Physician Associate Practice

2 Years
September 2024
In Person

Are you interested in supporting the healthcare team and working alongside doctors? Want to help with the diagnosis and management of patients? Our MSc Physician Associate Practice course opens the door to a rewarding career.

Why study with us

  • You’ll learn in state-of-the-art facilities. Our clinical skills laboratories have a vast range of equipment. This will help you develop clinical skills in hospital and GP surgery environments.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the human body in our Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centres. You'll also use great resources such as our Anatomage table and diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • You'll spend over 50% of the course on clinical placements with our NHS clinical education partners. This will be across Lancashire and/or Cumbria. You will receive support for your travel to placements, currently £2601 per year.
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Students assessing mock patients.
Students assessing mock patients.
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Hear from our students

I've really enjoyed my time at the University of Central Lancashire and whilst the course is obviously very challenging, I've made so many great friends and had experiences I will never forget.
Georgia Barnabas Physician Associate Testimonial Profile Picture
Georgia Barnabas
MSc Physician Associate Practice
United Kingdom

What you'll do

  • You’ll be taught in small groups offering unrivalled student support and direct contact hours with staff. You will be timetabled to have over 25 hours per week of direct, interactive teaching.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn from our MSc Physician Associate graduates who regularly attend sessions to share their experiences of working in a professional healthcare environment.
  • You’ll be exposed to variety of patients and medical conditions during placements in both urban and rural NHS hospitals and GP practices.


Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus, with some online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Julie Howard
Jane Rutt-Howard
Principal Lecturer
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Jane is the Programme Director of our Physician Associate portfolio within the School and teaches across a range of subjects. With expertise in many areas of clinical practice, Jane’s scholarship has led to collaborative projects with NHS hospital and community organisations. In …

Dr Peter Dixon
Senior Clinical Lecturer
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Dixon teaches across a range of subjects on the Physician Associate course. His background is in General Practice and community based medical education as well as a GP Trainer and Appraiser.


  • The centre is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons, a professional membership organisation and registered charity which exists to advance patient care. The Royal College of Surgeons of England, registered charity number 212808.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£33,000 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

Frequently asked questions


This course is based in the School of Medicine and Dentistry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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