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

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

57%

Subjects
  • Microbiology
Student score
84% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAA

Grades AAA-ABB. Your subjects should include 2 `hard sciences' - Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. You must pass the practical assessments in these subjects. You must have a grade A in one of - Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. If your grades are AAB or higher we will accept a grade A in Geography, Psychology, Environmental Studies or PE in place of one of the hard sciences. Subjects with overlapping content are not normally accepted together as separate A levels: e.g. Further Maths not accepted alongside Maths; Human Biology not accepted alongside Biology. General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAB-BBB

AAB-BBB including 2 science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

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

57%

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

£9,250

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

Modules

Course content for year 1: You will gain a broad introduction to the Life Sciences covering key concepts including genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, biodiversity and molecular biology. This year also provides an introduction to the essential data handling and laboratory skills required by all Life Scientists. Course content for year 2: You will continue your studies in greater depth and begin to specialise. You will undertake a dissertation. During the Research Skills unit, you have the opportunity to carry out techniques which are widely used in current Life Science research. Course content for year 3: Final year topics reflect the current hotspots of bioscience endeavour and the research interests of staff and are constantly being updated. You will undertake an independent in-depth research project - this may involve supervised practical work in a laboratory or you may choose to work on eLearning, educational, data-analysis, bioinformatics or enterprise topics.

The University of Manchester

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As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
24%
76%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

17%
83%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
76%
20%
4%

Year 1

59%
38%
3%

Year 2

63%
37%

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 92%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

83%

Feedback on work has been prompt

75%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

75%

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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
60% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
55% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
481 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

3%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

13%

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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