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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Specialisations: F-O Medicine (General)

Course type


Course Summary

You learn a broad curriculum of molecular science, with modern insights and tools to treat human disease. Several course options allow you to focus on specific areas of interest from: Genetics, biotechnology, drug development, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology.

  • Medicine is ranked 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • The University offers one of the highest spin out company formation rates in bio-medical sciences in the country
  • New anti-inflammatory drugs have been invented for Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Insulin was researched and invented at The University of Aberdeen (JR McLeod 1921-22)
  • A new anti-depressant has been invented to treat disorders of the Circadian rhythm
  • We won the Queens Anniversary Prize 2017 for sustained health research and significant positive health outcomes
  • You learn amongst a wealth of internationally renowned researchers, spin-out companies, a hospital and one of the largest health campuses in Europe
  • You benefit from a range of study areas, laboratories, the award winning Sir Duncan Rice glass library which overlooks the city, beach and beyond, and a beautiful ancient university dating back to 1495 which is 5th oldest in the UK

Courses include: Basic Skills, Study Skills for Life, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics, Drug Metabolism and Toxicology, Molecular Pharmacology, Introduction to Microbiology, Applied Statistics, Research Tutorials, Beyond Your Degree, Human Genetics, Genome – Enabled Medicine, Biologic Drug Discovery, and your Masters Research Project

This programme builds upon the latest innovation needs globally, advances in technology and molecular medicine and your research interests. You learn insights, tools and treatments of diseases with options in genetics, biotechnology, drug development and pharmacology from an international team of researchers and lecturers in a wide range of specialist areas from which you can choose the best options for your own needs. You can choose from careers in research science, biotechnology, pathology, education, publishing, commercialising research and science outreach.

You study in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. The School is set in the heart of a large teaching hospital at Foresterhill, and learning is multidisciplinary across biotechnology, drug discovery, clinical medicine, nutrition and gut health, public health and primary care. There are several research centres such as: Aberdeen Cardiovascular and Diabetes Centre, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, the Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health, the Centre for Bacteria in Health and Disease, amongst others.

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.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities.

Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands. The city is compact, architecturally interesting and it offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Bioinformatics - Core
Biotechnology - Core
Molecular Genetics - Core
Study Skills for Life - Core
Basic Skills - Induction - Core
Drug Metabolism & Toxicology - Optional
Molecular Pharmacology - Optional
Introduction to Microbiology - Optional
Applied Statistics - Optional
Advanced Bioinformatics and Genome Sequencing - Core
Research Tutorials - Core
Beyond Your Degree - Core
Human Genetics - Optional
Genome - Enabled Medicine - Optional
Biologic Drug Discovery - Optional
Drug Development to Evidence Based Medicine - Optional
Host - Pathogen Interactions - Optional
Immunogenetics - Optional
Advanced Biotechnology - Optional
Masters Research Project - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Honours degree in biological, medical science or similar area. Check In My Country pages from programme page to find out if your degree is equivalent English Language Requirements Find out more about English language requirements, pre-sessional English from the programme page

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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