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    Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition Logo
  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

    Food Sciences


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    4 months, 9 months or 12 months

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Find out about course fees from your programme page

  • Last Updated

    20 June 2019

There is a real need to understand one of the most common health challenges of our time and support improved knowledge of metabolic disease and better outcomes at all stages of life. Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes present complex scenarios and interplay between diet, lifestyle, environmental pollutants, everyday products, work, play and sleep and genetics at the very least.

Aberdeen offers you the chance to really develop your research and knowledge of the area with a unique range of expertise in terms of research knowledge from a dedicated cardiovascular research centre, which is further augmented by the internationally renowned Rowett Institute and one of the largest health campuses in Europe at Foresterhill. The programme gives you wide ranging insight potential across biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, molecular and genome medicine and bioinformatics along with context of health and disease, food and nutrition and more.

You will be provided with a cutting-edge view of cardiovascular and metabolic science and have the opportunity to carry-out a research project supervised by internationally recognised experts in cardiovascular and diabetes research. A unique experience is provided through the established excellence in nutrition research at the Rowett Institute, the input of doctors to the teaching and the international recognition of cardiovascular lab research. 

Upon graduation, you will have the skills to meet the gap of knowledge required in the areas of cardiovascular, diabetes and nutrition research, as identified by the Scottish and UK governments and major research funders and carry on research towards the potential for significant innovation in the treatment or understanding of the diseases at any stage. You gain the expertise to continue research and analysis into wide ranging areas such as academia and further research, science lead innovations such as identifying risks with smart technologies to drug discovery and wider therapies.

Courses listed for the programme

MSc 12 months

Semester 1 - Compulsory

  • Cardiovascular health and disease
  • Introduction to immunology

Semester 1 - Optional

  • Molecular pharmacology
  • Nutrition and health
  • Small molecule drug discovery
  • Bioinformatics

Semester 2 - Compulsory

  • Diabetes and metabolism
  • Basic research methods

Semester 2 - Optional

  • Immunogenetics
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Biologic drug discovery
  • Advanced bioinformatics and genome sequencing

Semester 3

  • Individual Research Project

PgCert 4 months

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PgDip 9 months

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Study one of the most important areas of health affecting population today from a University renowned for advances in research and key opinion leaders in cardiovascular and diabetes research
  • Experts, who are internationally recognised in the field, will supervise your research project
  • The Foresterhill Healthcare Campus provides excellent cardiovascular imaging facilities, from which you will benefit
  • Elements of cardiovascular and nutritional science in the context of obesity and metabolic health are uniquely integrated to the programme
  • Study at the University where Insulin was first developed in 1923 to win a Nobel Prize and where Lord Boyd Orr was recognised for his contribution to the fight against worldwide hunger in 1947, also winning a Nobel Peace Prize.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months, 9 Months or 4 Months
  • Full Time
  • September start

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