Applied Bioscience Skills for Industry MSc

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What is special about this course?

The Highlands and Islands has a burgeoning life sciences research hub. A number of national and international companies have R&D (Research and Development) centres and production facilities located in the region. An increasing requirement of industrial scientific sectors is the provision of high quality science graduates who not only possess outstanding laboratory skills but also have a clear understanding of the procedures and legislation that are essential to conduct high class research in an industrial environment.

In response to these needs, the University of the Highlands and Islands has developed the MSc Applied Bioscience Skills in consultation with local and national employers involved in the biotechnology and life sciences sector. The course has been designed to enhance the ability of participants to appraise scientific problems as well as design and execute appropriate experimental progammes. In doing so, scientific research will be placed in the context of matters relating to quality, regulatory requirements and intellectual property.

You will be based at the university’s Division of Health Research, at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, which houses state-of-the-art laboratories. The division conducts extensive research in areas including diabetes, cardiovascular science, free radical research, genetics, immunology, lipidomics and proteomics.

Special features

  • The programme will allow you to enhance your laboratory skills through projects undertaken in state-of-the-art facilities
  • You will gain the specific skill sets required in the commercial scientific sector, including an understanding of quality control, regulation and intellectual property
  • The skills developed will be highly marketable in the life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree in a biological or biomedical sciences subject (Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered on an individual basis) OR
  • Postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree
  • This course is currently not available to international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK


*Funding support notice*

A limited number of funded places are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scotland-domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland-domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

(see fees/funding tab for more information)


Core modules are:

  • Applied Laboratory Skills
  • Quality, Regulation and Intellectual Property in an Industrial Context
  • Advanced Laboratory Research Project
  • Quantitative Research and Data Analysis

You will also choose:

  • Two relevant modules from the existing university postgraduate catalogue (subject to approval by the Programme Leader)

To achieve the award of MSc you must complete a research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will learn through face-to-face lectures, laboratory work and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 1 year
  • This award requires you to study for approximately 10 hours per week for each module


Where can I study my course?

  • Centre for Health Science

Start date

  • September


The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

(inc EU)
Rest of UK
Per module (20 credits) £674 £840 £1,190
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £6,066 £7,560 £10,700


(inc EU)
Rest of UK
Per module (20 credits) £674 £840 £1,190
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £6,066 £7,560 £10,700

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

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

*This course is currently not available for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.


The university is pleased to offer a limited numbers of places with full tuition fee support for Scottish/EU students studying full-time on this course starting in September 2018 to help talented students join this key growth sector for the Scottish economy. Fees will be funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes.

To be eligible for this funding, students must meet the criteria for Scottish or EU fee status and be resident in the Highlands and Islands (including Moray) or Perth and Kinross for the duration of their studies. In accordance with funding regulations, tuition fee support will only be available to students who meet the funding eligibility criteria and are self-funding i.e. who are not in receipt of funding for tuition fees from other sources, including employers. Funded places will be allocated and successful applicants notified from May onwards, available places will continue to be allocated throughout the recruitment cycle. There is no separate application process, applicants holding an offer will be considered against the eligibility rules.

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Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified applicants. Students who do not meet the eligibility for the tuition fee support, or are not successful in being allocated one of the limited places, will be responsible for paying their own fees. However, there are other potential sources of funding support available.

From 2017, eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying full-time can access loans up to £10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full-time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level, who meet the residency eligibility, can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan.


What can I do on completion of my course?

The successful completion of the MSc Applied Bioscience Skills for Industry will offer enhanced employment opportunities across a range of industrial scientific research sectors.

Can I progress into further study?

Successful graduates may wish to consider progressing to PhD level study.

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