We offer a varied range of opportunities including job opportunities, opportunities for further study and research and opportunities for patients and the public.  Please click on the boxes below for more information.

Job Opportunities

We have no vacancies at present but please check back soon as opportunities can arise at any time.

University of Aberdeen job opportunities can be viewed here.

Designing Real World Trials Short Course

Experts from our Clinical Trials Unit (CHaRT) and HSRU deliver a 12 week short course on Designing Real World Trials. 


This course takes you through the process of designing a randomised controlled trial (RCT). The course will focus on trials in the evaluation of real-world healthcare and public health settings.  The course aims to develop your knowledge and awareness of how to design a fair test, the appropriate use of trials and alternative trial designs, involving patients and the public, the logistics and practicalities of designing real-world trials and the role of clinical trials units.

To find out more visit the course page or contact Dr Kirsty McCormack

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Short Course

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Health Research

Short online course for professionals working in or managing health research projects.

Our PPI in Health Research course is aimed at professionals who work in health research and would like to improve their understanding of patient and public involvement.  

The course is run by staff from the internationally recognised Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) - awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Award for sustained excellence in health services research.  

The course is an introduction to

  • patient and public involvement in research and why it is important; 
  • what patients and the public can contribute at different stages of the research cycle; 
  • who to involve and how to find them; 
  • current debates about involvement; 
  • the practicalities of involvement;
  • practical tips on how to involve people when face to face meetings aren’t possible.

The course is fully online which will allow you some flexibility to fit your learning around other commitments.  

Your online learning will be supplemented with a practical and interactive session allowing you to opportunities to discuss your challenges and experiences with leading experts in the field and fellow course participants.

When: Regular dates through the year – TBC

Format: Online 

Cost: Free limited places conditional on completing post course questionnaire.  We will run a waiting list for those who would still be interested when this becomes a fee-paying course

Duration: Approx: 20 hours over 2 weeks

To register your interest contact: hsru-ppie@abdn.ac.uk

Course Coordinator

Kirsty McCormack

Course tutors 

Katie Banister, Louise Locock, Beatriz Goulao



HSRU contributes teaching to the:

We offer a number of student projects each year to students on the MSc and Intercalated BMEdSci courses.

Our Designing Real-World Trials short course will earn you 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11).


Staff in HSRU are fully supported in undertaking a PhD.  They are also encouraged to provide supervisory support for full or part-time PhD students. 

Please click here to view all current University of Aberdeen opportunities. 

Below are our current HSRU ongoing PhD projects.

Ongoing projects

Examples of recently completed projects

Research Fellowships


HSRU actively mentors NHS Research Scotland (NRS) fellowships.  Recent NRS Clinical Fellows were:


  • Dr Callum Kaye, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Critical Care, NHS Grampian - BIS-TBI



HSRU actively encourages the development of staff through seeking prestigious research fellowships. Several funded research fellowships are supported including for example topics on the surgical trial methodology and methodological investigation of decision support for trial participation

Student Internships

We offer summer student work placements to current University of Aberdeen students wishing to improve their knowledge and experience in a research-focused environment.  This summer we welcomed 5 interns.  

We hope to have details about 2022 internships around Spring 2022, so please check back then.

Opportunities for patients and the public

There are lots of opportunities for patients and the public to be involved with our research.

You can find out more here

You can also contact our Patient and Public Involvement Co-ordinator Katie Banister