MPAS (Hons)

Physician Associate Studies

4 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught

Want to become a physician associate (PA), a medical associate profession? Our integrated master’s in Physician Associate Studies combines university study with practical work-based placements.

Why study with us

  • 8th
    in the UK for academic support
    National Student Survey (Medicine (non-specific) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • This is a unique programme and the first of its kind in the UK. It leads to an integrated undergraduate master’s degree and ability to practice as a physician associate.
  • Qualified PAs are in significant demand within the NHS and have been highlighted as integral to the multidisciplinary team (NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, 2023).
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What you’ll do

  • You'll learn from supportive, staff who are highly experienced in academia and the clinical environment. This includes several physician associates.
  • 50% of the final two years of the programme is spent in clinical environments. These clinically based placements will help to illustrate how teams work within the NHS.
  • Develop a career as a medical associate professional and provide holistic care to patients.


Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Hear from our students

Personally the best support for me is the individual academic advisor assigned to me as that helps to keep me on track and constantly progress.
Shehr-yar Durrani
MPAS (Hons) Physician Associate Studies
United Kingdom

Future careers

Employability in the NHS for qualified physician associates is very strong. Historically, demand has exceeded supply.

As a PA you will have the opportunity to work in many medical specialties. You'll also have opportunities in research and academia.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£33,000 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

This course is based in the School of Medicine and Dentistry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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