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Physicians Associate Studies (PG Dip/MSc)

Course Description

Deadline for 2016 entry

The application deadline for September 2016 is 25th May.


This postgraduate programme has been designed and developed in conjunction with local healthcare professionals to help improve patient access to medical services. You will learn how to consult effectively with patients, take medical histories, conduct physical examinations, request and interpret tests, diagnose illnesses and injuries, develop treatment and management plans, and counsel on preventative healthcare.

This two-year full-time intensive training programme includes:
- Regular clinical placements
- Teaching by healthcare professionals
- Innovative teaching methods using team-based and problem-based learning
- Regular use of simulation using manikins and simulated patients to develop core competencies

The programme equips students with the skills required for a career area that is in great demand in a changing NHS. The physician associate is a relatively new healthcare role in the UK, developed to meet the demand on front line NHS services and an associated shortage of doctors. Working under the supervision of a doctor, a physician associate works in a clinical setting consulting with patients in person and by telephone.

They are trained to perform a number of roles including:
- taking medical histories
- performing examinations
- diagnosing illnesses
- analysing test results
- counsel on preventive health care

This programme will be a joint initiative across the Faculties of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Bradford. It is an intense 90-week programme taught over two years to achieve a PGDip.

Learning and teaching includes 1600 hours of clinical rotations in Hospitals and Community General Medical Practices.

There is a strong public health theme to the programme, with students committed to promoting health and wellbeing in order to prevent illness. There is also a technological theme to the programme with students developing skills in digital health and health informatics.

The programme is designed for clinicians, graduate scientists and other medical professionals working in a clinical, industrial or academic research environment. It is of interest to those with a first degree in other Health and Life Science subjects such as Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Medical Sciences, Nursing, Osteopathy and Occupational Therapy, who are interested in a career related to Medicine.

National Exam

Candidates must pass the national exam before they can practice as a Physician Associate.

Why Bradford?

The programme is based in the School of Medical Sciences which has continued to pioneer high-quality new developments in clinical and biomedical sciences education, and it is recognised both nationally and internationally for the excellence of its courses and graduates. It is jointly delivered with academics from the Faculty of Health Studies which means that our students will benefit from wide ranging; transdisciplinary teaching experiences, and have access to a variety of cutting-edge equipment and facilities.

The programme offers considerable collaborative learning experiences (e.g. through team-based learning). You will work in small teams and will learn from the experiences of others.

This programme is one of a limited number of dedicated Physician Associate Courses in the UK, this bespoke course has been built specifically to meet the needs of this emerging healthcare professional, and developed in consultation with local doctors in hospital and general practice.

Core Modules

- Communication & Clinical Skills for Physician Associates
- Patients and their medicines
- Integrated Medical Sciences & Professional Practice
- Pursuing a Clinical Dissertation

Visit the Physicians Associate Studies (PG Dip/MSc) page on the University of Bradford website for more details!

Student Profiles

Academic Excellence Scholarships Home/EU Students 2016 - 10 Awards

Available for all full-time taught MSc and MA courses at the University of Bradford.The scholarship is given as a fee reduction. The award is valid for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Self-funding students paying Home/EU feesStudents must achieve at least a first-class Honours in their undergraduate studies, or the European equivalent.

Application Procedure

Please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 (or above) in a Life Science, Biomedical Science, or Healthcare subject from a UK University or overseas equivalent. Experience in healthcare may contribute & compensate if the above requirements have not been fully met and will be considered on a case by case basis.

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