Cutting edge research aimed at understanding the human body, how it functions, and its response to infection and disease.

The Institute of Medical Sciences is home to principal investigators who lead cutting edge molecular and cell biology research in a variety of fields.

Our Research

An exciting range of PhD opportunities are available across our research programmes:

Molecular mechanisms of infection and host defence.

Programme Leads: Professor Andy Porter and Professor Stephanie Spano.

Elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underpin life-long human health and disease.

Programme Leads: Professor Lynda Erskine and Professor Iain McEwan.

Bringing together and advancing the fields of basic and applied physiology, pharmacology, endocrinology, biochemistry and drug discovery.

Programme Lead: Professor Mirela Delibegovic

Studying neuronal function and malfunction from single genes and molecules to humans.

Programme Leads: Professor Bettina Platt and Professor Gernot Riedel

The Institute of Medical Sciences is also home to research centres of excellence:

We also provide an excellent and well-supported environment for staff, students and external users to undertake high quality research using advanced technologies through our Facilities Centre.

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

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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Our Funding Database

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Research Impact

Aberdeen scientists are working towards halting the progression of Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases in world leading research.

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PhD Perspective

PhD student Obinna C Ubah describes his research in the field of molecular biology and genetic engineering.

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