PhD Opportunities

PhD Opportunities

If you are looking to pursue PhD study and want to make an impact with your research, there are a range of PhD opportunities to choose from at the School of Biological Sciences.

We have a world-leading reputation for pure and applied research across the biological sciences, with a broad cross cutting theme of understanding the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change. Our pioneering research and teaching in soil science has recently been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize, the highest national Honour awarded in UK further and higher education.

The SUPER Doctoral training partnership

The SUPER DTP is built around a well-established collaborative group of universities delivering world-leading research in natural environmental science. Each SUPER partner is a member of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS), a higher education pool established in 2009, whose research and training collaborations address cutting-edge scientific challenges across the NERC remit in topics as diverse as environmental physics and chemistry, biodiversity, global change and mathematical modelling of populations and ecosystems. 

All our PhD students have access to our state-of-the-art laboratory, analytical and research facilities, including major recent investment in a high-tech science teaching hub, greenhouse facilities, a multi-'omics Centre for Genome Enabled Biology and Medicine, and a high-performance computing cluster. We are also close to fantastic natural environments including coastline and marine habitats, mountain and river systems, Caledonian forests and farmland.    

We are passionate about your development – academic and personal – and equipping you with the  skills, knowledge and experience to stand out in your field.  That’s why generations of PhD students have chosen to study with us.


I highly appreciate studying within the School of Biological Sciences as our community is not only supportive in our work but also actively striving to improve the experience of PhD students. I can whole-heartly recommend studying at the University of Aberdeen.”

Tanja Schwank, PhD Biological Sciences


I chose to study at the University of Aberdeen because of the enviable record of international students’ participation and acceptance in the University and furthermore the career prospects and high employability of University of Aberdeen graduates was another deciding factor.”

- Vince Anyim Chukwe, PhD School of Biological Sciences


If you have any questions or want to find out more about pursuing a PhD at the School of Biological Sciences, please contact: