The NHS is constantly evoving to keep pace with the needs of patients. When you graduate from this programme, we are confident you will have the skills, knowledge and experience that the NHS wants and needs from its workforce, including evidence-based practice and research skills.
The majority of our first cohort of students have already secured positions locally within the NHS ahead of their graduation, working in clinical practice in hospitals and GP surgeries, and we are continuing to work with our regional partners to develop further employment opportunities.
For example, a generous preceptorship scheme has been launched to help establish the profession within the Yorkshire and Humber region. In practice, this means that hospitals and surgeries across the region can apply for funding specifically to employ Physician Associates, resulting in enhanced support and training and better careers opportunities for graduates.
Typically, when you graduate, you will be employed at Band 7 on the NHS pay scale, and can progress to Band 8 with experiences and career development.
For more information about a career as a Physician Associate, visit the NHS health careers website.
You 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 C 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.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2019-2020
- Home/EU: £9,250
- International: £21,640