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Postgraduate courses 2023/24

Physician Associate, MSc

Physician Associates are an invaluable part of the wider multi-disciplinary healthcare team, practicing under the supervision of a doctor to provide care for patients in a range of clinical settings.

The MSc Physician Associates and Physician Associate Degree Apprenticeship programs are designed in accordance with the professional standards and curriculum established by the Faculty of Physician Associates and the General Medical Council (GMC). These courses are ideal for graduates holding a degree in biological, pharmaceutical, biomedical, or health sciences who are passionate about pursuing a healthcare career.


2 years full-time

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What you should know about this course

  • Teaching will take place at the University of Greenwich School of Health Sciences situated at Avery Hill campus
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities within the Greenwich learning and simulation centre which contain replica wards and consultation rooms
  • You will be able to practice a range of consultation and clinical skills in a simulated and controlled clinical environment
  • We have strong collaborative partnerships with employers which facilitates effective work based learning opportunities
  • Make a difference to people's lives and work in variety of health care settings.

What you will study

Our Physician Associate MSc degree apprenticeship is one of only three programmes in England. Both routes are designed to prepare and support learners to develop and build on existing skills, knowledge and clinical capabilities required to pass the Physician Associate National Examinations exam.


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

When you join us, you will be taught by an experienced team of experts with academic, research and clinical background. This includes practicing clinicians from a range of disciplines, including UK trained and registered Physician Associates. The University of Greenwich has a long history in health care education and our academics are leaders in their respective fields committed to sharing their expertise with aspiring clinicians and health professionals.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • Applicants will normally have a 2:1 or above at the undergraduate level in a biological, biomedical, or health professional degree.
  • A postgraduate qualification at merit or distinction may be considered in cases where the applicant’s degree is lower than a 2nd class award.
  • DBS and Health check required
  • Academic and professional references are required for application. Only references from a professional email address will be accepted.
  • If educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, students should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or an equivalent rating in another Secure English Language Test.
  • Interview required demonstrating the NHS’s required values and behaviour.
  • To apply for this course, please apply through UCAS Undergraduate. Our UCAS Course Code is B910.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

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How you will learn


This course is delivered through blended learning - a combination of classroom and online lectures, where you will engage with learning material before your lecture and classroom time will be used to deepen understanding through discussion with peers. Activities will include problem-based learning case studies facilitated by our educators.

Class sizes

We aim to recruit around 10-15 students to the Physician Associate programme each year. This class size may be split into smaller groups for seminar teaching for particular modules.

You will also take part in shared / collaborative modules with students on other health care programmes, providing a perfect opportunity to develop skills in group and team working. These collaborative classes are taken by around 50 students, with workshop and lab sessions working in smaller groups of around 15/20 students.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.


We make use of a range of types of assessments, both summative and formative. You will undertake online and written examinations, clinical case presentations, and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), as well as build a clinical portfolio of evidence of your competencies.

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Dates and timetables

The academic year is for September Start (Only).

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until the term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £10,500 N/A N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

Application: there is a fee to submit your UCAS application.

Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software. Travelling to and from placement areas
Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Clinical placements will involve a range of different clinical specialities and areas of practice including GP practices and NHS Trusts across London, these include areas of community medicine, general hospital medicine, front door medicine, mental health, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology and Paediatrics.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

There is a growing demand for Physician Associates across the UK. After qualifying as a Physician Associate, you will practice as a Band 7 (or equivalent) in your chosen clinical speciality. area of employment.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

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Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

Throughout your degree, you will have opportunities to work effectively with patients, develop a range of practical and reasoning skills, and reflect on practice to identify your individual learning needs. The university offers a full range of pastoral and academic support services, that can be accessed via the Student Homepage for a wide range of student issues from accommodation to welfare. Students with disabilities will be supported by the specialist services such as Student well-being in conjunction with the programme team.

Support from the department

Support will be provided in the first instance through your personal tutor and the programme leader. Where necessary, you can use the support services offered by the university and you will be directed to these by the personal tutor or programme leader

You will also have support from your module leaders and dissertation supervisor during the research methods and project modules. Whilst in clinical practice, you will receive support from your practice supervisors. We offer a range of support and well-being services.

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If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.