Academic Foundation Programme


UCL hosts the Academic Foundation Programme from the North Central Thames Foundation School.

The North Central Thames Foundation School (NCTFS) is a Foundation School linked to UCL Medical School and Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL).

These posts provide Foundation doctors with the opportunity to develop research, teaching and leadership / management skills in addition to the current basic clinical competencies outlined in the Foundation curriculum. 

They are intended to be beneficial to both trainees who plan to go into academic medicine (the majority of Academic Foundation trainees) as well as those who choose a different medical career. 

The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) is a 2 year programme with one Academic placement in the second year of training. 

For detailed information about the offered programme and application process, please click here

Useful Documents

Please see UKFPO for the following documents:

  • A Rough Guide to the Academic Foundation Programme 
  • Compendium of Academic Competencies 


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