Molecular and Cellular Biology (with Plant Science)

University of Glasgow


Gilmorehill Campus


Year 1: In your first year you will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.

You will also study two other subjects in year 1 according to your interests: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.

Year 2: In your second year, you will be introduced to the study of genetics, proteins and nucleic acids. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of other courses.

You will also study one or two other subjects in year 2 according to your interests: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.

Years 3 and 4: If you progress to Honours (years three and four) you will study a broad spectrum of molecular topics: molecular genetic methods; genomics; proteins; membranes and filaments; DNA structure and function; gene expression; mobile DNA; biotechnology; essential cell biology; experimental strategies.

You will also study: molecular aspects of plants; plant metabolism; biotechnology; plant physiology; plant growth and development.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a researcher, the results of which sometimes contribute to scientific publications.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry: 5 Highers at AAAAA (by end S6 with min ABBB after S5) including Biology or Chemistry.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at AAA including Biology and Chemistry plus above Highers.

Widening access entry: 4 Highers at AABB or BBBB (by end S6) including Biology or Chemistry. Completion of pre-entry programme is necessary.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences


School of Life Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals