What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
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.
Biology and one other science at grade B.
including relevant science modules.
Biology and one other science at Higher Level.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-147 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers93%
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.
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
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
Expand your knowledge of some of the planet's most dominant life forms and develop laboratory skills in purpose-built microbiology facilities. Our world-leading experts have particular strengths in virology and bacteriology and we have strong links with industry. Through the course, you will learn about the fundamental properties, genetics and physiology of diverse microbes, their impact on health, and how knowledge aids the prevention of disease. The range of optional modules allows you to focus on areas that most interest you, whether this is medical, environmental or food microbiology. Many of our graduates have careers in microbiology research or industry. Examples include working at public health research laboratories, with a synthetic biology company, in the water industry, in the food industry or in academia. Others are working as biomedical scientists or teachers.
Samples 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.
The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.
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Typical Ucas points
2:1 or above
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