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
- Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBC2 or
BBBB inc 2 sciences (Biology and
- 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;
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
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.
Studies include aspects of cell biology, cell culture,
pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics (some not available on
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.
You will develop and refine your previous studies and a
supervised project allows you to conduct research in a subject area of your
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.