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 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 for Industry in consultation with local bioscience employers. 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.

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 may be available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish 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.


A limited number of places with full tuition fee support may be available for Scottish-domiciled/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 domiciled or EU fee status and be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands Transition Region 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 end of June onwards. There is no separate application process, applicants holding an offer will be considered against the eligibility rules.

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 £5500.

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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What our students, graduates and staff say

" The MSc in Applied Bioscience Skills for Industry at the University of the Highlands and Islands has been developed with input from local SMEs and multinational companies in the sector. The programme has been carefully designed to take bioscience graduates and provide them with those skills that are core to working in industry, but are absent from many undergraduate programmes. I believe that graduates from this programme will be attractive to potential employers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical technology industries, given that they will be fully equipped with the practical skills and regulatory knowledge that is essential for careers in these sectors. ”

Andrew Mearns Spragg
CEO, Jellagen

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International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

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