University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Physician Associate Studies

This course helps address healthcare provision as the needs and demands of the population change; the course is fast-paced and demanding and focuses on developing the necessary clinical skills and medical knowledge to be able to enter clinical practice; it involves 2 years intensive training alongside medical students and other healthcare professionals; the course combines the theoretical and scientific basis of medicine with clinical experience.

Entry requirements

1st Class or Upper 2nd Honours degree in a medical science or health related subject; students must also have 1 Higher (or A-level) at grade C or above in chemistry in addition to 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.

Course modules

Year 1: Basic medical sciences; foundations of clinical method; foundations of clinical medicine; clinical method (intermediate); clinical placements A. Year 2: Clinical placements B; national assessment.

Assessment methods

Assessments are carried out throughout the course to ensure that students are achieving their learning objectives; a variety of methods is used including written and practical examinations together with workplace-based assessments; after completion of the University of Aberdeen assessments all students must then take the national qualifying examination which is the same format and standard as the University of Aberdeen�s assessments for their name to be on the voluntary managed register of UKAPA and then practice as a PA.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 9,200 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months
PgDip Full-time £ 9,200 per Whole course (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Foresterhill Health Centre Aberdeen AB25 2AY Scotland

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
01224 273506