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Specialised Foundation Programmes

Please note for posts commencing August 2022 the Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP) is now called Specialised Foundation Programmes (SFP).

Scotland is one Specialised Unit of Application (SUoA). Scotland offers forty-eight individual Programmes (also called rotations) across the four distinct areas of East, North, South East and West and linked to the Universities of Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Overview of post numbers

Region Total Posts Research Posts Teaching Posts Leadership Posts
East  6  4  1  1
North  12  6  6  0
South East  15  15  0  0
West  15  15  0  0


Each of the Programmes starts with a generic clinical F1 year which allows for newly qualified doctors to gain experience in a range of clinical posts, with the F2 year focusing upon academic elements alongside additional clinical experience.

These Programmes 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 understanding of clinical and basic scientific research. For some there will be the chance to increase their teaching experience in different settings. The Scottish Specialised Foundation Programme offers the same clinical training as other Foundation Programme posts but includes additional tuition and assessment intended to prepare the post-holder for a future career in academia.

Further information on the specialised programmes offered in each region, as well as information on the recruitment process and offer cascade timetable, can be found by following the links on the left-hand menu.

For FAQs about Specialised Foundation Programme recruitment, please click here.

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