BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology


Program Description


Cell Biology focuses on the fundamental unit of life, taking you on an exploration of the cellular and subcellular worlds that underpin modern biology. Cell Biology 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:

  • understand the basis of diseases in humans, animals and plants
  • develop novel treatments and therapies for diseases
  • explore the processes associated with ageing
  • improve the quality and quantity of important food crops
  • develop novel and sustainable fuels
  • assess the impacts of environmental changes on biological systems

Our course offers you unique and flexible interdisciplinary training from staff whose knowledge is constantly refreshed by their active research work.

As you study, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of Cell Biology that will give you the choice to progress to more advanced and specialised topics. You’ll be given the support and encouragement to develop your passion and ideas for your research project where previous Stirling students have excelled in producing high-quality work. We’ll also make sure you’ll have the skills and work-placement experience to kick-start your career in Cell Biology.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Our Cell Biology course offers unique interdisciplinary training in areas that underpin modern biology

#2 Our staff are typically world leaders in their fields, ensuring that their research-led teaching inspires your studies

#3 Our contacts with science and conservation organisations will give you real-world career knowledge

Course details

In Semesters 1-4, you’ll study the following core module options: Cell Biology; Physiology; Genes and Evolution; Ecology; and Biodiversity. In addition, you’ll study practical skills in the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Quantitative Techniques. You’ll also take additional modules in other disciplines of your choice, usually from modules offered in Environmental Sciences or Aquatic Sciences.

Semesters 5-6 include modules in: Animal Physiology; Microbiology; and Animal Cell Biology. You’ll also select additional modules such as: Applied Immunology, Enzymes and their Applications, Oceanography and Limnology, and Plant Ecophysiology.

In Semesters 7-8, you’ll work on an independent research project and a number of advanced modules from a range of options, which currently include: Cell Birth, Life and Death, Genetic Engineering, Immunology and Disease, Molecular Techniques, and Proteomics.

Research project topics will be offered to you that reflect the active research interests of academic staff but you’re also supported in developing your own ideas. 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 recent high-quality student work include:

  • Expressing genes involved in Golgi secretion
  • Study of immunoglobulin M and monoclonal antibodies from Cod
  • PCR analysis of marine microorganisms in a changing climate
  • Why and how the fly immune system degenerates as flies age

As a Cell Biology student, you can study abroad in your third year. We have well-established links to universities in the US and Canada, as well as new exchange programmes to European universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.


Dr Sabine Matallana-Surget, Course Director

+44 (0)1786 467774

+ 44 (0) 1786 467821

Dr Jenson Lim, Lecturer
Biological and Environmental Sciences

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £17,900
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £17,900*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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