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University of Leeds

Microbiology

UCAS Code: C500

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,A,A

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. GCSE: Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English.

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, graded at D45M0P0 to D39M6P0 including distinctions in Biology and Chemistry or Maths. We accept Access courses in Applied Science. We will also consider (depending on subject content): • Biochemical Sciences • Biological and Environmental Science • Biological and Health Science • Biological Sciences • Biosciences • Combined Sciences • Environmental Science • Life and Biological Science • Life Science • Medical and Health Science Professions • Natural Sciences • Physical & Natural Sciences.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3-D3,D3,M1

Including Biology or Chemistry plus another science or science related subject. Global Perspectives excluded. When an applicant is taking Global Perspectives this can be considered alongside Pre-U subjects and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. This would be D3/M1/M1 and grade D3 in Global Perspectives (BSc applicants) or D3/D3/M1 and grade D3 in Global Perspectives (MBiol applicants).

Applicants offering an EPQ or IPQ qualification will receive a standard offer, as shown above, plus an alternative offer. The alternative offer would be ABB plus grade A in EPQ / IPQ. Subject specific requirements are still valid.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35-34

(With 18-17 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Biology or Chemistry and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2-H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


Including H2 in Biology or Chemistry and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Plus A/B in A-level Biology or Chemistry. The preferred BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science (other subjects may be accepted). Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these should be Biology or Chemistry (and possibly another science or science-related subject depending on the BTEC subject).

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers 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. Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

UCAS Tariff

136-144

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2021

4.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2021

Subject

Microbiology

The study of Microbiology at the University of Leeds requires expertise in a range of areas, such as immunology, genetics, biochemistry and cell biology, which we'll train you in throughout your degree.

On our undergraduate degree, you’ll study a range of microbiological topics affecting humanity today, such as bacterial resistance to antibiotics, use of microbes in biotechnology for food production and agriculture, and how microbes cause disease.

Microbiology is the study of living organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. You will be able to make an impact with this degree as these microbes are key to our understanding of life on this planet – from human and animal disease, to better food production and microbial involvement in global cycles.

**Course highlights:**
- Microbiology achieved 100% student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

- Microbiology achieved 100% graduate prospects (DLHE).

- An opportunity to study disciplines complementary to microbiology such as biochemistry and genetics.

- A wide range of research-led optional modules including applied biology and agriculture, introduction to pharmacology, chemotherapy and the power of genomics.

- Extensive training opportunities in microbiological and molecular techniques – essential for careers in scientific research.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

Faculty of Biological Sciences

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

94%
UK students
6%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

After graduation


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Microbiology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
15%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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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