Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, those being unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony), or acellular (lacking cells).
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.
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.
There are also opportunities to study abroad, for example on the Transatlantic Student Exchange Scheme.
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.
|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.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4|
|BTEC||BTEC Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences.||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|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
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.
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
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
Semester 1: Core theory, practical and outside subject
Semester 2: Biomedical or biological modules
Choose to specialise in the subjects that excite you in Biomedical or Biological Sciences
Bachelor of Science (Ordinary Degree), Biomedical Sciences, or Biological Sciences
Year in industry
Opt to have a year in industry or study abroad
Research project on current research in Life Sciences.
Graduate BSc Hons
With named specialist degree
Extend research projects, research seminars in your chosen area, research skills and planning.
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.
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.
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
- microbiology of the gastrointestinal tract
- bioenergy & bioremediation
- multicellular behaviour by prokaryotes
- virus molecular biology
- bacterial membrane biology
- 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.
MSci Integrated Masters Programme
Develop your own research project and work for five months in a lab with our MSci Programme.
The MSci Programme takes students coming from the Biological or Biomedical Sciences streams.
This programme provides an additional year of study in the indicated specialisms that is designed to increase your practical ability and employability, giving you focused training in laboratory research that results in the award of a Masters degree.
Based from the outset in one of our internationally renowned research laboratories, you will build on your Level 4 experience but go well beyond it: you will develop your own research project that you will write up in the form of a grant proposal, receive training in a variety of research skills and carry out a 5-month, full-time project in your host lab based on the proposal you have written.
In addition to enhancing your laboratory skills you will develop your ability to think critically and analytically, learn how to formulate new ideas and research hypotheses and develop skills in data analysis, interpretation and communicating scientific information.
Entry to the MSci Programme will be by interview and you must maintain a B3 average at first attempt across your Life Sciences Modules throughout Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 to be eligible.
- MSci Biochemistry
- MSci Bioinformatics
- MSci Cell Signalling
- MSci Cell & Developmental Biology
- MSci Drug Discovery
- MSci Immunology
- MSci Molecular Biology
- MSci Molecular Microbiology
- MSci Neuroscience
- MSci Pharmacology
- MSci Physiological Sciences
- MSci Plant Sciences
The Procedures for managing student applications to transfer to the SLS MSci Programme are available to download.
Students interested in applying for the MSci Programme should complete and return the MSci Application form with their CV by the last week of Semester 2, Friday, 27 May 2016 to Schooloffice-LS@dundee.ac.uk. Late applications will be considered if space is available.
For more information contact:
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.
Fees for students starting 2017/18
|Fee category||Fees 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||£9,250 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.
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.
|Degree||UCAS Code||KIS Data|
|Apply Now||Microbiology BSc (Hons)||C500|