There are various opportunities to become involved in the work we do.

PhD Degree

We are always keen to hear from well qualified and highly motivated potential PhD students. If you are interested in joining our PhD programme, please send us an email including your curriculum vitae. We receive many contacts per year and will only consider those who fit well within at least one of our research themes - so make clear that you do so in a covering letter. Potential students should be aware, however, that most of the sources of funding for our PhD students only provide fee support at the level for UK and/or European Union based students. Interested persons should contact the head of group, Professor Macfarlane, on*.


There are some positions available for undergraduate or postgraduate students who wish to join us on an internship. These give students the opportunity to work on a research project, contribute to publications and participate in training events. We have a memorandum of understanding with the University of Bremen under the ERASMUS-mobility programme, accept students from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich but will also consider students from elsewhere. Applications are open for the 2019-2020 academic year and will be considered on an ongoing basis. You can read about the experiences of some previous students here. Interested students should apply with a CV and cover letter to Daniel Whibley. The cover letter should underline your interests, achievements and the wish to undertake an internship at Aberdeen.


Scientists or clinicians who are interested in joining us for a defined period of sabbatical study and whose research interests are linked to those of the group should contact us to discuss possibilities. There are a limited number of fellowships available within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition and we support applications for fellowships of mutual benefit*.