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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:14 September 2015

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/A Level/ILC-H), Mathematics, English and Biology (S Grade 2/ILC-O/Int 2B/Nat 5B), Biology/Double Award Science, English and Mathematics (GCSE B).
Recommended SubjectsBiology (or Human Biology), English, Mathematics (Higher/ILC-H/A Level).
HigherBBBB
BTECRelevant subject plus GCSEs
A-LevelBCC
ILC HigherB2B2B2B2
IB Diploma24 points including Chemistry and Biology
College StudentsYear 1 entry

Access to Science or 12-credit HNC in a related subject (B in Graded Unit). Qualification must include sufficient coverage of chemistry.

Year 2 entry

15/16 credit HNC in a related subject (must include Genetics unit). HNC must include an A in the Graded Unit(s) and no remediation.

Year 3 entry

HND in a related subject. HND must include AB in the Graded Unit(s) and no remediation.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:C760

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

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

Essential SubjectsChemistry (Higher/A Level/ILC-H), Mathematics, English and Biology (S Grade 2/ILC-O/Int 2B/Nat 5B), Biology/Double Award Science, English and Mathematics (GCSE B).
Recommended SubjectsBiology (or Human Biology), English, Mathematics (Higher/ILC-H/A Level).
HigherBBBB
BTECRelevant subject plus GCSEs
A-LevelBCC
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.

College Students

Course Details

UCAS Code:C760

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

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

College StudentsYear 1 entry

Access to Science or 12-credit HNC in a related subject (B in Graded Unit). Qualification must include sufficient coverage of chemistry.

Year 2 entry

15/16 credit HNC in a related subject (must include Genetics unit). HNC must include an A in the Graded Unit(s) and no remediation.

Year 3 entry

HND in a related subject. HND must include AB in the Graded Unit(s) and no remediation.

Programme Description

The surge in biotechnology industries in Scotland has led to predictions of a rise in employment in this sector and excellent career prospects for graduates.

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.

A greater understanding of the underlying processes in diseases such as cancer could lead to the development of more accurate diagnostic methods and new drug therapies or cures.

The foundation levels of the programme include physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics. In Years 3 and 4, cellular communication, drug action and molecular medicine are studied in depth.

Students engage in high levels of practical scientific work, improving their laboratory skills. A five-day practical molecular biology workshop brings together theory and practice.

Graduates go on to careers in research and development, for example in research institutes or in industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotech.

The sequencing of the human genome has also spurred activity in the bio-health area.

What You'll Learn

Year 1: Foundation modules for Chemistry and Human Biology, Maths & Statistics and practical skills modules.

Year 2: Physiology, 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.

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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