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Master of Physician Associate Studies MPAS

Master of Physician Associate Studies MPAS

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Professional Masters

Subject areas

Medical Assistant Skills (Hospital)

Course type


Course Summary


This programme is suitable for graduates from life sciences or health courses and is designed to prepare students to enter the professional role of Physician Associate (PA). The Physician Associate role is an emerging role within the NHS and is defined as someone who is:

Physician Associates are trained to recognise, diagnose and manage common conditions under the supervision of a doctor. Physician Associates can work in a wide range of general and specialised areas of clinical practice within both primary and secondary care settings, and across integrated care pathways.

The programme is intensive. It is delivered over two years and leads to the award of a professional Master’s degree.

The requirements of a competent Physician Associate are not just based on theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Newly qualified Physician Associates need to be reflective practitioners with appropriate professional attitudes and attributes, able to critically reflect on their practice at a personal and organisational level and have the confidence and ability to instigate change.

The Master's academic component of this course is focused on achieving the competencies required of a graduate PA and provides the challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis, audit, and service improvement to produce academic Physician Associates with the ability to lead and develop the profession.

Physician Associates are not currently but are soon expected to become a regulated profession. Our Physician Associate course is designed to meet the UK Physician Associate curriculum and programme standards in preparation for achieving regulatory body accreditation in the near future.

Key features:

  • Fully-integrated two-year professional Master's course
  • Early exposure to clinical practice with a longitudinal GP placement beginning in week 7 of the first year
  • A range of primary and secondary care placements in the diversely-populated Bradford district and across the Yorkshire area
  • Opportunity to choose preferred speciality and location within the Yorkshire area for elective placement in the final weeks of the course
  • A focus on patient safety and improving quality of care
  • Opportunity to be actively involved in development, innovation and research of service provision through completion of a Quality Improvement Project
  • Part of a university that has a long-established and successful history in Health Professions education and that supports new and innovative ways of improving health and health care delivery

Learning and assessment

This is a fully integrated course. Our teaching of the biomedical, clinical and pharmacological sciences is always framed around the application to the clinical practice of working as a physician associate.

You will be taught by a range of healthcare professionals both in the classroom and on clinical practice, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, and of course on clinical placements there are even further opportunities to work in an interprofessional environment. There are also numerous opportunities to work with patients, service users and carers who are involved in classroom teaching sessions.

Career prospects

You will be eligible to apply for Physician Associate positions in the NHS, this subject to success in the Physician Associate national exam that you apply to take after graduation. Physician Associates usually work in the National Health Service and start at Agenda for Change (AfC) Band 6 or 7.


To develop students' knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of the CoreClinical Conditions defined by the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA).
Quality and Service Improvement Project
Professional Competence 2
Applied Clinical Knowledge and Professional Practice
Integrated Medical Sciences 2

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Students need to have 2:2 (or above) in a Life Science, Biomedical Science, or Healthcare subject from a UK University or overseas equivalent. Applicants should offer either a strong science degree with substantial biology content or offer substantial healthcare experience. Recent experience of volunteering or employment in a healthcare environment.

University information

The University of Bradford is a progressive institution which aims to have a positive impact on society through embracing technology-oriented teaching methods and applied research. The university invests heavily in its facilities, and its city-centre campus is built with sustainability at the forefront of its design, such as using hemp-based building materials, edible gardens and even beehives on-site. Bradford has won several awards for its...more