MPAS Physician Associate Studies
Train to become a fully qualified physician associate with our MPAS Physician Associate Studies programme.
Gain the skills and knowledge to become a physician associate: a healthcare professional trained in the medical model, being developed across the NHS.
As a member of a medical team, you'll work under the supervision of doctors in hospitals and GP practices, supporting the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
- 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.
In the National Student Survey 2023, 93% of our students agreed our teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (92.56% of respondents studying in the School of Pharmacy).
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.
During the final two years of the programme, your learning will mirror our established MSc Physician Associate Studies.
Real-world experience and training
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-shadowing placements to understand the working environment of the NHS. During your third year, you will undertake longer periods of placement in primary/secondary healthcare settings. In your final year this will increase so that you are on placement 4-5 days most weeks, rotating around multiple healthcare settings to ensure that you are well prepared to practise anywhere as a Physician Associate upon qualification.