Population-based research to support decision-making aimed at maximising health and optimising healthcare services.

The Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) pursues an agenda of excellence in health services research, with a strategy based upon applying current methodological strength to selected clinical topics.

Current areas of strength include cohort studies, large-scale multicentre randomised trials, health economic research, health services research, health technology assessment and health informatics.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MPhil, MSc or PhD

Our Research

Applied Health Sciences research is focused across three strategic themes of work and we welcome applications from self-funded students at any time.

Research Interests

Symptoms and early diagnosis

  • Prevalence, determinants and impact of different symptoms
  • Prognostic value of symptoms and biological measurements in an individual
  • Clinical usefulness and affordability of different diagnostic approaches, including new technologies
Symptoms and early diagnosis

Evaluation of healthcare interventions

  • Evidence synthesis, including health technology assessments, modelling and systematic reviewing
  • Primary research, mainly large-scale randomised clinical trials, especially of non-drug technologies and complex interventions
  • Health economic valuation and preference work, including contingent valuation and discrete choice experiments
  • Health informatics
Evaluation of healthcare interventions

Entry Requirements

Normally, the minimum entrance requirement for admission to the PhD is a degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in an appropriate field, or equivalent. It is preferable that you hold a Masters in the chosen area of study as well. If English is not your first language and you have not studied previously at an institution in the UK, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in English by taking an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE academic test. International Applicants


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Fees and Funding

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Research Impact

Research on single embryo transfer in IVF led by Profesor Siladitya Bhattacharya has influenced clinical guidance and made IVF safer for mothers and babies.

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You can choose a wide range of health research options from studying a research degree. This can include lab work to innovate, understand medical issues or find a solution to a specific problem working in public and private health environments or specialist research institutes.

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Contact Details

Postgraduate Research School
University of Aberdeen
Crombie Hall
AB24 3TS