MBiol

Microbiology

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Key Facts

Code C509
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB-ABB with B in Biology or Human Biology

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The information on this page relates to September 2017 entry. For 2018 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

If you wish to study Microbiology then this exciting four year course is for you. It allows students to integrate three years of undergraduate study in Microbiology with a further year of postgraduate level study, leading to the qualification of MBiol (Microbiology). The course is ideal if you aspire to a career as a research scientist in Microbiology of wish to take your Microbiology knowledge to a higher level.

  • Integrated four year course leading to a postgraduate qualification
  • Ideal for students who wish to develop to higher academic levels
  • Individual research project that is a major component of the final year
  • Course allows students to access four years of student finance

 Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally,(DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

Why study MBiol Microbiology at Aberystwyth University?

  • Taught by enthusiastic teaching staff who are experts in their field. You may have seen some of them on TV documentaries, or listened to them on your favourite science radio show.

Fantastic facilities which include;

  • An advanced microscopy and bio-imaging laboratory.
  • Fermentation facilities from lab scale to pilot plant.
  • Translational Genomics Laboratory.
  • Extreme Experimental Environments Laboratory.
  • Learn in a world renowned teaching and research institute.
  • International Opportunities are available through work and study placements.

Want to study in Welsh? 

Students can elect to study a number of IBERS modules in the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for more information!

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Employability

What are our graduates doing? 

Our graduates have been successful in the following fields: 

  • Research Science 
  • Clinical Molecular genetics
  • Nature conservation 
  • Education

Students from our department have also progressed to undertake training in Dentistry and Medicine. 

What skills will I develop from studying MBiol Microbiology?

Employability is embedded in our teaching. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with skills including;  

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

 In the first year you may discover:

  • Cell Biology
  • Microbial Diversity
  • Laboratory skills
  • Ecology

In your second year you may explore:

  • One Health Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Practical and Professional Skills in Microbiology
  • With option to study immunology, bioinformatics, cancer biology or proteins

In your third year you may study:

  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Independent research project

In your fourth year you may: 

  • Undertake your MBiol Research project
  • Take part in field and laboratory techniques 
  • Explore the frontiers in the Biosciences
  • Study Microbial Biotechnology

With option to study pharmacology, genomics, veterinary infectious diseases or field ecology.

How will I be taught? 

The course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and practicals. You will be assessed through:

  • Essays
  • Practical exercises
  • Oral presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Reports
  • Statistical exercises
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Magazine articles
  • Field notebooks
  • Exams

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB-ABB with B in Biology or Human Biology

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:
BTEC insufficient

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
36 points overall with 6 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall with 75% in specified subject

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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