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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

We research and develop understanding about how the body responds to infections and disease within the Institute of Medical Sciences and the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. Our research is interdisciplinary, and we attract internationally renowned researchers and academics due to the exciting range of historical innovations we have achieved and continue to research. We have one of the highest spin-out company formation rates and many businesses are formed within medical sciences. Our research cuts across key diseases, gut function, nutrition, drug development, biotechnology, customised medical innovation and more.

  • Medicine is ranked 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • You study at one of the largest medical campuses in Europe, with one of the highest spin-out company formation rates from research in the UK.
  • You are connected to Kings College by free daily shuttle bus.
  • We won the University a Queen's Anniversary Award for Higher Education in 2018

You are offered an exciting range of PhD opportunities across the Institute of Medical Sciences. You can enjoy further training, support and a wealth of events, seminars and conferences across the university.

Our Research

Immunity and Infection

We research molecular mechanisms of infection and host defence.

Molecular Medicine

We research cellular and molecular mechanisms that are the basis to human health and the disease process

Systems Physiology

We research several fields across physiology, pharmacology, endocrinology, biochemistry and drug discovery to bring them together to develop the area.

Translational Neuroscience

We research neuronal function and malfunction from single genes to molecules

Further research has included bone and musculoskeletal health, cancer medicine, cell biology, immunology, imaging, microbiology, neurobiology, pharmacology, cardiovascular research and more

Our Research Centres within the Institute of Medical Science

  • MRC Centre for Medical Mycology
  • Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal health
  • Aberdeen Cardiovascular and Diabetes Centre
  • Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre
  • Kosterlitz Centre for Therapies
  • Centre for Genome – Enabled Biology and Medicine
  • Aberdeen Neuroscience

You may have a project in mind but if you don't there are plenty of projects available for self-funded students

Facilities include the Institute of Dentistry, Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Campus, and Inverness Campus. The School offers a full range of research programmes, academic foundation and core training programmes, clinical fellowships and lectureships and several centres for research. These include; MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Institute of Medical Sciences, the Rowett Institute, Centre for Arthritis and Muscoskeletal Health, Centre for Healthcare Education, Research and Innovation and others

The Postgraduate Research School

The Postgraduate Research School provides you with additional research and professional training, ranging from ethics to project management. You learn to present to different markets, and you present your research at conferences in a range of different formats. You are supported throughout your PhD research to ensure you enjoy your experience

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.”

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Full time | University of Aberdeen | 36 months | NOV-19

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Full time


36 months

Start date


Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

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University information

The University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK and 3rd oldest university in Scotland. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 to provide academic learning across many of the subjects it teaches and researches today. Aberdeen attracts over 3,500 postgraduate students internationally, studying on campus and online. There are 12 schools: Business School Divinity, History and Philosophy Education Language,...more

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