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Course summary

Scotland is internationally recognised for its crucial contributions in drug discovery and development, medical technologies, stem cells, bio-manufacturing and bioinformatics. We’ve worked with Forth Valley College and business to develop a fully integrated degree course in Applied Biological Sciences. Our course is making a difference by solving the problem of skills shortages in life sciences. We’ll give you technical expertise and proficiency in the vital practical and research skills sought-after by employers. The degree is taught jointly at Forth Valley College (Falkirk Campus) and the University of Stirling and also receives input from employers across the Scottish life sciences community. Classes for the first two years will be delivered at Forth Valley College’s campus in Falkirk. Classes for the last two years will be delivered at the University of Stirling campus. Your study will begin with fundamental science and laboratory skills before focusing on the cellular and molecular aspects of biological sciences. Your final year will focus on proteomic and genomic aspects of biological sciences, plus your research project. Our research-led teaching, together with the experience and insight gained by your work placements, will make you work-ready for a modern career in biosciences. "The Scottish life sciences sector is calling out for highly skilled graduates with hands-on experience. An integrated degree will provide the practical and research skills required to produce 'work ready' graduates." - David Wotherspoon, Diageo


In the first two years of the degree, the focus is on the acquisition of fundamental biological laboratory skills and an understanding of the science that underpins them. Much of this teaching will be undertaken in small classes at Forth Valley College with others at the University of Stirling including modules in statistics molecular biology and bioscience •focussed. In the third year of study, the majority of modules are taken at the University of Stirling. These modules focus largely on the cellular and molecular aspects of biological sciences including immunology and microbiology. In addition, an industrial placement module will give students valuable insight into how the biosciences industries work and will give them hands-on experience in the workplace. The final year of the degree focuses on proteomic/genomic aspects of biological sciences, together with an extended research dissertation undertaken in academics' laboratories and a number of elective modules.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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IELTS (Academic)6Obtain IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill or equivalent.

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Applied Biological Sciences at University of Stirling - UCAS