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.  

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.

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.
  • Study and learn using our amazing digital resources
  • 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 are now open to applications to join our September 2018 cohort

Please come along and find our more about our programme at one of our admissions engagement events including our Physician Associate Open Evening on the 21st February 2018. See the "How to apply" section below for more information.

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.


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.

English Language requirements

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. Currently, the programme is available for Home and EU applicants only.


Home/EU fees are to be confirmed. The Home/EU fees for the September 2017 cohort were £9,000 per annum.


Health Education England (HEE) has now confirmed the scholarship funding for new physician associate cohorts who commencing their studies in September 2018. A training grant of £5,000 per student, per programme will be offered to all student PAs undertaking training. This payment will be paid as £2,500 per annum via HYMS. This funding will be used to support the costs of course fees, travel and living expenses incurred during the programme. 

An uplift of the training grant to £10,000 (so £5,000 + additional £5,000) will be available to those students demonstrating recruitment into primary care roles through the delivery of a tailored preceptorship programme. The preceptorship payment will be paid via the primary care employer as part of the recruitment process following qualification.

Postgraduate loan scheme

MSc students may be eligible for financial support through the Student Loans Company’s postgraduate loan scheme or a career development loan. The postgraduate loan scheme awards loans of £10,000 for students to undertake a Masters programme. (Note that students studying PGDip programmes cannot access this loan funding). Full details about the loan scheme and how to apply are available here.

How to apply 

We are now open to applications to join our September 2018 cohort. To progress an application please visit the University of York’s admissions webpage.

We have 32 places to study with us.

Application timetable

  • Application deadline - 12th March 2018
  • Interview dates - 17-19th April 2018

Admissions engagement events

We have a number of great opportunities for you to learn about our programme as listed below. It would be great if you could join us. Click each for more information or to book

We especially encourage prospective students to attend our Open Evening hosted in our new Allam Medical Building. You will be able to meet our existing students and take tours of our world-class teaching and learning facilities.

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, CCGs, GPs and other NHS providers 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 (currently from £31,696) 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

Below are the term dates for the September 2018 cohort.

2018/19 academic year

Year 1

  • Term 1: 10th September 2018 - 21st December 2018
  • Term 2: 8th January 2019 - 26th April 2019 (inc. Easter holidays)
  • Term 3: 29th April 2019 - 16th August 2019

2019/20 academic year

Year 2

  • Term 1: 16th September 2019 - 20th December 2019
  • Term 2: 6th January 2020 - 8th May 2020 (inc. Easter holidays)
  • Term 3: 11th May 2020 - 21st August 2020

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"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