Microbiology (with integrated year in industry)

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree

BSc Microbiology (with integrated year in industry) Code C502 Applicant Visiting Days Applicant Visiting Days

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Key Facts

Code C502
  • 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

    4 Years

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Kick start and enhance your career prospects with our new Microbiology with an integrated year in industry degree. This course is designed to give you the head start in an increasingly competitive job market, and upon successful completion of this degree, you will have developed the skills and awareness that employers are seeking. 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.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)


Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree Why study Microbiology at Aberystwyth University?

  • Study in a University that’s in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS,2017)
  • The syllabus of this course with the integrated year in industry is identical to its sister course BSc Microbiology (C500). Your work experience must be relevant to this degree and the year is assessed which will count towards your degree grade.
  • Students will have to organise their work experience under the guidance of our Director for Employability. There is no guarantee that the work experience will be paid. (If you cannot obtain a placement, then you must transfer to its sister course BSc Microbiology C500).
  • During your year in work experience, you will pay a discounted tuition fee for which the information can be found here.
  • Taught by passionate 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.
  • Our fantastic facilities which include:
  1. An advanced microscopy and bio-imaging laboratory;
  2. A mass spectrometry and analytical unit;
  3. Fermentation facilities from lab scale to pilot plant.
  • Learn in a world renowned teaching and research institute.
  • International Opportunities are available through work and study placements.
  • Studying through the medium of Welsh is also possible on certain modules. 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.


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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biological Molecules BR15810 10
Cell Biology BR13910 10
Ecology BR13510 10
Evolution And The Diversity Of Life BR14310 10
Exploring Genetics BR14410 10
Metabolism BR12010 10
Microbial Diversity BR12110 10
Molecular Laboratory Skills BR12210 10
Study And Communication Skills BR12410 10
The Biosphere BR13210 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Comparative Animal Physiology BR14110 10
Soils And Their Management BR14910 10
The Green Planet BR13610 10



Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Work Experience BRS0060 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Biotechnology BR35520 20
Microbial Pathogenesis BR33720 20
Research Project BR36440 40


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Bioinformatics And Functional Genomics BR37120 20
Molecular Pharmacology BR36120 20
Terrestrial Ecology Fieldcourse BR36620 20
Veterinary Infectious Diseases BR34120 20



Our graduates are strong candidates in the following roles;

  • Research scientist
  • Laboratory manager
  • Sales and technical support
  • Education

Students who have completed a biology degree could also progress to further training in;

  • Research
  • Medicine
  • Science journalism
  • Teaching 

Your year in industry:

In the 2016 Highflyers report, 32% of graduate vacancies are taken by those who have previously worked for a company on a placement or/ a internship.  Make no mistake, you will develop confidence and gaining experience in the industry will stimulate your enthusiasm for the subject.

 Completing a year in industry will allow you to:

  • Apply the learning from your course to the work environment;
  • Make industry contacts;
  • Develop practical skills related to your area of study;
  • Apply your practical skills and technical knowledge after returning to study;
  • Enhance your CV and better prepare yourself for a job after graduating.

Students on this scheme should note that the department institute does not have automatic placements for every applicant. You will be responsible for finding securing the work experience, however, you will have the assistance of our institute Work Experience Coordinator and our dedicated careers advisor (James Cuffe, If you fail to find work experience you will be able to convert your course to the three-year version of your subject.

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 will discover:

  • Biology of the cell
  • Animal Diversity
  • Molecular Laboratory skills
  • Biological Molecules and Methods

In your second year you will explore:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Microbial Ecology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry in practice
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Advances in Human Sciences

In your third year you will undertake your work experience in an industry that has relevance to Microbiology. If you are unable to obtain work experience, then you can simply transfer to its three year sister course C500.

In your final year you will study:

  • Microbes Industry and Research
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Independent research project
  • Genetics
  • Parasitology
  • Threats to natural ecosystems

 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
  • Dossiers
  • Posters
  • Portfolios
  • Wikis
  • Reflective diaries
  • Literature reviews
  • 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:

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

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall with 75% in specified subject

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact

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