BSc (Hons) Cell and Molecular Biology (direct entry)

The Cell and Molecular Biology degree course 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 course 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.

You also have the option of applying to year one of BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences. By selecting the appropriate combination of modules during the Biological Sciences degree, you may exit with a badged degree in Microbiology or Cell and Molecular Biology.

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 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.

Clearing 2020

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Study Options

  • 2020/21

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 3 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
C760
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 2 - 3 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

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BSc (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 3 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
C760
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 2 - 3 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 2
A level: ABB (incl Chemistry, Biology and Maths)   GCSE:B/6 (English)
College HNC: 15 credits in relevant Science subject -A graded units (incl Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology unit)

Year 3
College HND: Relevant subject - graded units AB (incl Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology)

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

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

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Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

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

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