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Our Physician Associate programmes

You will complete an intensive two years of teaching in our dedicated clinical teaching facilities combined with hands-on workplace training in primary and secondary healthcare settings with our NHS partners.

You can find out more about the programme, entry requirements, fees and financial support, and how to apply on our course listing pages.

View our Physician Associate programmes for 2023/24

How you'll learn

You will learn how to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose illnesses, request and analyse test results, and develop treatment and management plans. 


50% of your training is in the workplace. Placements cover all areas of medical practice in a variety of hospital and community settings. You will also complete a workplace-based research project where you will be supported by a clinician and an academic supervisor.

Lectures, seminars and practicals

You'll learn through a range of lectures, seminars and practical sessions taught in the medical model that will build on your core medical sciences knowledge and build your clinical skills and competencies.

I spent the majority of my time in hospital rotating around various specialities, which gave me a good feel for how each speciality operates, enabled me to see many patients and built up my transferable skills. I also carried out a placement in General Practice, which appealed to me the most. PAs are trained to be generalists, so General Practice is the perfect workplace as each patient case is different - you never see the same thing twice in one day!
Tanya Ali, Physician Associate graduate

Why study with us?

Benefit from our range of capabilities and competencies.

Your future in mind

Qualified Physician Associates from Reading are in high demand across the country.

Quality of teaching

All of our teaching staff are medical science experts and include former and current NHS staff.

Clinicians from our partners at Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust also deliver some of our lectures.

A winning formula

Our first cohort of postgraduate students graduated in 2017 and their pass-rate at the national exam has been exceptional so far.

We are market leaders in Physician Associate training, to meet the growing demand for fully qualified Physician Associates within the NHS.

Funding your course

Funding for 2024 Physician Associates students is yet to be agreed. In 2023, Health Education England provided a grant of £5,202, disbursed in two installments over the duration of the two-year course.

As soon as we have details of the 2024 funding model we will publish them on this website. Students enrolled on the MSc course may also be eligible for the government’s Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Information evenings

We run open evening events for prospective students, both in person and virtually. You will have the opportunity to meet with our academic staff, chat with some of our current students and visit our award-winning campus.

Email for more details about upcoming events.


Our staff

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

Our research

97% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).


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.