Embark on an exciting new healthcare career as a Physician Associate


Our two-year MSc Physician Associate (PA) programme provides essential training for those wanting to enter into this exciting healthcare role. 

The University of Reading
has a well-established PA programme developed in partnership with the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Berkshire Healthcare Trust in response to the growing demand for this professional role in the NHS.

Why choose the University of Reading?

Up-to-the-minute course content

All our teaching staff are medically trained, and specialist lectures are delivered by clinicians from our partner institutions. This ensures that you are taught the most up-to-date content by people with on-the-ground experience.

"Being able to apply real-life work scenarios to my lectures really enhances my teaching. I often give my students anonymised case studies about patients I have seen at the hospital. I don't think it can get more current than that." Sam Warrior, Physician Associate and Lecturer on the programme

You’ll also have considerable interaction with patients from early on and throughout your studies. This is through placements in NHS primary and secondary care environments, which allow you to develop your skills and knowledge as a healthcare professional in real settings.

Industry-approved learning

Working with Health Education England Thames Valley, many local primary care providers and several local hospital trusts, we are a nationally recognised institution of excellence in PA training.

The programme is designed to meet the requirements of the Department of Health’s Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Associate and aims to maximise the sustainability and transferability of the PA role across the NHS.

Created with your future in mind

Qualified PAs are in high demand across the UK, and we currently have a 100% employment record for all graduates who have passed the national exam. You’ll be qualified to work in a wide variety of workplaces, such as GP practices, community health services and hospital settings.

"The advantage of my job is that I'm able to get much more skilled in a specialty that I love like neurology, as well as keeping up with general practice knowledge. I love the variability of my role – I can see so much in one day." Samantha Bautista, PGDip Physician Associate graduate

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