BSc (Hons) Applied Microbiology

Undergraduate, Part-time

Applied Microbiology BSc (Hons)



A preparation for a wide range of occupations, including those requiring specialist knowledge in microbiology and biotechnology

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.

This will prepare you for employment in a wide range of occupations, including those requiring specialist knowledge in microbiology and biotechnology.

It is important to note that our Biology Suite content is currently under review. Should you require any further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact Eva Malone, Programme Leader on e.malone@napier.ac.uk with 'Biology Suite Content Enquiry' as the subject. Thank you and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-time)

Duration:

6 years

Start date:

Sep


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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.

With the support and guidance of our tutors, you will develop an individual programme of study that best suits you.

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. Most of our staff are members of the Higher Education Academy and have received formal training in teaching undergraduate students.

  • 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 'Getting Inside' scheme.

  • 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.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Foundation in Science
  • Life on Earth
  • Scientific enquiry
  • Introductory Microbiology

Year 2

  • Comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Symbiosis

Year 3

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

Year 4

  • Food microbiology and biotechnology
  • Immunology
  • Applied and environmental microbiology
  • Infection and Immunity

Year 5

  • Research Methods
  • Professional practice
  • Molecular Medicine or Pathobiology and Therapeutics

Year 6

  • Microbial biotechnology
  • Research Project (2 trimesters)

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Disclaimer

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

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the 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

Typical Entry Requirement

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

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

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade B.

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

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Find out more about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

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

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including a Science.

C2 at Ordinary Level in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry also required.

New Grading System

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level including a Science.

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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science at minimum grade 5.

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

European Baccalaureate

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

Grade 6 in English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry.

Minimum Year 2

HNC

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

Minimum Year 3

HND

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

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 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £910 £910
England Wales and Northern Ireland £4,625 £4,625
Overseas £7,175 £7,463


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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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
  • Sales and marketing
  • Consultancy
  • Environment protection agencies/companies
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