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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Microbiology

Programme code:BS-MICRUCAS code:C500
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr John Barr Contact address:j.n.barr@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- A-level: AAA - ABB
- Including Biology or Chemistry and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Science-related subjects: PE, geography, use of mathematics, psychology, statistics, geology and computing.
- Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School: Biochemistry & Microbiology

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Biosciences

Programme specification:

The programme provides:
- a broad foundation in the diverse topics that constitute modern Microbiology;
- a developmental approach to Microbiology from foundation in Year 1 to the cutting edge of the subject inYear 3;
- a working knowledge of good microbiological practice;
- training in the critical and practical skills (such as observation, analysis design, presentation, team co-operation) to enable students to pursue a career as a microbiologist, or to transfer these skills to other spheres of employment;
- an opportunity to study disciplines complementary to Microbiology such as Biochemistry and Genetics;
- experience of a variety of teaching methods (lectures, laboratory practicals and computer-assisted learning packages);
- personal tutoring throughout programme;
- an opportunity for suitably qualified students to experience an industrial placement during Year 3 [Transfer to the Industrial placement programme occurs during Year 2. Placements are gained by competitive application to science-based companies in UK or abroad (advice and assistance is given in application process). Placements normally are year-long individual research projects. Students normally receive company stipend];
- an opportunity for suitably qualified students to experience year's study at an overseas university in Year 3 [Transfer to the International placement programme occurs during Year 2. Placements are available in several European and North American partner universities. Each placement is an individual package of taught courses and an individual research laboratory project arranged to meet the student's background/interests and the facilities of the partner institution];
- individual supervised research projects in final year [These take approximately 33% of the time in the final year. Laboratory-, computing- and literature-based projects are available each year, featuring a wide variety of relevant microbiological topics and exploiting the research expertise of staff and the research facilities of the School. The allocation process takes into account students' preferences];
- teaching that draws on the combined expertise of a large and highly rated research-active department [This is particularly so in the final year which aims to take students to the 'cutting edge' of research developments and subject applications in the research project and in a series of advanced topics from which finalists choose those that appeal to their interests and career intentions].


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS1126A Short Introduction to Systems Physiology10 creditsSemester 1
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1
MICR1125Introduction to Microbiology10 creditsSemester 1
MICR1202The Microbial World10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1320Skills for Microbiologists40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may select up to 10 credits of optional modules

BIOL1223Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL1225How can Biological Sciences change the world10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1211Applied Biology and Agriculture10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1214Human Endocrinology10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may select 10 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOL2112Genes and Genomes20 creditsSemester 1
MICR2120Cell Biology of Disease10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2121Molecular Virology10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2220Medical Bacteriology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR2320Skills for Microbiologists 240 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may select up to 10 credits of optional modules

BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2
BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2210Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2214Introduction to Toxicology10 creditsSemester 2
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may select 10 credits of discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MICR3080Microbiology Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MICR3120Advanced Topics in Microbiology 120 creditsSemester 1
MICR3211Advanced Topics in Microbiology 220 creditsSemester 2
MICR3212Advanced Topics in Microbiology 320 creditsSemester 2
MICR3325Skills for Microbiologists 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 17/04/2019

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