University of the West of Scotland

Applied Bioscience University of the West of Scotland Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

This programme equips you with the skills to pursue a career within biological sciences, in disciplines such as molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology. Career options include clinical, food & beverage, environmental or industrial sectors, research and teaching. Graduates are eligible for membership of the Royal Society of Biology

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.

Career paths include research; analysis; production and quality assurance; sales and marketing; clinical trials and the traditional bio-industries such as brewing and food processing. MSc or PhD options are available for graduates.

This qualification is acceptable for embarking on teacher training (Biology and Science) courses.

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

Course details


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.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 102 points Including Biology or Human Biology
A level CCD Including Biology or Human Biology
Scottish Higher BBBC Including Biology or Human Biology
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Including Biology or Human Biology
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4 Including Biology or Human Biology

Year 1 (at Lanarkshire Campus)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science: BBB including Biology

Year 2 (at Lanarkshire Campus
SQA Advanced Highers: BBC including Biology
GCE A-Levels: BBC including Biology and Chemistry
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including Biology)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Science or Bioscience

Year 3 (at the Paisley Campus)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Biomedical Science; Biotechnology; Environmental Science, Industrial Biotechnology

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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University of the West of Scotland
Paisley Campus
High Street

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiry Team

0800 027 1000