Taught course

Physician Associate Studies

University of Surrey · School of Biosciences and Medicine

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Anatomical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biomedicine, Human Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health), Operating Department Practice, Optometry, Paramedic Science, Pharmaceutical Science, or Physiology, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We will consider the following degrees: Audiology, Biological Sciences, Biology, Health Psychology, Pharmacy, Psychology or Sport and Exercise Science. We'll also consider relevant work experience.

GCSE English and Maths C (or equivalent) are also required.

Applicants who have started or completed medicine degrees are not accepted (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS).

Months of entry


Course content

Physician associates support doctors, based in GP surgeries and hospitals, with taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results, and developing management plans.

On our PGDip Physician Associate Studies course, we’ll teach you the skills you need to make an impact in this new, exciting position in the NHS. You’ll develop the well-rounded knowledge and skills that modern practice demands and which potential employers search for.

You’ll be taught by academics with international recognition for their expertise in medicine, who will inspire you with their wealth of knowledge and experience.

By the time you complete the course, you will be able to provide medical care to a standard as defined by the National Examination for Physician Associates, allowing you to work in either primary or secondary care.

What you will study

Throughout the course, you’ll develop your clinical skills in simulated and real environments, going out on placements in primary and secondary care settings.

We’ll give you the skills you need to assess, diagnose and manage various medical problems as a self-assured, confident healthcare professional. Spending time with an experienced senior doctor, whether working under supervision or alongside your mentor, you'll assist patients who present with numerous different conditions.

Information for international students

IELTS Academic: 7.5 overall with 7.0 in each element.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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