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Manchester Metropolitan University

Microbiology and Molecular Biology

UCAS Code: CC57

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,C

To include minimum grade C at A2 in Biology (must include a Pass in the Biology practical assessment), Human Biology or Applied Science. General Studies is not accepted.

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

To include Biology at Higher Level grade 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

D*D

BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science with Merit in all mandatory units and Merit in two of the following optional units: 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems 9 Human Regulation and Reproduction 10 Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways 11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering 12 Diseases and Infections 17 Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques Or BTEC National Diploma accepted in combination with relevant Science A Level at grade C or above (see above) to achieve 104 – 112 UCAS Tariff points. Pre 2016 BTECs: BTEC Applied Science - 60 Relevant L3 Credits at Merit

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science with Merit in all mandatory units and Merit in five of the following optional units: 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems 9 Human Regulation and Reproduction 10 Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways 11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering 12 Diseases and Infections 17 Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques 19 Practical Chemical Analysis 20 Biomedical Science 21 Medical Physics Applications Or BTEC National Extended Diploma accepted in combination with relevant Science A Level at grade C or above (see above) to achieve 104 – 112 UCAS Tariff points. Pre 2016 BTECs: BTEC in Applied Science to include 60 credits at Merit from relevant Science units.

UCAS Tariff

104-112
89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subjects

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Microbiology

This degree allows you to investigate fundamental and applied aspects of microbiology and molecular biology. Emphasis is placed on the environmental, industrial, clinical and research applications of molecular biology techniques, particularly focused on DNA research technology. A significant aspect of the course emphasises the application of these technologies within biotechnological, medical and environmental microbiology. Your studies are supported by access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.

Features and benefits of the course:
? The flexible degree courses we offer give you a thorough grounding in relevant aspects of the biological sciences.
? Throughout your course you will acquire practical skills in the laboratory and in the field – both in the UK and overseas.
? You will explore topics and issues that impact upon our lives and the world around us and there is a range of exciting and rewarding specialisms to choose from.
? You will learn in high specification teaching and research laboratories which include a specialist microbiology and cell/molecular biology lab, a DNA-sequencing lab, specialist animal behaviour facilities with Ethovision and Observer software, invertebrate behaviour and freshwater biology labs, and controlled environment plant growth chambers. We also have high spec nuclear magnetic resonance, spectrometry and chromatography instrumentation which gives you hands-on experience of advanced analysis techniques.
? Emphasis on the environmental, industrial, clinical and research applications of cells and molecules.
? Flexibility to focus on selected aspects of microbiology and molecular biology according to your special interests.
? Specific aspects of the course emphasise the application of nucleic acid technology within biotechnology/industrial, medical and environmental microbiology.
? The four year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in in Europe, North America or Australia.
? Or you can undertake a 12 month placement in Year 3 to boost your employment prospects.

The Uni


Course location:

Manchester Metropolitan University

Department:

Science and the Environment

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.

79%
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.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

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.

Microbiology and cell science

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

92%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
52%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate
342

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.

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.

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

7%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Science, engineering and production technicians
7%
Other administrative occupations
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.

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.

Biological and sport sciences

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

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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