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Glasgow Caledonian University

Cell and Molecular Biology

UCAS Code: C760

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

to include Chemistry plus GCSE Maths and English at B/6 and Double Science at BB

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

with 5 in Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3

to include Chemistry

Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

O2

from Biology or Human Biology, Maths and English along with the required Higher level subjects and grades.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

to include Higher Chemistry, one other science and essay-based subject (English, History or Modern Studies) plus Nat 5 Maths/English/Biology or Human Biology at B

UCAS Tariff

108-112

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Biomolecular science

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.

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

Knowing how molecules, cells and organs interact enables the biologist to more fully understand the factors that control cell growth and division, and what makes some individuals more susceptible to disease than others.

A greater understanding of the underlying processes in diseases such as cancer could lead to the development of more accurate diagnostic methods and new drug therapies or cures.

The foundation levels of the programme include physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics. In Years 3 and 4, cellular communication, drug action and molecular medicine are studied in depth.

Students engage in high levels of practical scientific work, improving their laboratory skills. A five-day practical molecular biology workshop brings together theory and practice.

Graduates go on to careers in research and development, for example in research institutes or in industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotech.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£11,845
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

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The Uni


Course location:

Glasgow Caledonian University

Department:

Department of Life Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Natural and social science professionals
18%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

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