Taught course

Physician Associate Studies

University of the West of England, Bristol · Department of Allied Health Professions

Entry requirements

Please see http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/B9611 for more information on entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Physician Associate Studies offers you the opportunity to train as a Physician Associate, a new, rapidly-evolving role within the NHS that opens up a diverse range of health-based work opportunities.

A Physician Associate (PA) is defined as someone who is a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision. The role is therefore designed to supplement the medical workforce, thereby improving patient access.

As a PA, you will work under a supervising doctor or surgeon, and be equipped to provide holistic care and treatment within the medical model. This a versatile role, that can cover the primary care setting such as general practice or the acute settings.

"Having followed a role in science and research I found myself wanting to engage with people's lives and use the application of science and medicine to directly contribute towards people's health. I thought about studying medicine but having already pursued a career in science I was aware of the length of time needed and the restrictions this would put on my current life.

When I discovered the Physician Associate (PA) profession it seemed perfect for me. It enabled me to start a career in healthcare and medicine in an accelerated manner and with a 'real world' focus".

Alex Stevens, practising PA

Intensive and comprehensive

This two-year course is intensive and clinically focused, and involves many aspects of an undergraduate or postgraduate medical degree, focusing on general adult medicine, rather than speciality care. You will learn to perform a number of roles, including taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results and developing management plans.

Being based within UWE's specialist campus environment means you will get to study as part of a wider healthcare community and have access to state-of-the-art simulation facilities, where you can practise your skills in a realistic yet controlled medical environment.

The course also includes extensive placement opportunities, with the chance to gain experience across a range of acute and primary care settings.

A rounded approach to learning

The course is aimed at graduates from a life or health sciences degree with experience of healthcare and patient contact. We acknowledge that as graduates you add life experience and context to your learning on the Physician Associate course, and the course encourages this mature approach towards creating more rounded professionals.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

UWE Admissions
+44(0)117 32 83333