Immunology is the study of the body’s defence (immune) system, in health
and disease. It involves elements from a wide range of basic biological sciences, all focused towards understanding how the cells and molecules of the immune system interact to combat attack from infection.
In your first year you will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.
You will also study either Chemistry or Science Fundamentals and one other subject of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
In your second year, you will be introduced to the study of immunology, and infection and immunity. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of other courses which might include genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology.
You will also study one or two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4), you will attend lectures in third year which cover the whole field of immunology together with supporting lectures on molecular biology, statistics and data analysis. A series of practical classes is run in parallel with the lectures, which increase familiarity with many current immunological techniques.
In fourth year you will continue your study of immunology in more depth, with the opportunity to plan your own work. You will also undertake a supervised laboratory research project and prepare a dissertation on a separate topic based on a literature survey. The Honours programme provides a full understanding of how the immune system works under both physiological and pathological conditions, covering topics such as infectious disease, vaccination, transplantation, cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
Immunology can be taken as an MSci, which includes an additional placement year, between the third and final years of the degree. This is normally spent doing full-time research in industry, academia or another approved placement provider in the UK or overseas.
This is one of the few programmes in the UK which offer an Honours degree focusing solely on immunology for two years (years 3 and 4).
Glasgow is one of the major centres for immunology research in the UK.
This degree is recognised abroad as an excellent qualification and many of our graduates are now working in top research laboratories and companies throughout the world.
Careers for new graduates, or those with a postgraduate degree, are available in research and teaching in universities and research institutes; in industry, especially pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; and clinical research and diagnostic work in hospital laboratories. A degree in Immunology can also be a route for entry to a career in other fields such as biochemistry, microbiology, parasitology and molecular biology. There are also opportunities in areas such as teaching, scientific journalism and the civil service.
Many of our graduates will continue to postgraduate study for either a Masters or PhD.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including two science subjects, one of which must be Biology or Chemistry) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Two Sciences (see subject specific requirements above), at minimum grades of A/B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers MAY be made to applicants who achieved between ABBB and AABB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
A-levels: AAB including one, preferably two, science subjects. AS Level in either Biology or Chemistry. All Biology students study a minimum level of Chemistry in first year.
Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
Accepted Science subjects:
- Computing Studies
- Environmental Science
- Human Biology
- Information Systems
- Managing Environmental Resources
- Science (Double Syllabus)
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 7.0
- no sub-test less than 7.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than 24
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): A minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): B minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68; minimum 60 in writing
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.