Physician Associate Studies - Postgraduate Taught (UK Students Only) at Swansea University - UCAS

Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

Physician Associate Studies - Postgraduate Taught (UK Students Only)

Course summary

Trained like a Doctor in an intense two-year Master’s Degree, a Physician Associate is a member of the allied clinical team focussed on the provision of continuity of care, supporting doctors in clinical practice under the direction of a Doctor. Our Masters in Physician Associate Studies (MPAS) will train you undertake examination, diagnosis and management of patients. From the moment you arrive at Swansea University our specialist staff will take you on a system-based approach to clinical learning and practice, and help you plan for your future as a Physician Associate. Our innovative spiral curriculum, pioneered by our flagship Graduate Entry Medicine programme, is designed to build familiarity with how patients present in clinical practice and to provide you with skills in diagnosis and clinical management. In your first year, the systems-based approach with experienced clinicians will be coupled with early clinical exposure designed to embed scientific and medical understanding with real-life patient interactions. This is all underpinned by our case-based approach to support your learning outcomes. As you progress to your second year, the focus will increasingly shift to placement-based learning under the supervision of a clinically qualified mentor. This is designed to develop a wide range of practical and reasoning skills necessary to be an effective Physician Associate. This process will encourage you to reflect on your practice and identify your individual learning needs. You will join a university that is ranked 5th in the UK for Medicine according to the Times Good University Guide 2023.


Students are assessed through a variety of assessment methods including Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Clinical Placement Assessments, Practicals, Presentations, Coursework, Assignments and single best answer Progress Tests. Once you have completed the formal MPAS with Swansea University, in order to practise as a Physician Associate you will also need to sit the National Exam. Our Physician Associate course is designed to prepare our graduate for successful completion of the National Exam and in recent years our graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate in the National Exam.

Assessment method

Students will be required to successfully complete 180 credits of modules over two years. The modules will use a variety of assessment methods, from coursework, presentation, single best answer examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). In both years, students will study the 40 credit clinical modules “Foundations in Clinical Medicine” and “Clinical Skills”. There are also modules in Health Care Law and Ethics, Research and Evidence Based Practice.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UK students only

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English and Maths minimum Grade C Wales (England Pre-2017) or Grade 4 (England Post-2017) A minimum 2.2 (or predicted 2.2 which is subsequently satisfied) at degree level in a biomedical science or health related discipline. Applicants who have achieved a high degree (a 2.1 or a 1st) in a non-related discipline and can provide evidence of relevant work experience and values in line with the NHS constitution may be considered on an individual basis. Pending degree results must be evidenced by 31st July of the year of intended enrolment. Degrees awarded in countries other than the UK can be accepted if they are confirmed to be equivalent to awards in the UK system. For applicants holding more than one undergraduate degree, it is the result from the most recent degree that will be considered.

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Physician Associate Studies - Postgraduate Taught (UK Students Only) at Swansea University - UCAS