Research within the College of Physical Sciences is founded on strong academic disciplines, and ranges from fundamental research to applied projects, working closely with industry. There are strong links between disciplines, and a number of research themes span disciplines across the College and the University.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework:

    • the majority of the research activity within the College was classed as either world leading or internationally excellent;
    • 18% was judged to be world leading (4*);
    • a further 60% internationally excellent (3*).

The College offers a supportive and dynamic environment for aspiring researchers. Working with the Researcher Development team within the Centre for Academic Development we provide a comprehensive university-wide programme of development opportunities designed to enhance personal and professional development of postgraduate researchers and research staff.

The Researcher Development team delivers a comprehensive programme of courses, workshops and resources for researchers to develop their skills and competencies, build their CV in order to succeed in an increasingly competitive global environment. Our training programmes and courses are designed for all our postgraduate researchers and/or research staff. We recognise that not all of our researchers will remain in an academic role. To this end, we coordinate a comprehensive programme of activities to support researchers to deliver societal and economic impact in a global environment - for example in enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and commercialisation, teaching and self-management. 

At the University of Aberdeen, we champion a strategy for skills through practice.  Working jointly with the Public Engagement with Research Unit,  we couple development workshops with follow through opportunities (Public Engagement, Intrapreneurship, academic and non-academic writing)  in which researchers can demonstrate new skills and generate robust evidence of new creative, leadership, management and communication skills to enhance CVs.

Discipline specific support and academic guidance is provided through supervisors and research groups, of which postgraduate students and contract researchers are an integral part.