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BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, abroad 2017
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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

83%

Subjects
  • Microbiology
Student score
88% HIGH
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAA

AAA-ABB from 3 A2 Levels including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects include: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA-AAB

AAA-AAB from 3 Advanced Highers including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects include: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing

BTEC Diploma
D

Applicants with BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications are required to have A2 level Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these should be Biology or Chemistry. The required BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science. Offers would be grade A in the A2 level science subject and Distinctions in the BTEC qualification. An offer will be made dependent on the BTEC subject and module choices.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
D

Applicants with BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications are required to have A2 level Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these should be Biology or Chemistry. The required BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science. Offers would be grade A in the A2 level science subject and Distinctions in the BTEC qualification. An offer will be made dependent on the BTEC subject and module choices.

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

83%

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

On this course you will study microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses. The subject lies at the heart of the biosciences, embracing the disciplines of immunology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. Through a range of modules taught through lectures, laboratory practicals and tutorials you will develop a range of skills and a depth of understanding that is easily applied to real-life situations.

Modules

Year 1: Students are given a thorough introduction to virology, bacteriology, mycology and immunology; during the 1st 2 years of the course students also take modules in biochemistry/molecular biology and genetics. Year 2: Students study more specialised topics including function and diversity in microorganisms, microbial pathogenicity, host defence mechanisms and immunological disease. Year 3: Students complete an original research project at the cutting edge of microbiology research; additionally, students take modules in industrial and environmental microbiology, microbial physiology, advanced virology, and medical microbiology and antibiotics.

University of Leeds

Brotherton Library

Studying at the University of Leeds and becoming a member of Leeds University Union will provide you with an experience like no other. The campus nestled in the heart of Leeds is a hive of activity from world-class research to inspirational academic lectures and exceptional Union events. We have more than 300 clubs and societies for sports, dance, media, politics and volunteering.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
26%
74%

Year 1

16%
84%

Year 2

28%
72%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
48%
48%
4%

Year 1

50%
48%
2%

Year 2

50%
42%
8%

Year 3

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 96%
Student score 88% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

100%

Feedback on work has been helpful

65%

Feedback on work has been prompt

74%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

91%

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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
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
55% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
414 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
98% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

9%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

6%

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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