University of Leicester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biological Sciences (Microbiology)

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Course summary

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Microorganisms may be small, but they tell us more about life on Earth than almost any other life form. On this degree you will learn how and why microorganisms cause disease and how microbes have been used for millennia in everything from food production to sewage treatment. On the MBiolSci, you will hone your research and laboratory skills and extend your medically specialised BSc programme into a fourth year of masters level study. Microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa) play a crucial role in many of the Earth's physical and biological processes. They help to purify our waste water and clean up pollution, and humans have used them for thousands of years in the production of foods and drinks – but other types can cause new devastating diseases. Microorganisms are the oldest inhabitants of the Earth, yet we have only discovered a small fraction of all the microbes that exist. Now microbiology is at the forefront of a technical revolution: incredibly sensitive molecular tools, coupled with sophisticated computer informatics, provide powerful new approaches to unlocking the secrets of life. On this course you will work with leading microbiologists who are investigating some of the most important questions in microbiology research in order to gain insight into the microbial world and develop broad appreciation of the biology and uses of organisms of microscopic size and of the mammalian immune response to infection. Microbiologists study these processes in all types of organisms and discover how errors in them can cause disease, and they help discover the impact of microbes across the biological sciences. You will gain a broad understanding of fundamental biological processes, while developing analytical skills and gaining experience in handling complex information. By studying microbiology alongside options in other biological sciences, you will be able to apply your knowledge across the boundaries of traditional disciplines and gain a valuable and powerful asset in scientific environments and in many other walks of life. This flexible and broad-based 4-year degree allows you to shape your course to focus your study on microorganisms and their essential roles in good health and undesirable roles in disease. The first 3 years are the same as the BSc in Biological Sciences (Microbiology), including the option of a year spent abroad or working in industry. In your final year you will specialise further, upgrading your degree to a Master of Biological Sciences and experiencing a seamless transition to specialised higher level study with a focus on microbial research and transferable employability skills. Our Biological Sciences degrees are actually seven degrees in one. You can apply for this degree or any of the five specialist degrees listed below - or a general degree in Biological Sciences. Whichever degree you choose, your first year will be the same and you will have the same choice of modules in your second year and again in your final year. Selecting particular modules will steer you towards one of our specialist degrees (which doesn't have to be the one you originally applied for). Or you can make your own selection of modules in those years and graduate with the broad knowledge that comes from a non-specialised degree. The other available specialisms are: Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) Biological Sciences (Genetics) Biological Sciences (Neuroscience) Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology) Biological Sciences (Zoology) Or a general degree in Biological Sciences. Our Biological Sciences degrees cover major aspects of biology and molecular sciences across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. Our four Medical Sciences degrees focus more closely on the application of those biological principles to medicine. There is the possibility of transferring across from our Biological Sciences to our Medical Sciences degrees within the first semester of Year 1.

Course details

Modules

At the University of Leicester, our Biological Sciences degrees are actually seven degrees in one. You can apply for this degree in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) or any of the five specialist degrees - or a general degree in Biological Sciences. Whichever degree you choose, your first year will be the same and you will have the same choice of modules in your second year and again in your final year. Selecting particular modules in your second and final years will steer you towards one of our specialist degrees (which doesn't have to be the one you originally applied for). Or you can make your own selection of modules in those years and graduate with the broad knowledge that comes from a non-specialised degree.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeC503
Institution code L34
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB including at least two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. General Studies is not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Applied Science. Applied Science (Medical Science), Applied Science (Forensic Science) diploma content required, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.. Other subjects may be considered if supplemented by a relevant A-level science grade B or above. This is reviewed on a case-by-case subject to review of your overall academic portfolio and application.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits A strong science Access course is required. Please contact Admissions Office before applying to check acceptability for Access module content and your overall academic profile.
Scottish Higher AABBB including at least two relevant science subjects from from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
AS Two AS subjects may be considered in place of one A-level. Must be taken alongside two full A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Applied Science Diploma considered with an A-level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, plus standard GCSE requirements. Applied Science Diploma considered with an non-science A-level, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Scottish Advanced Higher ABB including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two Higher Level science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Mathematics, or 4 in SL Mathematics, or 5 in SL Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if IELTS 6.5 or equivalent not held.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted in place of a third A-level at grade B or above, provided at least two relevant science A-level subjects are taken from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Extended Project Considered with three A-levels. Typical offer BBB + EPQ at grade B. A- level subjects to include at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, M2, M2 including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C/4 in GCSE English and Mathematics if not held at A/AS level

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.


English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

For further details of our English Language requirements please see our website

https://le.ac.uk/study/international-students/english-language-requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for home and EU students is reviewed annually and for the academic year 2020/21 it is £9,250. The fees for following years have not yet been decided but are likely to increase each year in line with inflation, subject to government regulations. The inflation rate used will be RPIX, which includes all the items in the Retail Price Index, excluding mortgage payments. For your information, the inflation rate used by the Government when increasing the tuition fee from £9,000 to £9,250 was 2.8%. Fees for international students can be found on the individual course pages. https://le.ac.uk/courses For further information about fees and funding please see the following page of the University website: https://le.ac.uk/student-life/undergraduates/fees-funding
Biological Sciences (Microbiology) at University of Leicester - UCAS