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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 months Full Time, 24 months part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    21 June 2019

Aberdeen presents a great opportunity to undertake medical research across wide ranging discipline areas which include; Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Applied Statistics, Drug Metabolism and Toxicology, Pharmacology, Reproductive Biology and Cardiovascular Health and Disease. You learn and research in one of the largest health campuses in Europe at a top 10 medical school and apply your training and knowledge using the latest technologies.

The MRes Medical Sciences give you a fully immersive experience to extend your knowledge and research interests across the full spectrum of medical science areas but with emphasis on pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications and areas post graduation. If you enjoy working in a laboratory, want to discover something new and you want to apply your new knowledge either to spin out company formation, new discoveries and patented innovations or research and academia the MRes is a great starting point.

Your research is augmented by optional courses to further your knowledge across Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Drug Metabolism and Toxicology, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, and Biotechnology. Wherever your research takes you in terms of interests these subject areas are in demand within current industry in the disciplines involved and new company formations. Biotechnology and Pharmacology have benefited from major digital revolutions, technological advances, applications, tools and techniques to rapid prototyping, upscaling and ability to commercialise research which can benefit health markets.

Across the UK and internationally there is a push in an already growing market and some exciting new ways of customising discoveries and connecting to the digital world. There has never been a better time to innovate and research. If you want to know more about what is going on in Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally read more about the Scottish Innovation Centers and Catapult UK as a start. The university is involved in all Scottish Innovation centres and is ranked in the top 10 for spin out company formation, many of the companies starting from researchers like you.


  • Queen's Anniversary Prize for Research - leading to improvements in academic, clinical practice and delivery of healthcare
  • Nobel Peace Prize - development of Insulin
  • The world's first MRI scanner - developed at the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Health Sciences have been researched and taught at Aberdeen since the Middle Ages when Bishop William Elphinstone, the founder of the university and ahead of his time concentrated on setting up a centre of excellence and new discovery at Kings College and Marischal College. The health campus is now one of the largest in Europe offering a fully immersive mix of research students, staff, clinical practitioners and a live hospital setting with several Institutes and Centres all contained at Foresterhill. You can also experience events and conferences held at the campus and see first hand new technological applications, innovations and more.

Courses Listed for the Programme

You are learning by research and this is further supported by the following course modules:

Compulsory Courses

  • Shaping A Research Question
  • Study Skills for Life
  • Beyond Your Degree
  • Extended Research Project in Medical Sciences


  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introductory Immunology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Small Molecule Drug Discovery
  • Biotechnology
  • Principles of Reproductive Biology
  • Cardiovascular Health and Disease

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Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • You are supported to write a research proposal and supported by an interdisciplinary team of staff and you are recommended to study as many course modules as possible to get the most from the programme and application in your career.
  • You study at a top 10 ranked UK medical school at one of the largest health campuses in Europe. You can engage in sciences from Nutrition and Wellbeing to Pharmacology and Drug Discovery whilst studying at Aberdeen and mix with international researchers and students at Foresterhill campus. This is a live hospital setting where the university and health services collaborate across all discipline areas with renowned institutes such as the Rowett Institute are situated.
  • You benefit from major technological tools and facilities in genomics, cytometry, imaging and drug discovery. The university is ranked top 10 for spin out company formation. Many of these new companies are from the health sciences.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • 12 Months
  • September start

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