Applied Bioscience

UCAS codes

  • C710 -

Course contact

Dr Steven Kelly (Hamilton), Dr Fiona Henriquez (Paisley)
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

BSc Hons 4 years 

BSc Hons (Sandwich) 5 years

Start date(s)

  • September

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Professionally recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, this programme offers placement opportunities and provides a comprehensive knowledge base in modern bioscience disciplines

  • SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB inc 2 sciences (Biology and Chemistry preferred)
  • GCE A-Levels: BBC inc 1 science (Biology preferred)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBC2 or BBBB inc 2 sciences (Biology and Chemistry preferred)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBB inc Biology and Chemistry
  • GCE A-Levels: BBB inc Biology and Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.
  • SQA HNC-D or BTEC Level 4-5 HNC-D: Biomedical Science; Applied Biomedical Science; Biological Science
The programme develops the practical and transferable skills that will enhance graduates’ employability. Scotland’s bio-industry is expanding rapidly and the UK is a global leader in life sciences, on par with life science destinations including Boston, San Francisco, San Diego and Singapore† .

Year 1

A general introduction to various biological disciplines, from cell and molecular aspects to ecological and environmental topics. You will choose a number of electives, based on your interests and career plans. Additionally, you will receive an introduction to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle.

Year 2

Studies include aspects of cell biology, cell culture, pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics (some not available on both campuses).

Year 3

You may decide to concentrate your studies on the molecular aspects of bioscience (protein structure and function, DNA technology, immunotechniques and pharmacology). Certain campuses also offer an extended treatment of biochemistry, microbiology and human physiology, and specialist disciplines including animal behaviour and entomology. Case study and work-related learning is possible and a valuable option is a 12-week (or shorter) work placement. The work placement takes into account your interests and is normally in a bioscience laboratory in a biotechnology, pharmaceutical or analytical company, or in a hospital laboratory. The placement enhances your employability and is preparation for your Year 4 project.

Year 4

You will develop and refine your previous studies and a supervised project allows you to conduct research in a subject area of your choice.
Career options include research, analysis, production and quality assurance. Other options include sales and marketing, clinical trials and the traditional bio-industries such as brewing and food processing. MSc or PhD options are available for successful graduates. This qualification is acceptable to all schools of education for embarking on teacher training (Biology and Science) courses Work-related learning is offered as part of this course. An optional 12–week placement or one-year sandwich placement may be available.  Work-related learning is available including an optional 12-week placement or one-year sandwich placement.

Successful graduates automatically fulfil the educational requirements of Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology.

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Useful Information

  •  For course availability check UCAS 

    * Hamilton Campus delivery currently under review – contact for details ^ Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 † UK Bio-Industry Association