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University of Reading

Microbiology

UCAS Code: C500

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

A level Biology and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

to 15 Level 3 Units at Distinction and 30 Level 3 Units at Merit, including relevant science units.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

Biology and one other science at grade 5 at Higher Level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B-A,B,B,B,B


Biology and one other science at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Microbiology

Learn about the fundamental properties of microbes, their impact on health, and how knowledge aids the prevention of disease. Students on this course will also benefit from membership of the Society for General Microbiology.

There is a strong practical element to this course; you will learn a wide variety of techniques around microbial genetics, biochemistry and propagation and get to carry out practical work in our new, cutting-edge laboratories, developing key laboratory skills valued by employers.

Our academics are world-leading experts and have particular strengths in the areas of virology and bacteriology. There are a wide range of modules to choose from covering a variety of topics including infectious diseases, the functionality of viruses and environmental microbiology. This allows you to tailor the degree to where your interests really lie.

In the third year we offer a module that takes place during the summer and is part field work and part lab based. You will get to spend two weeks investigating Arctic microbiology in Northern Iceland or tropical microbiology in Colombia and gain practical experience in a range of sampling techniques used to isolate microorganisms from diverse habitats such as glacial rivers and volcanic geothermal zones in Iceland, or tropical rainforests, banana plantations and dry forests in Colombia. In addition to collecting data you will use a range of laboratory techniques to identify your isolates and discover if any of your isolates could be of benefit to society, such as producing new antibiotics or fungicides.

During your final year you will have the chance to spend three months working on an original research project of your choice. Recent projects have included the molecular engineering of viruses, and the mechanisms of bacterial pathogenicity and host colonisation.

Previous students have undertaken paid vacation studentships funded by organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and the Society for General Microbiology and which can take place over six weeks during the summer or part-time over a longer period. During a studentship you will typically work on a set project and benefit from valuable training in techniques, experimental design and the interpretation of data.

The University encourages students to consider taking placements during their studies, and our Department has a dedicated academic in charge of placements who can provide advice and support.

**Careers**

This degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills valuable to both the scientific and non-scientific job sectors. You can move on to a career as a researcher or scientist or decide to move on to further study or a research studentship at a British or international university. Recent graduates have gone on to become teachers or work for organisations such as the Medical Research Council, Royal Berkshire Hospital, South East Water, ThermoFisher and Nexus Support.

Graduates can become members of the Society of Biology and apply for Chartered Biologist status.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Bacteriology and virology
* Bacterial pathogens and experimental approaches
* Cells and immunity
* Microbial hazards in food
* Virology

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,815
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Microbiology and cell science

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
52%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

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.

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
med
Average annual salary
83%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Animal care and control services
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.

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