BSc (Hons) Biology (with integrated foundation year)


Course code C111

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Course code C111

Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa all of which have an impact on human health, the environment, food and pharmaceutical industries. Micro-organisms may be both harmful or beneficial, and our understanding of their importance continues to grow through advancements such as genome sequencing.

Micro-organisms affect every aspect of life on Earth. Whether you’re fascinated by the genetics of microbial resistance or aspire to make advances in the fight against disease, our Biology (Microbiology) course offers you the chance to study and research topical, worldwide issues - preparing you for a rewarding career as a Microbiologist.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

We developed our course to help bridge the national shortage for science graduates, since Cumbria has a thriving scientific, pharmaceutical and nuclear industry. 

So, our Biology course aims to produce future scientists capable of working across a diverse range of industries and organisations.

Whether you are learning about clinical, environmental microbiology (such as Ebola) or genetic mutations, our learn-by-doing focus means you'll often put your lab coat on and put the academic theory into practice in our brand new laboratories - crucial skills for your future as a scientist.

Plus, you’ll work in small learning groups, so our dedicated tutors are always on hand to help with your studies and research.

  • Study in our new £3.5 million state-of-the-art labs to gain the practical skills employers demand
  • Boost your employability by planning and conducting experiments independently
  • Taught by academic staff passionate about their field and involved in research, which will keep you informed with the latest biological developments
  • Small class sizes so we get to know you and can closely guide and support you
  • Flexible modules enable you to carve the course to suit your intended career path
  • Explore current advances in human biology to keep up-to-date with scientific developments
  • Study topical clinical and environmental microbiology, such as Ebola
  • Learn and study genetics, their patterns of inheritance and mutations
  • We aim to boost your knowledge and research of topical issues affecting individuals worldwide
  • Access to journals and research papers, keeping your learning up-to-date

You will live and learn with fellow STEM students on our vibrant Fusehill campus in the historic and vibrant city of Carlisle. You will be close to the beautiful Lake District National Park -  a UNESCO World Heritage site - in one direction and Scotland in the other.

And, with great transport links to major cities, including Newcastle and Glasgow, you will not be stuck for things to do outside of your studies.

Our course provides you with a breadth of knowledge of human health and welfare, including the development of new medicine.

Students have gone on to work for major pharmaceutical companies, cancer research, undertaken postgraduate research or become teachers – with 94% doing so within 6 months of graduating.

So, for a career advancing the future of science, give yourself a great start with our modern human biology degree.

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Graduate destinations

You'll be ideally suited for work in the food, water, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. The skills you learn will prove invaluable for careers in hospitals, government laboratories or teaching, as well as more generally in finance, IT and management.