HND Industrial Biotechnology

Industrial Biotechnology is a science which uses living organisms and systems to turn "waste" into a wide range of products. For example:

  • whisky waste into biofuels
  • vegetable peelings into concrete, plastics, and carbon-fibre skateboards
  • stale bread into penicillin

By redesigning and improving nature’s enzymes, Industrial Biotechnology carries out manufacturing sustainably: reducing pollution and conserving precious resources such as oil.

Industrial Biotechnology growth in Scotland requires an increasingly large pool of people with the right skills and training. This new HND in Industrial Biotechnology has therefore been designed by Universities and Ind. Biotech. Companies to provide that training. It covers a wide spectrum of subjects to equip learners with a broad understanding of biology, chemistry and process engineering in an industrial biotechnology context.

Successful completion of this HND will prepare you for employment as a Science Laboratory Technician, Research Scientist, Process Operator and Production Scientist. It will also enable for progression onto related university courses such as Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Applied Bioscience, Biomedical science and Chemistry.

Course content

Year 1 includes:


  • Biotechnology: An Introduction
  • Microbiology
  • DNA and Genetics
  • Chemical engineering principles
  • Chemistry
  • Laboratory Skills


Year 2 includes:


  • Graded Unit project
  • Aromatic Chemistry
  • Animal and Plant cell culture
  • Base-catalysed and Organometallic chemistry
  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Microbiological Techniques

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Higher (or equivalent) in Biology/Human Biology AND Higher Chemistry at grade C or above, AND SCQF 5 (S Grade, Int 2 or National 5) 1/2 or A/B passes in Maths and English.
  • Completion of a Higher (Level 6) NQ/NC Science course.
  • Other relevant work experience and skills will also be considered.  
  • Entry is by interview and a short written exercise.  
  • Students with a relevant 15 credit HNC would be considered for direct entry onto second year of this course
  • Applicants seeking entry to year 2, should provide information within their application of their year 1 study, including a list of units undertaken.

Selection Process Information

Progression routes

You can apply for 2nd or 3rd year entry to relevant university degree courses or seek employment in industrial science.

SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


2 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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