BSc

Microbiology

Key Facts

Code C500
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB with B in Biology or Human Biology

  • 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

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Microbiology (NSS 2016)
93% student satisfaction on our Microbiology degree scheme (NSS 2016)

 Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from IBERS who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

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. Ask the department for further details.

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

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 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 will discover;

  • Cell Biology
  • Microbial Diversity
  • Laboratory skills
  • Ecology

In your second year you will 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 will 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

Entry Requirements

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

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

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