What will I learn?

This programme develops your theory, scientific understanding and practical application of healthcare to support doctors diagnose and manage patients. You take medical history, examine, diagnose, analyse and develop management plans for patients. Upon Graduation you sit an examination to register as a PA in the UK.

  • Medicine is ranked 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • You are taught in a dynamic clinical environment with the second longest running Physician Associate programme in the UK
  • You enjoy studying at one of the largest medical campuses in Europe, connected to several libraries including the Sir Duncan Rice glass library at Kings College campus and the beautiful ancient medieval campus dating back to 1495

Courses can cover foundations of anatomy, medical sciences, clinical medicine, clinical diagnostics and communication skills in year one. You then rotate within clinical environments in year two and general surgery, emergency medicine, reproductive health, paediatrics and disease presentations. You study courses which adhere to the Department of Health competence framework, The Royal College of Physician Associates and Royal College of General Practitioners.

You study in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. The School is one of the largest clinical sites and medical campuses in Europe and. Aberdeen is one of the few universities able to teach and offer an MSc in Physician Associate Studies. The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition have provided ground breaking research aimed at solving challenges within disease and infection responses. Institutes include: The Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute. Researchers developed insulin, the MRI scanner and many other globally recognised life changing innovations. Today the school researches Alzheimer’s, arthritis, health eating, management of depression, eye screening to avoid blindness, Smoke free Scotland, making IVF safer and more.

Aberdeen has a long-established history in the field of medical sciences and major innovations, including the invention of insulin to treat diabetes, the MRI scanner and the fight against hunger (Nobel Prize Winners). There are several research institutes including the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Institute of Medical Sciences, Rowett Institute plus centres in diabetes, arthritis, research and innovation, data science, and medical mycology.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international researchers and academics.

The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities. The city is compact, architecturally interesting and it offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
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Start date

September 2020


University of Aberdeen

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King's College,


Aberdeen, City Of,

AB24 3FX, Scotland

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About this uni

Scottish University of the Year 2019, the university is renowned for ground-breaking research and innovation.

  • Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatic Centre
  • Excellent graduate outcomes and employment prospects
  • Offers top-ranking award-winning student clubs and societies
  • Study abroad opportunities through Erasmus