Pharmacy and Life Sciences
AwardMRes | MPhil | PhD
Start DateFebruary 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 (bioactives, microbial biotechnology) (Dr Christine Edwards and Professor Linda Lawton)
- Biological sciences: Environmental monitoring (bioactives, 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 electrochemistry 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 multidisciplinary 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.
- 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)
- The University has a wide range of analytical equipment including GS-MS, LC-MS, HPLC systems.
- 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
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.
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:
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.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
- Fee to be confirmed
- Fee to be confirmed
Part-time MRes/MSc by research
- Fee to be confirmed
- £16,510 per academic year
- £9,906 per academic year
Part-time MRes/MSc by research
- £8,255 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £4,327 per academic year
- £2,600 per academic year
- £16,110 per academic year
- £9,666 per academic year
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
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.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
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.
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.
- 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.