Medical Sciences Research Area

Medical Sciences

Cutting edge research aimed at understanding the human body, how it functions, and its response to infection and disease.

Contact

Address
College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
Aberdeen

AB25 2ZD
Email
Phone
+44 (0)1224 437096

Overview

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, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Physiology and Pharmacology, Systems Biology, Translational Medicine, and Cardiovascular research.

We welcome applications from self-funded students at any time. You may already have a PhD project in mind, however, if you are still deciding there is a list of exciting PhD projects available to self-funded students on the College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School webpages.

Research Impact

Aberdeen scientists are working towards halting the progression of Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases in world leading research.

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Our Research

The Institute of Medical Sciences is home to principal investigators who lead cutting edge molecular and cell biology research in a variety of fields.

Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Medicine

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Medicine Research 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, we seek to develop new or better ways of diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders.

Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology

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.

Immunity, Infection and Inflammation

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.

Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health

The Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health research programme is focused on understanding the complex processes that are involved in the development of heart and blood vessel disease and the underlying risk factors.

Microbiology

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.

Translational Neuroscience

The translational 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.

Careers

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fee rates for the academic year can be found at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/tuitionfees

Funding

Elphinstone PhD Scholarships

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2016

A number of Elphinstone PhD scholarships are available across the College of Life Sciences & Medicine. These scholarships cover the entirety of tuition fees for a high-achieving PhD student of any nationality commencing full-time study in October 2016, for the three-year duration of their studies.

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

PhD Perspective

PhD student Obinna C Ubah describes his research in the field of molecular biology and genetic engineering.

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Contact

Address
College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
Aberdeen

AB25 2ZD
Email
Phone
+44 (0)1224 437096
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