The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type



This programme provides a thorough general training in the physiology, ecology and biotechnological applications of microorganisms. We focus particularly on microbes as producers, as spoilage agents of food, as components of the environment, and as agents of disease, with emphasis on new and emerging diseases.

The programme aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the microbiological sciences, and sufficient training in scientific methods and procedures to advance to a career in relevant industries, postgraduate training or other spheres of research.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Introduces Biology largely as Human Biology with accompanying courses in Applied and Environmental Biology. Additional subjects include Mathematics for Scientists and Chemistry, as required for an understanding of future courses in Biochemistry and Physiology.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%


  • Written: 53%
  • Practical: 23%
  • Coursework: 24%
Year 2

Concentrates on broad topics in Biology, especially Whole Organism Biology of Animals, Plants and Microorganisms; Cell Structure and Biochemistry; and Nutrition and Health.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 28%
  • Independent study: 72%


  • Written: 52%
  • Practical: 18%
  • Coursework: 30%
Year 3

The Microbiology programme introduces detailed analysis of microbial systems, in particular: Microbial Physiology; Microbial Pathology and Infectious Diseases; Microbial Biotechnology; and Molecular Biology, including Genetic Engineering.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 24%
  • Independent study: 76%


  • Written: 57%
  • Practical: 8%
  • Coursework: 35%
Year 4

Students are introduced to advanced topics in microbiology through courses dealing with: Microbial Interactions with the Human Body during Disease; Detection and Identification of Bacteria; Microbial Physiology and Molecular Biology; and Genomics. A laboratory-based research project introduces practical techniques at an advanced level.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 13%
  • Independent study: 87%


  • Written: 47%
  • Practical: 14%
  • Coursework: 39%

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