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  Analytical Science for the Biosciences Industries

Heriot-Watt University    School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year
Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6)

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Welcome to the MSc in Analytical Science for the Biosciences Industries at Heriot-Watt University. This programme is designed to equip you with the skills needed to excel in the exciting world of biosciences. Developed in collaboration with industry leaders, including the Scotch Whisky Research Institute and Diageo, this programme focuses on the application of analytical science in key sectors such as biotechnology, food and drink, and pharmaceuticals. Whether you have a background in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Engineering, we offer a tailored training programme to suit your needs. Join us and become a sought-after professional in the thriving biosciences industry.

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Overview of Programme 

Analytical science underpins crucial areas of the bioscience sector, such as biotechnology, brewing and distilling, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, and bioengineering.  

Academics at Heriot-Watt University work closely with these industries and, in recent years, leaders from organisations such as the Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI), Diageo, the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service have highlighted the need for graduates who have strong applied analytical science skills. 

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Entry Requirements

A First or Second Class Honours Degree in an appropriate Life Sciences or Physical Sciences or Engineering discipline. The degree can be from a UK or overseas university. Different degrees, together with relevant industrial experience, will be considered.

For Diploma entry, candidates must hold a degree, preferably at Honours level, in an appropriate subject as defined above. Candidates who do not necessarily fulfil the above criteria may wish to apply to the Diploma programme. All such cases are given individual consideration.

The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


UK Students - Full-Time: £10,600
UK Students - Part-Time: £5,300
Overseas Students - Full-Time: £24,496
Overseas Students - Part-Time: £12,248

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A 20% discount is applicable to postgraduate taught courses across all of our global campuses for all Heriot-Watt alumni who have previously been registered for one year or more on a Heriot-Watt degree programme. This great offer is also applicable to those who would like to study their postgraduate taught degree with Heriot-Watt Online.

This scheme is also open to former visiting (study abroad) students who have studied at Heriot-Watt for one or more semesters.

This discount is automatically applied once you have applied to your chosen course and will be part of the offer letter sent to you if your application is successful.

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20% discount


You need to have taken your undergraduate degree at Heriot-Watt but all alumni are welcome to be included

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The FFWG offer a number of grants for women studying or researching for any postgraduate qualification

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The aim of the Black Voices Project is to bring more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students to Heriot-Watt and ensure that our students, regardless of ethnicity, have a positive experience. The project has two parts:
- Appointing four BME Advocates to provide visible championing and facilitate safe spaces for BME students.
- Providing up to 40 scholarships for BME students.

We are now taking applications for at least nine scholarships starting in the academic year 2024/25. This scholarship will provide £1000 per year for a maximum of four years and will be paid in two instalments during the year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000 per year


To apply you must be:
- either a current or prospective student at any level (Undergraduate and all Postgraduate qualifications). Prospective students must hold an offer to study with Heriot-Watt starting in 2024/25;
- from a Black or Minority Ethnic background;
- and classed as paying either Scottish or UK tuition Fees.

In order for us to support as many students as possible, you cannot receive more than one bursary that is funded by Heriot-Watt University. If you are already receiving a bursary from Heriot-Watt we will not include your application in the shortlist process.

Application Procedure

Submit your application on our application form.

Please note before you apply, due to the limited number of scholarships available, as part of the application we are asking for information on your personal circumstances. This is to try to ensure that the scholarships are given to those who will benefit the most. The information given in the application will not be used for any other purposes.

Applications will open from 5 February and will close at 17.00 on Sunday 5 May 2024.

If you are unsure if you are eligible or have any questions, please email

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