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.


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.  A number of our staff are currently accepting PhD's.  Please refer to our People page to view individual staff profiles.

HSRU has a strong track record of PhD supervision in health service research.  As a PhD student you will be part of HSRU interacting with a team of researchers working in your area of interest.

Details of potential funding for PhD research within HSRU may be found in the University of Aberdeen Funding Database.

For general enquiries about undertaking a PhD within HSRU please email hsru@abdn.ac.uk.

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

Job Opportunities

There are no current job opportunities within HSRU but please check back again 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


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).

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 will be welcoming 8 interns.  

2023 projects:  

  1. HSRU PPIE gap analysis
  2. Trial Forge EDI updates
  3. Remote and rural doctors
  4. Carbon footprint of clinical treatments and its role in patient’s decision making
  5. Designing greener trials: what ‘carbon relevant’ factors influence patients’ decision making?
  6. Planned mode of birth
  7. Interventions for fibromyalgia
  8. Compensatory behaviour

Applications for these roles are now closed but please check back next Spring for 2024 opportunities.

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