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Students may select courses emphasizing general microbiology or medical microbiology. The selection of an appropriate program not only prepares students for careers in research, industry, public health, clinical laboratory, or state or federal service but also provides the basis for graduate study in microbiology.

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Key Facts



(BSc (Hons)) Microbiology


Degree Duration

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


Start Dates

September 2022

Degree Overview

For students interested in applying to Clinical Laboratory Science programs, it is recommended that they complete the B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology which has been modified to meet most of the requirements for the discontinued Clinical Science degree (Clinical Science Track). Students are strongly recommended to meet with their Microbiology Major Advisor to discuss the specifics of this modified degree.

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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Understanding the process of science: students can design an experiment with the appropriate control groups to test a hypothesis. Quantitative reasoning: students can interpret a graph or dataset to determine if the results of an experiment support or reject a hypothesis.

Relationship between science and society: students can weigh the costs and benefits to society of the use of recent scientific and technological developments. Evolution: students can explain the role that variation between individuals plays in the processes of natural selection and evolution.

Relationship between structure and function: students can explain how a change in the structural characteristics of a molecule, tissue, or organism will affect its function. Information flow and storage: students can describe the mechanisms of information flow in classical and molecular genetics and predict the outcomes of crosses.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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