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Your programme of study

Physicians Associates support doctors to diagnose and manage patients mostly in hospital settings but you may also work in busy GP practises. Currently PAs work in England and Scotland in a wide range of speciality areas. Physician Associates were brought into the medical profession to meet the demands of the NHS. They were introduced in 2015 to tackle workload pressures of GPs. The Faculty of Physicians Associates is currently working to gain statutory registration for PAs. The Secretary of State has mandated that there should be 1000 PAs working in Primary Care by 2020.

At Aberdeen you will be trained to provide a thorough range of PA duties and you will often diagnose, take medical histories, perform examinations, analyse test results and develop management plans. You will have the chance to choose general surgery, emergency medicine, reproductive health and paediatrics as a specialism. The university has a long established history in teaching medicine. It is ranked 7th in the UK for medicine (Guardian University Guide 2016).

The role of Physicians Associate is a relatively new area and it is designed to supplement the diagnostic needs within busy medical settings which involve specialist hospital doctors so that they could concentrate more on specialist consultancy and other areas of work. You have employment options across the UK. If you want to be a Physicians Associate this programme gives you the knowledge, skills and attitudes 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.

Courses listed for the programme

Year 1

Medical Sciences 1 and 2

Advanced Clinical Method 1

Anatomy (runs over both 1st and 2nd half sessions

Medical Sciences

Advanced Clinical Methods 2

Clinical Placements

Year 2

Clinical Placements

Clinical Assessment

Transitions to Practice

E-Portfolio Reflection in Practice

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by a university ranked 7th for medicine (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • Aberdeen has a long established Chair in Medicine endowed at the University in 1497
  • You acquire knowledge, skills and behaviours and personal and intellectual attributes for lifelong professional development

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • 24 Months
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.


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Living in Aberdeen

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  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

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Visit the Physician Assistant Studies page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!






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