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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Microbiology
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£21k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

at least two science-based subjects at A level (biology and chemistry preferred, but can include maths and geography) and an additional A level or equivalent. A pass is required in science practicals where taken. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies not accepted.

Scottish Highers

This qualification is only accepted in combination with two Scottish Advanced Highers at grades AA-AB in two science-based subjects (biology and chemistry preferred, but can include maths and geography).

Scottish Advanced Highers

In two science-based subjects (biology and chemistry preferred, but can include maths and geography). This qualification is only accepted in combination with five Scottish Highers at grades AABBB-ABBBB.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Science-based BTECs accepted. Please contact the School direct to check modules covered and grades required.

International Baccalaureate

Including specified grades in two science-based subjects (biology and chemistry preferred, but can include maths and geography) at Higher Level and English language.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-147 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


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

Based on our Sutton Bonington Campus, this course allows you to develop a broad understanding of microbiology through a flexible course of modules. We place great emphasis on the importance of practical experience to complement your theoretical knowledge; therefore a significant proportion of this degree is conducted in our purpose-built laboratory facilities. This laboratory experience means that upon completion of this course, you will be qualified to work with microbial pathogens, opening up a number of laboratory career opportunities in institutions such as hospitals or pharmaceutical companies. You can further these career prospects by taking advantage of an optional paid placement year, between years two and three, developing your skills in an industry setting.


A broad base of modules are studied in year one and core modules in year two include a significant proportion of laboratory-based work. Typical modules in year two include: Bacterial Biological Diversity; Food Safety; Medical Microbiology; Microbial Biotechnology and Virology. In year three you will undertake a year-long research project, spending at least three full days per week in the final semester undertaking your work. Some modules on this course are taught by the School of Life Sciences at University Park Campus

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How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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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
34% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
47% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
376 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% 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 £21k HIGH
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are natural and social science 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. 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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