University of Central Lancashire

Physician Associate Studies (MPAS) University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate


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The integrated Master of Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to become healthcare professionals, combining university study with practical work-based placements. 50% of the final two years of the programme is spent in clinical environments.

Physician Associates (PA) provide care to patients under the supervision of a Consultant or General Practitioner. Their role includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management. This role is an exciting alternative to studying medicine and becoming a doctor.

Our course will provide you with a solid foundation of scientific and clinical skills, and the opportunity to build on and use these through a variety of clinical placements in Lancashire and/or Cumbria. All of our course content is in line with the requirements of the Physician Associate Competence and Curriculum framework (2012) laid out by the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates.

Our programme teaches the fundamentals of medical sciences in interactive small groups practical sessions and lectures. These are supported by case based learning, providing an opportunity for you to consolidate and contextualise your knowledge. From the start of the course clinical and communication skills are taught using our state of the art facilities, volunteer patients and simulated role players. During the first two years of the programme, you will be learning alongside students who are enrolled onto the MBBS programme. The final two years will employ a spiral curriculum principle to enable continuation of developing confident and competent students to begin their career in the healthcare arena.

Outside of the classroom environment, the provision of clinical placements includes a full spectrum of opportunities: urban & rural, specialised hospital & general practice; single-handed or multi-disciplinary. Teamwork is essential for every PA and these placements will enable working with a variety of groups whilst under the supervision of medical colleagues. The geographical location of UCLan is ideal to enable this amazing combination of clinical opportunities, of which we are very proud.

All applications must be accompanied by an academic reference. As part of the application process, candidates who successfully pass the initial selection panel will be invited to interview. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process All successful applicants will need to undergo occupational health screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to enrolment.

Course details


Year 1: MPAS Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine 1, MPAS Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine, MPAS Medical Skills and Quality Care 1

Year 2: Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine 2, Medical Skills and Quality Care 2, Research Project

Year 3: Integrated Clinical Sciences, Medical Skills and Patient Care, Medical Therapeutics and Prescribing, Professional Placement(Physician Associate Studies) I

Year 4: Evidence-based Practice, Medicine through Clinical Practice, Professional Placement (Physician Associate Studies) II

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code BB96
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level ABB 2 Science subjects including Chemistry, and a third academic subject required.
Access to HE Diploma 128 UCAS points from Access to Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy to include 15 level 3 credits in Chemistry at Distinction, and 15 level 3 credits in a second Science subject at Distinction.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSES including Maths and English Language Grade B

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process

Health checks

All successful applicants will need to undergo occupational health screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to enrolment.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with no component score less than 6.5 (to have been taken within 2 years before the course commencement date)

If English is not first language: English language IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) Entry Requirements for those on Foundation Programmes (from a foundation programme provider who works in partnership with SoM, UCLan) A minimum of 60%

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

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