Research course


University of the Highlands and Islands · Applied Life Sciences
PhDOther qualifications specific to this area

Entry requirements

Normally First class or 2:1 honours degree from UK university or equivalent, or approved research experience. We may also consider others with a master’s degree. Other requirements may be in place such as evidence of your spoken and written English with IELTS minimum scoring of 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

One of the main aims of the Centre for Health Science was to build upon the health science research activity in the region which is encouraged through collaboration, knowledge transfer, improved clinical outcomes, publications and commercialisation.

Since the first phase of the Centre was opened in 2006 over 70 research projects have taken place attracting over £6m of funding, working with a wide range of partners including University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, Glasgow School of Art, NHS Highland and NHS Education for Scotland.

There are always opportunities for collaborative research projects in the Centre for Health Science, in particular in the areas of:

  • diabetes
  • genetics
  • telehealthcare and digital medicine
  • rural health
  • lipidomics
  • clinical trials

If you are looking to run a clinical trial the Highland Clinical Research Facility is ideal. Or if you are looking for a lab to run contract research UHI's Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science can help.

The Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science

The Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, is conducting extensive research, primarily into the causes and consequences of diabetes, but also into a wide range of clinical conditions; most notably cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, and cancer. Led by Professor Ian Megson, the mission of the department is to undertake world class research into the causes and treatment of diabetes and the cardiovascular diseases that the condition precipitates. The department also undertakes a range ofcontract research to support commercial entities of any size.

The department is also home to the Free Radical Research Facility, and has research expertise in genetics and immunology, and lipidomics.

Rural Health and Wellbeing, Digital Health

The Rural Health and Wellbeing group (RHW) aims to advance knowledge of health and health services in rural and remote communities. Those communities currently face a number of important challenges including:

  • changes in demography;
  • changes in the nature of health care provision;
  • and increased expectations of the community.

RHW is developing the evidence base for rural health care by:

  • carrying out relevant primary research;
  • developing collaborative research with social scientists, geographers and policy researchers;
  • bringing the international perspective through appropriate collaborations.
  • The research group carries out innovative research and evaluation in the area of rural health, health services and community wellbeing. Based within the UHI Division of Health Research, the group collaborates with other UHI researchers in, Inverness, Moray and Lews Castle Colleges as well as being a member of the Digital Health Institute and RGU-UHI collaboration.
  • Using applied social science, the unit’s work in digital health focuses on how technology can be used in new ways to deliver health services in rural areas. This involves the design, testing and evaluation of technology to advance understanding of the digital infrastructure, organisational, professional and cultural barriers to the use of technology in rural services.

Lipidomics Research Facility

The Lipidomics Research Facility is a major new research unit looking at the impact of lipids, commonly known as fats, on disease development. It is the first unit in Scotland to turn the spotlight specifically on looking at the role of lipids in disease.

Developed by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), the unit has been funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council.

The focus of the research is to apply cutting-edge techniques to explore the role of lipids in the progression of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Led by Professor Phil Whitfield, the team are actively researching with partners in the region and elsewhere in the UK, as well as Europe and USA.

Our REF results are available here

Our Research Centres are listed here

Information for international students

UHI is emphatically a student-centred institution where research departments and support services ensure that international students are well integrated academically and socially. International students must have IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.
International students
In 2016/17 Full-time UK/EU science and arts subjects £4121, Non-EU arts £11490, Non-EU science £14445. Other fees may be levied.

Either by application for Research Council studentships and internally-funded studentships or self-funding.

Please see the University Funding web site here

For fee information please see this web page

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Other qualifications specific to this area

part time
12-72 months
full time
12 - 24 months

Course contact details

Information Line
0845 272 3600