BSc (Hons) Microbiology


Course code C500

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Course code C500

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Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2021
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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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 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

  • 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 microbiological 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
  • 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

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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 from this course will help you gain entry into biomedical science at a professional level. Alongside biomedical science laboratories, your skills will be ideally suited for work in the 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. Graduates have also gone on to further studies, including Medicine and Masters level research.

Microbiologists for example, work to ensure food is safe, treat and prevent disease, develop green technologies and research the role of microbes in climate change. They work in many places, from healthcare/veterinary laboratories, research institutes and industry. Industry employs microbiologists in the manufacture of products such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cosmetics, food and drink, either because microorganisms are used in the process or for reasons of microbiological safety and hygiene. However, knowledge of microbiology is not just important for these careers. Microbiologists can also use their knowledge and skills in a wide range of careers such as marketing, technical support, quality control, education and communications.

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