BSc Hons Biology with Teaching (International)


Key facts

  • Open to eligible International Study Centre students only

  • Ranked: Top 10 for Biological Sciences (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Study with us

  • combine biology with the teaching methods and practice to prepare you to be a biology teacher in secondary schools
  • curriculum specifically designed for international students
  • learn with Scotland’s largest provider of Initial Teacher Education
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Why this course?

A biomedical scientist is a scientist trained in biology, particularly in the context of medicine. These scientists work to gain knowledge on the fundamental principles of the biology of organisms and how the human body works. 

You'll understand the causes and treatment of disease and infection. In addition to your biology studies, you will also study pedagogy and aspects of education, and the combination of both will prepare and equip you to become a biology teacher in secondary schools.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you'll study

In Year 1, you'll study classes in cells and their molecules, organisms and diseases and Bio-organic chemistry. These are all underpinned by the "Being a Biomolecular Scientist" class which begins with basic laboratory skills, statistical and data analysis and presentation, report writing, health and safety and ethics.

In Year 2 to will gain an introduction to each of the four main biomedical science disciplines - biochemistry, immunology, microbiology and pharmacology again supported by the "Being a Biomolecular Scientist” class which develops various skills gained in Year 1.

In Year 3, you’ll take specialist classes in the four biomedical sciences disciplines including Biomedical Immunology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Haematology and Immunodiagnostics and Cell and Molecular Pathology. You'll also learn about laboratory methods and ethics, data collection and presentation.

In Year 4, you will take classes that develop the pedagogy of teaching in The Strathclyde Institute of Education.

Learning & teaching

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding through lectures, including review-type lectures, practical classes, tutorials and computer-aided learning.

Most laboratory classes, include numeracy and statistical skills. Communication skills are taught throughout the course. Information retrieval, interpretation and research skills are gained through project work which also develops team-working skills.


Assessment methods include written examinations, essays, oral presentations, practical tests, computer-aided learning (CAL) exercises and project work.

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Course content

Semesters 1 & 2

Being a Biomolecular Scientist 1 - 40 credits

This module aims to give you:

  • the foundation practical skills required for a biological biochemistry
  • the foundation practical skills based around 'health and the body'
  • foundation presentation skills

Semester 1

Cells & their Molecules - 20 credits

The aims of this module are to:

  • provide you with Foundation level knowledge relating to basic functions of cells
  • set out the principles of biological action and function that you will encounter through all four years
  • expose you to the basic suite of teaching, learning and assessment paradigms used throughout your degree with a particular focus on oral communication and presentation

Semester 2

Bio-Organic Chemistry - 20 credits

The aims of this module are to:

  • understand nucleotide/nucleic acid molecular structure, stereochemistry and conformation as the foundation of nucleic acid chemical and biological potential
  • learn about amino acid/protein molecular structure, stereochemistry and conformation as the foundation of protein chemical and biological potential
  • study monosaccharide/polysaccharide molecular structure, stereochemistry and conformation as the foundation of carbohydrate chemical and biological potential
  • understand the chemistry, stereochemistry and biological roles of polyketide/polyisoprene natural products and their biosynthetic origins

Organisms & Disease - 20 credits

From this module, you will gain:

  • foundation-level knowledge relating to basic evolution, species diversity, development, homeostasis, and infectious disease
  • the principles of biological action and function that you will encounter through all four years
  • knowledge about methods of teaching, learning and assessment used throughout the degree, with particular focus on teamwork and finding, citing and using information

Semesters 1 & 2

Being a Biomolecular Scientist 2 - 40 credits

The aims of this module are to give you the fundamental:

  • practical skills required for a biochemist
  • practical skills required for an immunologist
  • practical skills required for a microbiologist
  • practical skills required for a pharmacologist
  • skills in presentation and teamwork

Semester 1

Introduction to Immunology - 20 credits

By studying this module, you'll be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • how immune cells recognise antigens
  • key concepts in induction of acquired immunity
  • effector mechanism of the immune system
  • helpful immune responses
  • harmful immune responses

Semester 2

Introduction to Biochemistry - 20 credits

The aims of this module are for you:

  • to understand gene structure and function and the regulation of gene expression
  • to understand how human genetic variation arises and its uses in medicine and forensics
  • to understand the basic structure and function of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates
  • to appreciate the key metabolic pathways in the absorptive and post-absorptive states
  • to understand the pathways involved in cell growth and cell death

Introduction to Pharmacology - 20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of:

  • systems biology and homeostasis
  • the somatic, autonomic and central nervous systems
  • the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • the hepatic and renal systems
  • the endocrine and reproductive systems

Introduction to Microbiology - 20 credits

The aims of this module are to help you to:

  • understand the fundamental taxonomic grouping and evolutionary relationships of microbes
  • appreciate physiological, structural and molecular differences between different microorganisms
  • understand the role and control of microorganisms in disease
  • learn how organisms adapt to hostile environments and appreciate the biotechnological exploitation of extremophiles


You'll select 80 credits from the following classes:

Semesters 1 & 2

Being a Biomolecular Scientist 3 - 40 credits

The aims of this module are to:

  • give you generic practical skills in biomolecular science
  • further develop your practical skills in specific biomedical biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, histopathology and serology that align with the module choices of the degree programme
  • enhance your report writing and presentation skills

Semester 1

Biomedical Biochemistry - 20 credits

The aims of this module are:

  • to understand and appreciate the key features of cellular signalling and associated molecular mechanisms that regulates gene transcription
  • to learn the key features of membrane and organelle trafficking
  • to understand the basis of molecular and cellular toxicity underlying tissue/organ dysfunction and organism pathologies
  • to gain knowledge in the genomic basis of eukaryotic/human disorders and disease
  • to understand and appreciate the biochemical approaches that underpin drug discovery

Fundamental Immunology - 20 credits

The aims of this module are:

  • to provide you with an understanding of how pathogens are recognised
  • to give you an appreciation of how immune cells are activated
  • to teach you about the cytotoxic mechanisms used by immune cells
  • to demonstrate how the immune system is regulated
  • to give you knowledge in what immunological memory is and how it functions

Fundamental Biochemistry - 20 credits

The aims of this module are to:

  • demonstrate an appreciation of the key features of protein structure, properties and interactions
  • know the principles underlying successful protein purification
  • demonstrate an appreciation of the key principles of enzymology
  • understand protein structure-function relationship
  • understand the properties, function and localisation of the major cellular macromolecules

Fundamental Microbiology - 20 Credits

The aims of this module are to:

  • understand the basis of gene regulation in microorganisms and how this influence bacterial physiology
  • describe the key mechanisms that drive evolution of microorganisms
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of mathematical modelling in predicting microbial growth and death
  • describe the basis of microbial form and function and how bioinformatics are fundamental to microbiology

Semester 2

Biomedical Microbiology - 20 Credits

The aims of this module are to:

  • understand the difference between taxonomic and phylogenetic classification of microorganisms
  • gain knowledge on the principles that underpin bacterial, fungal and viral identification
  • become familiar with the structure, function and growth characteristics of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa and apply that knowledge to their role in disease development
  • describe the distinguishing features, pathogenic properties, epidemiology, treatment and control of medically important bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa

Biomedical Immunology - 20 credits

The aims of this module are to give you:

  • an understanding of Immunodiagnostic: Principles of immunoassays: homogeneous and heterogeneous immunoassays, Examples of clinical immunoassays
  • an understanding of hypersensitivity
  • an understanding of Immunopathology and Immunity to infections
  • an understanding of mucosal immunology
  • an understanding of immunopharmacology

Fundamental Pharmacology - 20 credits

The aims of this module are to develop you understanding of:

  • how drugs act at receptors and how these actions can be quantified
  • the major cell signalling mechanisms in cells
  • the properties and distribution of adrenoceptors and therapeutic uses of related drugs
  • the properties and functions of eicosanoids and autacoids and therapeutic uses of related drugs
  • the properties and distribution of GABA and glutamate receptors and therapeutic uses of related drugs

Biomedical Pharmacology - 20 Credits

The aims of this module are to develop your understanding of:

  • cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • respiratory disease
  • chronic inflammatory diseases
  • liver and kidney dysfunction
  • haematopoietic-linked diseases

Haematology, Immunohaematology, Immunodiagnostics - 20 credits

The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce haematology & immunohaematology
  • familiarise you with the intermediate concepts of the immune system & aspects of clinical & laboratory practice
  • this will include material delivered by the Scottish Blood Transfusion service

Educational Studies; Professional Values 1

This class will explore the theoretical underpinnings of education: its nature and purpose, its ethical and political significance in terms of social justice, equality and the environment, and the expression of these ideas in policy and legislation.

Professional Learning Through Enquiry 1

Professional Learning through Enquiry aims to develop students as enquiring, self-reflective practitioners who are able to work collaboratively to develop skills, knowledge and expertise in an area of professional practice that will benefit children and young people throughout Scotland and beyond.

Professional Skills; Curriculum and Pedagogy Biology 1

The class will provide active and collaborative opportunities for students to explore how to plan discrete, integrated, and interdisciplinary curricular learning with a particular focus on the teaching of biology and general science.

Placement Learning: Community

This module aims to provide students an opportunity to engage with their peers and learners of STEM in a variety of situations on and off campus. This will give them a real life context in which they can relate their ideas learned in their mathematics curriculum and pedagogy classes.

Learning on Placement

This module aims to give students an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in STEM pedagogical methods gained on this as well as other course modules to help learners in a variety of situations and institutions.

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Entry requirements

International students

This programme is only available to international students who have undertaken the Foundation Programme for Science at the International Study Centre at the University of Strathclyde.

Additional information

Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme required is required for Year 4.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

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International Students

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

International students

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Graduates will have developed the skills required to teach biology in secondary schools.

Graduates will also have developed skills applicable to creating, setting up and demonstrating experiments commonly carried out in secondary school bioscience labs.

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This degree programme is only available to eligible students progressing from the International Study Centre.

For further information on how to apply, please contact the International Study Centre.

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Contact us

Dr RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel

Academic Selector

Telephone: +44(0)141 548 5968