Taught course

Applied Bioscience Skills for Industry

University of the Highlands and Islands · Science, Health and Engineering

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in a biological or biomedical sciences subjects, applicants with a 2:2 honours degree will be considered on an individual basis. Or a postgraduate diploma or 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.

Months of entry


Course content

A limited number of funded places are available for Scottish/EU fee status students starting in September 2016 to help talented students join this key growth sector for the Scottish economy.

The MSc Applied Bioscience Skills for Industry has been designed to meet the increasing requirement of the industrial scientific sectors for 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.

Developed in consultation with industry, this course will give you the skills employers have told us are often lacking in science degree graduates to appraise scientific problems; design and execute experimental programmes; and understand quality and intellectual property issues. Scientific research is placed in the context of national and international regulatory requirements and will draw on the considerable research-teaching linkages that exist within the university. Successful completion of the course will enhance your employment prospects in a highly competitive market.

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

  • A limited number of funded places are available for Scottish/EU fee status students (see funding section below)
  • You will gain an understanding of issues around quality control, regulation and intellectual property.
  • You will develop skills that are highly marketable in the life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.


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 to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

Fees and funding

Course Fees for 2016/17 Academic Year

1 year full-time Scottish students £6,066

1 year full-time Rest of UK students £7,560

1 year full-time International students £9,900

1 year full-time EU students £6066

The University of the Highlands and Islands is pleased to offer a limited numbers of places with full tuition fee support for Scottish/EU fee status students on this course starting in September 2016. 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 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 eligible students who are self-funding i.e. who are not in receipt of funding for tuition fees from other sources, including employers. Applications will be accessed as they are received by the university and the tuition fee support allocated when unconditional offers are made by us to successful, eligible applicants.

Other potential sources of funding are available for other applicants.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Information line