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Foundation Pathway in Life Sciences

This pathway is designed to allow international students to reach their potential across a range of Health and Life Science disciplines at Robert Gordon University.
Robert Gordon University offers a range of forward thinking, uniquely practical Health and Life Sciences degrees, designed to give you vital hands on experience, interpersonal skills and knowledge required for this profession.


High School


2nd year at Robert Gordon University

Fees*, location and duration



First Year Degree+ Second Year Degree Third Year Degree Final Year Degree
ICRGU School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University

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+University Foundation entry available September 2019 (£14,500) - additional academic year of study at the International College at Robert Gordon University with progression to year one of the BSc (Hons) programmes at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.





Start date


21st September 2020 or

18th January 2021 

The Health and Life Science degrees at Robert Gordon University are designed to respond to the needs of these constantly evolving and forward thinking professions. For those with strengths in the key science subjects, these degrees offer a wide range of career opportunities across numerous industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, law enforcement, oil and gas, environmental, food and drink, and research.

When studying at Robert Gordon University, you will be immersed in the industry through a variety of internship and practical experiences, including close interaction with practitioners. Each of the Health and Life Sciences degrees includes between 30-40 percent of hands on experience; just one of the reasons why the graduate employment rate for these degrees is so high.

BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition, and Human Health

An important element of the course is a minimum 12-week practical work placement in the final year (subject to availability) that gives students an opportunity to try out their skills and gain confidence in the workplace. You may work alongside a nutritionist in research, food and drink company or a government agency. Food Science at RGU currently ranks 3rd in the UK (The Times, 2018).

BSc (Hons) Forensic and Analytical Science

This problem-solving degree looks far beyond the skills featured in CSI! Analytical Chemistry is a key focus, helping increase employability across sectors, such as oil and gas and pharmaceuticals, and developing a vast range of investigative techniques. The development of a brand new Crime Scene House and the inclusion of court room 'expert witness' role play will help ensure all aspects of this fascinating profession are covered.


BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience 

Offering a varied range of modules, this degree looks deeper than purely human biology, with opportunities for graduates in scientific publishing, secondary school teaching, forensic analysis and environmental consultancy.


  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Analytical and Numerical Techniques
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Biology
  • Practical Skills for Life Science
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

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Popular Careers

  • Nutritionist
  • Microbiologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Laboratory Engineer
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Oilfield Chemist
  • Mud Engineer
  • Oilfield Chemical Services
  • Research Scientist
  • Brand Enforcement Forensic Specialist
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police Force
  • Scientific Journal Publishing
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Biology Teacher
*- A breakdown of applicable Tuition Fees and, where applicable the Navinsure Premium, is provided in the Unconditional Offer Letter. 
- Once the Applicant has accepted his or her offer in line with term 2.5 of the ICRGU conditions ( the amount 
of Tuition Fees for the first year of your Programme is fixed.
- Fees for any subsequent years of study before Progression are reviewed annually and will not usually increase by more than 5% (five percent) per year. 
Such increases may reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index; increases resulting from changes in any applicable taxation; 
changes by regulatory, professional or academic bodies; and ensuring parity with Partner University tuition fees. The College will give as much 
notice as possible of any such Tuition Fee changes. The College has no control over or responsibility for fees payable to third parties, which 
may include (without limitation) accommodation fees where the accommodation is not provided by a Navitas Group Company.
- Partner University tuition fees that apply to a Student after Progression are determined by the Partner University and published on the
Partner University’s website

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