Parasitology deals with a wide range of infective agents, ranging from the microscopic protozoans that cause malaria and sleeping sickness to large parasitic worms.
In your first year you will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and will be encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
In second year, you will be introduced to the study of microorganisms, infection and immunity and practical microbiology. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of other courses.
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 (third and fourth years) you will study the range of pathogens from bacteria, viruses and protozoan parasites, to helminths and fungi. We take a modern approach to understanding the basic biology of the pathogens, during which you will learn about
virulence mechanisms, strategies for becoming established in the host, immunopathology, the host’s immune response to pathogens, control methods including diagnosis, vaccinology and chemotherapy, and drug resistance.
You will be trained in modern methods of cell biology, biochemistry, immunology and molecular biology as applied to infection biology. The third year is run jointly with the Microbiology and Virology degree programmes.
Our fourth year course takes the basic knowledge learned in third year as a foundation and builds on it through further analysis and discussion. The course is made up of four five-week Honours options; a research project carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff; an oral presentation of the research project; an essay; a scientific poster.
You can take Parasitology as an MSci, which includes an additional placement year, between the third and final years of the degree. This is normally spent doing research in industry or some other organisation such as a research institute in the UK or overseas. Eligible students apply for the MSci programme at the end of second year.
The University has particular strengths in parasitology, with several world-class research centres dedicated to the subject. This provides teaching from a wide range of disciplines and exposure to research ranging from epidemiology of parasitic diseases to the immunology of the infections and the biochemistry and molecular biology of the parasites themselves.
In third year a field course at the Marine Biological Station at Millport in the Firth of Clyde provides practical training in aspects of epidemiology and parasitology.
You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. The Erasmus Exchange Scheme offers the chance to study at a major European university, for three to ten months, with some financial support from the EU. The International Exchange Programme allows you to spend a year or a semester in one of our partner institutions in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, or the USA.
A large number of our students take up research studentships, either in parasitology, or subjects encountered during their studies including immunology or molecular biology in universities or research institutions throughout the UK. Many have gone on to successful careers in health, international development, teaching or the commercial sector.
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) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB (including two science subjects) at their first sitting WILL receive an offer from the University. This offer may be conditional (on second sitting results) or unconditional, depending on how many applications are received from students who have attained these grades.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, 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.
Applicants who receive an offer conditional on second sitting results will be required to study Advanced Highers in relevant subjects as an integral part of their conditional offer.
A-levels: AAB, including two science subjects. AS Level in either Biology or Chemistry. All Biology students study a minimum level of Chemistry in first year.
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.
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 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
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.