BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences - Year 2 (University of Stirling)

The BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences degree offers interdisciplinary training in contemporary biological sciences, including animal and plant biology and biotechnology. There is a strong focus on the cellular and molecular aspects of biological science and the development of practical skills.

It will particularly appeal to those with a desire to pursue a career in the bioscience industries, within healthcare and biotechnology.

The degree is taught jointly at Forth Valley College and the University of Stirling and also received input from employers across the Scottish life sciences community. The result is a programme which delivers highly skilled and work ready graduates.

This is year 2 of the degree and it will be delivered at Forth Valley College’s campus in Falkirk. Students will then complete years 3 & 4 at the University of Stirling.

If you would like to apply for the Partnership Degree course, you can request to be sent a link to our custom built direct application form, rather than completing a UCAS application form. We can offer assistance in completing the form. If you would prefer this option, please email the University of Stirling at requesting the link to the direct form and advising which course you wish to apply for. 

If you would like further information or guidance, please contact Forth Valley College’s University Partnership Officer, Lisa Baxter:

UCAS Code: 8C93

In year two of the degree, the focus is on fundamental biological laboratory skills and the underpinning science.  The majority of this teaching will be undertaken in small classes at Forth Valley College however some modules will be delivered at the University of Stirling.

By the third year, most modules will be undertaken at the University of Stirling. In addition, students will benefit from an industrial placement which will offer hands-on experience in the workplace.   The final year will include an extended research dissertation, in addition to a number of elective modules. 

The development of good health and safety behaviours and good manufacturing and laboratory practices will be embedded throughout the programme.

Year 2
• DNA Molecular Techniques
• Microbiological Techniques
• Immunological Techniques
• Protein Structure and Function
• Applied Biological Sciences: Graded Unit 2
• Mathematics for Science 1
• Animal Biology
• Plant Biology
• Quality and Health & Safety Systems in Science Industries
• Animal and Plant Cell Culture: An Introduction
• Instrumental Techniques
• Ecology and Ecosystems

Year 3
• Microbiology
• Animal Physiology
• Enzymes and their Applications
• Animal Cell Biology
• Applied Immunology
• Industrial Experience Placement

Year 4
• Honours Project
• Systems Biology
• Molecular Evolution
• Phylogenetics
• Molecular Techniques
• Cell Birth/Life/Death
• Genetic Engineering for the Future

  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Protein Scientist
  • Molecular Biologist

  • Year 2 entry may be available for applicants who currently have or are working towards a 15 credit HNC Applied Sciences or HNC Applied Biological Science and who achieve an A or B in their graded unit
  • Applicants with a different qualification or grade profile are still welcome to apply, as all applications are considered on their own merits.

Additional Requirements:

  • Entry is subject to an assessment of the units within the applicants' HNC programme


Falkirk Campus



Start date

21 August 2023

End date

07 June 2024

SCQF Level

Level 10

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