School of Medical Education

Physician Associate Studies

Physician Associate Studies

This exciting programme offers the opportunity to train as a Physician Associate (PA). It's 24 months full-time, with off-campus clinical placements.

The Curriculum Competence Framework for the Physician Assistant 2012 defines a PA as, "a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment".

This PGDip in Physician Associate Studies has been developed in association with Health Education North East (HENE). Its aim is to develop an additional health care practitioner role, which will work closely with doctors in providing patient care.

Course overview

The two-year course is designed for graduates of a bioscience discipline.

Delivery of the programme draws on Newcastle University’s considerable excellence in medical training, which is indicated by our consistently high National Student Survey scores. This enables our graduates to top the performance tables in postgraduate exams.

In addition to basic clinical theory, it enables trainees to spend a substantial amount of time in clinical placements within North East hospitals and primary care settings.


The programme prepares its graduates to take the National Physician Associate entrance examination, successful completion of which allows graduates to work as Physician Associates within the NHS.

Further information

See the Physician Associate Admissions Policy 2017 (PDF: 571KB) and the Royal College of Physicians' Employer's Guide to Physician Associates (PDF: 216KB)

For further information about modules, please request a postgraduate prospectus or contact