Pharmacy and Life Sciences

Pharmacy and Life Sciences
There is an increasing requirement for evidence-based-practice in order to meet the demand for clinical effectiveness and good practice. Over the years we have built up a vibrant research community in partnership with the NHS in Scotland and other Universities and institutions.
Award
Start Date
Award
MRes | MPhil | PhD
Start Date
February and October

We draw on the research skills of academic staff in three other our schools: Nursing and Midwifery, Applied Social Studies, and Health Sciences, as well as Centre for Obesity Research & Epidemiology (CORE) and Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research (ACTR) and The Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence.

We welcome applications from students to undertake research in the following indicative areas, although other areas will be considered:

  • Clinical and Sports Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Research
  • Environmental Research
  • Obesity Management
  • Sports Nutrition 

We are specifically interested in applications from students to undertake research on the following topics:

  • Biological sciences: Optimum health & wellbeing (natural products inflammation & human disease) (Dr Marie Goua)
  • Biological sciences: Optimum health & wellbeing (diet, natural products & human disease) (Professor Susan Duthie)
  • Biological sciences: Optimum health & wellbeing (endothelial cells, diabetes & vascular disease) (Dr Rachel Knott)
  • Biological sciences (Dr Neil McEwan)
  • Biological sciences: Optimum health & wellbeing (ion channels and human disease) (Dr Iain Rowe)
  • Biological sciences: Environmental monitoring (biaoctives, microbial biotechnology) (Dr Christine Edwards and Professor Linda Lawton)
  • Biological sciences: Environmental monitoring (biaoctives, microbial biotechnology)
  • Biological sciences: Drug discovery (novel antimicrobials & antimicrobial resistance) (Dr Andrew Lamb)
  • Chemical sciences: Drug discovery (novel drugs & drug delivery in human disease) (Dr Graeme Kay and Dr Kerr Matthews)
  • Chemical Sciences: Environmental monitoring (environmental pollutants & waste recycling strategies) (Dr Kyari Yates)
  • Chemical Sciences: Environmental monitoring (environmental sensors & novel electrochemisty applications) (Dr Carlos Fernandez and Dr Simon Officer)
  • Chemical sciences: Drug discovery (novel drugs & drug delivery in human disease) (Dr Colin Thompson and Professor Paul Kong Thoo Lin)
  • Biological sciences: optimum health & wellbeing (diet & health, public health policy) (Dr Lindsey Masson)
  • Biological sciences: optimum health & wellbeing (natural products, therapeutics & cancer) (Dr Gemma Barron)
  • Chemical Sciences: Environmental monitoring (environmental pollutants & waste recycling strategies) (Dr Bruce Petrie)
  • Chemical sciences: Drug discovery (novel antimicrobials & antimicrobial resistance) (Dr Noelle O'Driscoll)
  • Chemical sciences: Drug discovery (novel drugs & drug delivery in human disease) (Dr Barbara McKenzie)
  • Practice research: Innovations in pharmacy practice within sustainable models of integrated multidiscilinary care (Dr Brian Addison and Dr Ruth Edwards)
Specialised Research Facilities

If you undertake research as part of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, you will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and receive support from experienced and dedicated staff.

Biomedical Sciences:

  • Cell culture (primary cultures and cell lines) and microbiological suites
  • Molecular biology (PCR, RT-PCR, comet assay)
  • Biochemistry (Western and Northern blotting, GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC and capillary zone electrophoresis)
  • Physiology and pharmacology (electrophysiology, myography, in vitro and in vivo assessment of cardiac and vascular function; platelet and leukocyte function)
  • Tissue structure (histology, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy)

Environmental Sciences:

  • The University has a wide range of analytical equipment including GS-MS, LC-MS, HPLC systems.

Formulation Sciences:

  • The University has a wide range of equipment required for the formulation, manufacture and testing of medicines
  • Complete range of equipment necessary for the dry and wet granulation of drugs and excipients for manufacturing as powders and tablets
  • Production of oral modified release delivery systems supported by a full complement of equipment including spray coaters
  • Other formulation types can be investigated with the help of a range of systems, including a Photo-Correlation Zeta/Nano-Sizer and a Differential Scanning Calorimeter

Pharmaceutical Chemistry:

The University has a wide range of equipment suitable for conducting both solution and solid phase synthetic procedures, complimented by analytical equipment including a 400 MHz nmr, GCMS, LCMS, multiple HPLC's (analytical and preparative), GC, FT-IR, UV and Fluorescence spectrometers, scanning EM, Molecular modelling can be done on a Silicon Graphics Octane 1200 workstation.

Normal entry requirements are a first or upper second class honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom, or from an overseas University, or degree equivalent qualification, subject to the approval of Robert Gordon University. Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. 

Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. Applicants will normally register for an MSc/PhD or MRes/PhD with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Master’s degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, subject to a satisfactory research proposal, and clear evidence of research expertise. 

 

English Language

Any applicant whose first language or language of previous University-level instruction is not English must normally demonstrate competence in English. This should be a score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

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For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,260 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,556 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £15,640  per academic year

Part-time

  • £9,384 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • To be confirmed

Part-time

  • To be confirmed

International Students

Full-time

  • £16,110  per academic year

Part-time

  • £9,666 per academic year
ADDITIONAL COSTS

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

STUDENT FUNDING

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS' FUNDING

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Disclaimer 

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award. 

Student Finance

All applications should be made via the University's online application for research students.

Our Research degrees usually start in February and October each year. There is no official deadline for you to submit your application, though we recommend you submit it as early as possible in order to ensure we can help you join us at your preferred time.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:
  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)

For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English, applications must include:

  • Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking).
  • Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement.
 

 

For more information on your proposal and application: