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Physician Associate Studies (PgDip)

Course Description

Are you a life sciences graduate wanting the opportunity to train for a new healthcare role? As a physician associate you’ll work in the NHS under the supervision of doctors and alongside other healthcare professionals, delivering care to patients. Our programme will equip you to pursue a career in the NHS that’ll be both rewarding and challenging.

Key features

Sharpen your skills on this intensive programme which takes an inquiry-based learning approach

Benefit from early patient contact from the first weeks, continuing and increasing throughout the programme, ensuring that your personal, practical and professional development is patient-centred

Access highly-developed teaching resources

Advance your understanding with fully integrated clinical skill development and clinical placements throughout the programme

Spend some time learning with medical students and other healthcare professions

Course details

The first six months will typically be spent in the University, establishing the foundations of clinical medicine and developing your clinical, diagnostic and communication skills while spending one day per week in community placements seeing patients. Following this initial phase, while continuing your placement in General Practice and the community, you’ll commence clinical placements one day per week in the hospital.

In your second year, you’ll be based predominantly in the clinical setting with specialty blocks in mental health, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine and general adult medicine (both hospital and community based).


The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

All successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply for fee sponsorship through our NHS Trust partners. Places are limited.

Please note this is not an NHS bursary and only tuition fees (both years) will be sponsored, not living costs.

Details of Sponsorship opportunities will be made available to you if selected for interview.

Visit the Physician Associate Studies (PgDip) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A recognised first degree (2:1 or above) in a life science, biomedical science, or healthcare subject; or current healthcare professionals educated to honours degree level (2:1 or above). Experience of working in a clinical setting for a minimum of 12 months is desirable. Alternatively experience of working in a setting with customer contact, and some clinical attachment experience in a hospital or general practice setting. Chemistry A Level is desirable.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £9,000, International: £18,250, Islands: £9,000

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