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Physician Associate Studies PGDip

Physician Associate Studies PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

General Medical Practice

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

Our Physician Associate Studies PGDip course will teach you the skills you need to make an impact in this new, exciting position within public and private healthcare. It will enable you to develop the well-rounded knowledge and skills that modern practice demands and which potential employers search for.

You will be taught by academics with international recognition for their expertise in medicine, who will inspire you with their wealth of knowledge and experience.

What you will study

With an emphasis on studying, developing your clinical skills and placement experience opportunities, our course provides a natural step up from a successful undergraduate degree in biosciences, life sciences or health sciences.

This course will give you the skills you need to assess, diagnose and manage various medical problems as a self-assured, confident medical professional. Spending time with an experienced senior doctor, whether working under supervision or alongside your mentor, you will assist patients who present with numerous different conditions.

By the time you complete the course, you will be able to provide medical care to a standard as defined by the National Examination for Physician Associates, allowing you to work in either primary or secondary care.

Career prospects

You will find career prospects for graduates are excellent in the UK. The UK Government has announced that it wants 1,000 physicians’ associates available to work in general practice by 2020.

Studying to become a physician associate puts you in a great position, especially because of the predicted growth of physician associate roles across the NHS to fill important gaps in resources. By becoming a Physician Associate, you will progress in a position that is supported by the NHS and the Department of Health. Over 30 hospitals across the UK currently employ physician associates, and these numbers continue to grow at a promising rate. We, while working in collaboration with our partners, will help transform you into a Physician Associate who can make their mark in primary as well as secondary care.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module aims to give students a basic introduction to clinical medicine as applied to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and to diabetes as a common endocrine disorder, and their underpinning basic sciences knowledge.

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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Anatomical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biomedicine, Human Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health), Operating Department Practice, Optometry, Paramedic Science, Pharmaceutical Science, or Physiology, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We will consider the following degrees: Audiology, Biological Sciences, Biology, Health Psychology, Pharmacy, Psychology or Sport and Exercise Science. We'll also consider relevant work experience. GCSE English and Maths C (or equivalent) are also required. Applicants who have started or completed medicine degrees are not accepted (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS). Other entry requirements: Admission to this programme is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4 (2) (Exemptions) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC(88)9 guidelines regarding police checks and child protection. Offers are conditional upon satisfactory health and fitness for practice screening, references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, or equivalent. This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information. Candidates must also meet national requirements to work with vulnerable adults and children. Admission is also subject to NHS eligibility for the programme. Proof of eligibility is normally required prior to interview. Applicants must be immunised against Hepatitis B before registering on the course.

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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