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Pharmacy and Life Sciences

Pharmacy and Life Sciences
The School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences has a thriving postgraduate research programme, with more than 30 doctoral students (on campus and via online learning) currently undertaking innovative research within the School.
Start Date
MRes | MPhil | PhD
Start Date
February and October

Research at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences covers two key topics:

Translational Research

  • Optimum health and wellbeing  - CVD & obesity, diet & cancer, public health policy
  • Novel matrices and drug design - antimicrobial & nanomaterial innovations
  • Environmental monitoring - sensors and clean & algal biotechnologies
  • Natural product innovations - new pharma/nutraceuticals, anticancer agents & biowaste products

Practice Research

  • Innovations in models of health and social care education and practice
  • Medicines use, effectiveness and safety in specific populations
  • Models of public health pharmacy and nutrition to reduce disease risk, burden and improve disease outcomes

Opportunities are available across both Practice and Translational research topics.

A few examples of ongoing research projects:

  • A theoretically based cross-sectional survey on the behaviours and experiences of UK clinical pharmacists caring for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. 
    Determine the behaviours and experiences of UK clinical pharmacist on provision of care to patients with CKD.
  • Development of a theoretically derived behaviour change intervention for clinicians on antimicrobial prescribing in Qatar. 
    Explore clinicians’ behavioural determinants of antimicrobial prescribing in Qatar in order to improve prescribing behaviours.
  • Microplastics as a vector for micropollutants in aquatic environments. 
    To elucidate the potential role of microplastic as vectors for natural and anthropogenic contaminants, both as individual compounds and as mixtures, and to assess the potential toxicity of the compounds adsorbed to the particles should they desorb in the digestive track of biota.
  • Synthesis and Evaluation of Multi-Target Compounds for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. 
    To design and synthesise novel molecules that have the ability to act at several targets implicated in AD development. The compounds we plan to synthesise will have the ability to: protect neuro cells from oxidative damage, inhibit aggregation of Aβ, complex with metal ions that play a role in protein aggregation and oxidative stress, and inhibit cholinesterase enzymes.

If you decide to undertake research within PaLS you will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and receive support from experienced and dedicated staff.

All research students have dedicated space in our Research Hub, which is a self-contained space for you to work and socialise. Training in transferable skills is provided by a university-wide PG Cert in Researcher Development, which all students must complete, as well as a range of on-going research skills workshops. In addition, the School has several research events to aid your development, including external speakers at research seminars; student research seminars; and the annual School Research Day, where staff and students present their work.

All of our research students are provided with financial support for consumables and are funded to attend conferences. In addition, instances to enhance your curriculum vitae and transferable skills are provided via teaching and class demonstrating opportunities on our taught courses, as well as participating in public engagement activities within local schools and Aberdeen Science Centre.

Further information


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 detailed 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.

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 for further information.


UK/EU Students


  • £4,407 per academic year

Part-time MPhil/PhD

  • £2,645 per academic year

Part-time MRes/MSc by research

  • £2,205 per academic year

International Students


  • £16,510 per academic year

Part-time MPhil/PhD

  • £9,906 per academic year

Part-time MRes/MSc by research

  • £8,255 per academic year

UK/EU Students


  • £4,327 per academic year


  • £2,600 per academic year

International Students


  • £16,110 per academic year


  • £9,666 per academic year

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



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.



You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

Student Finance


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

Application Deadlines
  • 31 May – October entry
  • 30 September – February entry
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.


If you wish to know more about the opportunities to study for your research degree within the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, contact the PaLs Research Degrees Coordinator:


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