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University of Leicester

Biological Sciences (Microbiology)

UCAS Code: C503

Master of Biological Sciences - MBiolSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

including at least two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. General Studies is not accepted.

Two AS subjects may be considered in place of one A-level. Must be taken alongside two full A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

A strong science Access course is required. Please contact Admissions Office before applying to check acceptability for Access module content and your overall academic profile.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Considered with three A-levels. Typical offer; ABB - BBB + EPQ at grade B. A- level subjects to include at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C/4 in GCSE English and Mathematics if not held at A/AS level

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two Higher Level science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Mathematics, or 4 in SL Mathematics, or 5 in SL Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if IELTS 6.5 or equivalent not held.

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

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

including two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Applied Science Diploma considered with an A-level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, plus standard GCSE requirements. Applied Science Diploma considered with an non-science A-level, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. English Language and Mathematics to be held at minimum grade C/4.

Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

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

D*DD

Applied Science. Applied Science (Medical Science), Applied Science (Forensic Science) diploma accepted, plus five GCSE's at grade B/5 or above including two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. English Language and Mathematics to be held at minimum grade C/4. Other subjects may be considered if supplemented by a relevant A-level science grade B or above. This is reviewed on a case-by-case subject to review of your overall academic portfolio and application.

Considered alongside two A-levels in relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

including at least two relevant science subjects from from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

Accepted in place of a third A-level at grade B or above, provided at least two relevant science A-level subjects are taken from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Microbiology

Biological sciences

Microorganisms may be small, but they tell us more about life on Earth than almost any other life form. On this degree you will learn how and why microorganisms cause disease and how microbes have been used for millennia in everything from food production to sewage treatment. On the MBiolSci, you will hone your research and laboratory skills and extend your medically specialised BSc programme into a fourth year of masters level study.

Microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa) play a crucial role in many of the Earth's physical and biological processes. They help to purify our waste water and clean up pollution, and humans have used them for thousands of years in the production of foods and drinks – but other types can cause new devastating diseases. Microorganisms are the oldest inhabitants of the Earth, yet we have only discovered a small fraction of all the microbes that exist. Now microbiology is at the forefront of a technical revolution: incredibly sensitive molecular tools, coupled with sophisticated computer informatics, provide powerful new approaches to unlocking the secrets of life.
On this course you will work with leading microbiologists who are investigating some of the most important questions in microbiology research in order to gain insight into the microbial world and develop broad appreciation of the biology and uses of organisms of microscopic size and of the mammalian immune response to infection. Microbiologists study these processes in all types of organisms and discover how errors in them can cause disease, and they help discover the impact of microbes across the biological sciences. You will gain a broad understanding of fundamental biological processes, while developing analytical skills and gaining experience in handling complex information. By studying microbiology alongside options in other biological sciences, you will be able to apply your knowledge across the boundaries of traditional disciplines and gain a valuable and powerful asset in scientific environments and in many other walks of life.

This flexible and broad-based 4-year degree allows you to shape your course to focus your study on microorganisms and their essential roles in good health and undesirable roles in disease. The first 3 years are the same as the BSc in Biological Sciences (Microbiology), including the option of a year spent abroad or working in industry. In your final year you will specialise further, upgrading your degree to a Master of Biological Sciences and experiencing a seamless transition to specialised higher level study with a focus on microbial research and transferable employability skills.

Our Biological Sciences degrees are actually seven degrees in one. You can apply for this degree or any of the five specialist degrees listed below - or a general degree in Biological Sciences.
Whichever degree you choose, your first year will be the same and you will have the same choice of modules in your second year and again in your final year. Selecting particular modules will steer you towards one of our specialist degrees (which doesn't have to be the one you originally applied for). Or you can make your own selection of modules in those years and graduate with the broad knowledge that comes from a non-specialised degree.

The other available specialisms are:
Biological Sciences (Biochemistry)
Biological Sciences (Genetics)
Biological Sciences (Neuroscience)
Biological Sciences (Physiology with Pharmacology)
Biological Sciences (Zoology)
Or a general degree in Biological Sciences.

Our Biological Sciences degrees cover major aspects of biology and molecular sciences across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. Our four Medical Sciences degrees focus more closely on the application of those biological principles to medicine.

There is the possibility of transferring across from our Biological Sciences to our Medical Sciences degrees within the first semester of Year 1.

Modules

At the University of Leicester, our Biological Sciences degrees are actually seven degrees in one. You can apply for this degree in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) or any of the five specialist degrees - or a general degree in Biological Sciences. Whichever degree you choose, your first year will be the same and you will have the same choice of modules in your second year and again in your final year. Selecting particular modules in your second and final years will steer you towards one of our specialist degrees (which doesn't have to be the one you originally applied for). Or you can make your own selection of modules in those years and graduate with the broad knowledge that comes from a non-specialised degree.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

Biological Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
med
Microbiology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Microbiology and cell science

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Biosciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
99%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biosciences

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.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Caring personal services
9%
Other elementary services occupations

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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