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Queen Mary University of London: Physician Associate Studies (Masters Apprenticeship Programme)

Institution Queen Mary University of London View institution profile
Department Institute of Health Sciences Education
Study type Taught


The Physician Associate Masters degree apprenticeship is a 30-month course based in a vibrant and diverse east London community, delivered through a blend of learning on campus, online and in your workplace. On successful completion, you’ll gain a full MSc degree from a from a Russell Group university alongside a Level 7 qualification, which will prepare you for a career as a physician associate.

  • Strong foundation for careers which have excellent employment prospects, as the demand for physician associates outweighs the supply

  • Earn while you learn with tuition fees paid by your employer

  • Designed in collaboration with our partner NHS Trusts in London

  • During the training you will rotate between different clinical specialties and areas of practice and develop a varied ‘portfolio’ career with a strong patient focus

  • Be placed on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PMVR) at the Faculty of Physician Associates, Royal College of Physicians

What you'll study This programme will prepare you to become a physician associate; a collaborative healthcare professional with a generalist medical education. In the UK, physician associates (PAs) work in a multidisciplinary team alongside doctors, surgeons, and GPs, providing medical care to patients in hospital and community settings.

The curriculum is aligned with both the needs of healthcare employers and the strategic aims of the NHS.

You will study through a mixture of modules, which will be taught in blocks on campus, via online learning, and work-based learning including clinical placements. You’ll be expected to gain competencies as outlined in the General Medical Council (GMC) curriculum.

As an apprentice, you will be working for 80% of your contracted week and your line manager will be expected to assign work to you that allows for the application of learning in the workplace and development of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the Apprenticeship Standard.

Years 1 and 2 will start with an induction week on campus, designed as an introduction to the curriculum, and you’ll complete two taught modules during each year of the programme. In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to the knowledge and skills fundamental to the practice of medicine, and in Year 2, you’ll build on this foundation to include specialisms such as women and children’s health, surgery and emergency medicine. In the final 6 months, you will complete a short piece of research that develops skills in evidence based medicine and quality improvement.

Students who successfully pass the final exams and are in good standing with no ongoing fitness to practice or other professionalism issues, are entered into the national licensing Physician Associate exam, which acts as the End Point Assessment for this apprenticeship. Successful completion results in the award of the degree apprenticeship and MSc Physician Associate Studies qualification.

During your studies you'll have access to support at every stage in your degree, including one-to-one academic guidance, tailored workshops, and external guest speakers.


Queen Mary University of London


Queen Mary University of London was established in 1785 and is a leading research-intensive university with a difference – one that opens the doors of opportunity to anyone and supporting students to succeed. 

With schools split across five campuses in central and east London, students are able to select from an exceptionally broad range of subjects across three main faculties, including the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. 












  • Queen Mary is a member of the Russell Group of universities in the UK, which …
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