Bioscience BSc (Hons)

UCAS code C902

What is special about this course?

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

You will acquire a range of laboratory techniques used in disciplines such as microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry for biology, molecular biology and genomics. 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 and data handling
  • You will gain valuable experience of laboratory practice in chemistry, biology and instrumentation used in industry
  • BSc (Hons) Bioscience 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
  • Successful applicants may be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake certain modules on this course

Alternatively, the completion of:

  • an appropriate Access to Science course OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Food and Drink Technologies Plus 2 Scottish Highers in science (chemistry or biology) and English, with minimum National 5 Maths OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills) Plus 1 Scottish Higher in Science at grade C or above and minimum National 5 Chemistry
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience may be considered on an individual basis

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 a B 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

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

  • NC Applied Science Level 6

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Principles of biology
  • Fundamental chemistry 
  • Science laboratory skills
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Scientific techniques

Options include: 

  • Ecological principles: Biodiversity and identification skills, anatomy and physiology

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Chemistry for bioscience
  • Principles of instrumentation
  • Microbiology
  • Advanced science lab skills
  • Advanced science techniques

Year 3 - BSc

Core modules are:

  • Applications in bioscience
  • Developmental biology
  • Research skills and project
  • Introduction to data science and modelling

Options include:

  • Work placement
  • Applications of analytical chemistry
  • Microbial ecology

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Recent advances in bioscience 1 
  • Recent advances in bioscience 2
  • Omic technologies for biosciences

Option module:

  • Engaging with external agencies (includes work placement)
  • Sustainable energy  and waste minimisation

You must also complete a dissertation which is delivered over the whole final year.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical lab work and industry visits will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, visits most likely in semester two (from January 2021). For continuing students into year 4: As above, the work placement will also be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • 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

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


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:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
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, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2020-21 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, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

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 while 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:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800 £13,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,420 £6,600
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,140 £2,200

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

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.

Additional Costs

You will be required to attend weekly practical laboratory sessions at your study location.

What can I do on completion of my course?

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

  • Biotechnology
  • Food and drink industries
  • Genomics
  • Environmental protection
  • Chemical industries
  • Research

Can I progress into further study?

You may progress from BSc (Hons) Bioscience onto a postgraduate course such as:

  • PGDE Secondary Teaching in Biology
  • PGDE Secondary Teaching in Chemistry
  • MSc Data Science

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Gillian Smith completed her course while working for Lifescan, and followed their undergraduate programme run in partnership with the university. She graduated
with a first-class honours degree.

During her final year she coauthored an academic paper which was published by the Journal of Diabetes Science andTechnology.

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