Expand your knowledge of some of the planet's most dominant life forms, and take part in research projects with a global impact on this BSc Microbiology with Foundation course. Are you keen to take our BSc Microbiology course but haven’t taken the necessary A level subjects? BSc Microbiology with Foundation is a four-year programme that includes a year of foundational study and leads directly into the three-year course. As part of the UK's oldest microbiology department you can develop laboratory skills in purpose-built microbiology facilities and be taught by world-leading experts, with particular strengths in virology and bacteriology. Furthermore, you will benefit from membership of the Microbiology Society and strong links with industry. Through the course, you will learn about the fundamental properties, genetics and physiology of diverse microbes. Options will then allow you to focus on areas that most interest you, including medical, environmental or food microbiology. You will also have the chance to carry out a year-long industrial placement or a paid vacation studentship in order to gain valuable work and research experience. BSc Microbiology has a strong practical basis, and you will learn a wide variety of techniques such as microbial genetics, biochemistry and propagation. During your final year you will have the chance to spend three months working on an original research project of your choice. Recent projects have included the molecular engineering of viruses, and the mechanisms of bacterial pathogenicity and host colonisation. Our £60m Health and Life Sciences building is the home of the School of Biological Sciences. It offers state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space, including a café. The building also houses the Cole Museum of Zoology. The collection, featuring over 3,500 natural history specimens, provides a fantastic resource for biological scientists and the wider community. In your final year you will also have the opportunity to take part in our unique Arctic microbiology field course in Iceland. There you will be able to examine the unusual microbes that inhabit extreme environments and learn field-based sampling techniques. Placement You will have the opportunity to carry out a year-long industrial placement between your third and final year. Student in previous years have worked at Public Health England’s Porton Down and Colindale laboratories, GSK, AstraZeneca and Covance. You can also choose to spend a year abroad, typically carrying out research in an academic laboratory. You will be able to undertake paid vacation studentships funded by organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and the Microbiology Society. These can take place over six weeks during the summer break, or be carried out part-time over a longer period. During studentships you will typically work on a set project and benefit from valuable training in techniques, experimental design and the interpretation of data. Additionally, you can take a work placement module. Our department has a dedicated academic in charge of placements, who can provide you with advice and support.
The following modules have been approved in principle for delivery in 2024/25. Please note that as part of our current curriculum improvement process, all modules require final University approval and may be subject to change. Core modules:
- Foundation Biology
- Mathematics Foundation
- Foundation in Academic Skills
- Fundamentals of Microbiology
- Cellular and Molecular Principles of Life
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Fundamentals of Biochemistry
- Research and Professional Skills
- Advanced Studies in Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Haematology and Immunology
- Molecular Microbiology
- Infectious Diseases
- Research Project
- Applied Microbiology
How to apply
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English language requirements
|We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
|We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
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|We require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
|Cambridge English Proficiency
|We require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
|We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
|Institution's Own Test
|Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
|We require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.
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