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Heriot-Watt University

Biological Sciences (Microbiology)

UCAS Code: C500
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

78%

Subjects
  • Microbiology
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
Not Available
Average graduate salary
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

To include one science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics)

Scottish Highers
AABBB

To include one science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics)

Scottish Advanced Highers
BB

Biology at grade B.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
27

To include 5 in Higher Level Biology

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

78%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Heriot-Watt University is ranked 1st in Scotland for Biology (National Student Survey 2013). 94% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. Our Biological Sciences programmes are well regarded and this programme has an emphasis on microbes as producers, as spoilage agents of food, as components of the environment, and as agents of disease, with emphasis on new and emerging diseases. The programme aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the microbiological sciences, and sufficient training in scientific methods and procedures to advance to a career in relevant industries, postgraduate training or other spheres of research.

Modules

Year 1: Human biology; applied biology; environmental biology; information technology skills; chemistry; mathematics or physics. Year 2: Whole organism biology of animals; plants and microorganisms; cell structure and biochemistry; nutrition and health. Year 3: Microbial systems; microbiological aspects of food and food safety; microbial pathology and infectious diseases; molecular biology, including genetic engineering. Year 4: Microbial interactions with the human body during disease; detection and identification of bacteria; microbial physiology and molecular biology; genomics; laboratory-based research project.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
25%
75%

Year 1

28%
72%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

13%
87%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
53%
24%
23%

Year 1

52%
30%
18%

Year 2

57%
35%
8%

Year 3

47%
39%
14%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction Not Available
Student score Not Available

Sorry, not enough students have taken this subject here before, so we aren't able to show you any information.

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
Not Available; ">
Not Available
Typical Ucas points
370 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
N/A
Drop-out rate
Not Available
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study Not Available
Average graduate salary Not Available

Sorry, we don't have any information about graduates from this subject here.

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
If you want a career in microbiology, then this is the degree to take. Although jobs are very competitive, 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. Only a few hundred people take microbiology courses every year, and going on to further study is fairly common for graduates. Last year was a bit difficult for new microbiology graduates, so the figures above are a bit gloomier than you'd usually expect, but we'd hope they'd improve in the next few year.
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