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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    2 years full-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    09 November 2018

Course content

The Physician Associate (PA) is a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment as part of the medical team in hospital, general practice and community settings under defined levels of supervision.

Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They train to perform a number of roles including; taking medical histories and conducting physical examinations, developing comprehensive patient management plans, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and prescribing medications (subject to the necessary legislation). PAs will request and interpret diagnostic studies and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion under the direct supervision of a doctor.

This Hull York Medical School (HYMS) MSc is a two-year intensive professional Master's programme. Academic theory is blended with clinical placements, so you'll get first-hand clinical experience from the outset.

Study information

This programme combines six taught modules and a quality / service improvement research project which are delivered alongside clinical placements in hospitals and in the community.

Year 1

  • Introductory Medicine for Physician Associates
  • Introduction to Physical Health Assessment
  • Clinical Science and Practice 1
  • Core Skills for Physical Health Assessment

Year 2

  • Clinical Science and Practice 2
  • Clinical Science and Practice 3
  • Quality/Service Improvement Research Project 

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

HYMS is working with our regional NHS partners to develop excellent employment opportunities within the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Typically, graduate Physician Associates employed by the NHS start at Band 7 on the Agenda for Change pay scale (from £31,072 at the moment) and can progress to Band 8 with experience and career development.

For more information about a career as a Physician Associate, visit the Faculty of Physician Associates webpage or visit the NHS website.

Visit the Physician Associate Studies (MSc) page on the University of Hull website for more details!




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