MSc in Physician Associate Studies

The Role of a Physician Associate

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.

In developing this MSc, we aim to support the NHS workforce in the region and help meet the challenges of a modern day health service. Find out more

In June 2016 we presented at the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Hospitals NHS Trust's Grand Round and in April 2016 we also hosted an Open Evening at the University of Hull to promote the new programme. Links to presentation slides are embedded above 

Open Evening - Wednesday 22 March 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our Open Evening at the University of Hull. We hope you discovered a lot about our great MSc programme and the role of the Physician Associate. The presentation slides are available here.

2017/18 Admissions

Admissions for 2017/18 entry have now opened. Full details about the programme and how to apply are outlined below. We look forward to receiving your application.

We are pleased to confirm that Health Education England working across the Yorkshire and Humber Region (HEE) has committed to fully fund student fees for the 2017/18 cohort. This will cover both years of study. If scholarships are confirmed we will provide further updates here.

The HYMS MSc in Physician Associate Studies

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.  

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.

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.


Further details about the module are available in the programme admissions brochure.


Campus teaching will be delivered by staff from HYMS and the Faculty of Health and Social Care, at the University of Hull. Clinical placements will take place at our NHS partners in the Yorkshire and Humber region in GP practices and hospitals.


This is a two year full-time programme, commencing in September 2017. The provisional term dates for the 2017/18 cohort are outlined below.

Year 1

  • Term 1 – 11th September 2017– 22nd December 2017
  • Term 2 – 8th January 2018 – 27th April 2018 (including 2 weeks holiday for Easter)
  • Term 3 – 30th April 2018 – 17th August 2018

  Year 2

  • Term 1 – 17th September 2018 – 21st December 2019
  • Term 2 – 7th January 2019 – 10th May 2019 (including 2 weeks holiday for Easter)
  • Term 3 – 13th May 2019 – 23rd August 2019


We are pleased to confirm that Health Education England working across the Yorkshire and Humber Region (HEE) has committed to fully fund student fees for the 2017/18 cohort. This will cover both years of study.  

There are 30 student places available for September 2017.


Currently no scholarships have been confirmed for this programme to commence in September 2017. If Health Education England working across the Yorkshire and Humber region (HEE) or other partners confirm the availability of funding we will make an immediate update here.

Students may be eligible for financial support through the Student Loans Company’s postgraduate loan scheme or a career development loan.




Entry Requirements

All applicants must have at least a 2:1 in a relevant Biosciences Degree (for example, Biomedical, Biological or Medical Sciences,

Biochemistry, Sports Sciences, Pharmacology), or be predicted to achieve this at the time of application. Applicants must have GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade B or above, or equivalent. Alternative entry qualifications may also be considered.

You will need to demonstrate a sufficient grounding in Chemistry either through your degree, or A-levels to successfully engage with the pharmacological aspects of the programme. If you are unsure whether you meet this criterion, please upload your degree transcript when you submit your application which will then be reviewed by the Programme Director.

You will also need to demonstrate your commitment to the role of a healthcare professional and have excellent communication skills. Evidence of work experience in a clinical or healthcare setting (e.g. healthcare assistant or care home) is desirable but not essential.

All applicants whose first language is not English will need to have evidence of their proficiency, with an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in every component, obtained within the last two years. For 2017 entry, the programme is available for Home and EU applicants only.

How to apply 

We are now open to applications for the MSc in Physician Associate Studies for September 2017

We expect significant interest and encourage those interested to apply promptly. Whilst there is no set deadline for receipt of applications, we will review them all in late January 2017 and invite prospective students for interview, so early application is encouraged.

If you expressed an interest in the programme through our online form we will have notified you direct to confirm that we now welcome applications.

To progress an application please visit the University of York’s admissions webpage.

HYMS is working closely with our regional NHS partners to develop excellent employment opportunities within the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Our local NHS Hospital Trusts and CCGs are actively exploring how Physician Associates can meet the challenges of a modern day health service.

Typically, graduate Physician Associates employed by the NHS start at Band 7 on the Agenda for Change pay scale (from £31,383 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 NHS health careers website

The film used on this webpage is the property of Health Education England in the West Midlands


Our programme admissions brochure can be accessed above

"We are proud to offer this exciting opportunity to train and qualify as a Physician Associate. This two year intensive professional Master’s degree programme will enable you to develop your medical knowledge, clinical skills and experience. We look forward to welcoming you to our Masters Programme in Physician Associate Studies at HYMS."

Dr Andrew Brown, Programme Director