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Physician Associate MSc – University of Reading

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Physician Associate MSc

Our post graduate Physician Associate programmes are an intensive two years of evidence-based teaching in our dedicated state-of-the-art clinical teaching facilities, combined with hands-on workplace training in primary and secondary healthcare settings with our NHS partners.

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

"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

MSc students will be required to complete the "Research methods" and "Research project" modules (total 60 credits). Students who do not want to undertake a research project can be awarded a PGDip Physician Associate qualification.


Students enrolled on the MSc course may be eligible for the government’s Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Apply for the msc Physician Associate programme

You can find out more about the entry requirements, fees and financial support, and how to apply on our course listing page. Applications for September 2021 to run from Monday 11th January to Friday 14th May at 5 pm.

Key dates

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

Contact for more details.


 A Physician Associate (PA) is a trained healthcare professional who works as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon in GP practices, community health services, and all types of hospital care.

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
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Analysing test results
  • Developing management plans

Further information on being a Physician Associate can be found on the NHS Careers Website, and with the Faculty of Physician Associates.

Excellent career opportunities

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