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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Assistant Skills (Hospital)

Course type


Course Summary


Train to become a physician associate and gain the clinical skills vital to the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in primary and secondary care. Physician associates are part of a rapidly growing medical profession in the UK. If you have a first degree in life or health sciences, our MSc Physician Associate will equip you to fill an important clinical role. We’ll train you to diagnose illnesses, develop treatment and management plans, perform procedures and deliver patient education, counselling and health promotion. You’ll be able to take a patient’s history, perform physical examinations and procedures and request and interpret diagnostic test results. This is an intensive and challenging two-year postgraduate course offering significant rewards.

At ARU, your postgraduate study will be divided equally between theory and practice, following the medical model of teaching, learning and assessment. In your first year of this Masters degree course you’ll study on ARU’s Chelmsford campus in the School of Medicine. Alongside lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and simulated skills work, you’ll also go on primary care placements in GP surgeries. You’ll learn to become a caring, capable, knowledgeable and research-aware physician associate, with high-level clinical and communication skills. As the availability of work placements in the UK health service is limited, our MSc Physician Associate is open to UK applicants only.

How you'll be assessed

We use a range of assessment methods to check your progress during your studies and then to make sure that you meet the required standards to register for practice as a physician associate.


When you graduate, you’ll be ready for nomination to the Physician Associate national certification exam. This is a professional entry exam and is external to ARU. Only students who graduate from recognised UK courses are eligible for nomination. ARU is a recognised provider and by graduating from our course, you’ll be eligible for nomination. Once you have passed the professional entry exam (national exam at the Faculty of Physician Associates – Royal College of Physicians), you’ll be able to register as a physician associate and practice in the UK. Physician associates fill an emerging and increasingly important role in the UK. They provide continuity of care in medical specialities and general practice and are a stable member of the team who does not rotate. There are increasing opportunities for physician associates to work in the NHS primary and acute healthcare service sector across the East of England. Graduate physician associates are frequently appointed to roles in general practice, emergency medicine, cardiology, surgery and other specialties.


This module supports your clinical development in line with the role of a Physician Associate (PA). It supports the learning of module one and two and comprises clinical placement coupled with the clinical skill development. It'll support you to develop the procedural (clinical) skills necessary to undertake patient assessment and engagement with a focus of disease presentation and patient interaction. You'll be given the opportunity to develop your skills in the application of your clinical knowledge as part of the community placement, including GP Practices. It'll be summatively assessed by a Clinical Skills Passport (CSP) and the completion of a practice assessment document (PAD).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not currently available for International students.

Entry requirements

Students should have a first degree in life sciences (such as human biology, biochemistry, medical science or allied health degree) with at least a 2:1 classification or an equivalent qualification.

University information

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has a proud history dating back to 1858, when philanthropist John Ruskin opened the first campus as what was then the Cambridge School of Art. ARU has grown exponentially since then, with four campuses in the East Anglia region. These are in: Cambridge Chelmsford London Peterborough Now students can study a range of subjects at ARU at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with flexible...more