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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
PGDip (MSc subject to approval)
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 (e.g. biomedical science, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, healthcare science) or allied health professions (e.g. 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 places available.

How to apply

Applications to the programme are accepted through the North West Universities Consortium in Collaboration with Health Education England (North) .

Applications normally open in August, with interviews taking place between September and November in the year of application, with successful applicants beginning their studies in January/February.

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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 2018).

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming 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

Funding for the programme follows the National Funding Model for Physician Associates. We also accept sponsored students and those funded by their employer. You will receive a £5000 bursary, spread across the two years of their studies.

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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