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Deadline: Jan 15, 2024
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:1739 Duration:48 months You need IELTS certificate

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Why Dundee

Microbiology is the study of organisms - bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses - that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. It is concerned not only with pathogenic microbes that cause disease but also the predominantly beneficial activities of microbes in the environment and their many biotechnological applications.

The wide-ranging nature of our course means you can choose to specialise in environmental, applied or medically-related aspects of the subject.

Why study Microbiology at Dundee?

The Microbiology degree programme at Dundee deals with aspects of the subject ranging from those of medical importance (such as infectious diseases and immunology) to those of environmental and biotechnological importance (such as control of pollution and bioremediation).

Major areas of microbiological research include aspects of fundamental and applied microbiology, ranging from mechanisms by which microbial pathogens and their hosts interact to environmental decontamination, and involve molecular, cellular and environmental studies using model organisms as well as those of health and economic significance.

Our Microbiology degree programme reflects the enormous breadth of the subject and recent research developments are reflected in our teaching, particularly at the advanced levels where you can choose modules from a wide menu of options taught at the level of current research.

What's so good about Life Sciences at Dundee?

Practical experience

Dundee can offer you a range of Level 4 Research Projects in leading laboratories because of its high level of top-rated research activity in these areas. Many students also work on summer projects between their third and fourth years.

Our close links

Our programme is multidisciplinary, reflecting the overall breadth of microbiology and benefiting from the strengths of the College of Life Sciences at Dundee in the biosciences and from our links with Ninewells Hospital & Medical School and the Scottish Crop Research Institute.

Study abroad

There are also opportunities to study abroad, for example on the Transatlantic Student Exchange S


The multidisciplinary nature of microbiologists' training means that they find employment in a wide variety of positions in academic research (e.g. biomedical, genetic, agricultural or ecological research), in hospital laboratories, in environmental health and in teaching. Industry employs microbiologists in the manufacture of numerous products, such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cosmetics, food and drink, either because microorganisms are used in the process or for reasons of microbiological safety and hygiene.

In addition, many microbiology graduates find careers in management, regulatory affairs, publishing, patent documentation and the media, where their scientific training is valued scheme.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee category

Fees for students starting September 2015

Scottish students

£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

Rest of UK students

£9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.

EU students

£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.

Overseas students (non-EU)

£15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Not specified Start date September 2015 Course starts in September Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Typical Degree Programme

Levels 1 and 2

All Life Sciences degree programmes share common core modules at Level 1 that provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.

Please refer to the Biological/Biomedical Sciences degree structure and overview webpage for details of the common curriculum in Levels 1 and 2.

Level 3

At Level 3 you specialise much more in microbiology, and choose additional subjects that interest you to study alongside your main subject. You will develop your knowledge and skills in the following aspects of microbiology:

  • Microbial diversity
  • Molecular and cellular microbiology
  • Microbial growth and morphogenesis
  • Applications of microbes and molecular genetics in medical, agricultural and environmental microbiology
  • Molecular biology and pathogenesis of viral, bacterial, fungal and protozoan infectious diseases
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Antimicrobial chemotherapy
  • Characteristics of the immune system
  • Immune responses to infectious diseases
  • Causes and consequences of immune dysfunction
Summer work placements

Many students take advantage of opportunities for summer work placements, normally between Levels 3 and 4, which are available as externally-funded competitive placements, or as voluntary laboratory work.

Level 4

Your studies at Level 4 will be at the level of current research in your chosen subject area.

Advanced study of topics in microbiology with additional options chosen from related subject areas such as biochemistry, molecular genetics, molecular biology and developmental biology. The range of microbiology topics that is currently available includes:

  • Molecular biology of infection & immunity
  • Immunotechnology
  • Microbiology of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Bioenergy & bioremediation
  • Multicellular behaviour by prokaryotes
  • Virus molecular biology
  • Bacterial membrane biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Drug discovery for tropical diseases

Your studies will involve extensive use of scientific literature and the opportunity to attend a regular programme of seminars given by invited speakers from Britain and abroad.

Research project - several formats are available including laboratory-based research under the supervision of a leading scientist, computer modelling, multimedia teaching packages, literature and electronic database review.

How you will Asssessed

All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course procedures. Regular in-course assessments (e.g. practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises) provide feedback on your progress and help you prepare for end-of-module examinations.

On-line assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access via a PC on or off campus. Peer assessment operates in many team projects.


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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Dundee.

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