Addressing the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change.

The School of Biological 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.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MPhil or PhD

Our Research

The School of Biological Sciences undertakes work within the broad areas of hospital based clinical disciplines, population health, health services research and health economics. We have identified three strategic themes of work where we undertake internationally competitive research.

1. 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

2. 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

3. Delivery and organisation of care

  • Resource allocation
  • Service delivery
  • Workforce issues

Entry Requirements

If English is not your first language you must also show evidence of attaining standards in English.

English language criteria


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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School of Biological Sciences Showcase

Our showcase film highlights the benefits for students who choose to study here, the breadth of research carried out at the School and the superb facilities on offer.

Research Impact

Professor Paul Thompson and his team have been instrumental in mitigating the impacts of offshore installations on marine mammals in EU protected areas.

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