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Full time | University of Brighton | 2 years | SEP-23

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


  • Integrated curriculum with longitudinal clinical placements in primary care throughout Year 1
  • Anatomy delivered using prosection
  • Access to learning materials from the undergraduate medical course
  • Simulated-based learning
  • Clinical reasoning strategies for diagnosis in case-based learning/problem-based learning
  • Rotational attachments in regional NHS trusts in clinical specialities throughout Year 2


The BSMS PA MSc is taught by UK & US trained PAs, doctors, nurses and pharmacists. You learn from the multidisciplinary team that you will work with in the future. It equips you with the skills to take a medical history, perform physical examinations, request and interpret investigations, diagnose and develop treatment and management plans.

The integrated curriculum ensures our graduates are optimally prepared for the PA National Exam (PANE). Itincludes significant time in local and regional clinical placements and simulation facilities.

The PA programme launched in 2016, with the first graduates exiting in 2018. We have a 100% pass rate on the PA National Exam. The student experience is at the heart of how we deliver the course and we encourage an open and honest dialogue with our students throughout their two years. It is a very challenging but ultimately very rewarding experience.

At a time of significant change in the NHS, PAs are playing an increasingly valuable role supporting doctors and the wider team in the diagnosis and management of patients. For further information on Physician Associates, please visit To understand what a Physician Associate does on a day-to-day basis, visit the NHS ‘explore roles’ page where you will find more information and videos. You can also keep up-to-date with our own BSMS PAs Twitter channel @BSMSPAs.


Assessments are designed in a way to best prepare students for the PA National Examination (PANE). They comprise of written papers (Single Best Answer (SBA), dissertation submission, portfolio submission and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).


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 across primary and secondary care.

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.

The PA role has been identified as a key emergent profession within the NHS and as such there are an increasing number of jobs being advertised. These can typically be viewed on NHS jobs.


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

Tuition fees

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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.