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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
82% LOW
Average graduate salary
£17.3k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

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.

Scottish Highers

Biology and one other science at grade B.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

including relevant science modules.

International Baccalaureate

Biology and one other science at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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.

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

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.

University of Reading

Wantage Hall

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.

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
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
47% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
355 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
61% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% 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 82% LOW
Average graduate salary £17.3k LOW
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate 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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