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Physician Associate MPAS – University of Reading

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Physician Associate MPAS

Our four year undergraduate integrated master’s degree in Physician Associate Studies provides you with the training to become a fully qualified physician associate with direct patient contact.

This programme has been designed in partnership with our local NHS partners to respond to career needs within the NHS.  We are one of the first institutions in the UK to introduce an integrated master's programme in physician associate studies allowing students to study to be a PA straight after A-levels.

what will you learn?

The first year of study is made up of a range of modules that provide you with core medical sciences knowledge whilst also introducing you to the physician associate workplace and its place within a multidisciplinary team. The first year of this degree follows the BSc Medical Science curriculum which contains a pathway that enables students to develop professional skills required for a role in healthcare and direct access to suitable patient-facing placements.

The second year continues your learning alongside more professional skill training. Your medical science knowledge is developed in a way that encourages integration of learning across the medical science and clinical practice topics and teaches you to use your science training in your professional practice development. You will be introduced to the workplace through structured placements in hospitals and GP practices, and will develop a CPD portfolio.

Your final two years of the course mirror our established MSc/PG Diploma Physician Associate Studies course where 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.

"The world of healthcare is changing, and patient needs are changing with it. Physician Associates have an integral and fundamental role to play as an integrated,frontline, generalist clinician. We are educated, trained and equipped with the skills and competences needed to provide excellent patient medical care. The role is both varied and rewarding,and is certainly an exciting profession to enter."

Samantha Bautista

PGDip Physician Associate graduate

working in the industry as you study

MPAS offers professional practice opportunities and  experiential learning using a variety of methods that include structured clinical placements in hospital environment, one-day visits/placements in a primary care setting, simulated patient facing learning environments and research skills. Our teaching will include problem-based learning and patient focused case studies, and inter-professional education.

During the final two years of the degree, you will spend significant time in placements. You will be supported by our well-established network of clinical partners, including the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, local GP practices and others in the region. 

"Physician Associate students work with us a set number of days. Because of limited time, we get them involved with patients as soon as we can. It's been really rewarding to train others - I feel part of a developing profession, and am helping develop general practice."

Dr Amit Sharma

GP at Brookside Group Practice

Apply for the mpas Physician Associate Studies programme

Find out more about the entry requirements, fees and financial support, and how to apply on our course listing page.


 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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