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Anaesthesia Associate Postgraduate Diploma

Anaesthesia Associate Postgraduate Diploma

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Study mode

Full time


27 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team.

This programme will develop a practitioner role that enables the anaesthesia team to have more staff working differently. Presently in the UK only doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia can administer anaesthetics.

The Anaesthesia Associate is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.

The programme is studied over 27 months full-time which includes 24 months of academic study and clinical training, followed by 3 months of supervised practice.


This programme is part of a structured training programme for the role of Anaesthesia Associate.

Anaesthesia Associates (previously known as physicians' assistants (anaesthesia)) are part of the multi-disciplinary anaesthesia team, led by a consultant anaesthetist, that looks after patients undergoing many aspects of critical care.

While studying on this programme you will be employed by the Trust you apply to, and your employment will continue throughout the duration of the course.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to successfully obtain a job post as a trainee Anaesthesia Associate within a trust, who then put names forward to be enrolled onto the programme. Trusts usually advertise for these positions from May onwards. This can differ between trusts depending on when funding is secured. The programme is open to applicants from two different routes: 1. Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners) require one or both of the following: At least three years’ full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area. A first degree in a health-related subject 2. New entrants to health care (graduates or graduate equivalent) require: A biomedical science or biological science background. Preferably a second-class Honours degree or better, or other evidence of recent and successful academic activity. A demonstrable commitment to a career in health care.