Microbiology is the study of microoganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, and embraces numerous disciplines including immunology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. Microbiology affects almost all aspects of medicine and is essential for the environmental cycles that regenerate the planet.
Why study Microbiology?
From the microbes that caused the foot and mouth epidemic to the photosynthetic microoganisms in the oceans that help alleviate global warming, microbiology offers the chance to study the organisms that affect so many aspects of our lives.
By choosing to study this course not only are you choosing to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills, but you will also gain an understanding of the how microbes interact, alter and influence the world around us.Teaching
Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus these three teaching methods, building your skill, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.
Typical timetable (3 year BSc)
On our microbiology course you will develop an understanding of the importance of microorganisms to all aspects of our lives, whilst developing the key skills and knowledge that puts microbiologists in such high demand.BSc Year 1
Choice of elective modulesTotal Credits: 120BSc Year 2
Modules selected from
Course changes may occur given the fast-moving nature of the field and above is an indicative list only.
BSc year one
As well as familiarising you with core practical and theoretical skills within microbiology, year one will also introduce you to broader themes within the biological sciences including genetics and immunology. Through practicals, tutorials and lectures you will develop the key foundations needed for success at degree level.
BSc year two
In second year you will begin to specialise in your preferred topics whilst building on your practical and research skills from first year. With a selection of modules from Cell Biology of Disease to Medical Virology you will continue to develop a broad understanding of key themes within biosciences, whilst also focusing on the areas that interest you most.
BSc year three
Year three will offer specialist topics such as the study of emerging viruses or an in depth study of the hepatitis viruses. Alongside this, a considerable part of your final year will involve an in-depth research project in which you will take all the skills you have developed in your degree and apply them to your own independent research whilst under the supervision of a leading academic. The culmination of your third year will be a portfolio of skills, knowledge, and experiences that will allow you to pursue your graduate career aspirations.
MBiol year three and four
Year three of the MBiol will offer research preparation modules and a research project that will prepare you for the Masters level topics and research you will undertake in your final MBiol year. In year four, alongside a selection of Masters level modules covering areas such as human diseases, you will also manage your own extended-research project in collaboration with a professional researcher.
Please note that year one and two are the same as the BSc for the MBiol.
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Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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A Level or Advanced Higher: AAA from 3 A2/Advanced Higher including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
International Baccalaureate: 35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAB including an A in higher level Chemistry or Biology and another science at higher level.
Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.
Cambridge Pre-U: D3/D3/D3 including Pre-U Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.
Applications are assessed from a combination of the following; the balance, nature and quality of A2, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalents); the referee's comments and your personal statement.
Science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing
No work experience is required.
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