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.
  • 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.


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. For 2017 entry, the programme is available for Home and EU applicants only.



Funding opportunities for 2018/19 are yet to be confirmed 

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.

In addition, each student on the programme will receive, per annum, a  maintenance bursary of £5,000 to contribute towards living costs and a bursary of £1,000 to assist with travel costs.


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.

Postgraduate loan scheme

If you're starting a Masters you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000.

Full details about the loan scheme and how to apply are available here.




How to apply 

We have received a large number of applications for 2017-entry, and have made a number of offers following our interview day in March. We do not at present have any additional interview days planned. Interested students may still wish to submit an application in case we need to hold an additional interview date in due course, in which case we will then review your application.

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

MSc in Physician Associate Studies Term Dates 2017/18

Year 1 Term Dates:

Term 1: 11 Sep – 20 Dec

Term 2: 9 Jan – 27 Apr

Term 3: 30 Apr - 21 Aug

Year 1 Key Dates

Holiday:  26.03.18 – 06.04.18

Year 2 Term Dates:

Term 1: 18 Sept – 22 Dec

Term 2: 8 Jan – 27 Apr

Term 3: 30 Apr – 24 Aug

Placement 1:                            18.09.17 – 20.10.17

Placement 2:                            23.10.17 – 24.11.17

Placement 3:                            27.11.17 – 12.01.18

Placement 4:                            15.01.18 – 16.02.18

Placement 5:                            19.02.18 – 23.03.18

Acute Care Placement:            16.04.18 – 22.06.18

Elective:                                   02.07.18 – 03.08.18


Year 2 Key Dates

Holiday: 26.03.18 - 06.04.18

Exam week: 09.04.18 – 13.04.18

Exam week: 25.06.18 – 29.06.18

Exam weeks: 06.08.18 – 24.08.108

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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