School of Medicine and Clinical Practice

Post Graduate Diploma Physician Associate Studies

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  • Start Date(s) 27 September 2022, 15 February 2021
  • Award PGDip
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Medicine and Clinical Practice

Why choose this course?

This Postgraduate Diploma has been designed to enable you to develop the skills required to become a competent and confident Physician Associate


The programme of study provides an opportunity for you to develop mastery in a range of core PA qualities for example; holistic assessment techniques and appropriate therapeutic interventions, with the ability to diagnose and or manage an agreed range of clinical problems.

The programme aims to develop you to be a flexible and adaptable practitioner, enabling you to engage in new ways of working in relation to health care priorities and to lead and develop practice to ensure high quality patient care delivery. Physician Associates are pivotal to the provision of optimal, higher level care delivery in current and future health arenas; to contribute to this agenda the programme has been designed to develop your core PA characteristics as a critical enquirer and a professional with confidence and competence to challenge, lead and innovate at different levels of care delivery, within a dynamic, inter-professional health care context.

You may go on to specialise in a range of areas including surgery, emergency medicine or primary care.

The programme has been developed in response to identified and anticipated demands for increasing the number PA’s with advanced skills and critical understanding. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma you will study six 20 credit modules which will include an option module for study in an area of your choice.

What happens on the course?

  • Foundations of Clinical Practice for the Physician Associate
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine
  • Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making for the Physician Associate
  • Personal and Professional Development of the Physician Associate
  • Foundations of Primary Care for the Physician Associate
  • Applied Pharmacology

You will also be able to select an elective module form a range of topics. You will have an opportunity to develop your practice skills in a range of clinical settings. 

Physician Associate’s are required to work mainly 9.00 am -5.00 pm Monday – Friday, however on occasions they may work outside of these hours including evenings, nights, weekends and Bank Holidays if required. You will be working alongside medical staffing and the shift patterns they work too.


Will I be able to work during the course?

This is a very intensive two-year course. There is a lot of material to cover in the two years, therefore it is difficult to undertake part-time work.

Will I be able to practise as a PA abroad?

Currently UK qualified PAs can practise in the UK only.

What is the minimum entry requirement for the course? Which undergraduate degrees will you consider?

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (2.1 ) in life sciences subjects such as Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy, Optometry, Paramedic Medicine, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Biomedical Engineering, Human Biosciences, Radiography, Genetics, Medical Science, Pharmacology and Pharmacy.

Applicants should also hold GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or equivalent qualification.
Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a place on the course. Admissions staff will review applications which meet the entry requirement together with personal statement and reference to assess applications.

I have a 2.2 Honours degree or lower. If I undertake an MSc will I be accepted on the course?

The minimum entry requirement is 2.1 or above, additional qualification such as an MSc is unlikely to improve your chances of acceptance on the course.

What if my degree is not Medical or Health-related science?

We recommend you still send in your applications. Admission tutors will review your applications. We will not be able to advice on degree type until we have received the full application.

I have experience in healthcare but without a degree.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Physician Associate course you will not be considered.

My qualifications are from abroad, will it be accepted? 

Yes, we accept international qualifications if they meet UK entry requirement, but we are not able to accept applications from international students. We use UKNARIC to assess.

My degree was not taught in English can I apply?

For those applicants whom English is not their first language or their degree was not taught in English, an IELTS - minimum 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in each component) is required.

I dropped out of another PA/medical school; will I be accepted on the course.

This depends on individual circumstance. We require the full circumstances before we can advise you on this.

Do you interview applicants?

Yes. Applicants successful at the shortlisting stage will be required to attend an interview. Those successful at interview will be offered a place subject to passing DBS and occupational health screening.

When should I expect to hear about my application?

You will receive confirmation from the Admissions department that we have received your application, but you're unlikely to hear from us again until we have made a decision on your application which could be, an invitation to interview/rejection or advice to send us further information. 

Do you provide funding for the course?

Applicants are expected to have sufficient funding before they accept a place on the course. Health Education England do sometimes offer partial funding, but this is subject to change yearly. For previous years, the partial funding was roughly £2500 per year.

Can I defer my entry?

You can defer your entry under exceptional circumstances. Please contact us in advance. Please note that the funding and fees subject to change in the subsequent years.


Please contact for any course related questions.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Following graduation form the course you may be able to apply for an internship at one of the local, regional or national healthcare providers which are designed as a period of employment following qualification within which the Physician Associate receives a higher level than normal of supervision and clinical experience. It provides an opportunity to consolidate your learning from initial training and demonstrate its translation into competence in practice.

Physician Associates have been employed locally in the Midlands as follows:


Dudley Group of Hospitals Russells Hall Hospital

  • Emergency department, vascular Surgery.

George Eliot Hospital

  • Acute medical unit
  • General medicine

Sandwell and West Birmingham/ City Hospital

  • Emergency department

Solihull and Birmingham Mental Health

  • Various sites
  • Mental health, including subspecialties: mother and baby,
  • Liaison psychiatry and female forensic psychiatry

Mid Staffordshire Stafford

  • Emergency department
  • Cardiology

University Hospitals Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital

  • Neurosurgery
  • Clinical decision unit
  • Cardiology
  • Acute medicine

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

  • Liver transplant Unit

Education Opportunities

Following completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you would be able to progress to one of our Top-up Masters Awards such as MSc Health and Social Care or a Professional Doctorate programmes 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This course aims to meet professional development needs in the field of Physician Associate Studies. The programme has been designed in collaboration with clinical stakeholders, service users and carers and members of the University of Wolverhampton academic team, which has over many years provided Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes for  a range of healthcare staff.

It is envisaged that medical colleagues will work in partnership with academic staff who have achieved advanced professional qualifications and who are now subject specialists involved in advisory and research roles; locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

There will be contributions in modules from the Medical Professoriate who are actively involved in research that is influencing care in local, regional, national and international arenas.

Use of the new and highly innovative Physician Associate Laboratory featuring some world-leading technology to help explore anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.  This includes an 'Anatomage Table’ which allows digital dissection of gross anatomy and human (and animal) body system specific images.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £10900 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £11000 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £14450 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

BSc (Hons) 2:1 in a Life Sciences Degree - we want our students to start the course with a good knowledge of biological processes, cell functions and cell interactions. Some examples of degrees we regard as generally suitable are: • Anatomy • Biology • Biochemistry/Medical Biochemistry • Biomedical Science • Dentistry • Human Biology/Physiology/Pharmacology • Medical Science • Nursing • Pharmacy • Physiotherapy • Podiatry • Psychology (with a biological orientation) • Radiography • Zoology

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview, the interview will be based on the values and beliefs that underpin the care we provide in the NHS. (NHS Constitution -

Successful candidates will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and Occupational Health requirements.  You will be expected to meet the costs associated with the DBS clearance process.  The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £40.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. 

You will be expected to travel to placement and provide essential equipment eg: stethoscope. 

Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes ( will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom and do not require Tier 4 sponsorship or are in the UK on a Tier 2 visa.

Please note than an offer of a place at the University does not guarantee eligibility for student funding. To confirm that you meet the residency criteria go to or telephone SFE on 0300 100 0607.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate on-site programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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