Physician Associate Studies

Physician Associate students in Aberdeen are taught in a thriving medical school that is co-located on one of the largest clinical sites in Europe with superb teaching and extensive facilities.  

Embedded within the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, we have been providing clinical excellence and innovation since 1497, and are proud to be the second longest running course in the UK, and the only university in Scotland to offer this exciting MSc.

Our established course sees our students undertake a modern, dynamic and clearly delivered curriculum using a systems-based, integrated approach. Student feedback is encouraged and is extremely important in informing future course developments.

Physician Associates (formerly Physician Assistants) are a new and rapidly growing group of graduate professionals in the UK.  Whilst not doctors, they work to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.  With ever increasing demands on our National Health Service, the role of the PA is designed to supplement the medical workforce, ultimately improving patient access.

Apply now for September 2017 entry!  We are now accepting applications for September 2017 entry.  Applications should be submitted by 1 May 2017.

All applicants who start the course this year are guaranteed employment with NHS Grampian upon successful completition of the course and National Exam.

Face to face interviews are a compulsory part of the application process. Successful applicants will be emailed and invited to interview. Currently, these are schedued to take place on 29th May and 7th June 2017.

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Our Course

Our MSc in Physician Associate Studies is intense and demanding,  but once qualified, the hard work will all be worthwhile to be amongst some of the first qualified PAs in the UK.

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Student Life

Being a PA student is hard work, but there is still time for fun! Read about some of the societies and clubs on offer and hear what some of our current students think about Aberdeen.

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Entrance Requirements

A good application relies on more than just good grades. Find out more information about how to make the most of your application.


Application Process

For further information on how to apply, how we manage your application and our admissions policy.