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MSc Physician Associate Studies

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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) General Medical Practice

Course type


Course Summary

Physician associates provide patient care under the direct supervision of a doctor. They have responsibility for interviewing and examining patients, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and making decisions about patient management and therapy. Over the last 10 years, physician associates have been employed throughout the UK in increasing numbers. There is great demand for newly qualified professionals in this emerging role within the NHS in both acute and primary care.

This programme equips you with the skills and knowledge to become an effective practitioner in this innovative professional healthcare role. A combination of teaching and practical placements will enable you to gain expertise in medical history taking, clinical examinations, analysing test results, clinical reasoning and diagnosis, and the development of evidence-based patient management plans. You will graduate as a flexible and adaptable clinician ready to sit the national exam set by the Faculty of Physician Associates, successful completion of which enables you to apply to be listed on the Managed Voluntary Register (MVR) of physician associates.

What will I study?

The programme uses a scaffolding approach to introduce fundamental concepts for four key themes, progressively building on these foundations through critical application to practice.

Increasingly complex medical conditions and different areas of speciality will be introduced, while the physician associate role will also be placed within its multidisciplinary context.

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to undertake the national exam set by the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA). You will need to pass this exam, the current cost of which is £550, to gain employment as a Physician Associate.

Upon passing this exam, you will be eligible to apply to be listed on the Managed Voluntary Register (MVR), hosted by the FPA. Clinical trusts are recommended to hire physician associates from the Managed Voluntary Register (MVR) so it is strongly recommended that you seek this recognition.

Having completed these steps, you will find yourself well placed to gain employment as a physician associate working in general hospitals, emergency medicine, mental health, surgical settings and primary care.


Personal and Professional Development provides you with the broader contextual and professional knowledge required for Physician Associate practice within the UK system of health care delivery. The module will cover background to health and social care context, professional behaviour and identity, healthcare law, theory and communication.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£9,250 per year. The mentioned fee is for Sep 21. There may be slight difference in Sep 22.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

£13,500 per year. The mentioned fee is for Sep 21. There may be slight difference in Sep 22.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a science or health related subject. You should also have GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). Previous experience of working in healthcare is desirable but not essential.

University information

Edge Hill University has been shaping the minds and futures of its vibrant student community since 1885. Established with a clear mission to create opportunity from knowledge, Edge Hill is now one of the UK’s leading universities and a popular choice for postgraduate students looking to undertake world-leading research, advance their career prospects, or specialise in their field. The university provides an environment that inspires students...more

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