Graduate School

The Graduate School motivates and monitors our research student community which includes PhD, MSc by research and MRES students.

Our graduates will be equipped with first class research skills, coupled with a highly positive student experience that allows them to significantly contribute to their chosen career.

The Graduate School provides:

  • A supervisory team to guide and direct study
  • Research degree co-ordinators to look after student needs and
  • Independent assessors to monitor and help keep progress on track 
  • Training in qualitative and quantitative methods
  • The opportunity for students to present their work in mini conferences.

The Faculty of Health & Social Care brings together interdisciplinary research within biomedical science, chemistry, allied health care professions and social sciences. Specific project related enquiries may be directed through the Principal supervisor or general enquiries to the IHW Graduate School Leader.


Graduate school leader: Dr Rachel Knott


  • Doctorate of Professional Practice

    The Doctorate programme enables health and social care professionals who aspire to inform the future direction of their chosen discipline, to combine scholarship and leadership within their respective fields.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    1. Ziying Shuai - PhD student

      PhD Student

      Ziying Shuai, first year PhD student tells us why she is glad she chose Robert Gordon University.

      Ziying Shuai Research in Health Professions (MRes/MPhil/PhD)

    News RSS

    1. 12, April, 2016 Researchers tackle public protection issues with police, health and social care professionals

      Public protection research

      Researchers in Scotland have highlighted the need for greater collaboration between agencies to enhance public protection and the safety of vulnerable adults and those at risk of harm.  

    1. 15, February, 2017 Professorial Lecture: Pharmacy Practice Research Around The World

      Derek Stewart professorial lecture

      A professorial lecture which will take the audience on a journey showcasing RGU pharmacy practice research impacting patients, professionals, organisations and society at local, national and international levels.  

    2. 24, May, 2017 Professorial Lecture: Let Food Be Thy Medicine...:Did Hippocrates Get It Right?

      Susan Duthie professorial lecture

      A professorial lecture which will discuss will how diet acts mechanistically to prevent human diseases, the concepts of personalised nutrition and the implications of ‘optimum nutrition’ for the prevention of cancer.  

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