Close interaction with practitioner scientists is at the heart of all our courses. We take a practical approach, offering extensive vocational training opportunities in a supportive and friendly environment. Case studies, based on real scientific, clinical or social issues, are a key aspect of your learning. Placements in all course areas offer valuable practical experience of the workplace.

Biomedical Sciences

You'll join laboratory training programmes in hospital laboratories covering all major hospital laboratory disciplines including clinical biochemistry, haematology, histopathology, cytopathology, medical microbiology and blood transfusion.

Forensic and Analytical Science

With us you'll get to study the entire forensic process - from crime scene examination and laboratory analysis through to appearing in court. A key aspect of the course is the development of analytical problem-solving skills, a top-of-the-list priority for many employers.

Sports Sciences

The study of sports science is primarily concerned with the understanding and enhancement of human performance in a variety of applications from elite sport to general health and exercise. You will initially explore the fundamentals of sport and exercise science, including anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and sports psychology. This solid foundation will enable you to easily progress onto more complex topics, including the enhancement of sports performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation.


Close links with practitioners and managers ensure that all our students’ training relates to current and changing practice within their chosen profession.

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Our Forensic and Analytical Science, and Biomedical Science staff include many former practitioners bringing real-world expertise to the classroom. They offer expertise in chemistry and biology gained in their respective fields. They enjoy excellent research links with other practitioners, as well as renowned research institutes.

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Our in-house analytical strengths have led to research in areas such as forensic intelligence, spectroscopic methods monitoring contaminants and environmental issues, bioassay detection methods, lipids and lipid metabolism, medical bacteriology, security, DNA, document analysis, anti-cancer, anti-parasitic and antioxidant therapeutics. Staff frequently publish in well-respected scientific journals.

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Our Sport and Exercise Science staff are always pushing ahead - publishing cutting-edge research in high quality, world renowned journals which support their specialist teaching disciplines of exercise physiology and sports nutrition, sports biomechanics, sport psychology, movement control and co-ordination, and reflective learning. They're also active practitioners who work in the Sport and Exercise Science industry, supporting many top international able-bodied and disabled athletes.

Track Record

All the qualifications you can study at RGU in Laboratory, Biomedical and Sports Sciences are highly respected and offer good career prospects.

Our courses provide students with a good grounding in analytical science in preparation for industry, as well as enabling graduates to follow a number of specialist career paths.

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Applied Biomedical Science  graduates can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a biomedical scientist.

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Sports and Exercise Science students benefit from a placement module which facilitates networking and emphasises how theory translates into practice. The course is accredited by the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) which allows graduates to be professional body composition analysts at level I standard.

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The Forensic Science BSc was the first course of its kind in Scotland to have been accredited by the Forensic Science Society, the profession’s UK body.

Our Partnerships & Affiliations

We are proud to be associated with leading organisations, institutions and professional bodies, including:

General Pharmaceutical Council Institute of Biomedical Science Register of Exercise Professionals The Royal Society of Chemistry

Our Facilities

RGU students enjoy access to wide range of modern, well-equipped laboratories designed for a variety of subjects.

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Sports Science students benefit from access to the state of the art sports centre and sports science laboratory.

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General teaching labs for Chemistry, Biosciences and Forensics are complemented by a number of more specialist laboratories

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There are extensive computer facilities with wireless access for all students and staff. Also our library houses comprehensive collections of journals, case studies and electronic resources.

Our Schools

  • School of Health Sciences

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    A supportive learning environment across the disciplines of occupational therapy, diagnostic radiography, physiotherapy, health promotion, and sports and exercise science.

  • School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

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    The School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences offers an impressive multidisciplinary portfolio of practical and professional courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.