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Microbiology MBiol, BSc (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    Ranked 1st in the UK with a 100% student satisfaction rating (NSS, 2015)

    Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, and embraces numerous disciplines including immunology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. Microbiology affects almost all aspects of medicine and is essential for the environmental cycles that regenerate the planet.

    From the microbes that caused the foot and mouth epidemic to the photosynthetic microorganisms in the oceans that help alleviate global warming, microbiology offers the chance to study the organisms that affect so many aspects of our lives. By choosing to study this course not only are you choosing to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills, but you will also gain an understanding of the how microbes interact, alter and influence the world around us.

    On our microbiology course you will develop an understanding of the importance of microorganisms to all aspects of our lives, whilst developing the key skills and knowledge that puts microbiologists in such high demand.

    All our degree programmes allow you to undertake a placement year and study abroad year as part of your degree.

    Accreditation

    This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced degree accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders of the future. The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

  • Course content

    As well as familiarising you with core practical and theoretical skills within microbiology, year one will also introduce you to broader themes within the biological sciences including genetics and immunology. Through practicals, tutorials and lectures you will develop the key foundations needed for success at degree level.

    In second year you will begin to specialise in your preferred topics whilst building on your practical and research skills from first year. With a selection of modules from ‘Cell Biology of Disease’ to ‘Medical Virology’ you will continue to develop a broad understanding of key themes within biosciences, whilst also focusing on the areas that interest you most.

    Year three of the MBiol will offer research preparation modules and a research project that will prepare you for the Masters level topics and research you will undertake in your final MBiol year. In year four, alongside a selection of Masters level modules covering areas such as human diseases, you will also manage your own extended-research project in collaboration with a professional researcher.


    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
    • The Basis of Life 20 credits
    • Molecular Physiology 20 credits
    • Introduction to Microbiology 20 credits
    • Skills for Microbiologists 40 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • The Power of Bacterial Genomics 10 credits
    • Genetic Engineering 10 credits
    • Cell Biology of Disease 10 credits
    • Molecular Virology 10 credits
    • Medical Bacteriology 10 credits
    • Medical Immunology 10 credits
    • Medical Virology 10 credits
    • Skills for Microbiologists 2 40 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Tools and Applications 20 credits
    • Extended Research Project Preparation 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Microbiology 1 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Microbiology 2 20 credits
    • Advanced Topics in Microbiology 3 20 credits
    • Skills for Microbiologists 3 20 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Extended Research Project 90 credits
    • Specialised Research Topics and Skills 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Microbiology MBiol, BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals, while you’ll also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds.

    Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.

    Assessment

    We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA

    Including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

    We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.

    Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

    GCSE: Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      We do not accept Access to HE.

    • BTEC

      We do not accept BTEC qualification.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3/D3/D3 including Pre-U Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 (with 18 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAAAB including an A in higher level Chemistry or Biology and another science at higher level.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Advanced Higher: AAA from 3 Advanced Highers including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded.

      We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.

      Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      AAA including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
      We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £21,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

  • Career opportunities

    Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

    Given the huge importance of microorganisms to all aspects of our lives, microbiologists will always be in demand. Microbiology is an exciting, challenging and rewarding subject; it has a key role to play in the health and development of mankind. Typical graduate destinations include employment in laboratories in academia, healthcare and industry, as well as careers in law and other professions. Some graduates go on to further study at MSc or PhD level.

    Careers support

    We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the fourth year of the MBiol studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

    Industrial placements are typically taken between your third and final year. This will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.

    Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.

    Some of the places Microbiology students have been placed are:

    • Moslon Coors Brewers, Burton-on-Trent
    • AstraZeneca
    • Mayo Clinic, Florida
    • Novartis, San Francisco
    • Covance, Leeds

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