University of Aberdeen School of Medical Sciences

The School of Medical Sciences was formed in Autumn 2003 by merging the former Departments of Biomedical Sciences, Molecular & Cell Biology and Biomedical Physics & Bioengineering.

University of Aberdeen School of Medical Sciences

The School has wide ranging research interests and therefore offers undergraduate and postgraduate training across many basic and applied biomedical disciplines.

There are particular research strengths in Microbiology and in Physiology, both areas that were rated of international excellence (5) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Much of our cutting-edge research takes place in the new, state-of-the-art, Institute of Medical Sciences, which houses around 300 research workers.

The School of Medicine and the School of Medical Sciences have a joint approach to research.

Aberdeen is unique in having internationally recognised strengths in both biomedical and population-based research and robust partnerships exist between the Schools’ researchers and health care professionals working in both primary and secondary care.

Following the 2001 RAE, 60% of submitted staff in the schools were in 5 or 5* rated units.

Research in the two schools is organised into two separate research institutes:

Both Institutes have recently benefited from refurbished high-quality accommodation with funds from the Wellcome Trust, SRIF, SHEFC and the University.

Researchers have access to a comprehensive range of analytical and support facilities including expertise in epidemiology, medical sociology, psychology, health economics, health informatics, health services research, software engineering and statistics.

In addition, a brand-new, purpose built medical research facility became operational in 2003.

A dedicated secure facility is also provided for research involving experimental infections with hazard group 3 microbial pathogens.


University of Aberdeen School of Medical Sciences
IMS Building
AB25 2ZD

01224 555872