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MSc in Physician Associate Studies

Course Description

The HYMS MSc in Physician Associate Studies is a two year intensive professional Master’s programme. Academic theory is blended with clinical placements, so that students get first-hand clinical experience from the outset. It is medically led by HYMS but with multi-professional input delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull and the NHS. This programme has been especially developed to meet the requirements of the National Competence and Curriculum Framework for Physician Associates.

Course Structure

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.

Core modules

Year 1:

Introductory Medicine for Physician Associates
Introduction to Physical Health Assessment
Clinical Science & Practice I

Year 2:

Clinical Science & Practice II & III
Core Skills for Physical Health Assessment
Quality / Service Improvement Research Project

Why choose HYMS?

Build your career on our intensive, two year professional Masters programme.
•Work alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in hospitals, GP surgeries and other settings.
•Thrive in our lively and interactive Problem-based learning (PBL) environment.
•Experience a broad range of high quality learning opportunities made available by a strong partnership between HYMS, the Universities of Hull and York and the NHS.
•Develop your knowledge, clinical skills and research skills in a student centred and patient focused environment.


We have 30 fully-funded scholarships from Health Education England in the Yorkshire and Humber region for home / EU students.

The scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition fees for the two-year programme, and £1,000 each year towards the cost of travel to and from University teaching and clinical placements.

Further financial support may also be available, for living expenses this is subject to confirmation.

Visit the MSc in Physician Associate Studies page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Steven Dumont

“HYMS’ amazing digital resources have been indispensable in helping me and my fellow students develop our clinical understanding and expertise. Our iBooks are structured around weekly themed learning activities which include virtual patient cases, simulated patient videos, quizzes, short recorded lectures, clinical placement learning notes and other self-directed learning resources. It’s great to know that all my essential learning resources are never far away”

Steven Dumont, HYMS PA student


Entry Requirements

At least a 2:1 in a relevant Biosciences Degree (eg Biomedical, Biological or Medical Sciences, Biochemistry, Sports Sciences), or be predicted to achieve this. You must have GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade B or above, or equivalent. Alternative entry qualifications may be considered. All applicants whose first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in every component, obtained within the last two years. For 2016 entry, the programme is available for home and EU applicants.

Course Fees

£9,000 / year. 30 fully funded places are now available.

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