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Foundation Life Sciences

This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed on your chosen degree in life sciences.

Foundation Leading to Life Sciences

  • Robert Gordon University’s Life Sciences degrees are made up of 30-40% practical experience, making graduates highly desirable to employers.
  • RGU is ranked 2nd in the UK for Forensic Science (Complete University Guide 2024).
  • RGU is ranked 10th in the UK for Food Science (Complete University Guide 2024).

Apply today and begin your journey towards a career that makes a difference.


  • 2 semesters


  • September
  • January


  • Aberdeen

Degrees Available

This degree is based on the scientific study of nutrients and food components and how they affect our health. A key feature of the degree is a 12-week work-based placement, providing you with valuable industry experience.

The course is accredited by both the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) and the Association for Nutrition.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Human Health

This degree will provide you with essential problem-solving skills and investigative techniques, preparing you for a rewarding career as a forensic scientist. The campus features a dedicated Crime Scene House, and you will experience court room ‘expert witness’ role play to fully prepare you for the working world.

This course was the first in Scotland to be accredited by the Forensic Science Society, now known as The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS).

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Forensic and Analytical Science

This degree goes further than just human biology, with opportunities for graduates in scientific publishing, forensic analysis, and environmental consultancy. Topics you will explore include:

  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioanalysis
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Plant biology and environmental science.

This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience

Throughout this degree, you will develop your laboratory skills by learning in RGU’s industry-standard facilities – including the Analytical Science Lab and the Cell Culture Lab. Upon graduation, you could work in a wide range of medical or pharmaceutical sectors.

The degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

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Programme Details


This module will explore the basic biological processes, with a focus on animal and plant biology. You will learn how to define the scientific processes in terms of research principles (such as quantitative and qualitative evidence), and you will develop your understanding of biological-related terminology.


The module will provide you with the skills needed to apply numerical processes in relation to life sciences.


You will increase your understanding of basic chemistry, chemical processes, and organic chemistry. You will also learn the key concepts of physical and analytical chemistry, with an understanding of the instruments used.

Practical Skills

You will begin this module with sessions to develop your computing skills, and you must pass the assessment in order to continue with the module. Next, you will learn to work safely and effectively in a laboratory setting whilst observing the health and safety protocols.

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

You will develop the academic and communication skills needed for success in Higher Education. You will gain independent learning skills and learn to take responsibility for your personal, academic and professional development. You will also learn how to use a range of digital technologies.

In addition to meeting the minimum ICRGU Academic Entry Requirements, students applying for the Life Sciences programmes are required to hold high school qualifications in specific subjects.

To study Biomedical Science or Applied Bioscience, you will need to hold high school qualifications in Maths and Biology.

To study Nutrition or Forensic Science, you will need to hold high school qualifications in Maths and Chemistry.

Study Science at RGU

Campus Facilities

Robert Gordon University’s beautiful riverside campus provides the perfect learning environment, featuring the following purpose-built facilities:

  • Analytical Science Laboratory
  • Cell Culture Laboratory
  • Food Handling Laboratory
  • Forensic Imaging Laboratory
  • Crime Scene House

Take a tour of our industry-standard facilities and find out what we have to offer.

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