• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Life Sciences
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Microbiology is the study of organisms - bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses - that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. It is concerned not only with pathogenic microbes that cause disease but also the predominantly beneficial activities of microbes in the environment and their many biotechnological applications.

The wide-ranging nature of our course means you can choose to specialise in environmental, applied or medically-related aspects of the subject.

The Microbiology degree programme at Dundee deals with aspects of the subject ranging from those of medical importance (such as infectious diseases and immunology) to those of environmental and biotechnological importance (such as control of pollution and bioremediation).

Major areas of microbiological research include aspects of fundamental and applied microbiology, ranging from mechanisms by which microbial pathogens and their hosts interact to environmental decontamination, and involve molecular, cellular and environmental studies using model organisms as well as those of health and economic significance.

Our Microbiology degree programme reflects the enormous breadth of the subject and recent research developments are reflected in our teaching, particularly at the advanced levels where you can choose modules from a wide menu of options taught at the level of current research.

Practical experience

Dundee can offer you a range of Level 4 Research Projects in leading laboratories because of its high level of top-rated research activity in these areas. Many students also work on summer projects between their third and fourth years.

Our close links

Our programme is multidisciplinary, reflecting the overall breadth of microbiology and benefiting from the strengths of the Life Sciences at Dundee in the biosciences and from our links with Ninewells Hospital & Medical School and the Scottish Crop Research Institute.

Study abroad

There are also opportunities to study abroad, for example on the Transatlantic Student Exchange Scheme.

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Microbiology BSc student Brian from Hong Kong talks about the course and what it's like to study at the University of Dundee.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

Courses starting 2016
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher AABB at Higher including biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) AB at Advanced Higher including biology and chemistry, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)
GCE A-Level ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, plus Ordinary Level mathematics Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units
Scottish Baccalaureate Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry. Mathematics at SG (grade 3) or Intermediate 2 (grade C)
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C
Welsh Baccalaureate Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry 75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher AABB at Higher including biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) AB at Advanced Higher including biology and chemistry, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)
GCE A-Level ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, plus Ordinary Level mathematics Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science modules
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit with appropriate Science units A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units
Scottish Baccalaureate Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry
SWAP Access Relevant science subjects with AAA grades to include Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C
Welsh Baccalaureate Applicants with this qualification would be considered for Level 2 entry Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in Biology and Chemistry 75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

How you will be taught

We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practicals forming the core. In addition, we use workshops, tutorials, computer-aided learning, and field excursions, as appropriate to each module.

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course procedures. Regular in-course assessments (e.g. practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises) provide feedback on your progress and help you prepare for end-of-module examinations.

On-line assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access via a PC on or off campus. Peer assessment operates in many team projects.

Level 1 entry

With highers, A-levels, Irish Leaving certificate, IB Diploma, HNC, etc

Level 1

Life Science core theory and practical modules.

You can also study subjects from other schools such as languages

Advanced entry (to level 2)

With advanced highers, A-levels, IB diploma, HND, etc

Level 2

Sesmter 1: Core theory, practical and outside subject

Sesmter 2: Biomedical or biological modules

Level 3

Choose to specialise in the subjects that excite you in Biomedical or Biological Sciences

Graduate BSc

Bachelor of Science (Ordinary Degree), Biomedical Sciences, or Biological Sciences

Year in industry

Opt to have a year in industry or study abroad

Level 4

Research project on current research in Life Sciecnes.

Graduate BSc Hons

With named specialist degree

Level 5

Extend research projects, research seminars in your chosen area, research skills and planning.

Graduate MSCi

in a specialist subject

What you will study

Typical Degree Programme

Levels 1 and 2

All Life Sciences degree programmes share common core modules at Level 1 that provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.

Please refer to the Biological/Biomedical Sciences degree structure and overview webpage for details of the common curriculum in Levels 1 and 2.

Level 3

At Level 3 you specialise much more in microbiology, and choose additional subjects that interest you to study alongside your main subject. You will develop your knowledge and skills in the following aspects of microbiology:

  • microbial diversity
  • molecular and cellular microbiology
  • microbial growth and morphogenesis
  • applications of microbes and molecular genetics in medical, agricultural and environmental microbiology
  • molecular biology and pathogenesis of viral, bacterial, fungal and protozoan infectious diseases
  • molecular diagnostics
  • antimicrobial chemotherapy
  • characteristics of the immune system
  • immune responses to infectious diseases
  • causes and consequences of immune dysfunction

Summer work placements

Many students take advantage of opportunities for summer work placements, normally between Levels 3 and 4, which are available as externally-funded competitive placements, or as voluntary laboratory work.

Level 4

Your studies at Level 4 will be at the level of current research in your chosen subject area.

Advanced study of topics in microbiology with additional options chosen from related subject areas such as biochemistry, molecular genetics, molecular biology and developmental biology. The range of microbiology topics that is currently available includes:

  • molecular biology of infection & immunity
  • immunotechnology
  • microbiology of the gastrointestinal tract
  • bioenergy & bioremediation
  • multicellular behaviour by prokaryotes
  • virus molecular biology
  • bacterial membrane biology
  • bioinformatics
  • drug discovery for tropical diseases

Your studies will involve extensive use of scientific literature and the opportunity to attend a regular programme of seminars given by invited speakers from Britain and abroad.

  • Research project - several formats are available including laboratory-based research under the supervision of a leading scientist, computer modelling, multimedia teaching packages, literature and electronic database review.

The multidisciplinary nature of microbiologists' training means that they find employment in a wide variety of positions in academic research (e.g. biomedical, genetic, agricultural or ecological research), in hospital laboratories, in environmental health and in teaching. Industry employs microbiologists in the manufacture of numerous 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.

In addition, many microbiology graduates find careers in management, regulatory affairs, publishing, patent documentation and the media, where their scientific training is valued.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.
Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

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Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.



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