BSc (Hons) Cell and Molecular Biology

The Cell and Molecular Biology programme focuses on how human cells function in health and disease. 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.

Knowing how molecules, cells and organs interact enables biologists to more fully understand the factors that control cell growth and division, what makes some individuals more susceptible to disease than others and the development of more accurate diagnostic methods and new drug therapies or cures.

The programme covers physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics, cellular communication, drug action and molecular medicine. You will engage in high levels of practical scientific work improving your laboratory skills, including a five-day practical molecular biology workshop.

Your career

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.

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, Genes and Bioinformatics, Fundamental Cell Biology, Practical Skills for Biomolecular Sciences.

Year 3

Molecular Diagnostics, Biotechnology, Fundamentals of Drug Action, Cellular Signalling and Trafficking, Pharmacology of Chemical Mediators or Microbial Genomes, Novel Therapies and Cell Technologies, Experimental Design and Analysis, Option: Placement.

Year 4

Biology of Disease, Pharmacology: Special topics, Molecular Microbiology or Neuropharmacology, 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
C760
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
C760
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

We're in UCAS Clearing!

Clearing spaces are available on this course for Scottish students, students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland, EU students and international students.

To enquire about a Clearing place at GCU, speak to our helpful Clearing team on 0800 027 9171.

Clearing entry requirements

SQA Higher: ABBC/ABCCC/BBBC including Chemistry and one other Science. Must also have National 5/Intermediate 2 Maths, English and Biology at B or above (or at Standard Grade 2)

A Level: CCC to include Chemistry plus GCSE English at B/6, Maths at B/6 and either Biology at B/6 or Double Science at BB/66

BTEC/CACHE: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science or similar including Chemistry and Biology at MMM, plus GCSE Maths and English at B/6

Standard entry requirements

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB including Chemistry, one other science and essay-based subject such as English, History or Modern Studies plus Maths/English/Biology or Human Biology at Int 2/Nat 5 B.

A level: BBC including Chemistry plus GCSE Double Science, English and Maths at B/6

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry at Higher plus English (or essay-based subject) plus 1 other science, plus Ordinary level English, Maths and Biology at 02

IB Diploma: 28 points including Chemistry at Higher Level and Biology Standard at Level 5.

BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology at DMM plus GCSE Double Science at BB is essential in addition to GCSE English and Maths

College HNC: Relevant subject which must include Genetics with B in graded units and sufficient coverage of chemistry.

SWAP: Science programme at BBB.

Foundation apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Year 2

A level: ABB in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, plus GCSE English at B

College HNC: 15 credits in relevant science subject (must include Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology unit) with A in graded units.

Year 3

College HND: Relevant subject with AB in 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

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.

Additional costs

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.