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University of Cumbria

Microbiology

UCAS Code: C500

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 graded at Level 3

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-120

Must include an A Level in Biology

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Microbiology

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 you're fascinated by the genetics of microbial resistance, current and historical 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.

**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 3.5million pound laboratories.

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.

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.

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.

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Department:

Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


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Biosciences

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£16,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sports and fitness occupations
19%
Therapy professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

If you want a career in microbiology, then this is the degree to take. The recession hit the job market for microbiologists particularly badly, but things have improved very significantly since then, and microbiologists are now amongst the most employable biological sciences graduates. We don't produce many graduates in the subject every year and a lot take further qualifications on graduating. Microbiology graduates who want to leave the lab can find jobs in most industries - not just in health and hospitals, but in the food and drink, water and ecology sectors, too.

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