Glasgow Caledonian University

Biological Sciences Glasgow Caledonian University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

Recent advances in the field of Biological Sciences have revolutionised the way we understand and treat disease. Stem cell and novel cell based therapies and personalised medicine are increasingly in the headlines and Biological Scientists are leading the way in developing these powerful new therapeutic options. Modern medicine requires an understanding of the key interactions of molecules and cells both internally within the cell and the body and externally from the environment. This can include how a cell responds to a specific pathogen, or how a drug targets a specific pathogen or cellular protein. Equally, external stimuli, such as chemicals, toxic waste or carcinogens, can also have an effect on how cells grow and divide, modifying their function with devastating consequences for health. The Biological Sciences programme at GCU has a strong focus on human disease and aims to help you understand these events, and demonstrate how therapies that may correct or prevent the diseased state are developed.

Biological Sciences is the study of biology from molecules through to whole body systems, looking at what goes on inside a cell or organism and examining how cells communicate and interact with each other to influence physiological mechanisms in health and disease.

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

Modules

Level 1
CELLS & BIOMOLECULES
CHEMISTRY
CORE SKILLS IN BIOSCIENCES 1
PHYSIOLOGY 1
PHYSIOLOGY 2

Level 2
CORE SKILLS IN BIOSCIENCE 2
INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY
MECHANISMS OF CELLULAR REGULATION
FUNDAMENTAL CELL BIOLOGY
IMMUNOLOGY
PRACTICAL SKILLS IN BIOMOLECULAR SCIENCES
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

Level 3
Compulsory modules:
MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN & ANALYSIS
MOLECULAR THERAPEUTICS

Optional modules
BIOTECHNOLOGY
CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY
FUNDAMENTALS OF DRUG ACTION
SYSTEMATIC & CELLULAR PATHOLOGY
BIOSCIENCE WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE
FOOD SCIENCE
BIOINFORMATICS & GENOMICS
NUTRITION & PUBLIC HEALTH
PHARMACOLOGY OF CHEMICAL MEDIATORS

Level 4
Compulsory modules:
PROJECTS & WORKSHOPS
BIOLOGY OF DISEASE
TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE
CELL INTERACTIONS & NETWORKS
FOOD TOXICOLOGY

Optional modules
MOLECULAR VIROLOGY & MICROBIOLOGY
NEUROPHARMACOLOGY
EMERGING AND RE-EMERGING INFECTIONS


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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C100
Institution code G42
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC including Chemistry plus GCSE English B/6, Maths B/6 and double science BB/66 or Biology and another science at B/6.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM in relevant subject including Chemistry and Biology GCSE English B/6, Maths B/6 and double science BB/66 or Biology and another science at B/6.
Scottish Higher BBBB including Chemistry, one other science based subject and an essay based subject such as English, History or Modern Studies plus National 5 Maths Biology or Human Biology at B (if not taken at Higher)


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 www.saas.gov.uk. 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 www.gcu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/feesfinance/tuitionfees

Provider information

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Glasgow Caledonian University
City Campus
Cowcaddens Road
Glasgow
G4 0BA


Course contact details

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0141 331 8630

Fax: 0141 331 8676


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