The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow is inviting applications for BSc Immunology & Microbiology course

The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow is inviting applications for BSc Immunology & Microbiology course starting in September 2021.

Immunology helps us understand how the immune system defends against microbial attack but also how it may be tricked into attacking its own tissue, leading to diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or allergy.

Microbiology is the study of the smallest living organisms (micro-organisms or microbes). Microbes are a major cause of disease in humans but they can also be useful in industrial processes from pollution control to the production of important therapeutic compounds.

The development of both has long been linked with the development of vaccines for smallpox and anthrax by Jenner and Pasteur respectively. Modern Bioinformatics allowed the recent development of Covid vaccines in record time.

More recently, the application of modern techniques of biology to the immune system has led to a dramatic increase in our understanding of the immune system and its impact on body function, as well as in the control of microbial and other types of disease.

The interface between immunology and microbiology is a very active area for both fundamental research and for the development of new biotechnological products to diagnose or prevent disease.

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, you’ll gain an introduction to each of the four-discipline biochemistry, immunology, microbiology and pharmacology again supported by the “Being a Biomolecular Scientist” class which develops various skills gained in Year 1.  There’s a strong emphasis on practical laboratory skills and the development of generic skills such as scientific writing and problem-solving.

In Years 3 and 4 you’ll take specialist classes in Immunology and Microbiology. You will also undertake a substantial research project in Immunology or Microbiology in Year 4 and present a dissertation of the 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 Microbiology or Immunology may be possible at the end of Year 4, subject to performance.


The course has accreditation from Royal Society of Biology.


Eligibility – 70-75% in all subjects taken at level XII and the same at level X. Marks should be particularly strong in the proposed area of study. IELTS requirement is 6.0

Fee – £20,650 per academic year for International students

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