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.
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.
What you will study
Chemistry, Cells and Biomolecules, Physiology 1 & 2, Core Skills in Biosciences 1.
Introduction to Microbiology, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Core Skills in Biosciences 2, Immunology, Genes and Bioinformatics, Fundamental Cell Biology, Practical Skills for Biomolecular Sciences.
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.
Biology of Disease, Pharmacology: Special topics, Molecular Microbiology or Neuropharmacology, Cell Interactions and Networks, Project and Workshops (double module).
ABBB including Chemistry plus Nat 5 Maths, English, Biology at B
BCC including Chemistry plus GCSE Double Science, English and Maths at B/6
H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry at Higher plus Ordinary level English, Maths and Biology at 02
24 points including Chemistry and Biology.
Level 3 Extended Diploma
in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology at DMM.
HNC in a relevant subject with B in the Graded Units and sufficient coverage of chemistry.
SWAP Access to Science programme.
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
ABB in Chemistry, Biology and Maths, plus GCSE English at B
15 credits in relevant science subject (must include Genetics unit) with A in the Graded Units.
HND in relevant subject with AB in the Graded Units
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £1820
- RUK: £9250*
- EU: £1820
- International: £11,500
*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.
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
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.
If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
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.
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.
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