BSc Microbiology with Industrial/Professional Experience / Overview
Year of entry: 2017
- Degree awarded
- BSc (Hons)
- 4 years
- Typical A-level offer
- Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher Level, normally Biology and Chemistry.
- Number of places/applicants
650/4500 (Overall data for undergraduate courses in the School of Biological Sciences)
- How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
You should not usually apply for more than one of the programmes offered by the School of Biological Sciences. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.
Microbiology is a broad discipline that involves the study of the biology of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi. The main focus of our course is the pathogenic potential of the organisms that cause disease in man; also covered are aspects of the biochemistry, physiology and genetics of microorganisms.
Recently, our knowledge of how microbes function has expanded enormously, both in the disease process and at a molecular level. Genetic engineers are using bacteria and viruses to clone eukaryotic genes to study and treat human genetic disorders. Vaccines are being developed for diseases such as AIDS, Legionnaire's disease and listeriosis. In the areas of biotechnology, agriculture and food production, microbes are continually exploited for the benefit of man. Microbiologists are needed to do the research required for the future battle against diseases worldwide and in order to exploit microbes in the production of food.
You will spend your first year learning fundamental concepts before specialising in microbiology topics in your second and final year. You will spend your third year on a placement with one of our partner organisations in the UK or overseas.
This programme has been accredited by the Society of Biology. Accreditation is awarded to programmes that demonstrate the highest standards in the biosciences and provide graduates with the skills for academic and industry careers.
NB: Due to a change in the organisational structure of the University, this course as of August 2016 this course will be in the new School of Biological Sciences within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. In the interim period, you will be redirected to the current Faculty of Life Sciences webpages for further details on this course.
The University runs several open days per year, in which Biological Sciences take part.
The School of Biological Sciences also operates School/campus tours which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who will can tell you all about the School and life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the Biological Sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.To book, please contact the School of Biological Sciences Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees for entry in 2017 have not yet been set. For entry in 2016 the tuition fees were £9,000 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2017 entry.
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