Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies

Department of Human Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

I chose the University of Sheffield because of the proven track record in medical research. Some of the teachers are people whose work I have read about in science journals. It is fascinating to be taught by the experts in the field.

Gbadebo Adeleke, Postgraduate student in the School of Medicine

About the course

Postgraduate medicine students

Course description 2017

Physicians Associates (PAs) are health professionals who see patients and address their health needs whilst working under the supervision of doctors. Qualified PAs have direct contact with patients in their assessment: taking histories, performing examination, making diagnoses and considering management plans, supported by the new Faculty of Physician Associates.

The University has an excellent medical school and successful applicants to the course will benefit from our world-class facilities and expertise.

You will acquire a firm grounding in the knowledge and skills of generalist medical care to equip you to support doctors in ‘first contact’ health care, either in general practices or in hospitals. The modular course will be delivered in a systems-based, integrated way which places the patient at the centre.

The University is working closely with both Acute Trusts (hospitals) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (primary care) so that our graduates have the right qualities to meet the needs of potential employers and the public as a whole.

Course duration

2 years full-time


Entry requirements

A 2:1 or higher in a life sciences degree (such as Biochemistry, Physiology or Biomedical Science) with BBB grades at A level.

You should also have a keen interest in developing practical skills related to health and illness, and to working with the public in the health sector. Selection will be by application and interview

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

If you have any questions please contact the programme director (details in the Any questions? section).

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr James Gray
E: j.t.gray@sheffield.ac.uk

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.