placement covering: community medicine; general hospital medicine; accident and emergency; mental health; obstetrics and gynaecology; and paediatrics (acute setting).

Assessment will be through coursework, reflective logs, examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). You will sit a national exam at the end of the second year, including a Multiple Choice Question paper and an OSCE.

The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two articles in the style of published scientific work.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Chester Medical School