Glasgow Caledonian University

Microbiology (Direct entry Year 2 and Year 3) Glasgow Caledonian University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary


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.

The Department of 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.

Course details

Assessment method

The abilities of our students are developed throughout the programme from first year onwards; initially students are introduced to a whole range of skills, including computer competence, laboratory and Assessment Methods.
Assessment methods are designed to produce graduates with a balanced knowledge and understanding of all branches of the subject and to allow our students to become enquiring, independent learners exhibiting high levels of professionalism.
Half of our assessment is practically based, providing hands-on laboratory skills and experience of data handling and presentation which not only makes our programme distinctive but also attractive to employers seeking to find graduates with the necessary skills and competencies.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Royal Society of Biology

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code C510
Institution code G42
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC Including Chemistry plus GCSE Double Science at BB or Biology, English and Maths at B/6
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM in relevant subject including Biology and Chemistry plus GCSE English and Maths at B and Double Science at BB
Scottish Higher BBBB 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
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points with 5 at Higher level in Chemistry and Biology at least at Standard
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3 To include Chemistry plus one other science and essay-based subject (English, History or Modern Studies)
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) O2 from Maths, English and Biology or Human Biology along with the required subjects and grades from Higher Level
Scottish HNC Year 1 entry: HNC in related subject ;at least 12 credits (B in Graded unit);
Year 2 entry: HNC in related subject 15/16 credits (A in Graded unit must include Genetics and DNA Structure/Physiology Units ; HND (min BB in graded unit).
Scottish HND Year 3 entry: HND in related subject (AB in graded units). (If B in GU in Year 1,need A in GU in Year 2)

SWAP Access to Science BBB overall
IELTS 6.0 with no individual element below 5.5 or equivalent
B in Higher ESOL

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

Scottish domiciled and EU full-time undergraduate students studying in Scotland will not normally have to pay tuition fees, although you must still apply to have your fees paid on your behalf by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) each year. You should apply online through the SAAS website. You can usually apply from April onwards. For eligibility details and information on how to apply, visit Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (rUK), should apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from their own Local Education Authority. If you live in: England - you should apply to Student Finance Direct Wales - you should apply to Student Finance Wales Northern Ireland - you should apply to Student Finance NI The rUK fees are £9250 per year capped at £27,750 for a 4-year honours programme. A £2,000 cash bursary is available for the first three years. Please see visit

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Provider information

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Glasgow Caledonian University
City Campus
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA

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