University of the Highlands and Islands

University of the Highlands and Islands

Applied Bioscience Skills for Industry

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 
• A limited number of funded places are available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students.
• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• 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 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.

Course modules

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.

Assessment methods

Taught modules are assessed by a written assignment using a range of methods including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts. Laboratory-based modules are assessed continuously by the module team.

Sponsorship information

The University of the Highlands and Islands is pleased to offer a limited numbers of places with full tuition fee support for Scottish-domiciled/EU students, studying full time, on this course starting in September 2017 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 in June.
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
For a comprehensive list of other funding opportunities available at the university, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 674 per Module (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 840 per Module (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 1,190 per Module (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 840 per Module (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 674 per Module (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 840 per Module (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
UHI Centre for Health Science Inverness IV2 3JH Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
University Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0845 2723600