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

The Institute of Applied Health Sciences 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, and health technology assessment.

We welcome applications from self-funded students at any time.

Our Research

The Institute of Applied Health Sciences has particular strengths in the areas of:


Aberdeen is strong in research methodology and within this area, the principal research strengths are in health services research and health economics and hosts Chief Scientist's Office (CSO) funded units in these areas. The Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) and the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) are conducting research of the highest standards of excellence focusing on two main areas: evaluation of healthcare interventions and delivery and organisation of care.

A further core discipline of strength in Aberdeen is Health Psychology. This group also has formed strong and successful links with the Health Services Research Unit with a research focus particularly around behaviour change.

Clinical Disciplines

The Health Services Research Unit has strong collaborations locally with urology and reproductive health.

Urology is focused on cancers, benign prostatic disease and pelvic floor dysfunction each using the methodology of systematic review, economic evaluation, trials and high-quality observational studies.

Reproductive Health has research programmes in reproductive medicine, maternal and peri-natal medicine, pre-cancer and benign gynaecology with each focused on evaluation of treatments leading to randomised controlled trials and evaluation of service delivery. These research programmes also benefit from hosting the Aberdeen maternity neonatal databank, a unique database holds information on all the obstetric and fertility-related events occurring to women from a defined population within Aberdeen and the surrounding areas from 1951 to present day.

Epidemiology. This group undertakes studies of the onset and outcome of rheumatic disorders and randomised controlled trials particularly focused in pain. It has established a broad collaboration in which to do so, through the Aberdeen Pain Research Collaboration Pain, and more generally common symptom research, is also one of the areas of strength within Primary care.

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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