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University of Surrey

Microbiology

UCAS Code: C500

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Overall: ABB - BBB We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including between: 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit - 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in Biology and 15 credits in a second science or Mathematics. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Overall: 32 Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4.

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

DDD-DDM

Overall: DDD - DDM in Applied Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC). GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B-B,B,B

Overall: ABB - BBB Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C

Scottish Higher

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


Overall: AABBB - ABBBB Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics GCSE or Equivalent: Scottish National 5: English Language - C Scottish National 5: Maths - C

Overall: Pass overall with ABB - BBB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Required subjects: A-level Biology or Chemistry and a second science or Mathematics Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass. GCSE or Equivalent: English and Mathematics grade C (4).

UCAS Tariff

120-152

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

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. These agents have a huge impact on human health and disease; the environment; food industries, and pharmaceutical and chemicals industries. They can be variously harmful or beneficial, and our understanding of their importance continues to grow as microbiologists apply such techniques as genome sequencing and systems biology in their research. This programme allows flexibility to select modules from the Medical Microbiology; Food Science and Microbiology, and Biotechnology programmes to allow you to gain a comprehensive understanding across a breadth of microbiology disciplines. The wide range of teaching and assessment methods on this programme allow you to develop a range of skills that will prepare you for employment in a variety of settings including academia, industry and government.

Modules

To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details, to the right. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Surrey

Department:

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS)

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Microbiology

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.

Microbiology and cell science

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

£21,500
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Health associate 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.

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

£28k

£28k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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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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