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2024/25 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Microbiology

Programme code:BS-MICRUCAS code:C500
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Morgan Herod Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

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

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme in 2023/2024 or before. For students entering the programme from September 2024 or after, you can find the details of your programme: BSc Microbiology(For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

Microbiology is the study of organisms too small to be visible with the naked eye, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. Your course will cover an area of science fundamental to the understanding of life on this planet – from human and animal disease, better food production to microbial involvement in global cycles.

Your microbiology degree will provide a comprehensive understanding of microbiology with a biomedical focus, with topics such as bacterial resistance to antibiotics, the use of microbes in biotechnology, and how new pathogens, such as the cause of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), emerge and cause disease. You will develop your specialist knowledge, whilst building on the foundations of microbiology, with areas such as immunology, genetics, biochemistry and cell biology. These topics are at the heart of many global challenges, and it is critical that the next generation of expert scientists are trained in these areas. It is an interdisciplinary course that will also integrate the fundamental principles and skills that are essential to transferable to all biomedical sciences, such as biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, that will equip you for a successful career in various fields, including pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology, medicine and research.

The first year introduces the molecular building blocks of cells, how they orchestrate the cellular processes that sustain life and introduces the fundamental of modern day genetics. Lectures build on this knowledge to provide a fundamental grounding on the basic molecular principles of microbiology and immunology. The skills modules will build your practical, numeracy and problem-solving skills, and develop your understanding of the lecture material.

The second year involves in-depth and increasingly research-led study of the major areas that underpin modern biomedical microbiology such as molecular virology, medical microbiology, gene regulation and ‘omics approaches. The second year skills modules involve more extended projects requiring you to utilise multiple approaches and take greater responsibility for your work.

The third year of the course centres around cutting-edge topics. Lectures are delivered in advanced topic modules that bring you up to the forefront of modern research. In addition, you will perform a research project of your choice, allowing you to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during your degree, develop expertise in a research area and further build on your analytical and communication skills. The third year skills module develops work-ready skills such as communication to a variety of audiences, teamwork and peer-to-peer reviews.

This course will prepare you for a variety of future careers both within scientific research and beyond. We place a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, group teaching, online learning and problem solving. As such, you’ll gain a broad range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. As such, our graduates have, for many years, experienced high employment rates and a significant proportion quickly gain employment upon graduation.

This 3-year BSc can be converted into a 4-year integrated Masters (MBiol), subject to suitable academic performance and availability. In years 3 and 4 you would receive additional specialist training, study advanced research topics and undertake your own extended research project. In addition, students have the opportunity to spend a year working in industry, or take a study year abroad. These would take place between years two and three of the degree progra mme.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

BIOL1110Introductory Skills in the Molecular Biosciences20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY1237Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOBS1135The Basis of Life20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MICR1210Introductory Skills in Microbiology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR1211Introductory Microbiology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR1221Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

BLGY1124The Diversity of Life10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY1128Living Planet20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BLGY1212Using Biology to Feed the World10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BMSC1112Short Introduction to human body systems10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Alternatively, candidates can select BLGY1124 or BMSC1112, and enrol on a 10 credit discovery module

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:

BIOL2114Omics and Big Data Biology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MICR2120Cell Biology of Disease10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MICR2121Molecular Virology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MICR2220Medical Bacteriology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2222Medical Virology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR2320Skills for Microbiologists 240 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates may select up to 10 credits of optional modules

BIOL2210Biological Membranes and Cell Signalling10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL2212Chemotherapy10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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:

BIOL3114Advanced Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MICR3201Advanced Topics in Microbiology 120 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR3202Advanced Topics in Microbiology 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MICR3325Skills for Microbiologists 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Students will select 40 credits of modules from either Option A or Option B.

Option A:

BIOL3396Molecular & Cellular Biology Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Option B: This subset of modules can only be offered to students who meet the selection criteria and are approved to take the module BIOL3230: Covid-19 LAMP testing placement.

BIOL3330COVID-19 LAMP Testing Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOL3397Biotechnology Research Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:08:09


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