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BSc (Hons) Molecular Cell Biology
BSc (Hons) Molecular Cell Biology

BSc (Hons) Molecular Cell Biology

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB including Biology or Human Biology and a second science

  • We accept the following subjects as a second science: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Further Mathematics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Statistics.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher. Must include Level 3 modules in Biology and a second science.

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (2016 syllabus) with all 7 mandatory units plus 4-6 units from 8,9,10,11,12,13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23 and no more than 2 units from 15,16,21,22,24,25,26. We consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (2010 syllabus), please contact us for information on the units we accept.

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2 including Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

  • European Baccalaureate, 80% overall, including 8.5 and 8 in Biology and a second science or mathematics subject.

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points including 6 in Higher Level Biology and 6 in another Higher Level science or mathematics subject. If English is not your first language then we require 5 in English B.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

Molecular Cell Biology focuses on providing a molecular understanding of life.

You will learn about the structure/function relationships of proteins and nucleic acids through to the molecular mechanisms behind immunology, genetic engineering and cancer. It is ideal for students who have an interest in studying biological systems at the molecular and cellular levels, encompassing areas that are at the forefront of science and technology today.

Learn in spacious and modern teaching laboratories with excellent facilities for practicals and small group project work, alongside state-of-the-art computing facilities.

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Year 1

Stage 1 (the first year) consists of core modules which are designed to give you an excellent basis on which to build your future studies and develop your interests.​

In a typical week you will have around 25 hours of contact time, typically six or seven lectures, two or three practicals, a skills workshop and a tutorial. You will also spend time on independent study, consolidating information from lectures and practicals and preparing work for tutorials.

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Genetics 

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 

  • Cell and Developmental Biology 

  • Microbiology 

  • Animal and Plant Biology 

  • Genetics and Evolution 

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists 

  • Small group tutorials 

Year 2

Core modules

You will take core modules, which may include:

  • Laboratory and Professional Skills for Bioscientists II 

  • Small group tutorials 

  • Genome Expression and Maintenance 

  • Cell Biology 

  • Big Data Biology 

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Molecular Genetics and Development 

  • Neuroscience 

  • Genes and Genomes in Populations and Evolution 

  • Ecology of Animals, Plants and Microbes 

  • Immunology and Infection 

  • Food and Fuel 

Year 3

Core modules

  • Research Project

The Research Project is your chance to investigate a topic relevant to your interests from a wide range of projects across the Department.

You'll receive supervision from the project director and often work as part of a research group, giving hands-on experience of a real research environment. Over the course of the project, you will produce a written project report in the style of a scientific paper, and give a presentation on the topic.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Conserving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene

  • Current Research in Ecology

  • Advanced Topics in Neuroscience 

  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology 

  • Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology 

  • Ageing and Regenerative Medicine 

  • Haematology and Immunology in Health and Disease 

  • Advanced Topics in Pathogens and Pathogenesis 

  • Advanced Topics in Evolution and Genetics in Ecology 

  • Advanced Topics in Biotechnology 

  • Advanced Topics in Microbiology 

  • Human Genetics 

  • Molecular Recognition 

  • Molecular Machinery in Action 

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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