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The University of Aberdeen is where great minds come together.

The University of Aberdeen is where great minds come together.

The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK and boasts over 500 years of research and teaching excellence. Home to a thriving community of over 14,000 students from more than 130 different countries, the university has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize on two occasions, and our researchers have won five Nobel Prizes across chemistry, physics, medicine, and nutrition. The University of Aberdeen is ranked 12th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024, and 2nd across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2023.

The University of Aberdeen is where great minds come together.

Postgraduate Research Community

Our Postgraduate Research School provides a research environment that is enabling and supportive, and that allows our researchers to achieve their full potential. We work closely across the university’s schools and disciplines to ensure that researchers have the skills, information and support they need to undertake excellent and impactful research projects.

The University of Aberdeen is where great minds come together.

Outstanding Facilities

Students have access to three libraries, including the beautiful, multi award-winning The Sir Duncan Rice Library, which houses over a million books. There are over 1500 individual and group study spaces across our campuses, and students also have access to a wide range of specialist research facilities, as well as our museums and archive of Special Collections.

Our state-of-the-art Science Teaching Hub opened its doors in 2022 and offers a modern, fully digitised space, designed for specialist teaching, training and learning across a number of disciplines including chemistry, medical sciences, biological sciences and geosciences.

Students can also take advantage of the outstanding facilities at Aberdeen Sports Village, the premier sports facility in the North-East of Scotland.

The University of Aberdeen is where great minds come together.

Careers and Employability

The Careers and Employability Service at the University of Aberdeen provides students and graduates with the advice and information they need to support their career planning.

There are opportunities for students and graduates to develop their skills and connect with employers, including through volunteering, internships, graduate jobs, careers fairs and workshops. Our graduates can access the full range of appointments at the Careers Service for as long as they need to.

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, and ambitious city, steeped in tradition. The bustling city centre offers something for everyone, from shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, to a beach, museums, parks, galleries, concerts, festivals, and top-class sporting events. Venture further into Aberdeenshire and you’ll find incredible wildlife, mountains, rivers, castles, beautiful coastlines and sandy beaches, all on our doorstep.

The University of Aberdeen is where great minds come together

Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

The University of Aberdeen has been welcoming students from across the globe since 1495 and we are proud to offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help with the cost of learning. Find out more about the funding opportunities currently available by searching our funding database.




Academic Units


University of Aberdeen Business School (UABS) was formed in August 2002. It combines the departments of Accountancy-Finance, Economics, Property and Management.

Research

A number of research centres are led by experts in their disciplines and centres support collaboration between scholars and other disciplines internally and externally with other universities and specialists worldwide. You can enjoy excellent facilities, research materials and events, conferences on site and elsewhere. A research committee monitors performance, external funding and funding to attend conferences. The School offers PhD by research

The School offers you several research centres and institutes which are:

• Aberdeen Centre for Energy Economics and Finance
• Centre for Real Estate Research
• Scottish Experimental Economics Laboratory
• Centre for European Labour Market Research

Our Themes:

• Work, Health and Wellbeing
• Energy and Environment
• Finance, Organisation and Governance
• Theory and Method
• Property Market Analysis

Find out about staff research interests:
abdn.ac.uk/business/people/

The University offers an extensive library in the stunning Sir Duncan Rice library on campus offering wide ranging study materials. We support you with academic and personal potential to equip you with skills and knowledge in your field. We offer courses in: research ethics, integrity, project management, leadership, communication, public engagement, enterprise and impact dissemination from research. You present your work at a range of events to public, potential funders and peer experts and you can join our café programme, annual May Festival and national competitions. You can take part in European Researcher Night and write for Granit Journal and AU magazine.

Conferences and a weekly research seminar are held in each discipline. This provides an opportunity for staff and postgraduates to present research ideas and receive feedback, as well as providing a platform for external speakers working on cognate research areas.

Research Quality

Founded by William Elphinstone in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK. Originally it took the models of the great European universities of Paris and Bologna. It continues its visionary innovative research and teaching to this day ‘In the Pursuit of Truth.’ This vision attracts international academics and researchers with worldwide expertise and experience.
76% of the University’s research has been rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)

Find out more about research at The Business School
abdn.ac.uk/business/research/


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The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) has a world-leading reputation for pure and applied research across the biological sciences, with a broad cross cutting theme of understanding the fundamental biological consequences of environmental change. Activity is organised around our four traditional pillars of research excellence – ecology, evolution, environmental science and ecophysiology – and spans from gene to global scales, from the poles to the tropics, mountains to deep sea and across a broad taxonomic spectrum of plants, animals and microbes.

The SBS research community comprises 45 academic staff, ca. 120 PhD students from >25 countries, and ca. 90 postdoctoral research scientist funded through industry, national and international research councils, charitable bodies and government agencies.

In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, SBS staff were submitted to two units of assessment: “Biological Sciences” and “Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science”. For these areas 83% and 92% of our research activity was considered to be world-leading or internationally excellent, respectively. SBS was ranked as the top Institute in the UK for “Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science”.

The SBS research campus comprises several buildings in Old Aberdeen, plus outstations strategically located across Scotland. Most SBS activity centres on the Cruickshank, Zoology and St Machar Drive Buildings immediately adjacent to the Cruickshank Botanical Garden in the University’ Kings Campus. In addition, we have staff housed in Oceanlab in Newburgh, which is a unique purpose built research facility established to enable marine science from coastal to deep sea environments around the world; and the Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty, that is the focus of our marine top-predator research. SBS also benefits from field stations in Bettyhill and Eynhallow on Orkney, and more broadly from its location nestled among key marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats where we have an international reputation for undertaking long-term, large-scale field-based studies and translating research into policy, practice and management.

SBS boasts state-of-the-art laboratory, analytical and research facilities, including major recent investment in greenhouse facilities, the multi-‘omics Centre for Genome Enabled Biology and Medicine, and a high-performance computing cluster.

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The School comprises of disciplines and departments which date back to 1495 in: Divinity and Religious Studies; History and History of

Art; Scandinavian Studies and Philosophy.

Research

A number of research centres are led by experts in their disciplines and centres support collaboration between scholars and other disciplines internally and externally with other universities and specialists worldwide. You can enjoy excellent facilities, research materials and events, conferences on-site and elsewhere. The School offers PhD, MTh by research and MLitt by research.

The School offers you several research centres and institutes which are:

      

  • Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology    
  • Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History    
  • Centre for Celtic Studies  
  • Centre for Early Modern Studies
  • Centre for Global Security and Governance and Culture
  • Centre for Knowledge and Society
  • Centre for Ministry Studies     
  • Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies    
  • Centre for Scandinavian Studies   
  • Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability
  • Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Centre for Autism and Theology 
  • The North

Find out about staff research interests: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/courses/phd.php.

Research Facilities

The University offers an extensive library in the stunning Sir Duncan Rice library on campus offering manuscripts, books, archives, collections and museums. We support you with academic and personal potential to equip you with skills and knowledge in your field. We offer courses in: research ethics, integrity, project management, leadership, communication, public engagement, enterprise and impact dissemination from research. You present your work at a range of events to public, potential funders and peer experts and you can join our annual programme of events and write for Granit Journal and AU magazine. Conferences and a weekly research seminar are held in each discipline. This provides an opportunity for staff and postgraduates to present research ideas and receive feedback, as well as providing a platform for external speakers working on cognate research areas.

Research Quality

Founded by William Elphinstone in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK. Originally it took the models of the great European universities of Paris and Bologna. It continues its visionary innovative research and teaching to this day ‘In the Pursuit of Truth.’ This

vision attracts international academics and researchers with worldwide expertise and experience.

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The School of Engineering offers multidisciplinary research and research knowledge exchange with industry. It continues to widen and deepen interests in new innovative directions.

Research

A number of research centres are led by experts in their disciplines and centres support collaboration between scholars and other disciplines internally and externally with other universities and specialists worldwide. You can enjoy excellent facilities, research materials and events, conferences on site and elsewhere. A research committee monitors performance, external funding and funding to attend conferences.

The School offers you several research centres which are:

Centres

• National Decommissioning Centre

• Lloyds Register Foundation Centre for Safety and Reliability Engineering

• Centre for Applied Dynamics

• Centre for Micro-and Nano mechanics

• Centre for Innovative Building Materials and Technologies

• Aberdeen HVDC Research Centre

Groups

• Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

• Electrical and Electronic Engineering

• Mechanics of Fluids, Soils and Structures

• Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

• Chemical and Materials Engineering

Staff research interests: abdn.ac.uk/engineering/people/

Research Facilities

The University offers an extensive library in the stunning Sir Duncan Rice library on campus and online. We support you with academic and personal potential to equip you with skills and knowledge in your field. We offer courses in: research ethics, integrity, project management, leadership, communication, public engagement, enterprise and impact dissemination from research. You present your work at a range of events to public, potential funders and peer experts.

We provide significant industry collaboration which includes; Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Commercialisation and Proof of Concept Funding, Spin-Out Companies and Consultancy. Projects have included work with; AMEC, Shell and others. The University of Aberdeen is a recognised leader in offshore oil and gas decommissioning.  Working in partnership with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, government and industry to deliver research and training to transform oil and gas decommissioning. There are several facilities at this Centre and within the School of Engineering to offer you state-of-the-art facilities to develop research and innovation.

Research Quality

Founded by William Elphinstone in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK. Originally it took the models of the great European universities of Paris and Bologna. It continues its visionary innovative research and teaching to this day ‘In the Pursuit of Truth.’ This vision attracts international academics and researchers with worldwide expertise and experience.

76% of the University’s research has been rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)

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The School of Geosciences incorporates four departments; Archaeology, Geography and Environment, Geology and Geophysics, and Planetary Sciences. Our diverse community of academics and students is united by a common interest in the Earth – its past, present and future – and how we as humans interact with the planet we inhabit.

As a student here in Aberdeen, you will join us in tackling some of the most pressing issues facing society today, ranging from energy transition to water security and from environmental protection to heritage conservation.

Our teaching and research is shaped by our world-leading research and here you will enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities and gain practical skills in the latest research methods. Our location in Aberdeen means we enjoy easy access to superb natural environments, as well as interesting socio-economic environments to study up close.

Interdisciplinary teaching is encouraged and joint honours degrees are encouraged. The School's disciplines are united in teaching and researching field-based subjects; we all believe in the value of showing students real-life examples.

School research ranges across the whole of the geosciences in both the social and natural sciences, addressing topics as diverse as mitigation of E. coli risk, to development of the topography and prehistoric societies of Sakhalin. We recognise future groupings and areas of research where the whole School can contribute such as:

future energy options
development of digital societies
catastrophic natural processes
hydrology and drainage evolution
human impacts on the natural environment
Much of our ground-breaking research is being conducted within the Centre for Energy Transition (CET), in areas such as geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, nuclear waste storage and critical materials for the energy transition.

In addition to creating world-class research clusters, staff of the School recognise a duty to our local area and community: to maintain the technology base which underpins the economy of the city and the region, to assist articulation and debate of policy options and to help local people to an awareness of the history and environment of their region.

We hope you enjoy learning more about the School of Geosciences.

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Bishop William Elphinstone first established a faculty of law at King's College over 500 years ago. The School of Law is now internationally recognised for law covering trade, innovation, energy, environment, human rights and more.

Research

Postgraduate research is regarded as an important contribution to the intellectual life of the Law School. We encourage applications from able lawyers, from the UK and abroad, who wish to deepen their knowledge of law either out of pure academic interest, or in order to specialise in a particular field of law in which they hope to make or further their careers.

The School offers you several research centres and institutes which are:

• Centre for Energy Law
• Centre for Private International Law
• The Civil Law Centre

The University offers an extensive library in the stunning Sir Duncan Rice library on campus and online. We support you with academic and personal potential to equip you with skills and knowledge in your field. We offer courses in: research ethics, integrity, project management, leadership, communication, public engagement, enterprise and impact dissemination from research. You present your work at a range of events to public, potential funders and peer experts.

Research Quality

Founded by William Elphinstone in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK. Originally it took the models of the great European universities of Paris and Bologna. It continues its visionary innovative research and teaching to this day ‘In the Pursuit of Truth.’ This vision attracts international academics and researchers with worldwide expertise and experience.

76% of the University’s research has been rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)

Research Profiles:


The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences, and Nutrition provides a world-class environment for students, tutors and researchers to come together from many different disciplines and create opportunities for greater knowledge that will underpin maintaining good health and treating disease.

The School is committed to developing excellence in our students and has expertise in the teaching of Medicine, Dentistry and Science students 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 excellence.

Our research is organised into Institutes, incorporating world-class Research Centres, focused in areas of excellence which address the key challenges facing society today. These provide an innovative and creative environment to allow fundamental discovery, and facilitate its translation into maintaining health and treating disease effectively.

We provide an inclusive environment which ensures equality and diversity in supporting our students and staff to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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The School of Natural and Computing Science is made up of the Departments of: Chemistry, Computing Science, Mathematical Science and Physics
Research
A number of research centres are led by experts in their disciplines and centres support collaboration between scholars and other disciplines internally and externally with other universities and specialists worldwide. You can enjoy excellent facilities, research materials and events, conferences on site and elsewhere. A research committee monitors performance, external funding and funding to attend conferences.
The School offers you several research centres and institutes which are:
Agent, Reasoning and Knowledge
Algebraic Geometry & Mathematical Physics
Argument and Computation
Biomaterials
Catalysis and Photocatalysis
Cloud Computing
Computational Chemistry and Modelling
Construction and Remediation
Data Mining
Data Science and Big Data
Differential Geometry and Relativity
Economics of Information Security
Functional Analysis
Functional Materials
Gravitation Theory
Group and Representation Theory
Multi-Agent Systems
Neurobiology
Information Security
Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology (ICSMB)
Intelligent Systems
Knowledge Graph
Logic and Semantics
Marine Biodiscovery Centre
Medicinal Chemistry
Natural Language Generation
Persuasive Technologies
Synthetic Biology
Systems Biology (Computing Science)
Systems Biology (Physics)
Systems Modelling
Topology and Geometry
Trace Element Speciation Laboratory (TESLA)
Find out about staff research interests:
abdn.ac.uk/ncs/people/
Research Facilities
The University offers an extensive library in the stunning Sir Duncan Rice library on campus and online. We support you with academic and personal potential to equip you with skills and knowledge in your field. We offer courses in: research ethics, integrity, project management, leadership, communication, public engagement, enterprise and impact dissemination from research. You present your work at a range of events to public, potential funders and peer experts.
Research Quality
Founded by William Elphinstone in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK. Originally it took the models of the great European universities of Paris and Bologna. It continues its visionary innovative research and teaching to this day ‘In the Pursuit of Truth.’ This vision attracts international academics and researchers with worldwide expertise and experience.
76% of the University’s research has been rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)

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The School of Psychology invites applications for its Masters in Research and PhD in Psychology
Research in the School is grouped under three themes:
• Applied Psychological Science includes Health Psychology, Eyewitness Memory and Industrial Psychology.
• Cognitive Neuroscience includes Laboratories working on Electrophysiology and Memory; Perception and
Movement, and Vision.
• Life Span Development researchers are studying cognitive development from infancy to old age.
Centres include:
• Industrial Psychology Research Centre
• Aberdeen Neuroscience
Research Facilities
The University offers an extensive library in the stunning Sir Duncan Rice library on campus and online. We support you with academic and personal potential to equip you with skills and knowledge in your field. We offer courses in: research ethics, integrity, project management, leadership, communication, public engagement, enterprise and impact dissemination from research. You present your work at a range of events to public, potential funders and peer experts.
The School which obtained a 4 in the last RAE has excellent facilities for research including new laboratories for conducting research in health psychology, laboratories equipped for recording ERPs, eye movements and various other aspects of visual processing, laboratories for recording movement and an eyewitness laboratory. There is access to specialist laboratories for the analysis of infant speech and the recording of children's behaviour. The School maintains a local volunteer panel of adults of varying ages and has research links with local schools and nurseries. The industrial psychology centre has links with the offshore oil industry, civil aviation, surgery, emergency services, power generation and transportation.
Research Quality
Founded by William Elphinstone in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK. Originally it took the models of the great European universities of Paris and Bologna. It continues its visionary innovative research and teaching to this day ‘In the Pursuit of Truth.’ This vision attracts international academics and researchers with worldwide expertise and experience.
76% of the University’s research has been rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)
abdn.ac.uk/psychology/teaching/postgraduate.shtml

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The School of Social Science has over 50 academic staff in its three departments: Anthropology, Politics and International Relations and Sociology.

Research

A number of research centres are led by experts in their disciplines and centres support collaboration between scholars and other disciplines internally and externally with other universities and specialists worldwide. You can enjoy excellent facilities, research materials and events, conferences on site and elsewhere. A research committee monitors performance, external funding and funding to attend conferences.

The School offers you several research centres and institutes which are:

• New Europe Centre
• Centre for Global Security and Governance
• Institute for Conflict, Transition and Peace Research

Themes include:
• The North Research Theme

Find out about staff research interests:
abdn.ac.uk/socsci/people/

Research Facilities

The University offers an extensive library in the stunning Sir Duncan Rice library on campus and online. We support you with academic and personal potential to equip you with skills and knowledge in your field. We offer courses in: research ethics, integrity, project management, leadership, communication, public engagement, enterprise and impact dissemination from research. You present your work at a range of events to public, potential funders and peer experts. You can take part in European Researcher Night and write for Granit Journal and AU magazine.

Conferences and a weekly research seminar are held in each discipline. This provides an opportunity for staff and postgraduates to present research ideas and receive feedback, as well as providing a platform for external speakers working on cognate research areas.

Research Quality

Founded by William Elphinstone in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK. Originally it took the models of the great European universities of Paris and Bologna. It continues its visionary innovative research and teaching to this day ‘In the Pursuit of Truth.’ This vision attracts international academics and researchers with worldwide expertise and experience.

76% of the University’s research has been rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)


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