An exciting range of PhD opportunities are available across all the research interests of our Institute of Medical Sciences, including:
Bone and Musculoskeletal; Cancer Medicine; Cell and Developmental Biology; Immunology; Imaging; Molecular Exercise Physiology; Microbiology; Neurobiology; Physiology and Pharmacology; Systems Biology; Translational Medicine; and Cardiovascular research.
We encourage prospective PhD students to apply at any time throughout the year and have a wide range of PhD projects in the field of Medical Sciences that we are currently looking to fill. Browse example PhD projects »
Our students tell you what it's like doing a PhD in the field of Medical Sciences and why those thinking about a postgraduate research degree should join us here at the University of Aberdeen.
The Institute of Medical Sciences is home to principal investigators who lead cutting edge molecular and cell biology research in a variety of fields. Current research includes:
The main interest of the vascular theme is in the role of cardiac risk assessment and management in healthy volunteers and patients with peripheral vascular, cardiac, and cerebrovascular disease. Our areas of expertise are in the investigation of the role of platelets, coagulation, endothelial function, inflammation and dyslipidaemia in the development and progression of atherosclerosis.
The Cell and Developmental Research Programme investigates the Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Cell Physiology that is unique to cells in multicellular organisms. Current research has shown that many of the molecular pathways and mechanisms used during embryonic development are re-deployed in the adult to regulate stem cell maintenance and differentiation in wound healing, regeneration and tissue repair.
The Immunity, Infection and Inflammation Research Programme is a diverse and thriving organisation. The University of Aberdeen hosts cutting-edge research, which has expanded to develop successful collaborations in the commercial sector.
At Aberdeen, molecular and cell biologists, clinical scientists, epidemiologists and environmental microbiologists are working together to address key questions about the basic biology of micro-organisms, how they interact with the environment and how they interact with human hosts to cause infectious disease.
The Musculoskeletal programme consists of a team of scientists and clinicians working together to seek a better understanding of bone, cartilage and muscle biology and physiology in health and disease. By combining basic molecular and cell biological research with patient studies they seek to develop new or better ways of diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, working together with collaborators and using a strong multidisciplinary approach.
The neuroscience programme at Aberdeen consists of one of the fastest growing neuroscience groups in the UK. The programme places particular emphasis on bridging the gap between the biochemistry of the brain and the behaviour of the brain - how the molecular events that control function of neural cells set up the firing outputs of neuronal networks, reading out as the brains control of behaviour.
Tuition fee rates for the academic year can be found at :- http://www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/tuitionfees
Funded studentship opportunities are routinely advertised on the Graduate School website, along with details of other sources of funding.
Students with an interest in a specific area of research are encouraged to visit the Institute’s research website to identify potential supervisors and submit a project proposal with their application.
Enquiries can be made to:
The Graduate School
College of Life Sciences & Medicine
College Office, Polwarth Building
Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of our founder, Bishop William Elphinstone, we are offering a new £5 million PhD scholarship programme in memory of his commitment to excellence and "the pursuit of truth in the service of others".
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