Applied Bioscience

BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience
This course will prepare you for a career in the exciting field of bioscience. You will gain the essential knowledge and laboratory skills for an evolving profession where you can work on solving the biggest challenges currently faced by people and the planet – fighting disease, protecting the environment, and feeding our growing population.

As a graduate, you will be suitably qualified to enter a range of professions due to the study of a wide-variety of topics, including microbiology, biotechnology, bioanalysis, molecular biology and genetics, plant biology and environmental science. Because of the highly-practical nature of the course you will be well-prepared for the working world, and have the skills to adapt to changes throughout your career.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years

In state-of-the-art laboratory facilities you will gain valuable hands-on experience, from microbiology to bioanalytical work and cell culture; skills which are essential to any Bioscientist. The course also covers aspects of ethics in science as well as the communication of science to the public - a government priority.

Modules

Modules and delivery order may be subject to change. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information
Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 25 students per group, 50 hours per semester
  • Seminars - 25 students per group, 20 hours per semester
  • Tutorial - 25 students per group, 10 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 25 students per group, 50 hours per semester
  • Practical class or workshop - 25 students per group, 30 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 25 students per group, 300 hours per semester
Independent Study

In addition to scheduled class time and practical classes, you are expected to read widely from the provided reading lists, conduct your own research and meet with your peers to undertake allocated group work, complete tutorial assignments, and work on assessments. Together, the scheduled teaching activities and independent study equates to approximately 40 hours-per-week.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The teaching staff includes research-active individuals in a wider-range of disciplines (environmental science, microbiology, molecular and cellular biology) as well as academics who are registered with professional bodies such as the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and the Royal Society of Biology. This allows us to provide you with a course which is highly relevant to prospective employers, enhancing your employability prospects.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 5 written exams, typically for 1.5 - 2 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 2 practical skills assessments

Year 2

  • 5 written exams, typically for 1.5 - 2 hours
  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 oral assessment

Year 3

  • 5 written exams, typically for  2.5 - 3 hours
  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 dissertation

Year 4

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2.5 - 3 hours
  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 2 practical skills assessments
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 Study Abroad

The course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad under the Erasmus programme: this takes place in the final year of study as part of a 12-week research project in a European country such as Germany, Spain, Portugal or Italy.

STUDY ABROAD

Job Prospects

You will find Bioscientists working all over the world in a diverse range of settings including research and development laboratories (for example microbiology, marine science and immunology), biotechnology companies, classrooms, sales representatives and the food and drink industry.

On completion of the course you will have a wide-range of career options in the field of biosciences. Many of our graduates find employment within private or public sector research. This could be within university, government, NHS, commercial or charity-funded laboratories. Other opportunities for graduates are varied and include forensic analysis and environmental consultancy, scientific publishing, and secondary school teaching. You may also decide to continue your studies and specialise with a Master’s degree, or develop your research skills with a PhD.

CAREERS

SQA Higher: BBCC including Biology/Human Biology plus one other science. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at National 5 level Grade B if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: CCC to include Biology plus one other science. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at GCSE Grade B or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3 to include Biology plus one other science. Chemistry, English and Maths are required at Ordinary Level Grade B or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 26 to include Higher Level in Biology at Grade 5 and one further science. Standard Level English and Maths and is required at Grade 4 if not held at Higher Level.

Alternative Qualifications

Equivalent overseas qualifications, SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs and some Access programmes will be considered.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HNC from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2.

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,270 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,670 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

My degree at RGU gave me the vocational skills and the confidence I needed to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry. I now work part-time at a university as a lead demonstrator in undergraduate practical sessions. I’m also project coordinator for a science outreach programme to help promote science to young people.
DR VICKI SYMINGTON, APPLIED BIOSCIENCE GRADUATE

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