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Physician Associate


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Why Study a Physician Associate course?

Physician Associate Training

The School of Medical Sciences at Bangor University was one of the first to offer Physician Associate (PA) courses. We have several years experience of training PAs and are working with the Welsh Government to expand our current funded places. As a trainee Physician Associate with us:

  • You’ll experience the clinical and scientific provision within the School and the clinical placements across north Wales in collaboration with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board or the Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • You‘ll be trained on a medical model in a small group and benefit from individual attention
  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete study and placements bilingually
  • Course fees are paid by the Welsh Government
  • 89% of our graduates passed their national PA exams at the first attempt, which is above the national average (2019)


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Careers Opportunities as a Physician Associate

Physician associates can be found working in GP surgeries, accident and emergency departments, and inpatient medical and surgical wards throughout the UK, and their numbers are expected to grow over the coming years as health and clinical care delivery models within the NHS continue to evolve.

Our Research

Within the School of Medical Sciences, we employ state-of-the-art approaches to address basic research questions in medicine and/or develop applications to overcome a serious unmet clinical need. We have an overarching aim of improving the patient pathway, either by contributing new insight to fill an important gap in medical knowledge or developing applications which directly contribute to improving health and well-being.

We have a strong focus on cancer research, where our research teams are not only exploring the complex processes which result in the development, progression and therapeutic resistance of cancers, but are also developing the basis for new therapies and patient monitoring technologies. The cancer research teams are housed in the North West Cancer Research Institute, which integrates us with the wider research networks in other leading research intense universities world-wide, and with health providers, to ensure that our research is relevant to the needs of cancer patients within Wales and beyond.

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