Dr Neil Scott

Dr Neil Scott
MA, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

I am currently accepting PhDs in Applied Health Sciences.


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Medical Statistics Team, Division of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, ABERDEEN AB25 2ZD, UK.


Neil Scott graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1995 with an MA in Mathematics and has an MSc in Applied Statistics from Napier University.  He obtained a PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 2007. 

From 1997 to 2001 he worked as a medical statistician in the Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, where he worked on clinical trials and systematic reviews, particularly in surgery.

Since joining the Medical Statistics Team (originally part of the Dept of Public Health) in 2001 he has collaborated on a large number of medical research projects in a wide variety of clinical areas.

His PhD project involved using differential item functioning (DIF) analyses to detemine whether there were linguistic or cultural differences in responses to the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire.

He has recently been working on a large number of projects involving systematic reviews and meta-analyses and he is a member of a team critiquing technology assessments for NICE.

He also works as a statistical consultant for NHS staff and participates in a variety of teaching activities including delivering statistical courses for staff.  He is course co-ordinator for the PU5522 and PU5017 courses (Applied Statistics) and is a lecturer for MSc Systematic Reviewing and Evidence Based Health.


Research Areas

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  • Medical Statistics

Research Overview

Neil’s main research interests include:

  • Randomised controlled trials, including methods of randomisation
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis, including individual patient data (IPD) reviews and network meta-analyses
  • Health-related quality of life (HRQoL)
  • Differential item functioning (DIF) methods
  • Methods to assess translations of HRQoL questionnaires
  • Case-control studies
  • Statistical consultancy



My current supervision areas are: Applied Health Sciences.



Teaching Responsibilities

Contribution to:

PU5522 Applied Statistics (online) (lecturer and course co-ordinator)

PU5017 Applied Statistics (lecturer and course co-ordinator)

PU5526 Systematic Reviewing (lecturer)

PU5031 Evidence-Based Health (online) (lecturer)

SPSS staff course (lecturer)

Intermediate Statistics staff course (lecturer)

PhD Statistics Course (tutor)

Statistical consultancies (NHS and University staff)

Student clinics



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