High Flyer Programme:
qualified applicants can complete course in three years
study or take part in lab-based research abroad
Why this course?
This joint Honours degree course combines the study of Immunology with Pharmacology.
Immunology is the study of the immune system and how the body defends itself against disease. It helps us understand how the immune system is tricked into attacking its own tissue, leading to diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or allergy. It's significantly helped modern medicine in areas such as blood transfusion, vaccination, organ transplantation along with the treatment of allergy, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.
It's also made vital contributions to cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology, and is starting to make major inroads into the food industry, agriculture and veterinary science.
Pharmacology is the study of how drugs and other chemicals affect the body in health and disease. It also explores the development of new and improved medicines and the treatment of disease.
The opportunity to choose specific degree combinations will allow you to go into specialist biomedical science areas such as neuroscience, cardiovascular research, immunopharmacology, industrial immunology, drug research, biochemistry, microbiology and bacteriology.
What you’ll study
Years 1 & 2
Students on all the biosciences degrees study the same classes in the first two years. This means you can defer your ultimate choice of degree until the end of Year 2.
Subjects include molecular bioscience, biology of organisms, chemistry for bioscience, an introduction to infection and immunity, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, cell and molecular biology and human physiology.
You also choose two elective subjects from other departments across the University.
Years 3 & 4
You'll specialise in the area in which you plan to graduate. In the Honours year, you’ll carry out a research project in either subject and present a dissertation of your work. This could be lab-based research.
You can also take part in enterprise projects of commercial significance for a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company in the west of Scotland. Student exchange programmes offer the chance to study and take part in lab-based research abroad.
Transfer to the MSci Biochemistry or Innumology may be possible at the end of Year 4, subject to performance.
High Flyer Programme
Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.
Years 1 and 2 look at Bioscience, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biophysics, Basic and Clinical Immunology, Organic Chemistry, Physiological Basis of Drug Action. In Years 3 and 4 you'll take specialist classes in Immunology and Pharmacology and Microbiology.
In Year 4 you'll undertake a research project in Immunology or Pharmacology and present a dissertation of the work.
to develop understanding of adverse drug reactions
to develop understanding of cancer chemotherapy
to develop understanding of prevention and treatment of malaria
to develop understanding of bacterial and viral chemotherapy
to develop understanding of gastrointestinal disorders
Knowledge and understanding are assessed by written examinations, essays, presentations and computer-aided learning (CAL) exercises and quizzes, available on our virtual learning environment, Myplace.
Competence is assessed through practical tests, practical write-ups, project reports and CAL exercises and quizzes.
Communication skills are assessed through essays and oral presentations.
Project work is assessed from project reports and oral presentations.
There’s an individual research project in the final year of the course where you’ll demonstrate research skills, problem solving and a research approach.
Learning & teaching
You’ll gain knowledge and understanding through around 240 hours of lectures, including review-type lectures, practical classes, tutorials and computer-aided learning.
To allow you to prepare, class hand-outs are available in advance from Myplace. Hand-outs will also be supported by tasks such as essays, oral and tutorial/workshop presentations.
Quantitative skills are taught by the Department of Maths & Statistics, the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry as well as the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.
Most laboratory classes, including the chemistry classes in Year 1, include number and numeracy and statistical skills that are used in the institute. Communication skills are taught throughout the course. Information retrieval, interpretation and research skills are gained through project work which also develops team-working skills.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
Year 1 entry: AABB or AAAC (two sciences, including Higher Biology/Human Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry |(if not at Higher) National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; Maths National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; English National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B)
Year 2 entry: BB (Chemistry B and Biology B, in addition to requirements for Year 1 above)
Year 1 entry: BBB (two Sciences, including Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE B, Maths GCSE B, GCSE English Language B or English Literature B
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
Please note if you are taking the newly reformed Biology A level, we'll require you to pass the practical assessment included in the A level.
32 (two sciences, Biology/Chemistry/Physics HL5, Maths SL5, English SL5)
Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, B in Graded Unit
Year 2 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit or relevant HND, BB in Graded Units
Year 3 entry: relevant HND, AB in Graded Units
Deferred entry is accepted
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
2018/19 - £9,250
Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
You could be involved in the development of drugs, food processing, protecting the environment, fighting disease or even slowing down the ageing process.
Our graduates find jobs in the pharmaceutical, biotech and agrochemical industries, hospitals and public service laboratories, environmental centres, analytical and forensic science labs, universities, the scientific civil service and teaching at all levels.
Many students also continue on to postgraduate studies and research.
The transferable skills you gain from this course will not only prepare you for a career in science but also in areas such as finance, management, marketing, sales, business and media.
How much will I earn?
Salaries vary depending on the industry in which you work. The average (median) salary of graduates in full-time work is £24,000**
As a consultant, you can expect to earn around £55,000.*
Where are they now?
83.3% of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Recent job titles include:
Recent employers include:
*Information is intended only as a guide and based on NHS pay grades.
**Based on the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13, 2011/12, (aggregated data) .
All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
It costs £12 to apply for a course
The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
The deadline is 15 January each year
This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
You might be asked to attend an interview
Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
There’s three types of decision
unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.
You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.
You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body.
However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
We welcome applications from international students