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Aberystwyth University

Microbiology

UCAS Code: C509

Master of Biology - MBiol

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

With 6 points in Biology at Higher Level.

UCAS Tariff

120-128

With B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Microbiology

Microbiologists study bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and their role in infectious diseases, humans, other animals and plants. You will also learn how microorganisms contribute to environmental nutrient cycling, brewing, food, and biotechnology industries, as you develop the scientific and analytical skills demanded in a broad range of professions. You will be taught by passionate teaching staff who conduct research in all areas of microbiology, and have access to our fantastic bio-imaging and microscopy suite, modern laboratories and fermentation facilities. You will also benefit from having access to our range of farms and woodlands for studying microbes that impact on animal health and the environment. This four year integrated Masters degree in Microbiology allows you to integrate three years of undergraduate study in Microbiology with a further year of postgraduate level study, leading to the qualification of MBiol (Microbiology). The course is ideal if you aspire to a career as a research scientist in Microbiology or wish to take your Microbiology knowledge to a higher level. The advantage of choosing an integrated Masters degree is that you can apply for a four year student loan for the full duration of the course, rather than seeking funding for a Masters after completing your first degree. You will study in a University that endeavours to provide you with an exceptional and memorable experience. In the 2017 National Student Survey, Microbiology was ranked **1st in the UK** for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry. The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact. You will be assigned a personal tutor who can guide you through your time at Aberystwyth and help you to settle in when you first arrive. We have invested heavily and over a number of years in our research facilities, and project students may get the opportunity to work in the research units on Penglais, or in our dedicated research facility at Gogerddan just outside Aberystwyth. In your first year you will explore a wide range of topics from Biochemistry to Animal Diversity, from Microbial Diversity to Vegetation and Ecosystems. These are all designed to give you a firm footing in your second and third years and allow you to try out topics you might never have considered before. There is a wide range of modules on offer in years two and three, more so than in any other scheme we offer. In these years you can specialise, perhaps taking a more molecular or environmental route choosing modules such as Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics or Ecological Surveying. On the other hand you can keep your options open by mixing and matching topics like Biochemistry and Pharmacology with Population and Community Ecology. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including; research and data analysis skills, enhanced mathematical and computational skills, effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills; a thorough grounding in information technology skills; the ability to work independently, time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines; the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form; self-motivation and self-reliance and team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.Our graduates are strong candidates in the following fields: Research scientist, Clinical molecular geneticist, Nature conservation officer and Education. Students who have completed a biology degree could also progress to further training in Dentistry, Medicine and Science writing.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


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

Sorry, no information to show

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?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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Microbiology and cell science

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.

£16,380
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Microbiology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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