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Cell and Molecular Biology (Direct entry Year 3)

Entry requirements


Scottish HND

Pass

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Biomolecular science

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO APPLY FOR YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2 PLEASE REFER TO BSc (Hons) BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (UCAS code C100)

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

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,250
per year
International
£12,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university.

The Uni


Course location:

Glasgow Caledonian University

Department:

Department of Life Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
med
Biomolecular science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biosciences

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
67%
high
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

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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