Taught course

MSc Physician Associate

University of Reading · School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

Entry requirements

IELTS: 7.5 overall with no element less than 7.0.

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above), in a relevant life sciences subject, for example, biological sciences, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, pharmacy or psychology. A good lower second-class honours degree (2.2) combined with other relevant practical healthcare skills and experience (or qualifications and experience considered to be equivalent to the above) will also be considered.

As part of the application process for this programme, you will be required to attend an interview.

Demand for places on this course is high and all successful applicants will be required to pay a £1,000 deposit to hold their place on the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Physician Associate programme provides essential training for entering an exciting new career as a healthcare professional.

This course is suitable for life science graduates or those with significant healthcare experience.

You will receive training in the classroom and experience a wide variety of teaching methods. You will engage in workplace-based learning in NHS Primary and Secondary Care environments, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge as a healthcare professional in real settings. All curriculum content is delivered in close partnership with practicing clinicians. Our course provides significant clinical placement hours in primary/secondary healthcare settings. In your final year placement time 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.

Applications for this course can be submitted from 09:00 on Monday 22 January 2024. The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 26 April 2024.

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £11,900

New international students: £26,950

Tuition fee information

International applicants: Please note that, due to UK Home Office rules on placements, the MSc programme is open only to international applicants who already have the right to work in the UK. The University is not able to provide student route visa sponsorship for this programme.

Please note

The fees listed are for one year of full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. This course will require you to travel to placements in primary and secondary care settings throughout the programme and you will need to fund your own travel. You will need to have a professional standard stethoscope, these cost approximately £90 to £160. The Physician Associate National Certification Examination takes place outside of Reading and will therefore incur additional travel expenses.

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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