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Cell and Molecular Biology

The Cell and Molecular Biology programme focuses on how human cells function in health and disease. Knowing how molecules, cells and organs interact enables the biologist to more fully understand the factors that control cell growth and division, and what makes some individuals more susceptible to disease than others.

UK & EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:C760

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries for RUK students

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Essential SubjectsChemistry (Higher), Mathematics, English and Biology (S Grade 2/ILC-O/Int 2 Grade B), Chemistry/Double Award Science, English and Mathematics (GCSE C).
Recommended SubjectsBiology (or Human Biology), English, Mathematics (Higher/ILC-H), Biology (A Level)
HigherBBBB
BTECRelevant subject plus GCSEs
A-LevelBCC
ILCB2B2B2B2 at Higher grade
IB Diploma24 points including Chemistry and Biology
English Language RequirementsIn addition to meeting the qualification requirements, international students where English is not the first language require an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

If you do not meet the English or academic requirements, you may be eligible for the INTO GCU International Certificate programme.

BioramaAll applicants who receive an offer will be invited to attend an information evening organised by the Department of Life Sciences.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:C760

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

IB Diploma24 points including Chemistry and Biology
English Language RequirementsIn addition to meeting the qualification requirements, international students where English is not the first language require an IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

If you do not meet the English or academic requirements, you may be eligible for the INTO GCU International Certificate programme.

Entry RequirementsThis programme accepts applications from international students. Please see the International Students pages for further details.
BioramaAll applicants who receive an offer will be invited to attend an information evening organised by the Department of Life Sciences.

Further Education Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:C760

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

FE College StudentsYear 1 entry

Access to Science or 12-credit HNC in a related subject (B in Graded Unit) and Biorama attendance

Year 2 entry

HNC in a related subject 15/16 credits (A in Graded Unit and no remediation) and Biorama attendance

Year 3 entry

HND in a related subject (AB in Graded Units and no remediation) and Biorama attendance
BioramaAll applicants who receive an offer will be invited to attend an information evening organised by the Department of Life Sciences.

International Student Start Dates

For new international students we have introduced an orientation week which starts on 9 September 2013. This extra week is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Full details are available from our award-winning International Student Support Service or on our Welcome to GCU Facebook page.

Programme Description

The foundation levels of the programme include the study of physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics, while in Years 3 and 4 aspects of cellular regulation, immunology and molecular medicine are studied.

In every subject you will engage in high levels of practical scientific work, constantly enhancing your lab skills, which are essential for a smooth transition to the workplace. The hands-on learning you will engage in allows greater interaction with lecturing staff and understanding of the subject matter, helping you to progress through the programme with knowledge of the subject which is both theoretical and practical.

Why Choose This Programme?

This degree has been developed from the long established and respected Applied Biosciences degree, which has been taught at the university for many years.

The Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences has an excellent teaching and research record, and combines a friendly learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities.

Departmental staff are committed to their students offering an "open door" policy and a variety of support mechanisms tailored to the individual needs of students.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Foundation modules for Chemistry and Physiology
Maths and Statistics
Practical skills modules

Year 2


Physiology B
Introduction to Microbiology
Cellular Metabolism and Regulation
Microbial World
Immunology
Introduction to Cell Biology
Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences

Year 3


Applied Microbiology
Fundamentals of Drug Action
Essential Molecular Biology
Cellular Signalling and Trafficking
Pharmacology of Chemical Mediators
Microbial Genomes

Year 4


Molecular Biology Workshop
Biology of Disease
Pharmacology Special Topics
Cell Interaction and Networks
Molecular Microbiology
Research Project

Career Opportunities

A degree in Cell and Molecular Biology opens the way to an extensive array of career destinations. There are careers in research and in development and these may be in research institutes or in industry, such as the pharmaceutical industry, health and medicine.

Biotechnology enterprises also recruit graduates with this qualification.
The completion of the human genome sequence has provided a further spur to activity in the bio-health area. According to Scottish Enterprise, expansion of employment opportunities in this sector is currently outstripping availability of graduates, meaning you will enjoy excellent career prospects upon graduating.

Fees and Funding

For International Students: Partial scholarships are available and applicants will be advised of these arrangements upon receipt of offer.

Assessment Methods

Our programme is designed to produce graduates who have a balanced knowledge and understanding of all branches of this subject, allowing them to become enquiring, independent learners while exhibiting high levels of professionalism.

Half of our assessment is practically based providing hands-on laboratory skills and experience of data handling and presentation. Our approach makes our teaching programme not only distinctive but also attractive to employers and will also equip graduates with the necessary skills and competencies to allow them to compete in the global marketplace.

Teaching Methods

We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure not only that our students will gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of cell & molecular biology but also develop their intellectual and personal skills.

Our programmes take a flexible approach, combining larger scale interactive lectures with small group sessions examining case studies and honing data analysis and presentation skills. Laboratory based practical classes are central to our teaching, allowing our students to gain exposure to the rigour and demands of scientific investigation.

Our students’ practical work in their initial two levels is based on developing core laboratory skills, leading to more advanced practical laboratory skills training by Level Three. Level Four students undertake a specialist molecular biology workshop in addition to an individual lab based project. All of this work takes place in our recently refurbished suite of teaching and research laboratories.

Our Level 2 students also have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in our international exchange programme at various locations in the USA.

Employment Details

On graduation our students will have the graduate attributes which will enhance their employability, such as critical thinking and analytical capacities, self-confidence, creativity, project management and presentation skills. These skills go beyond the professional knowledge and skills, providing our graduates with a wide range of expertise, leading to a broad range of career options.

Our graduates can work as a bio-scientist in a range of areas; from industry, as part of a research team
or in pharmaceutical development, biological product research or conducting research in government, health service and university laboratories. Laboratory based employment is also available in public health laboratories, hospital laboratories and in environmental management. In the food and drink industries, careers are available in food manufacturing and production, food product research and process development as well as in food and water safety.

Fee Information

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.
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