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University of Sheffield

Microbiology

UCAS Code: C509

Master of Biological Sciences - MBiolSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

including two Science subjects, typically including Chemistry

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9,P:0

60 credits overall with Distinctions in 36 Level 3 credits, including Chemistry and Biology units, plus Merits in 9 Level 3 credits. Applicants are also interviewed.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3-D3,D3,M2

including two Science subjects, typically including Chemistry

Extended Project

B

plus grades AB-BB including two Science subjects, typically including Chemistry The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-34

including two higher level Science subjects, typically including Chemistry

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H1,H1-H1,H1,H1,H2


including two Science subjects, typically including Chemistry

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

DD

DD in Applied Science + A Level grade A in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Psychology ) + interview.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A-A,B

including two Science subjects, typically including Chemistry AAABB - AAAAB

Scottish Higher

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


AA - AB including two Science subjects, typically including Chemistry

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

AA at A-Level including two Science subjects, typically including Chemistry

UCAS Tariff

104-159

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

50%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Microbiology

Sheffield offers an unusual amount of flexibility: at the end of the first year, you can choose to transfer to any other course in the department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Many students appreciate this option as their interests develop in a particular direction. Stick with this course and youll get a good grounding in molecular biosciences and specialist knowledge of microbiology that gives you plenty of career options.The four-year MBiolSci is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. It includes training in lab skills and an extensive research project which could be based in the department or in industry. Staff like to keep tutorial groups small so everyone gets the support they need.Microbiologists play an important role in pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food safety, and forensic science. Our graduates work in all those fields. They also go into education, the civil service and research. Sheffield is rated number one in the UK for medically related research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

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
£21,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Bursaries – max available £2,000 The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to all home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your entitlement for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. £0-£25,000 - £1,500 £25,001-£30,000 - £1,000 £30,001-£40,000 - £500.

As well as the above you may be eligible for an additional £500 per year depending on your household income, postcode and grades.

Check our Student Funding Calculator to see what you could get. Further information: www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding

Enhanced Bursaries – max available £4,500 If you are a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year.

Scholarships - The University of Sheffield offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check which scholarships you could be eligible for. Further information: www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding

Funding for EU students - The UK government has confirmed that EU students who start their course in September 2018 will continue to have access to student loans, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below 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.

Biosciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

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.

£16,800
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Natural and social science professionals
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Microbiology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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