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Our Physician Associate programmes

Physician Associates are an invaluable part of the medical and wider multi-professional healthcare team, and practice under the supervision of a doctor to provide care for patients.

We have developed our Physician Associate programmes in partnership with local NHS groups in response to the growing demand for this professional role in the NHS.

With our partners we are committed to providing our students with intensive evidence-based academic knowledge coupled with the hands-on workplace training that is required for this important role. 


We are incredibly proud of our Physician Associate graduates – they have achieved an impressive 100% employment record.

Read some of the inspirational stories from our alumni (PDF - 1.6MB) 

Being able to apply real life work scenarios to my lectures really enhances my teaching. I often give my students anonymised case studies about patients I have seen at the hospital. I don't think it can get more current than that.
Sam Warrior, Physician Associate and Lecturer on the programme

Our courses

We offer two routes to becoming a qualified Physician Associate. Our MPAS Physician Associate Studies is a four-year integrated masters for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students we offer a two-year MSc programme.

MPAS Physician Associate Studies

Our undergraduate integrated master’s degree in Physician Associate Studies provides you with the training to become a fully qualified physician associate in four years. A foundation in medical science and core clinical skills is built into your studies from the start.

MSc Physician Associate

Our MSc Physician Associate programme is an intensive two years of evidence-based teaching in our dedicated state-of-the-art clinical teaching facilities.

This is combined with hands-on workplace training in primary and secondary healthcare settings with our NHS partners.


Work with us

Take advantage of our close links to industry, tech start-ups and patients and the public, giving you a wealth of opportunities to network.


Find out more from our students and staff about what it's like to study and work in the University of Reading School of Pharmacy.


Our staff

Meet our teaching and academic staff, and find out who might be teaching you on our various courses.