industry-specific training. Designed in partnership with our local NHS partners to respond to career needs within the NHS, our course offers you the most relevant, practical content.
teaching from medical experts. You will be taught by NHS staff and academics whose research prevents disease, improves diagnoses, develops new therapies and advances clinical practice. Everyone who teaches you has on-the-ground experience.
clinical placements. Take part in placements within both primary and secondary healthcare settings throughout your degree.
Learning structure of the MPAS Physician Associate Studies
The first two years will equip you with a strong biological science base, and the ability to apply this learning to inform medical practice. These two years align with our BSc Medical Science degree.
Alongside your scientific learning, you will also acquire:
one-day placements in different healthcare environments
professional skills training, including reflective practice and communication
knowledge of public health and nutrition, with reference to patient care and clinical practice.
Complete placements within many areas of medical practice, across a variety of hospital and community settings.
In the first two years, you will undertake mini work placements to understand the working environment of the NHS. In your third year, you will work on rotation with around 350 hours of clinical placements in both primary and secondary healthcare settings. In your final year this will increase to 1,350 hours, ensuring that you are well prepared to practice as a physician associate upon graduation.
Typical offerA Level ABB | IB 32 points overall
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS, and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
ABB, including grade B in A level Biology and Chemistry
32 points overall including 5 in both Biology and Chemistry, both at higher level
Mathematics & English at grade C (4)
BTEC Extended Diploma
DDM (modules taken must be comparable to subject specific requirement)
Extended Project Qualification
In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Careers for MPAS Physician Associate Studies graduates
As a physician associate, you will be able to work in a wide variety of workplaces including GP practices, community health services and all types of hospital care.
Supporting doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients, you will:
take medical histories
analyse test results
develop management plans.
A lack of trained physician associates in the UK means that career prospects for graduates are excellent. The predicted growth of this role across the NHS, to fill an important resource gap, indicates strong continued employment prospects.