BSc (Hons) Microbiology and Biotechnology

Undergraduate, Part-time

Microbiology and Biotechnology BSc (Hons)



Develop your skills in food, medical and environmental microbiology and biotechnology.

Overview

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, for example 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.

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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

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.

This is a full-time course studied over four years and has a significant practical component. Most modules have laboratory classes giving you the opportunity to study with a hands-on approach.

You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, field trips and through independent study. There may also be some opportunities to study abroad.

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.

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Popular modules

Year 2

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology and the Environment
  • Microbes and Man
  • Practical Module

One optional module from:

  • Biology of Disease 
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Clinical Care of Exotic Species
  • Valuing the Earth

Year 3

  • Scientific Communication: Dissertation and Statistics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Food Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Immunology

Year 4

  • Applications of Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology - Industry and Environment
  • Cellular & Molecular Immunology
  • Honours project

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.

Minimum year 1

Please note this course will not be open to applicants for Year 1 entry in 2018. Applicants wishing to apply for a Year 1 Bio-Science course should refer to one of the following courses: BSc Biomedical Science (B940), BSc Biological Science (C120), BSc Marine and Freshwater Biology (C160), BSc Applied Microbiology (C510) or BSc Animal and Conservation Biology (CC11).

Minimum year 2

Please note this course will not be open to applicants for Year 2 entry in 2018. Applicants wishing to apply for a Year 2 Bio-Science course should refer to one of the following courses: BSc Biomedical Science (B940), BSc Biological Science (C120), BSc Marine and Freshwater Biology (C160), BSc Applied Microbiology (C510) or BSc Animal and Conservation Biology (CC11).

Minimum year 3

HND

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

**Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Biological Sciences

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 *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,157 tba
Overseas £2,060 tba


Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

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.

Careers

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

The emphasis on research in this course equips you with the knowledge and skills required to continue on to postgraduate study, including possible PhD study and a further academic career.