University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Physician Associate Studies (MPAS)

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Course summary

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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, work alongside doctors in hospitals and GP practices, supporting the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Taught by experts from the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy and the School of Biological Sciences, this course offers:

  • 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.
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 placements to understand the working environment of the NHS. In your third year, you will work on rotation with around 350 hours of clinical placements in both primary and secondary healthcare settings. In your final year this will increase to 1,350 hours, ensuring that you are well prepared to practice as a physician associate upon graduation. Careers As a physician associate, you will be able to work in a wide variety of workplaces including GP practices, community health services and all types of hospital care. Supporting doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients, you will:
  • take medical histories
  • perform examinations
  • diagnose illnesses
  • analyse test results
  • develop management plans.
A lack of trained physician associates in the UK means that career prospects for graduates are excellent. The predicted growth of this role across the NHS, to fill an important resource gap, indicates strong continued employment prospects.

Course details


Sample modules may include: *Anatomy and Physiology *Public Health and Nutrition *Medicines in Healthcare *Pathology *Clinical Skills Please note that all modules are subject to change. Visit our website for more information on course structure.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeBB96
Institution code R12
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB A level Biology and Chemistry at grade B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM including relevant science modules.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits including relevant science units.
Scottish Higher AABBB including relevant science units.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A - B The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved, when studied alongside Biology and Chemistry.
Extended Project B In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Mathematics & English at grade C (or 4). International Baccalaureate Standard Level 4 also acceptable.

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BBC including A level Biology and Chemistry at grade B.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

Full list of acceptable English Language Tests

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £20830 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Physician Associate Studies (MPAS) at University of Reading - UCAS