The study of biological systems at the cellular, and subcellular, level is key to understanding how organisms develop, how they respond to their environment and how the diseased state differs from the healthy state. Recent advances in cell biology are enabling cell biologists to:
The Cell Biology degree at the University of Stirling offers a unique interdisciplinary training in areas which underpin modern biology.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Science, Computing and Engineering to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 14,105.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 14,460|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options|
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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In Years 1 and 2 you will take core modules in:
In Year 3, you will take modules in:
You will also take two modules from the following options: Animal Ecology, Marine Biology, Plant Ecology and Physiology.
In your final year you will undertake an independent research project and a number of advanced modules from a range of options which currently include:
* These modules are required
A research project is a major component of the final year course. The variety of project topics offered to students reflects the active research interests of academic staff but you are encouraged to develop your own ideas during the project. Some students have organised projects with other research organisations, usually when they have already established a relationship with the organisation during vacation work.
Examples of relevant projects include:
Teaching is delivered in the form of formal lectures and practical classes, tutorials, seminars, computer-based learning, guided reading and research. Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination completed during the semester. For many modules the marks awarded for coursework contribute 40 – 50 percent of the final grade but for some modules this is as high as 100 percent.
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Teaching provision in Cell Biology has been assessed by the Scottish Funding Council and rated as 'highly satisfactory'.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.
Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES) within the Faculty of Natural Sciences is a multi-disciplinary department that participates in research and teaching in a broad range of subjects in the biological and environmental sciences. The principle focus of the research is at the interface between the environment and society. Within BES, staff conduct research in areas as diverse as the reconstruction of past landscapes; conservation, environmental impact assessment and environmental management; evolutionary ecology of plants and animals; and cellular biology and immunology. BES is a friendly, vibrant, and dynamic place in which to learn and research with a great sense of belonging engendered in our students from their very first days at the University.
Research-led teaching is the key to deep learning and understanding. The academic staff in Biological and Environmental Sciences at Stirling are typically world leaders in their respective fields, thus ensuring that research-led teaching is at the core of all of our courses. Many students work closely with academics throughout their time and benefit from actively participating in research programmes. We have strong contacts with external conservation and environmental organisations who also contribute to the undergraduate experience. This approach ensures that our students appreciate the transferable nature of a science degree and see how their learning can be applied to the real world.
A variety of assessment methods are employed throughout our degree course.
I chose Cell Biology at Stirling because of the interdisciplinary training which provides a good combination of practical and theoretical courses. It provided me with the option of choosing a diverse range of topics within the first two years of study and then focusing solely on my chosen degree. The staff have a wealth of knowledge which they are enthusiastic to share with their students, and combined with the smaller class numbers this ensures a higher level of individual attention. The new and improved laboratories and facilities have created an excellent place to learn, and all of these factors have equipped me to leave feeling fully prepared for a successful career.
Niki McAllister, 4th year Cell Biology student 2012
Cell Biology graduates from Stirling may follow careers in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and biomedical, biotechnology, and agricultural industries. Other career paths may include the civil service, forensic science, teaching, the food industry, and government and industrial research laboratories.