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The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP)

Introduction to the AFP

The academic foundation programme (AFP) is a great way to get involved in a research project . The programme runs along the UK Foundation Programme. Doctors who undertake an AFP get protected time and access to training & a research mentor in order to complete an academic project of their choice. The majority of programmes are in research, although teaching and leadership AFP opportunities are available across the country.  

The AFP application process is separate to the foundation programme application. Candidates are allowed to apply to a maximum of TWO units of application (UOA). Each AFP UOA  contains a few different AFP programmes, and has their own individual selection criteria and scoring. ​

If you are keen on a career in radiology/interventional radiology, then doing an AFP is a great way to get into the academic side and increase your exposure to the specialty. However, a radiology AFP is certainly not mandatory. Additionally, imaging is important in lots of specialties, and it is possible to do an AFP in another specialty and put an imaging spin on your project if you wanted to!  

Units of Application

EBH

22 places

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East Anglia - Cambridge

24 places

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East Anglia - Norwich

12 places

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East Midlands - LNR

14 places

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East Midlands - Trent

21 places

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London & South East

127 places

The London & South East of England are all under one deanery. As part of the LASE selection process, there is an EPM decile cutoff. LASE offers an Interventional Radiology AFP at the Royal Free and Imaging at Guys & St Thomas. Other imaging-related AFPs include Nuclear Medicine & Cardiac Imaging AFPs.

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North West England

57 places

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Northern

21 places

Northern Ireland

9 places

Oxford

24 places

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SW - Peninsula

10 places

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SW - Severn

15 places

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Scotland

51 places

Wales

12 places

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Wessex

13 places

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West Midlands

42 places

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Yorkshire & Humber

63 places