Scotland has a tradition of excellence in clinical research and significant recent investment in the new science of Stratified Medicine make it the ideal place to acquire the skills required for a successful and fulfilling career in 21st century biomedicine.

This programme is studied on campus.

Stratified Medicine holds huge potential to enhance timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new medicines.

This taught postgraduate Masters programme harnesses Scotland's strengths in Stratified Medicine, Clinical Trials, Bioinformatics and Pharmacogenomics and draws on the current and future needs of the Life Sciences sector. It is being developed in conjunction with the industrial partners of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC).

Throughout this programme you will benefit from focused training which integrates basic and clinical sciences, and equips you with grounding in the essential skills required to design, execute and evaluate modern clinical interventions.

This specially funded programme is open to UK/EU citizens. Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The awards cover all tuition costs and all you need to do is apply in order to be considered.

The MSc Stratified Medicine & Pharmacological Innovation is a joint postgraduate degree, the partners are University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde. Students choose to study in either Glasgow or Aberdeen. Glasgow is the lead institution and manages all applications. You can apply on the University of Glasgow website.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

  • Scientific basis of stratified medicine
  • Commercialisation of Science
  • Application of research and evaluation technologies

Sample Options

  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Drug disposition
  • Advanced Bio-business
  • New Venture Creation
  • Applied Health Economics
  • Clinical Trials: Principles and Methods
  • Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Systemic Reviews
  • Genome Enabled Medicine
  • Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics
  • Biologic Drug Discovery

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

You will be offered a choice of base institution, either Glasgow or Aberdeen. In addition, you will participate in modules/courses provided by the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde.

Tuition comprises core modules/courses (60 credits) and a series of optional modules/courses (60 credits) which enable participating students to personalise their degree better to align it with their future career aspirations. Students will also be offered a choice of project, which will afford them the opportunity to gain employability skills and to apply their new knowledge in a commercial or academic context. Further flexibility will be provided through a choice of host institution for some modules, and distance learning options for others.

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

The project will account for the remaining 60 credits. All projects will either have an industrial placement or a project which addresses an industrial need.

The programme will include an opportunity for all students to present the outcomes of their projects to an audience of other students, academics and industry representatives. Assessment will consist of submission of a Dissertation and a viva examination.

Why Study Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation?

  • There is high demand for students with this qualification and you will be ideally place to pursue a career in the commercial or academic life sciences upon graduation.
  • You will be given the unique opportunity to undertake an industry placement as your main project. This fantastic opportunity will be offered by partner commercial organisations/companies and universities.
  • The programme will cover aspects of commercial innovation and entrepreneurial skills, together with the principles which underpin the emerging science at the interface between genetics and pharmacology.
  • You will undergo theoretical and practical training in state-of-the-art research processes, enabling an appreciation of how to apply novel stratified approaches, together with clinical pharmacological, regulatory and ethical principles to the optimisation of future clinical research and therapeutic practice.
  • You will gain an understanding of statistical methods used to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new treatments, and direct experience of how all of these techniques are applied by academic and industrial researchers in the development of new medicines.
  • The five stakeholder universities, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Strathclyde, Dundee and Edinburgh are internationally recognised as leaders in biomedical research, hosting highly collaborative and productive groups with the requisite expertise in pharmacology, clinical trial methodology, pharmacogenomics, and life sciences.
  • The British Pharmacological Society has recognised the University of Aberdeen as a site of special scientific interest based on its achievements in pharmacology.
  • The University has the rare distinction of having two British Pharmacological Society Wellcome Gold Medal winners on staff.

Entry Requirements

For further information regarding academic entry requirements:

Applications should be accompanied by a personal statement, highlighting career goals and how this programme will help to achieve them.


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

Candidates must normally possess:

  • At least a second class honours degree in Life Science or Pharmacy/Pharmacology from a university in the United Kingdom; or
  • A qualification deemed by the Joint Management Committee to be equivalent to the above; and/or
  • Professional or industrial experience deemed appropriate by the Joint Management

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

Scottish Funding Council Awards

Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. You can find information about funded places here.

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni. Further information can be found on our Finance and Funding pages.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


Upon graduation you will be able to pursue a career in a variety of academic and industrial areas including clinical research, preclinical lab-based research, business development with expert knowledge in life sciences and Bioinformatics/biostatistics.

Industry Links

Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC).

Our Experts

The programme will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team of world renowned and vastly experienced experts.

Programme Coordinator
Professor Heather Wallace

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Top 10 for Spin-Out Companies

We are one of the top 10 UK Universities for spin-out company formation.


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Stratified Medicine Scotland - Innovation Centre

Stratified Medicine Scotland - Innovation Centre

The SMS-IC is a world-class centre for providing commercial delivery of stratified medicine capabilities. SMS-IC is based at the newly opened Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow.

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The Institute of Medical Sciences

The Institute of Medical Sciences

Focused on developing future effective therapies, the Institute of Medical Sciences houses nearly 400 researchers and support staff working on cutting-edge biomedical subjects aimed at understanding the human body's response to infection and disease.

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Foresterhill Health Campus

Foresterhill Health Campus

The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
AB24 3FX