Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Do you want to join one of the world's fastest growing healthcare professions?

The physician associate (PA) role has grown rapidly internationally, with PAs fast becoming one of the most sought after healthcare professionals.

A PA works as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon in a wide variety of workplaces (including all types of hospital and surgical care, GP practices and community health services).

PAs are highly skilled healthcare professionals who provide a broad range of medical services. PAs support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients and are trained to perform a number of roles including taking medical histories, performing examinations, making diagnoses and analysing test results.

Find out more about the role of the PA in the healthcare system.

The application process for our January 2019 programme has closed. Please contact if you have any queries. 

Is Physician Associate Studies for you?

Yes – if you are a graduate of the health sciences or your career is already in healthcare and you want to pursue a career that offers you the opportunity to provide patient-focused care in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Key features of the course

  • An intensive, demanding, fast-paced two-year course
  • Quality clinical placements from year one
  • Teaching delivered by experienced international PA educators and Medical School faculty
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Scholarship opportunities available

This full-time level 9 Masters (two years) has a balance of theory and practice so that your focus is on the patient from day one. The programme will be an RCSI/NUI award.

If you are interested in the programme and would like to find out more, call +353 1 402 2282 or email

Why Physician Associate Studies at RCSI?

  • Ireland's largest medical school
  • Shaped and delivered by PA clinicians with over 35 years' experience of this career
  • Mentorship by qualified PA clinicians in clinical practice areas
  • Access to clinical specialties across hospitals and communities
  • Access to simulation facilities as part of the new RCSI Academic and Education Building
  • Be part of this new and rapidly growing profession and follow a career path which has already had proven international success in countries including the US (there are over 110,000 Physician Associates practicing there), Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Germany.