University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Microbiology (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

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Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa all of which have an impact on human health, the environment, food and pharmaceutical industries. Micro-organisms may be both harmful or beneficial, and our understanding of their importance continues to grow through advancements such as genome sequencing. Micro-organisms affect every aspect of life on Earth. Whether youÂ’re fascinated by the genetics of microbial resistance, historical and current pandemics or aspire to make advances in the fight against disease, our Microbiology course offers you the chance to study and research topical, worldwide issues - preparing you for a rewarding career as a Microbiologist. The integrated foundation year will enable you to acquire the core skills needed to progress onto the full degree programme. Why Choose University of Cumbria

  • Study in our new £3.5 million state-of-the-art labs to gain the practical skills employers demand
  • Boost your employability by planning and conducting experiments independently
  • Taught by academic staff passionate about their field and involved in research, which will keep you informed with the latest microbiological developments
  • Small class sizes so we get to know you and can closely guide and support you
  • We aim to boost your knowledge and research of topical issues affecting individuals worldwide
  • Access to journals and research papers, keeping your learning up-to-date
Whether you are learning about clinical and environmental microbiology or researching microbial genetics, our focus on experiential learning means you will have the opportunity to put academic theory into practice in our new laboratories. Small learning groups mean our dedicated tutors are on hand to help with your studies and research. Taught by academic staff passionate about their field you will acquire all the skills you need for a career in microbiology, covering the fundamental science of different microorganisms as well as their applications in industry. Modules studied include Medical Microbiology looking at pathogens of global importance, how they are spread and diagnosed, Microbiological Genetics which identifies how resistance to antibiotics arises and Microbiological Techniques where you will learn classic culturing and molecular identification techniques. The course provides a substantial amount of laboratory based experiential learning alongside small group lectures and tutorials. Collectively these will allow you to broaden your skills sets and ultimately enhance employability. Additionally, the course aims to enhance your communication skills, including the ability to use technical language correctly, present complex concepts and information in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing, and interact and communicate effectively. The integrated foundation year will enable you to acquire the core skills needed to progress onto the full degree programme.

Course details

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

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Course codeC501
Institution code C99
Campus nameCarlisle - Fusehill Street
Campus codeF

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 56 - 72 points Including Biology or Applied Science at Level 3. If you have completed, but not passed Biology or Applied Science at Level 3 you must have a GCSE in Biology at grade B or above (or equivalent BTEC qualification).
A level CD - DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP - MMP
Access to HE Diploma M: 21 credits P: 24 credits Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at Level 3
Scottish Higher DDDD - CCDD
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade 4/C or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6000 Year 1
England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
International £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Microbiology (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS