Taught course

Physician Associate Studies

University of Aberdeen · College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Entry requirements

2.1 or 1st class honours degree in a Medical Science or health related subject Higher (or A level) grade C or above in chemistry Standard (or O level) grades B or above in English and Mathematics Experience in health care may contribute and compensate if the above requirements have not been fully met).

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Aberdeen has developed an exciting postgraduate training programme to provide Physician Associates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to practice in the UK in many different clinical settings as part of multidisciplinary healthcare teams. This programme is offered in partnership with NHS Grampian and it is anticipated that there will continue to be increasing job opportunities on a UK-wide basis. The programme provides the necessary experience to meet the competency frameworks for Physician Associates.

This is a 2 year full time programme requiring 90 weeks of study and combines the theoretical and scientific basis of medicine with clinical experience. At the beginning there is an emphasis on communication skills and developing the clinical skills needed to carry out a thorough clinical examination at the same time as learning about the scientific basis of clinical medicine. As the course progresses towards the end of the first year and through the second year there are a series of clinical rotations e.g. surgery, general medicine, emergency medicine, reproductive health, paediatrics, where students learn about common diseases, meet patients and learn from a variety of methods including bedside teaching, seminars and tutorials whilst working alongside a variety of multi-disciplinary health care professionals who are also in training.

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Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition
+44 (0)1224 437923