Your future starts here.


Science is the evidence-based study of the world and universe in which we live. It is essential to all aspects of our lives: health and medicine, the environment, materials, industry, nature, food, communications and so much more. Life sciences are a key strand of the North East’s economic growth, with the aim of doubling the number of related jobs in the region by 2027.

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As well as a host of full-time courses, we also offer part-time courses in Science where you can study at a location near you with daytime, evening and weekend options.

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Of NESCol science students achieving SCQF Level 7 moved to work or further study¹

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Coming to NESCol has been a great experience for me and I think it prepared me really well for the demands of university. I’m looking forward to learning more, achieving my degree and perhaps using it to go into teaching.”

Connar Duncan

Connar was employed in the oil and gas industry and returned to education to study HND Applied Science at NESCol before progressing directly into the third year of BSc Applied Sciences at RGU.

Career opportunities

Biochemist, Biological Scientist, Brewing Technician, Chemical Scientist, Environmental Health, Environmental Scientist, Fermentation Engineer, Forensic Scientist, Geophysicist, Laboratory Technician, Marine Biologist, Medical Physicist, Pharmaceutical, Technician, Physical Scientist and Professional Researcher.


Of Scotland’s late stage drug development companies are in the North East²

Where you can study

Our labs are always a hive of activity and practical work is central to the curriculum. Cloud chambers, flame tubes, flouroscence spectrometers, hydrogen and biotechnology equipment and a range of other instruments and research resources provide the opportunity for students to build their skills and knowledge at City and Fraserburgh campuses.

Study Science in Aberdeen

  • 4,500+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 4 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

Our Aberdeen City Campus is situated in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.

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Study Science in Fraserburgh

  • 950+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 2 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

The bright and modern Fraserburgh Campus provides a fantastic environment for NESCol students, staff and visitors.

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Study part-time

Part-time courses are offered at locations throughout the region.

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What our students think

In autumn 2023, more than 5,000 full-time students responded to our First Impressions Survey (88% of those eligible) and we are delighted to share some of the feedback we received.

98% Of full-time students believe they are treated fairly
"NESCol is a fair, kind, welcoming environment, with friendly and supportive staff. I love coming here."
97% Of full-time students are satisfied with their course
"NESCol helped me gain my confidence again after a huge gap in my studies."
96% Of full-time students enjoyed attending College

Student stories

Don’t take our word for it!

Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol

Get in touch

Our student advisers can help with any application enquiries.

Contact the team directly by calling 01224 612330, dropping into your local Student Advice Centre, or by emailing Student advisors are also available on LiveChat when the chat icon appears at the bottom of our website.

¹ Source: Scottish Funding Council
² Source: Invest Aberdeen