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Applied Bioscience HND

Level: SCQF 8

UCAS Code: 527D

Available at these campuses: Barony

About the Course

Biomass harvestingWell-trained biological scientists are in great demand by today’s innovative bioscience companies, which make a significant contribution to the economy both in Scotland and the UK.

For the land-based bioscience sector, recent advances have delivered numerous beneficial applications in environmental protection, crop and livestock production, animal welfare and the sustainable supply of bioenergy and bioproducts from biomass.

HND Applied Bioscience is designed to equip you with the biological understanding and practical laboratory skills required for employment in a technical or scientific post in the land-based bioscience industries or for progression to degree level study.

Course Duration: 2 years if studied full-time.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of 2 Highers (CC)/A-Levels (DE), or equivalent qualification to include Biology or Chemistry.

Course Content

Building on your first year foundation in biological principles and practical laboratory skills, the second year develops practical skills in DNA molecular technology and immunotechnology and their applications in the land-based sector.

Other modules explore aspects of animal health and nutrition, ecology, crop protection, pollution and waste management and biomass technologies.

Traditional lectures are supplemented by laboratory practicals and visits to biological research establishments, commercial bioscience companies and farms. To further develop your planning and research skills, you will conduct an individual practical investigation drawing on your knowledge and skills from across your second year studies.

Upon successful completion of the HND Applied Bioscience, students may apply to enter the third year of SRUC’s degree courses in Agricultural Technology or Applied Animal Science.