Applied Bioscience

UCAS codes

  • C710 -

Course contact

Dr Steven Kelly (Hamilton)
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

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Professionally recognised by the Society of Biology, the BSc Applied Bioscience offers placement opportunities and provides a comprehensive knowledge base in modern bioscience disciplines.

BSc Applied Bioscience - University of the West of Scotland

Applied Bioscience - 95 percent for overall student satisfaction

SQA Highers: BBBB or ABBC including Biology or Human Biology and 1 other science
GCE A-Levels: CCC including Biology or Human Biology and 1 other science, plus GCSE Chemistry
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBBB or ABBC2 including Biology
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including Biology or Human Biology and 1 other science plus 2 other subjects at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science: BBB
SQA Advanced Highers: BBB including Biology and Chemistry
GCE A-Levels: BBB including Biology and Chemistry
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including Biology or Human Biology and Chemistry plus 3 other subjects at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Bioscience or Applied Science
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Biomedical Science; Biotechnology; Environmental Science (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
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 (UK Bio-Industry Association).

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, immune-techniques 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 available including an optional 12-week placement or one-year sandwich placement.Students have undertaken placements with organisations such as the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow, Devro and Controlled Therapeutics (Scotland) Ltd.

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

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Useful Information


    Entry to this course at Lanarkshire Campus is at Year 3 only.

    For course availability check UCAS