Microbiology (with integrated year in industry)

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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.

Course Overview

Royal Society of Biology Accredited Degree

Why study Microbiology at Aberystwyth University?

  • 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. Advanced microscopy and bio-imaging laboratory;
  2. 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.

Modules September start - 2022

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
Biochemistry and the Cellular Basis of Life BR15320 20
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
Environmental Microbiology and Monitoring BR26020 20
Practical and Professional Skills in Microbiology BR24720 20
Research Methods BR27520 20
One Health Microbiology BR26520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Applied Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics BR20620 20
Cell and Cancer Biology BR25920 20
Immunology BR22220 20
Proteins and Enzymes BR26620 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Integrated Year in Industry 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

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


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:

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.

Course Content

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

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDD-DDM in a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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