Master in Nursing
Research Degrees: MSc, MPhil, PhD
The Institute’s mission is: To improve health and health care delivery through excellence in applied health sciences research.
The Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) provides a vibrant multidisciplinary research environment for over 300 research staff with active grants of more than £40 million. The Institute has a comprehensive range of research expertise needed for population-based research, including epidemiology, medical sociology, psychology, health economics, health informatics, health services research and statistics. The Institute’s research contributes locally, nationally and internationally to the evidence base needed by individuals, health care providers and organisations when making decisions about maximising health and optimising health care services. As well as producing high quality research findings, the Institute contributes to building capacity in health service research by providing training and development opportunities for its members and an increasing number of postgraduate students.
The IAHS has strong collaboration links with other universities, research institutions, foundations and governments within the UK, Europe, America and more than 12 developing countries. Partnerships also exist with major international and bi-lateral agencies such as the European Union (EU), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations' Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Population Council (New York). Industry-related collaborations include research projects, consultancies and membership of scientific advisory bodies.
There are five administrative sections in IAHS:
- Applied Clinical Sciences
- Health Economics Research Unit
- Health Services Research Unit
- Population Health
- Primary Care
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, IAHS researchers were submitted to three units of assessment:
• Epidemiology and Public Health (Unit of Assessment 6) - virtually all of the submission was rated international, with 60% world leading or internationally excellent
• Heath Services Research (Unit of Assessment 7) - was the highest scoring submission from the University of Aberdeen and first equal in the UK. All of the submission was rated international, with 80% world leading or internationally excellent
• Primary Care and Other Community Based Clinical Subjects (Unit of Assessment 8) - almost all of the submission was rated international, with 65% world leading or internationally excellent
Underpinning these results is a coherent research strategy which includes high levels of investment in new buildings and other research infrastructure and an unambiguous commitment to staff and student development.
The Institute’s research strategy is based on upon applying methodological strength (which include cohort studies, large-scale multicentre randomised trials, health economic research, health services research, nutrition research and health technology assessment) to a focused number of clinical areas (currently, pain and related musculoskeletal problems, ophthalmology, renal medicine, reproductive health, respiratory disease and urological problems). Much of this work is conducted in primary care, remote and rural, or developing world settings. Health Technology covers any method used by those working in health services to promote health, prevent and treat disease and improve rehabilitation and long-term care. "Technologies" in this context are not confined to new drugs or pieces of sophisticated equipment. The assessment of new technologies may involve the collection of new data (primary research) or existing data (secondary research) and address the impact of changes in local, regional or national policy. Clinical trial work conducted within the IAHS involves a number of technologies, with particular strength in the assessment of non-drug interventions, such as surgery or complex interventions.
Specialist Interest Groups
A number of special interest groups have been established to increase interaction between researchers. These groups can be either methods based or topic focussed. Most groups are open to all interested individuals, including researchers within IAHS, IMS, and elsewhere in the University and in the NHS.
An example of these groups is the Aberdeen Pain Research Collaboration (APRC) which was established in 2005 and brings together more than 30 researchers in Aberdeen undertaking research in pain-related issues.
Training & Support for Research Students
As a new postgraduate researcher in the Institute you will benefit from training in a cutting edge research environment. You will attend an induction programme which gives you a chance to meet key individuals in the College as well as other new postgraduate researchers. This is followed by specialist and generic research skills courses during your programme. The training programme also includes advice on career development and students keep a Personal Development Plant (PDP). In addition to centrally provided postgraduate training, individual sections and the IAHS organise seminar series, where postgraduates and staff researchers present their research.
Postgraduates are also encouraged to present their work at appropriate national and international conferences. In addition, postgraduates will be have access to the range of expertise which underpins the Institute’s research activities e.g. the medical statistics group provides statistical input to a wide range of research programmes and projects in the University and the NHS, through provision of a statistical advice and consultancy service. Each of the statisticians, from whom the student can learn, has his/her own methodological interests that are pursued to advance the discipline.
The epidemiology, public health, primary care and other groups provide expert input to a range of clinical research topics. This includes input on selecting the appropriate methodological approach, study design, data collection and data analysis. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to teaching activities by providing paid laboratory or small group teaching assistant to undergraduate students. Training for such activities is included in the Graduate School’s induction programme. As well as developing your teaching skills this is a means of supplementing your income.
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