Our undergraduate degree programmes are innovative, industrially relevant, challenging, and draw on the wide professional interests and research expertise of our staff. Abertay is the most research intensive modern university in Scotland (according to a Times Higher Education analysis of the REF2014 results). We attract funding from a range of agencies, including Tenovus, Carnegie Trust and the Royal Society and UK research councils such as the Natural Environment Research Council and the Medical Research Council. This means our undergraduate students get to work alongside internationally recognised experts conducting cutting edge science at the forefront of knowledge as a key part of their honours programme. As well as being offered a 12 weeks Hons project embedded with these expert research groups our students also get the opportunity to gain valuable experience during work placements with Abertay research groups.
A major feature of our programmes is the high degree of engagement with the professional world, through laboratory and project work, work placements, field visits and programme input from industry professionals. We are excited about a major new investment in our teaching laboratories and analytical equipment that will enhance our ability to deliver our highly practical degree programmes. The new laboratories feature the very latest AV technology which enable teaching staff to deliver a bespoke and interactive laboratory experience in each of their classes and allow students to engage in collaborative, thought provoking learning.
Programmes on offer within the Division of Science are:
- BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences,
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science/BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science
- BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Technology
These are accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), and approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). An IBMS accredited BMS degree is required for employment as a trainee biomedical scientist in the NHS, and leads to the position of becoming a Biomedical Scientist.
The life sciences sector in Scotland is one of the most rapidly growing in Europe and is worth in excess of £3 billion to the Scottish economy. In Dundee, the life sciences sector accounts for 16% of the local economy. Our biomedical and environmental science and technology degree programmes provide highly qualified graduates able to operate within both the public and private sectors to sustain growth and reputation in this sector.
Our biomedical degree programmes are highly practical, and our students experience first-hand a wide range of laboratory and statistical approaches that they will need to succeed in the workplace.
At Abertay we have close links with industry, the life sciences sector, local NHS hospitals and the wider healthcare community. This means our students are offered a highly relevant degree programme. Students also have the opportunity to take placements in industry, and, often paid, supervised work experience.
The Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), and approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). An IBMS accredited BMS degree is required for employment as a trainee biomedical scientist in the NHS, and can lead to the position of becoming a Biomedical Scientist. We are proud of the high employment and further study rates of the students who take both our Biomedical Sciences degree programmes. Our students have their own BioSciences Society. To find out more about their activities, click here or go to the Facebook page.
Environmental Science and Technology
There is no better time or greater need to study environmental sciences and learn about the opportunities to make a difference to real life problems. In 2016 we launched launch an exciting new BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and Technology undergraduate degree programme at Abertay in 2016–17, not just for students with an interest in environmental science but also for students who seek to use their general interest in science (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics) to make noticeable contributions to a sustainable future.
The EST degree is an interdisciplinary programme, which focuses on globally important environmental challenges and solutions to environmental problems. Our students will gain a deep understanding of environmental processes will be combined with innovative engineering and technology applications, and will be supported by our research strengths in environmental science, engineering, systems modelling, and data handling. The EST degree programme will provide highly qualified graduates able to operate within industry, government and consultancy, as well as academia.
Our forensic science students make extensive use of specialised crime scene simulation areas (Rankin House suite, and a Bank of Scotland branch), microscopy suite and range of analytical laboratories. Our crime scene scenarios have been designed by former police and government officers. Our students therefore gain cutting edge, realistic first-hand and practical experience of forensic investigation and scientific analysis. These facilitate students’ education and first-hand experience of scientific analysis, and enable them to use their skills in an authentic criminal/civil investigation context. The forensic science degrees are accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS).