Physicians Associate Studies

MSc / PGDip




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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

Personal statement

Your personal statement is an important part of our selection process.  This is your opportunity to demonstrate that you understand the core NHS values and the role of a Physician Associate with the context of our contemporary healthcare issues locally and nationally. 

We are looking for students to demonstrate that they have the skills required to successfully complete this demanding course, balancing academic study with clinical placements, a willingness to travel and flexible working patterns.

Health screening

Successful applicants will be required to comply with any health screening as requested by the Department of Health in line with current guidelines for health care workers.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in each of the sub tests (or the appropriate level in equivalent acceptable English Language qualifications).

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »

Learning and assessment

This is a fully integrated course. Our teaching of the biomedical, clinical and pharmacological sciences is always framed around the application to the clinical practice of working as a physician associate.

You will be taught by a range of healthcare professionals both in the classroom and on clinical practice, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, and of course on clinical placements there are even further opportunities to work in an interprofessional environment.  There are also numerous opportunities to work with patients, service users and carers who are involved in classroom teaching sessions.

The programme includes a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods.  It is learner-centred and uses enquiry-based learning, team based learning and problem based learning. Throughout the course we focus on outcomes (what you will be doing in future roles), using case-based and patient centred learning tasks and incorporating clinical placements from the beginning. 

We are focused on local healthcare needs, and have integrated public health and digital health technologies themes running throughout the course. 


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Students will be learning in a range of different facilities including:

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.