The University of Aberdeen dedicates itself to creating world-leading research across a variety of fields you can progress to from the International Study Centre.

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Making an impact

Aside from the academic excellence found inside its classrooms and lecture theatres, the University of Aberdeen is also making innovative and ground-breaking discoveries with its research. Staff and students at the University work across a variety of subject areas, producing world-class research thanks to the top facilities available on campus.

We offer pathway programmes to a variety of different subjects at the University of Aberdeen. Take a look at some of the research your future faculties have worked on.

Engineering research

Aberdeen as a city is famed for its connections with the energy industry – making the University a great place to study the subject whether you’re interested in oil, gas, or even renewable energy. Both MSc and PhD engineering students get involved with research at Aberdeen. You could get involved in the study and research of:

  • Mechanics
  • Electrics and electronical systems
  • Petroleum and natural gasses

Physics research

Postgraduate students at Aberdeen can get involved with many different applications of physics. No matter the specialism, the University’s research has impacted everything from astronomy to medical sciences, including:

  • Cosmology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Atomic structures

Biological and environmental sciences research

The University’s School of Biological Sciences has a global reputation of cutting-edge research on plants and animals – both theoretical and experimental. MPhil and PhD students have contributed to research on:

  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Ecophysiology

Chemistry research

MSc and PhD chemistry degrees at Aberdeen benefit from the Scottish education system’s interdisciplinary approach to learning. They are unique, flexible and tailored to the student. The University has strong links with industry as well as extensive facilities to aid both research and learning in topics such as the following:

  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Materials for energy conversion
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Biomaterials

Medical sciences research

Medical students at Aberdeen benefit from studying on one of the largest health campuses in Europe. Medical research at Aberdeen is dedicated to understanding the human body, with research encompassing a variety of fields, including:

  • Immunity and infection
  • Molecular medicine
  • Translational neuroscience

Law research

Law has been taught at the University since it was established in 1495. Since then, students studying both LLM and PhD courses at Aberdeen have been able to contribute to the research of:

  • Scots Law
  • Legal history
  • Criminal law and justice
  • Energy and environmental law

Business, economics and management research

The University of Aberdeen’s Business School has had its research funded by bodies such as the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the Scottish Home and Health Department and a range of other commercial sponsors. Research topics in these subject areas include:

  • Energy and environment
  • Property market analysis
  • Work, health and wellbeing

Five Nobel Prize winners are associated with the University of Aberdeen

World leading research

Staff at the University are experts in their fields, with 77% of research considered ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Simba, an international student, in a lab coat.

Something I've learned at University is that there's always an opportunity to contribute something greater and to produce something sustainable, which is what I would like to do."

Simba from Zimbabwe

BEng Chemical Engineering

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Our extensive programme offerings will help you to find the best pathway for you. Whether you want to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or have a passion for science, engineering or business, there is a pathway for you.

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How to apply

Ready to join us at the International Study Centre? Learn more about the application process and what you need to do before you arrive.

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Aberdeen family.