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University of Aberdeen: School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

University of Aberdeen
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences, and Nutrition provides a dynamic, world-class teaching, learning and research environment creating opportunities for greater knowledge and scientific discovery that will underpin maintaining good health and the treatment of disease.

Top UK Medical School
We are proud to be ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine in the Guardian University League Table 2022, where we are also ranked as a Top 20 UK University. We are also ranked 3rd in the UK for Sports Science and 3rd in the UK for Anatomy and Physiology according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Commitment to Excellence
We are committed to developing excellence in our students and have world – leading expertise in a range of disciplines. We have 780 staff, providing teaching and research excellence and clinical expertise, who support a community of almost 2,000 students.

We have a thriving community of postgraduate students undertaking both taught and research degree programmes which strongly link to our areas of research expertise. We consistently achieve high levels of student satisfaction and our graduates are highly sought after by employers. 

Organised into Institutes, incorporating world-class Research Centres, our research is focused in areas of excellence which address the key challenges facing society today. These include health, nutrition and wellbeing, cancer, cardiovascular science and diabetes, arthritis and musculoskeletal health. In 2018, the University of Aberdeen was presented with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of the University’s world-leading research into health services over the last 40 years. Our research impact is recognised in influencing areas such as healthcare services, informing national and international policy and stimulating the economy.

Foresterhill Campus
Located at the heart of the Foresterhill Health Campus, one of the largest health campuses in Europe, our state-of-the-art facilities include the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare, the Institute of Medical Sciences, the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and the world-renowned Rowett Institute which plays a major role in the UK research capability in nutrition and human health.

Our students benefit from access to cutting-edge facilities and technologies keeping us at the forefront of developments in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.


Science Teaching Hub
Our new, purpose built, Science Teaching Hub is due to open in 2022. This state-of-the-art facility will give students a digitally focussed environment including advanced analytical tools and flexible, safe laboratory spaces. Students will have access to research grade equipment to best prepare them for their future career, whilst the completely paperless environment allows for a more hands-on learning experience. The open plan layout offers a fantastic opportunity for interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching, providing a safe working space to equip our students with the science skills of the future.

Networking opportunities
We offer our postgraduate students several opportunities to engage with industry, meet leading academics and grow their professional networks. Every week our medical sciences students attend seminars led by distinguished speakers presenting on a wide range of topics on the theme of Molecules, Cells & Immunity, Physiology, Neuroscience and Behaviour.  At the University of Aberdeen, we co-ordinate one of the UK’s largest community Café programmes where researchers present their work on topical issues in informal settings.  Our students are often given the opportunity to contribute to Café Med and Café Sci, as well as participate in a range of other public engagement initiatives.

Masters Programmes
Our Masters programmes have been developed to provide the skills, knowledge and expertise to keep students at the forefront of innovation and pioneering treatments for disease. Programmes are delivered on a one year full-time or two-year part-time basis, starting in September and/or January, depending on the programme. Some of our programmes can be studied fully online or via blended learning (a mix of classroom, online and in some instances, work-based learning).

Biomedical Sciences
MSc Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
MSc Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes
MSc Immunology and Immunotherapy
MSc Microbiology
MSc Molecular Medicine
MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology
MRes Medical Sciences

Clinical Pharmacology and Drug Development
MSc Clinical Pharmacology
MSc Drug Discovery and Development
MSc Precision Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation

Health Sciences
Master of Public Health (also available online)
MSc Clinical Nutrition (online)
MSc Global Health and Management
MSc Health Data Science
MSc Health Psychology
MSc Human Nutrition
MSc Health Economics for Health Professionals (online)
MSc Health Data Science
MSc Applied Health Sciences

Medical Physics and Imaging
MSc Medical Imaging
MSc Medical Physics

Healthcare Education
MSc Clinical Education
MSc Physician Associate Studies
PgCert Research Methods for Health
MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
PgCert Applied Anatomy

Advanced Restorative Dental Practice
Special Care Dentistry

We also offer a range of online short courses, allowing you to gain new skills and build qualifications to progress in your career, including a range of health and nutrition options.

View our short courses here.

For further information, or to apply, contact:
School of Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition
AB25 2ZD
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 272090

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