What students say about microbiology
The amount and type of teaching received tends to vary for each degree programme. Science degrees have a few more teaching hours per week than the average arts or humanities degree, and the teaching is usually through formal lectures and practicals, with regular seminars. The biomedical science course covers a broad subject area, as topics include microbiology, genetics, cancer and cell biology, with opportunities to specialise in areas of interest. These areas can be quite complex if you want to specialise in them, but they are very interesting and students often prefer that to very general teaching about many different topics.3rd year, University of Hull
I had around nine hours of lectures each week, plus a practical slot of around three hours. The modules are varied and interesting, there will be a few you'll love and a few you'll want to forget, but overall I think it's a good variety for first year. There are exams in January and May for the majority of modules, usually worth 60-70%. The other 30-40% is made up from coursework marks, from essays or practical write-ups. The practical lab facilities for our course are good, and the farm is excellent.1st year, Aberystwyth University
Having taken a science degree, my workload is fairly packed, with about 25 to 27 hours a week of lectures and practicals. The facilities are top-notch, with plenty of materials and equipment and interesting experiments. The work can be challenging but is always interesting, with a wide range of subjects, from microbiology to physiology.1st year, University of Leicester
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Science, engineering and production technicians
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- MLSO (Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer)
- Microbiologist (includes bacteriologists, virologists and mycologists)
- Clinical research associate
Other real-life job examples
- Quality assurance officer
What employers like about this subject
Students taking a microbiology degree can gain a range of subject-specific skills including genetics, biochemistry and the use of microbiology in industry. Transferable skills you can develop include advanced numeracy, written and spoken communication, presentation, project management and research skills, and microbiology graduates are in demand from employers such as hospitals, universities, clinical and scientific analysts, the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry and the water industry. If you are aiming for a career in research, you will usually need to take a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate) after your first degree, and so postgraduate study is a common option for microbiology graduates.