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University of Wolverhampton

Microbiology and Biotechnology with Sandwich Placement

UCAS Code: C503

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,D,D

including a Science subject, preferably Biology

Access to Higher Education Diploma requires 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3 to include at least 18 Science credits at Merit.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or equivalent

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

DM

in Applied Science

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

MMP

in Applied Science

UCAS Tariff

80

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Microbiology

We encounter micro-organisms continually, since they exist on the surfaces we touch and on the foods we eat and drink, and even the air we breathe. In addition to the vital role of microorganisms in disease and the environment they are also used in biotechnology for the manufacture of many products which we use and the foods we consume. The course aims to explore the diversity microorganisms together with the principles and applications of biotechnology.

Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding discipline which is finding applications throughout society including medicine, agriculture and the environment. The course will provide a grounding in the basic principles of microbiology, plant biology, cell biology, genetics and the structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the advanced study of biotechnology and demonstrate how these principles are applied for the development of useful products and applications.

Specialist facilities will enable the investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes together with the biochemical analysis of biological products. The course explores the physicochemical principles associated with fermentation design and operations for the processing of materials by microbial, animal and plant cells (and their enzymes) including genetic modification to make useful products or purposes.

Technical competence is an important aspect of the award hence you will be provided with ample opportunity to undertake experiments which not only underpin theory but also provide training in analytical equipment.

The course will also explore the social consequences of developments in biotechnology, considering the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of genetically modified organisms and their products.

A sandwich year in an industrial or research setting, supported by a University supervisor, is an optional, yet highly recommended opportunity which will provide invaluable work experience in settings from hospital pathology, to major biotechnology companies or food production facilities

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Wolverhampton

Department:

Wolverhampton School of Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Biosciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


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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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
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.

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