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Full time | University of Brighton | 2 years | 27-SEP-21

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

General Medical Practice

Course type


Course Summary


This innovative course provides students with the knowledge, professional and clinical skills to work as a PA. The integrated curriculum borrows from the successful undergraduate course at BSMS with augmentation through intensive discussion of clinical cases in small groups, and includes significant time in local clinical placements and simulation facilities.

At a time of significant change in the NHS, PAs are playing an increasingly valuable role supporting doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. The PA is a relatively new role in the NHS, working alongside doctors in hospitals and GP surgeries. You can also keep up-to-date with our Facebook and Twitter channels.

To understand what a Physician Associate does on a day-to-day basis, Health Education England (West Midlands) have produced this informative Day in the Life of a Physician Associate video.


Qualification with the MSc in Physician Associate Studies and successful completion of the national examination will allow alumnae to work in a variety of healthcare settings including general medicine, paediatrics, and in community settings.

Following graduation from the course, and subsequent completion of the Physician Associate National Examinations, PAs can expect starting salaries of Agenda for Change Band 7. Progression thereafter will be dependent on competency, attributes and opportunities to progress to higher pay scales.

As the PA role has been identified as a key emergent profession within the NHS, it is envisaged a large number of job vacancies will become available locally and nationally in the coming years.


Biomedical and Clinical Sciences for PAs - A (60 Credits)
Clinical Practice for PAs - A (15 Credits)
Clinical Practice for PA (Foundation) (45 Credits)
Pharmacology and Prescribing for PAs (15 Credits)
Biomedical and Clinical Sciences for PAs - B (30 Credits)
Clinical Skills for PAs - B (15 Credits)
Clinical Practice for PAs - B (60 Credits)
Preparation for Practice (15 Credits)
Service Improvement Project (30 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class degree in life sciences or another health-related undergraduate degree within the past five years. Applicants with a degree awarded more than five years ago may apply but should have clinical experience and may be asked to write an academic essay as part of the application process.