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HND Biomedical Sciences

SCQF Level 8

This course provides you with a great opportunity to develop and apply an integrated understanding of the main areas of Science. Currently there are good job opportunities in the Life Sciences industry and the Health-related industries. Skills acquired on this course such as analysis, problem-solving, ICT and communication are in high demand by a variety of other employers. All of the courses provide a thorough understanding of the principles of Science combined with practical laboratory work and a laboratory-based project which are essential for graduates entering employment.

What You Study

Year 1

  • Practical Lab Skills
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • DNA Structure and Function
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Statistics

Year 2

  • Biomedical Pathology
  • Biomedical Investigations
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • DNA Molecular Techniques
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Metabolism
  • Immunology
  • Biochemical Techniques

Duration and Attendance

  • HND -Two Years Full Time (Stenton)
  • HNC - One Year Full-time (Halbeath)

Entry Requirements

  • 1 Higher (Chemistry or Biology)


  • Standard Grade Maths at Grade 2 or above/Intermediate 2 at C or above/National 5 at C or above


  • 3 other Standard Grades at Grade 2 or above/Intermediate 2 at C or above/National 5 at C or above from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English/Communications

Further Study

Successful completion of the HND Biomedical Science will lead to third year entry into the BSc (Hons) Medical and Molecular Biology degree jointly offered at our Stenton Campus and the University of Abertay Dundee. It may also allow progression on to the second or third year of various Science degrees at other universities. Students who successfully complete year one would qualify for the HNC in Applied Sciences and could seek entry into year 1 or 2 of appropriate degree courses at a number of universities.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Research Technician/Assistant
  • Technicians in the Civil Service
  • Scientific Medical Sales Representatives

Student Expenses

Scientific calculator, textbooks

Application Process

In addition to the academic entrance requirements listed above, candidates will be required to attend and pass a selection interview.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts Ends Based at Apply
Full Time 1st Year 25 Aug 2014 19 Jun 2015 Glenrothes (Stenton Campus) course closed
Full Time 2nd Year 25 Aug 2014 19 Jun 2015 Glenrothes (Stenton Campus) course closed

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

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