BSc (Hons) Microbiology Pathway

GCU Pathways

Pathway students enrol on the undergraduate BSc Hons Microbiology at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first two years, you will study HND Applied Biological Sciences at Glasgow Kelvin College while preparing for year 3 and 4 (for Honours) of the degree at GCU.

BSc (Hons) Microbiology graduates enjoy excellent career prospects as microbiologists in healthcare, policy, research, food, water, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries.

Choose the Microbiology study pathway if:

  • you are interested in molecular biology, bioscience and biotechnology
  • you are interested in the impact of microorganisms on mankind
  • you enjoy learning in a hands-on practical way
  • you work best with lots of interaction from lecturing staff
  • you like working towards clear goals with a sense of achievement at the end of each year of study.
Although you are a student enrolled on the BSc Hons Microbiology programme at Glasgow Caledonian students, years 1 and 2 of the programme will take place at Glasgow Kelvin College.

The first 2 years will involve you working towards achieving an HND in Applied Biological Sciences and the subjects you study will underpin the teaching at Glasgow Caledonian University in year 3 and 4 of the degree. Microbiology is very much a practical science; consequently this programme incorporates a substantial element of laboratory work to ensure that graduates are able to compete successfully for a range of microbiology careers.

A wide variety of industries rely upon the specialist skills of the microbiologist. Hence graduates enjoy career opportunities in such diverse fields as healthcare, food and water industries, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and research, both government and academic.

These prospects arise because microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses are a vitally important group, responsible for many of the key activities of life on earth. They are also of great significance to mankind. Some of them can be harmful, responsible for infectious diseases, but others are beneficial and are exploited by the biotechnology industries to produce foods, alcoholic drinks and health care products such as antibiotics.

The School of Health and Life Sciences (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) has an excellent teaching and research record. It combines a friendly learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities. It offers a range of support tailored to individual needs where necessary, including "open door" access.

Major emphasis is placed upon laboratory work throughout the programme. This enhances your learning, by linking theory with practice, giving you the lab skills which employers seek.

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

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date




BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2019
Multiple Locations
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Aug 2019 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply

Year 1

BB SQA Higher or equivalent plus Nat 5 Chemistry, Maths, English and Biology at B. Please note: Pathway courses are for Scottish domiciled applicants only.

Progression criteria

Students who successfully pass their HND Applied Biological Sciences programme with Graded Units of AB, can progress to Level 3 of the BSc (Hons) Microbiology.

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language

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

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

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.

International pathways

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

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

Tuition fees 2019/20

College-based: tbc
GCU-based: £1820 

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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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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In Scotland, expansion of employment opportunities in the bio-health/biotechnology sector is currently out-stripping the availability of graduates, meaning you will enjoy excellent career prospects upon graduating.

Microbiologists can follow a wide range of career options. These include: in the pathology laboratory service of the NHS, identifying and assisting in the treatment of infectious diseases; in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries where microorganisms and their products are used, or in food and drink industries where microorganisms must be either eliminated or utilised e.g. in the brewing industry.

Other microbiologists work in the water supply or waste-water treatment sectors. A wide range of research as well as teaching careers are open to the microbiology graduate, with a PhD.