BSc (Hons) Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of organisms that are too small to be seen by the naked eye but which have a profound effect on our lives.

Microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa can sometimes be harmful and cause infectious diseases. Others are beneficial and are exploited by biotechnology industries to produce food, alcoholic drinks and drugs.

Until recently many clinicians thought of the diseases caused by microorganisms as largely being solved. This assessment was too optimistic and microbiology is re-emerging as a critical science to face new challenges from organisms that no longer respond to conventional antibiotic treatment or vaccination programmes.

The Microbiology programme structure combines a broad base in bioscience with in-depth specialist knowledge. Major emphasis is placed upon laboratory work throughout the programme, culminating in a five-day practical molecular biology workshop that brings together theory and practice.

Your career

This fascinating and varied programme can lead to careers in healthcare, food and water industries, biotechnology, the environment, pharmaceuticals and research.

Year 1

Chemistry, Cells and Biomolecules, Physiology 1 & 2, Core Skills in Biosciences 1.

Year 2

Introduction to Microbiology, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Core Skills in Biosciences 2, Immunology, Genomes and Bioinformatics, Fundamental Cell Biology, Practical Skills for Biomolecular Sciences.

Year 3

Molecular Diagnostics, Biotechnology, Clinical Microbiology, Cellular Signalling and Trafficking, Microbial Genomes, Novel Therapies and Cell Technologies, Experimental Design and Analysis, Option: Placement.

Year 4

Bacterial Pathogenicity, (Re)emerging Infections, Molecular Microbiology, Cell Interactions and Networks, Project and Workshops (double module).

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
C510
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1

SQA Higher
BBBB including Chemistry, one other science and essay-based subject such as English, History or Modern Studies.
A Level
BBC including Chemistry plus GCSE Double Science, English and Maths B/6
ILC Higher
H2 H2 H2 H3 including Chemistry at Higher plus Ordinary level English, Maths and Biology at 02
IB Diploma
28 points including Chemistry at Higher Level and Biology at Standard Level at Grade 5
Level 3 Extended Diploma
DMM in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology plus GCSE Maths and English at B/6
HNC
HNC in a relevant subject with B in the graded units and sufficient coverage of chemistry.
SWAP Access
SWAP Access to Science Programme at BBB
Year 2
A Level
ABB including Chemistry, Biology and Maths plus GCSE English B/6
HNC
15 credit HNC in relevant subject (must include Genetics unit) with A in the Graded Unit
Year 3
HND
HND in relevant subject with AB in the Graded Units

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.