Microbiology is of growing importance in science, medicine, industry and society, as we seek on the one hand to control microbial pathogens in our hospitals and communities, while on the other, making use of an ever broader range of microorganisms in biotechnology industries. Microbiology is therefore also an applied science, helping health and medicine through the study of pathogens, their epidemiology, and resistance to antibiotics. Microorganisms are also widely used in the agriculture, food and environment industries, for instance in oil spill clean-up. Through this degree programme, you will develop knowledge and understanding of microbiology at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. Building on that base, you will gain an in depth understanding of selected aspects of Microbiology that reflect the research expertise and strengths within the School, ensuring you are taught by leaders in a particular research field. In your fourth year, you will undertake a year's industrial placement and graduate after five years with an MSci (an undergraduate Masters degree) instead of a BSc. Placements vary considerably but in general terms, you will be placed in an industrial, commercial or research environment where you will obtain a breadth of practical experience to complement your degree programme and enhance your employability.
A degree in Microbiology is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|A level||ABB||A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, to include AB from Chemistry and Biology. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 3 A Levels at AAB, to include AB from Chemistry and Biology. Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD|
|Scottish Higher||AAAB||A minimum of 4 Highers at AAAB (C or B at AH may substitute for B or A at H respectively) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAAAB obtained over two sittings. To include AB from Chemistry and Biology. Standard Grades 1, 2 or 3 or Int 2, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 points||A minimum of 34 points, to include 6 points at HL from Chemistry and Biology. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 36 points, to include 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and Biology. A minimum of Standard level in English and Maths required.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H2, H3||A minimum of 5H with [email protected] H2 AND [email protected] H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and Biology, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and Biology. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above. English and Maths at a minimum of Ordinary Level required and either Chemistry or Physics.|
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78|
|PTE Academic||54||Listening - 51 or above Reading - 51 or above Speaking - 51 or above Writing - 54 or above Overall - 54 or above|
In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.
Undergraduate Degrees - English Requirements are detailed here:
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
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