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How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

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About Pharmacology & Microbiology at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

This joint Honours degree course combines the study of pharmacology and microbiology.

Pharmacology is the study of how drugs and other chemicals affect the body in health and disease. This area explores the development of new and improved medicines and the treatment of disease.

Microbiology is the study of the smallest living organisms (micro-organisms or microbes) and includes viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa. 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 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 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 & immunity
  • nutritional biochemistry & metabolism
  • cell & molecular biology
  • human physiology

You'll 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 Pharmacology or Microbiology 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's prestigious High Flyer Programme. This allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four.

If you're 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.

Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.

Work placement

We offer opportunities for you to engage with research full time in the summer preceding your final year. Since 2010, 47 undergraduate students have benefited from summer internships, of which 27 were funded by external organisations (including the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Carnegie Trust and professional societies) and others received internal funding (including the University's ResearchInterns@Strathclyde).

You'll receive in-depth training through the host lab as well as skills development workshops on public engagement, networking and poster/presentation preparation. Additionally there are opportunities for students to participate in the ERASMUS scheme. Students have worked in universities from Poland to Portugal, from the Czech Republic to Spain.

Major projects

You'll have the opportunity to take part in a Vertically Integrated Project - VIP@Strath. These projects give students from first year through to postgraduate level the opportunity to work with staff in multi-disciplinary teams on cutting-edge research and development projects.

By taking part in the VIP project, you'll be able to:

  • learn & practice many different professional skills
  • make substantial technical contributions to a project
  • experience many different roles on a large design team
  • interact & receive support from more senior students &, in some instances, receive mentoring from PhD students involved in the project
  • contribute to the completion of large-scale design projects that are of significant benefit to the research programmes of staff members

Postgraduate study

Students from these courses have gone on to Masters postgraduate studies including MSc in Biomedical Science, Industrial Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Forensic Science. A number of students have pursued PhDs at a number of universitities. Many students also go on to study for a PGDE in order to qualify as future science teachers.

Student competitions

Prizes for the best students are awarded each year by a number of societies including British Society of Immunology, British Physiological Society, the Institute of Biomedical Science and the Royal Society of Biology. Students are encouraged to enter a number of competitions such as Findacure Essay competition and Life Sciences CV Competition.

Key facts

  • UCAS code: C502
  • Accreditation:Royal Society of Biology

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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


  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

Additional fees  

Course materials & costs 

Lab coats and safety goggles 

  • approx £25 

PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) 

Masters of Pharmacy students must pay for a PVG certificate during their first semester at a cost of £57.  This is applicable across all schools of pharmacy.  

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?

Students from Scotland and the EU

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.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

You don't need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we'll assess your eligibility.Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

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

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum grades


Year 1 entry: AABB/AAAC (two sciences - Biology/Human Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not Higher) Nat 5 B/Int 2 B; Maths Nat 5 B/Int 2 B; English Nat 5 B/Int 2 B)

Advanced Highers

Year 2 entry: BB (Chemistry B, Biology/Human Biology B, plus Year 1 above)

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB/BBB (two sciences - Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE B; GCSE Maths B, GCSE English Language B or Literature B)

Year 2 entry: AAAABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)

International Baccalaureate

32 (two sciences - Biology/Chemistry/Physics HL5, Maths SL5, English SL5)


Year 1 entry: HNC, Graded Unit B

Year 2 entry: HNC, Graded Unit A or HND, Graded Units BB

Year 3 entry: HND, Graded Units AB

English language requirement

A pass in an English language qualification is normally required from applicants outside the UK whose first language is not English. The following provides information on the main qualifications considered for entry to the Business School undergraduate degree courses.

IELTS: Minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5)

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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