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PGDip Physician Associate Studies at The University of Manchester
PGDip Physician Associate Studies

Physician associates are trained to work with doctors and other healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage complex disease.

PGDip Physician Associate Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
Postgraduate Diploma
2 years FT
Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. This may include the life sciences (eg biomedical science, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, healthcare science) or allied health professions (eg pharmacy, audiology, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy).

All applicants should hold GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at grade B or equivalent. Applicants with equivalent or non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

60 fully funded places available.

We also have a limited number of self-funded places for international students. Please contact us for details.
How to apply

Applications should be submitted to the North West Consortium via the online application form . The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 20 October 2017 . Interviews will take place in Manchester throughout September and October 2017 for students starting in January 2018.

The application portal will close when all places have been filled. The North West consortium consists of the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Central Lancashire, so applicants will need to indicate their choice of university on the application form.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Train to work as a core member of the medical team and perform physical examinations, take histories, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and recommend therapy.
  • Undertake over 1,600 hours of clinical training, including placements across the full range of medical specialities at teaching hospitals and primary care providers.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad in Year 2.
  • Receive financial support during training.
  • Study at a university ranked among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2017).

Open days

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For the 2018 entry, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000

Health Education England North West will fund full course fees for 60 students at The University of Manchester (£9,000 per annum, for 24 months of full-time study towards a PGDip) and provide a travel grant of £5,000 per year to support required travel to clinical placements across the region. This grant will be paid in two instalments in each year of study.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health