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The STEM Summer Research Programme, unfortunately, will not be running in the Summer of 2022 due to restrictions around the Covid global pandemic. We are planning to run the programme again in the Summer of 2023; please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at if you wish to receive any further information closer to that time.


The Aberdeen STEM Summer Research Programme

Are you a current STEM undergraduate student looking to gain valuable international research experience without disrupting your studies at home? Spend your summer at one of Europe’s largest medical science campuses and join the University of Aberdeen’s STEM Summer Research Programme.

This six-week intensive programme will train students in current research techniques and includes a number of workshops catered specifically to the differing interests of students. For those students hoping to pursue a career in research, regular skills sessions run by academic staff will develop: scientific reading and writing; critical analysis; and public engagement skills. Those on a Pre-Med track will have the opportunity to undertake clinical skills activities, with the possibility of clinical shadowing and gaining experience in our simulated ward. These experiences are very valuable to employers and resonate strongly on graduate school applications.

A range of projects are available and have previously included research in biomedical science, molecular, cell and developmental biology. Most students undertake their studies at the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) or The Rowett Institute. The IMS is home to several world-class research groups including the MRC Centre in Medical Mycology and the Aberdeen Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health. The Rowett Institute is a world leader in healthy eating, human nutrition and how it can help prevent disease.

Academic Credits:

Over the summer you will earn 6 credits by completing a supervised research project culminating in a final research paper and presentation. You will work closely with a faculty supervisor to continue the development of your knowledge in your chosen research topic discipline. Past research projects have included:

  • Breast cancer projects
  • Bacterial pathogens as a cause of infections
  • Determining the potential of natural products to induce cytotoxicity in human cancer cells
  • Study of a new receptor target for brain disease
  • Heads or Tails? Stem Cell programming during planaria flatworm regeneration

Admissions Requirements:

GPA Requirement 3.0 in relevant undergraduate major

Why Study in Aberdeen?:

The University was established in 1495, making it the fifth oldest university in the UK. The Old Aberdeen campus is beautifully historic and located only a short walk from the city centre. The University’s Foresterhill Campus has state-of-the-art medical research facilities with the excellent lab space and facilities necessary for outstanding research. With a focus on developing future effective therapies, staff at the IMS have been awarded £30 million in research funding and published 415 peer-reviewed papers in the last 12 months.

The University of Aberdeen is also a top teaching institution in the United Kingdom, having ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Medicine, 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK for Anatomy and Physiology, and 1st in Scotland and 6th in the UK for Kinesiology. Our teaching excellence is further reflected in student satisfaction surveys, with Physiology receiving a satisfaction rate of 100% in 2018 and Pharmacology teaching graded as ‘Excellent’ in the latest Teaching Quality Assessment.

With a population of just over 200,000 Aberdeen has plenty to see and do during your time here, without feeling like your lost in the crowds of a big city. It has also recently been rated as the safest student city in the UK.

Make the most of your summer by enjoying all that Aberdeenshire and the nearby Highlands have to offer (including 18+ hours of daylight through June and July) or use your weekends to get out and explore the UK and Europe with ease. Train and bus options will get you to Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond within a few hours, and the city’s international airport has direct flights to major cities including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Gdansk, and many more.

Find Out More:

Further information can be found here. To register your interest for the programme, please contact

Students of institutions with which Aberdeen has a Study Abroad and/or Student Exchange agreement with (list here) should apply by contacting us directly at the above email address.

Students from other institutions wishing to participate in the STEM summer research programme in Aberdeen should apply via Arcadia University

Additional opportunities will be listed as they become available. 


If you are a faculty member from another university interested in hosting a summer school at Aberdeen, please click here for more information.