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Imperial College London

Microbiology

UCAS Code: C500

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Must include: A in Biology A in Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

D3 in Biology D3 in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics D3 in another subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

Must include: 6 in Biology at higher level 6 in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at higher level

UCAS Tariff

144

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

43%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Microbiology

**As well as your main Imperial degree (BSc), you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS) on completion of this course.**

Biological Sciences at Imperial aims to understand the behaviour of living systems from the level of cells up to whole organisms and ecosystems.

The Department of Life Sciences offers a number of degrees in Biological Sciences, with some degrees enabling you to choose from a broad selection of modules, and others allowing you to specialise in a particular area. This specialist course focuses on all types of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses.

You will acquire all the skills you need for a career in modern microbiology, covering the fundamental science of different types of microorganism as well as the important biotechnological, industrial, medical, food and agricultural applications.

- All Biological Sciences students follow the same core modules for the first year, covering the basic areas of biology alongside key scientific skills. This gives you a solid grounding in the fundamental topics, and prepares you for advanced study.

- In the second year you study further core modules including virology and genetics.

- In your final year you will complete a research project on a topic of your choice, and choose from an even wider selection of modules such as epidemiology, immunity and infection, and a tropical biology field course.

Our teaching is enriched by the Department’s internationally leading research programme, so you’ll be learning at the very cutting edge of the subject. You will also benefit from access to our outstanding facilities, including for genomic and cell biology studies, tissue culture suites and the most modern microscopes.

The structure of the Department's courses means that transfer between different Biological Sciences degrees is usually possible up until the end of the first year. If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa, but our International Student Support Team are here to help advise and support you.

The Uni


Course location:

Imperial College London

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

59%
UK students
41%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

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.

£26,000
high
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Information technology and telecommunications 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.

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