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University of Edinburgh

Infectious Diseases

UCAS Code: C590
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Microbiology
Student score
71% LOW
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended

Scottish Highers

Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics and/or Physics are recommended

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall & Award of IB Diploma to include Biology and Chemistry @ HL 5 6 in any order. Maths and/or Physics recommended. English and Maths @ SL 4.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 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


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

Not available

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

The University of Edinburgh provides an exciting and stimulating environment for students. Our teaching has been independently rated as excellent in every respect, and our high research ratings ensure that students are exposed to new and challenging ideas from the outset. We have invested over £27 million in new facilities for teaching and research, and we are consistently rated among the top universities in the UK, with an international reputation that attracts many students from the EU and overseas. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 45% of our research in â??Biological Sciencesâ?? was rated 3* (internationally excellent), and a further 15% was rated 4* (world-leading). The strong research environment in Edinburgh provides many exciting opportunities: Honours project work can be done in our internationally recognised laboratories and you can help make new discoveries. You can take advantage of our global research links to organise periods of study abroad or you can study for a year overseas on our International Exchange Programme. You can apply for placements in pharmaceutical companies, undertake scientific expeditions and develop many other skills. Throughout our courses we equip you with communication, presentation and graduate skills to give you every advantage in either a scientific career or in many non-laboratory related employment options. Every student is allocated to a Personal Tutor - a member of staff who is responsible for giving advice about courses at all levels, and for general pastoral oversight for all years of the programme.


Year 1: The importance of biomedical sciences to medicine and health. You will learn how biomedical science discoveries and breakthroughs in understanding have led to medical and scientific advancement. You will take three compulsory courses biomedical sciences 1; molecules, genes and cells 1; medical biology 1 plus others from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical courses. Students without a b grade in SQA advanced higher chemistry or an a grade in GCE a level chemistry need to take biological chemistry. Year 2: the theme of your second year is foundational understanding of biomedical sciences and includes essential learning applicable to biomedical disciplines. You take two compulsory courses: biomedical sciences 2 and microorganisms, cells and immunity 2. You will choose other courses from a range of biomedical and non-biomedical options. Year 3: you study the compulsory course biomedical sciences 3, the cornerstone to the theme of developing knowledge from experiment. You will develop key graduate attributes, such as analytical skills, communication, and research and enquiry relevant to all biomedical sciences programmes and study compulsory and optional courses to broaden your understanding of the subject. Year 4: the final year theme is research in practice. you study compulsory and optional courses covering cutting-edge topics that will allow you to study your chosen subject in more depth with individual supervisor support you will complete a major research project that involves either original laboratory-based or library-based literature research.

University of Edinburgh

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Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research and innovation and we've provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. Edinburgh itself has something for everyone - pubs, clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

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Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

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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 70%
Student score 71% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



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
32% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
502 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
93% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are other administrative occupations


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


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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