Taught course

Physician Associate

University of Surrey · School of Biosciences and Medicine

Entry requirements

We are seeking to recruit high-calibre, academically able and motivated students who hold a minimum 2.1 honours degree from an approved university, in subjects related to biosciences, life sciences or health. Alternatively, accredited health professionals with suitable clinical experience (typically five years) may be considered and should contact Professor Kamila Hawthorne for an initial discussion. Applicants must hold a GCSE minimum grade C in Maths and English.

Months of entry


Course content

Physician associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. As a physician associate, you might work in a GP surgery or be based in a hospital, but wherever you work, you'll have direct contact with patients.

Our Postgraduate Diploma, Physician Associate, is a two-year full-time programme of study, skills development and placement-based experience that includes interaction with patients and support from healthcare professionals.

The programme will allow you to build upon a first degree in biosciences, life sciences or health sciences to Postgraduate Diploma level, in order to function as a qualified Physician Associate.

This is a very intensive course, as there is a large amount of medical knowledge, skills and professional practice to acquire in a relatively short space of time. By the end of the programme, you will be able to deliver holistic medical care and treatment under defined levels of supervision, within the general medical and/or general practice team in the NHS.

At Surrey, we will help you build the necessary knowledge, skills and professional attitudes needed to work to the medical model, demonstrating:

· Safe medical practice

· Medical competence

· Compassion

· Reflective and critical thinking in diagnostic reasoning

· Clinical management

This programme will train you to assess, diagnose and manage medical problems competently, consulting with patients presenting with a variety of specified conditions on behalf of, and under supervision of, a senior experienced doctor. We regard an integrated learning strategy to be the core approach to ensuring you both learn the medical science and see its application to common clinical cases and real patients.

You will develop to a standard defined by the National Examination for Physician Associates, which will enable you to work as a Physician Associate in the National Health Service, in either Primary or Secondary Care, with appropriate accreditation and regulation (once these have been decided and implemented by the Faculty of Physician Associates).

Fees and funding

Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumni of Surrey you could be eligible for a 10% discount on our Taught Masters programme fees.

Physician Associate funding

This programme is likely to receive funding from the NHS which will cover tuition fees for the second year of study.

At this point, however, we are unable to confirm funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Kamila Hawthorne