BSc

Microbiology

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Key Facts

Code C500
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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Microbiologists study bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and their role in infectious diseases in humans, other animals and plants. You will also learn how microorganisms contribute to environmental nutrient cycling, brewing, food, and biotechnology industries, whilst you develop the scientific and analytical skills demanded in a broad range of professions.

Here’s why we think Aberystwyth is a great place to study microbiology.

  • Passionate teaching staff that conduct research in all areas of microbiology
  • Fantastic bio-imaging and microscopy suite, modern laboratories and fermentation facilities
  • Farms and woodlands for studying environmental microbes and those that impact on animal health

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

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, (HESA 2017)

Overview

Why study 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!

If you would like to study Microbiology with an Integrated Masters, then have a look at our sister course with an additional year allowing you to complete a Master's qualification (C509). 

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

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 BSc 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 three 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.

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 BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% 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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