University of Central Lancashire
Physician Associate Studies (Undergraduate) MPAS
University of Central Lancashire

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of medicine and dentistry

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £35000 £43804 £49273
25-75 percentile range £30000 - £40000 £37276 - £46348 £42231 - £55817

Course Description

Course overview

The integrated Master’s in Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for you to become a Physician Associate, a medical associate profession, combining university study with practical work-based placements.

Why study with us

  • A unique programme, the first of its kind in the UK that leads to an integrated undergraduate master’s degree and ability to practice as a Physician Associate.
  • In the first two years you'll study alongside MBBS students, then join our postgraduate entry MSc Physician Associate Practice students for you final two years.
  • You’ll develop your clinical and communication skills using our state-of-the-art facilities, volunteer patients and simulated role players.

What you’ll do

  • Employability in the NHS for qualified PAs, once you have passed the National Exam as well as the programme at university, is currently 100% as demand is far in excess of supply.
  • 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 in the medical team, providing direct medical patient care.

Future careers

Employability in the NHS for qualified Physician Associates is very strong, and demand has historically exceeded supply.

As a PA you will have the opportunity to work in a number of medical specialties, and also have opportunities in research and academia.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Physician Associate Studies (Undergraduate) MPAS at University of Central Lancashire

25% Process, plant and machine operatives
20% Administrative occupations
10% Finance Professionals
10% Sales occupations
10% Managers, directors and senior officials

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Including a relevant subject/science @ C or above (80 UCAS tariff points)

Access to HE Diploma

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 7

with no component score less than 6.5 (to have been taken within 2 years before the course commencement date)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Physician Associate Studies (Undergraduate), MPAS, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Physician Associate Studies (Undergraduate) MPAS

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

*subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Central Lancashire in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Central Lancashire in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #26 
    • #33 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #29 
    • #37 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #30 
    • #501 
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

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About University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) is a government funded university located in the proud city of Preston, in Lancashire, England. The university’s main campus can be found right in the heart of the city, only a few minutes away from an assortment of shopping centres, entertainments and nightlife for those interested.

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