BSc (Hons) Applied Microbiology

Undergraduate, Full-time

Applied Microbiology BSc (Hons)



Develop your specialist knowledge in microbiology and biotechnology to prepare you for work in this dynamic area.

Overview

Microbes are everywhere - inside our bodies, in the air we breathe, even in the food we eat. They are so small that millions can fit into the eye of a needle yet without them we couldn’t exist.

Through specialist modules in medical, food and environmental biotechnology, you'll explore how we exploit the diversity of microorganisms in the production of drugs and food and the decontamination of polluted environments.

Short work placements are available on this course on a competitive basis through the 'Microplacements' scheme. This will prepare you for employment in a wide range of occupations, including those requiring specialist knowledge in microbiology and biotechnology.


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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

C510

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

This course provides you with specialist skills in food, medical and environmental microbiology and biotechnology while also giving you a broad understanding of the biological sciences.

You’ll learn how the human immune system responds to invading bacteria and viruses, and how this knowledge is exploited by pharmaceutical industries in the development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics.

You'll also discover how an understanding of a microbe’s ability to exist in diverse environments leads to applications that benefit humans and the environment. Most modules have laboratory classes giving you the opportunity to study with a hands-on approach.

In the final year of the Honours degree, you will conduct your own project in one of our established and internationally recognised research teams.

Throughout this course you’ll develop transferable skills which will help you compete in the workplace, including problem solving, communication, organisational and presentation skills. You will also gain specialist skills in food, environmental and medical microbiology and biotechnology, in addition to a broad understanding of the biological sciences.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You will learn through a variety of different methods, including lectures, tutorials, field studies and laboratory classes. 

    More than two-thirds of our permanent academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, reflecting their dedication and formal training in teaching undergraduate students. Together with our accreditation by The Royal Society of Biology - which is your assurance of the quality and relevance of our course to the needs of employers - this is your assurance of the up-to-date knowledge of our teaching staff and guarantee of a supportive learning environment.

  • note and pen Assessments

    A variety of assessment methods are used, including examination, assignments and practical assessments. These are balanced across the Programme to provide a challenging assessment experience, which allows you to do your best.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Short work placements are available on a competitive basis through the 'Microplacements' scheme.


    Placement and Study Abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Erasmus Programme and International Student Exchange Program opportunities are available in the second and third year of study for one or two trimesters.

    Placement and Study Abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Foundation in Science
  • Life on Earth
  • Comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Introductory Microbiology
  • Cell biology

Year 2

  • Genes and Inheritance
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Symbiosis
  • Physiology, Adaptation and Disease
  • Option module

Year 3

  • Research Methods
  • Food Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Option module

Year 4

  • Professional Practice
  • Microbial Biotechnology (40 credits)
  • Project (60 credits)

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Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2 or Year 3 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBB including Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology at Grade B.

National 5 C in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology at Grade C.

National 5 C in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Science or Psychology.

GCSE Grade C/4 English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry (or Double Award Science) also required.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level including a Science (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology).

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry also required.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry or DA Science also required.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.

A Level grade C

GCSE Grade C/4 English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry or DA Science also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology) at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.
 

European Baccalaureate

70% with Grade 7 in three subjects including Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology.

Grade 6 in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC to include Biology

A Level

BBB to include Biology

HNC

Pass in a related subject* with B in the graded unit

*HNC in Biomedical Sciences, HNC in Biological Sciences, HNC in Applied Sciences, HNC in Bioscience, HNC in Applied Bioscience or HNC in Wildlife and Conservation Management


Minimum Year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject* with Grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.

*HND in Biomedical Sciences, HND in Biological Sciences, HND in Applied Sciences, HND in Applied Biological Sciences or HND in Wildlife and Conservation Management

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250 £9,250
Overseas and EU £15,522 £15,960

Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Career opportunities

The skills you gain in this course will prepare you for work in a number of areas including:

  • Industry and research sectors
  • Food and drink industries
  • Pharmaceutical industries
  • Aales and marketing
  • Consultancy
  • Environment protection agencies/companies
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