Applied Science BSc (Hons)

UCAS code C902

What is special about this course?

BSc (Hons) Applied Science is a new degree offering skills and practical experience in subjects including biology, chemistry, laboratory practice and instrumentation, and focuses on recent advances in a range of scientific fields.

You will learn a range of laboratory techniques used in disciplines such as Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Molecular Biology. On completion of the degree you will have gained experience and skills required for employment in industries such as biotechnology, food and drink, microbiology, environmental protection and scientific research.


Special features

  • High importance is given to practical skills 
  • You will gain valuable experience of laboratory practice in chemistry, biology and instrumentation.
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Science prepares you for employment in a wide range of scientific disciplines


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BCC or above, must include 2 science subjects (Higher Maths being desirable) OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above, including one science subject
  • You must have a minimum National 5, Standard Grade Credit, Intermediate 2 or equivalent in Chemistry and Maths; Physics at this level is also desirable
  • Alternatively, the completion of an appropriate Access to Science course

Advanced entry to year two or three of the degree:

  • Direct entry to year two may be possible on successful completion of the HNC Applied Science (minimum 120 points required), with an A grade in the Graded Unit; other related HNCs will be considered on an individual basis
  • Direct entry to year three may be possible on successful completion of the HND Applied Science from other institutions, preferably with an A grade in the Graded Unit; applicants with a B grade may be considered on an individual basis, as will those with other related HNDs

Access routes

Applied Science NC Level 6

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) with grades CCC and eight units passed at SCQF level 6:

  • Access to Biological Science (West Lothian College)
  • Access to Health and Life Science (Fife College)
  • Access to Life Science (Dundee & Angus College; Edinburgh College)
  • Access to Physical Science (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to Science, Technology and Health-related degrees (Perth College UHI)

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry 1
  • Science Laboratory Skills
  • Collecting and Analysing Data
  • Maths and Physics for Applied Science
  • Lab Skills 2

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules include:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry 2
  • Principles of Instrumentation
  • Introduction to Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Lab Skills 3 & 4 (chemistry, biochemistry and instrumentation)

Year 3 - BSc

Modules include:

  • Industrial Chemical Applications
  • Developmental Biology
  • Research Skills
  • Introduction to Risk and Modelling

Options include:

  • Work Placement
  • Applications of Analytical Chemistry
  • Microbial Ecology

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Modules include:

  • Advances in Biosciences
  • Advances in Physical Sciences

Options include:

  • Engaging with External Agencies (includes work placement)
  • Science in Society

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)
  • Part-time (Unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, as well as individual online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE). You will be required to attend weekly practical laboratory sessions at your study location.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2017-18 and 2018-19).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £11,550 £12,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,775 £6,100
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,925 £2,034

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BSc (Hons) Applied Science course, you may consider a career in:

  • Biotechnology
  • Food and Drink Industries
  • Environmental Protection
  • Chemical Industries
  • Research

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BSc (Hons) Applied Science to:

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