Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to understanding cell, molecular and systems biology and clinical diagnosis of disease and treatments, and advancing this knowledge through research and teaching.

We offer a wide range of programmes in the biosciences and all place an emphasis of hands-on practical skills and real-life problem solving. Internship, work-experience and placement opportunities also ensure that our graduates are highly sought after by employers. Graduates of our Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited Biomedical Science programme go on to careers in the NHS and other health-related industries, while graduates in our Royal Society of Biology accreditedCell and Molecular BiologyMicrobiology and Pharmacology have found success in R&D, science communication, as industrial laboratory scientists and technical sales specialists, as well as in academic research.

Our Food Bioscience programme is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and the programme has a 100% employment rate for graduates working within the global food and drink industry, developing new and healthy products, and innovating more sustainable use of resources developing the circular economy.

‚ÄčOur Clinical Physiology programme is the only undergraduate clinical training and educational pathway for new entrants into the professions of Audiology, Cardiac Physiology, Neurophysiology and Respiratory Physiology in Scotland.  All students on this programme are employed in full-time training posts within NHS Scotland and attend GCU on a part-time basis to complete their vocational degree.

The Department also offers a range of specialist taught post graduate Masters programmes and are launching a new MRes degree in 2021.

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Staff forms for genetic modification

Relevant Health and Safety forms for staff. Please direct any queries to Professor Linda Scobie.

Research Activities 

Our research activities span a number of areas, and aim to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying a number of key long term conditions, including chronic infections, obesity and diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, and pulmonary hypertension. Our researchers are also interested in developing novel therapies for these and associated conditions and in the prevention and treatment of infection. The department incorporates the translational science arm of the Scottish Pulmonary Vascular Unit (SPVU). The SPVU is the only NHS centre in Scotland able to treat and care for patients with pulmonary hypertension. The department also hosts contract research in the areas of microbial safety, food analysis and novel methods of disinfection.  GCU SHLS are members of SULSA supporting research via a strategic alliance between eleven Scottish Universities that aims to advance Scotland’s research and innovation in the life sciences.  Funding is supported by the EU, government agencies and commercial entities amongst many others.

PhD Opportunities in the Biosciences

PhD study within the Biosciences at GCU equips students with the latest research technologies in aspects of Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Molecular Epidemiology.

The Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences prides itself in state of the art equipment and facilities for cell culture, bio-imaging and advanced molecular biology strategies. Our PhD students progress to successful careers in academic research (national and international), Higher Education and employment in the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sector (see our student testimonials). Further details on subject specific areas in which you can study for a PhD can be found on the Molecular Mechanisms of Diabetes and other Long Term Conditions Research Group pages within the Centre for Living.

For more details of PhD opportunities, please get in touch via email: HLS Research Student Admin

Department Highlights

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences are members of SULSA and collaborators on a number of interdisciplinary flagship programmes such as the IBioIC, the West of Scotland Health Sciences network and the Glasgow City of Science Innovation Strategic Programme Board.
  • BSc Food Bioscience is the only Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) approved programme in Scotland, and it was recently listed 5th in the UK in the Times Higher Education Guide. Other accreditations include the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology.
  • Our students participate in a number of international exchange schemes, including to Hong Kong and Italy.
  • Two of our UG programmes BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and BSc (Hons) Food Bioscience achieved 100% satisfaction in NSS 2019.
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology graduates Eleanna Kritikaki and Mark Campbell were awarded the British Pharmacological Society Undergraduate Pharmacology Prize in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
  • The Glasgow Pharmacological Society, founded here at GCU and co-ordinated by Dr Yvonne Dempsie, was selected by the British Pharmacological Society to host the 2018 and 2019 Bill Bowman Prize Lectureship.

Degree courses