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University of Reading

Physician Associate Studies (MPAS)

UCAS Code: BB96

Master of Physician Associate Studies – MPAS

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A level Biology and Chemistry at grade B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

including relevant science units.

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.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

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.

UCAS Tariff

128-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Physician associate studies

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.

Modules

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,830
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
med
Physician associate studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
4%
Male students
96%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physician associate studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,909
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

83%
Therapy professionals
4%
Teaching and educational professionals
4%
Childcare and related personal services

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physician associate studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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