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Academic Foundation

Scotland is one Academic Unit of Application (AUoA). Scotland offers 4 Academic Foundation Programmes comprising 54 individual rotations across the 4 distinct areas of Scotland (East, North, South East, West) and linked to the Universities of Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Region Total Posts Research Posts Teaching Posts Leadership Posts
East  6  4  1  1
North  15  9  6  0
South East  18  18  0  0
West  15  15  0  0


Each of the rotations starts with a generic clinical foundation year which allows for newly qualified doctors to gain experience in a range of clinical posts, with the F2 year focusing on academic elements alongisde additional clinical experience.

These rotations provide the opportunity for trainees to explore academia and, where applicable, the opportunity to work alongside senior academics and their research teams to develop an underatanding of clinical and basic scientific research. For some there will also be the chance to increase their teaching experience in different settings. The Scottish AFP posts offer the same clinical training as other Foundation posts but include additional tuition and assessment intended to prepare the post-holder for a future career in academia.

Further information on the academic programmes offered in each region can be found by following the links on the left-hand menu.

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