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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

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

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

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Please note that part-time study is not available for resident international students. The PhD may be conducted, full-time or part-time, by distance learning, which carries no residency requirement.

The PhD at the University of Aberdeen is a research degree. Research degrees are defined by the student’s own research proposal, on which the student will write a thesis. Research students read on their own research topic and work closely with their supervisors to define their research and write a thesis. They also attend regular research seminars, are provided with opportunities to attend conferences and for some postgraduates, there are opportunities to gain undergraduate teaching experience.

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 36 months | AUG-20

Study mode

Full time


36 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.