MSc Physician Associate Studies

Available to non EU students

About the course


Are you a biomedical, science or health care graduate who wishes to engage with people's lives and use the application of science and medicine to directly contribute to people's health? If so, this course may be for you.

If you successfully complete the course and pass the national exam and you will be able to start a career in healthcare and medicine in an accelerated manner and with a 'real world' focus.

The two-year course is intensive and clinically focussed. You will learn to perform a number of roles including taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results and developing management plans.

Why choose this course?

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

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.

How to apply

The details on how to apply for the academic year 2018/19 will be published in March 2018. 

Fees and funding

This overall cost of this course is £9250 per year, however the student contribution is £2,750 per year. The placement element is being funded by Health Education England, making this course excellent value for students.


On successful completion of the course, you will need to pass an additional national professional exam, to practice as a Physician Associate.

Healthcare courses at the University of Hertfordshire have a very strong record of producing students who are quickly successful in gaining relevant work. Undertaking placements will mean you will have plenty of links into potential sources of local work when you finish. Both local hospitals and GP practices have expressed an interest and are committed to recruit from the our physician associate graduates.

Teaching methods

This is a clinically-focused course, delivered through a variety of taught lectures, small group sessions, problem-based learning, practical clinical skills, and simulated learning in our state-of-the art simulation centre which is the biggest in the UK. The underpinning clinical practice element  runs throughout the two years in both primary and secondary care.

Work Placement

The course takes place for 45 weeks a year over two years, with 50% of students’ time spent on theory and the other 50% on clinical practice.

The University will secure all student placements.


Level 7

Core Modules

  • Core Clinical Competencies and Conditions 2 - 45 Credits
  • Medicines and Patient Safety - 15 Credits
  • Service Development Project - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Health Education England contribute £6500 towards your tuition fee each year to cover the placement element of the course, only the remainder of the fee is paid by you.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

  • Applicants should hold a minimum of a second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
  • Suitable subjects include (but are not limited to) the life sciences (Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Healthcare Science etc.) or allied health professions (e.g. Pharmacy, Audiology, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy etc.).
  • Applicants with equivalent or non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Please note we are unable to accept applications from international students for the September 2017 intake.

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201830/09/2019Apply online (Full Time)


Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)