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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences



  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 Months Full Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    21 June 2019

Precision Medicine aims to improve therapies by applying technology to Bioinformatics and Pharmacogenomics. It progresses fundamental change to the way we can treat diseases by applying therapeutics at an individual level.

The UK is one of the largest innovators and producers within biotechnology and pharmaceutical products with known multinationals providing treatments for large scale disease issues, newer companies providing batch customer medication and newer companies working with data and biotechnology researchers to provide customised medicines down to the individual level. The data and information now available with the advent of the Internet of Things and smart technologies has radically changed the way in which medicine and pharmacy can potentially be delivered in the future, opening up not just the possibility of customised medicines but also customised and specialist entrepreneurs within the field of biotech, pharmacy, and similar disciplines to provide high growth start up companies which address a real need for innovation within pharmacological areas and offer therapeutic treatments whilst we go about our every day lives.

Developed in conjunction with the industrial partners of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC) one of eight innovation centres in Scotland some of which cross over in terms of innovation and technologies.Stratified Medicine holds huge potential to enhance timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new medicines.

If you are a person with ideas and a constant stream of research backing up your ideas and you have potential to be a company start up in this area the programme is directly aimed at getting your ideas off the ground and towards becoming a fully functioning enterprise in your own right in Scotland. Alternatively there is a real need for innovation in existing industries and your skills will be required to take a step forward in thinking and development of new therapies in the future. You learn all there is to know about process innovation in order to progress your idea and samples through to small scale production testing whilst learning anything you didn't know about genome enabled medicines, biologic drug discovery, Pharmacokinetics and more. You get the best researchers to teach you as this programme is delivered in conjunction with the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre partners.


  • Top10 UK Medical School
  • Queen's Anniversary Prize for research - health economics and health services to benefit people and society
  • 5 Nobel Peace Prizes - development of Insulin and world fight against hunger globally
  • The world's first MRI scanner - further innovations are being undertaken to lead the way in diagnostic health

You may be interested in reading about the Scottish Innovation Centres- to find out more information about stratified medicine innovation.

England Innovation Centres

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Small Molecule Drug Discovery
  • Introduction to Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Business Research
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Applied Statistics and Routine Health Datasets
  • Study Skills for Life

Semester 2

  • Biologic Drug Discovery
  • Basic Research Methods
  • Beyond Your Degree

Optional Courses

  • Advanced Bio-business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
  • New Venture Creation
  • Regulation and Governance of New Therapies
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Applied Health Economics

Semester 3

Research project

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You gain from ground breaking science innovations at Aberdeen within Pharmacology and historical game changing innovations such as the development of Insulin at the University
  • Not only do you apply your previous degree to learning rapidly about stratified medicine but you are also learning how to commercialise new innovations and produce them, getting you read to start your business or keep researching to start up
  • You learn about regulation and novel stratified approaches and you undertake an industry placement for your main project to potentially partner with organisations and companies in the area.

Where you study

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

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