Microbiology BSc (Hons)

School of Life Sciences

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites

Date of entry

September 2023

Start date
September 2023
4 years
Study mode
Full Time
Dundee City Campus

Microbiology focuses on the biology of micro-organisms that are unicellular, multicellular or acellular (without cells). This includes microbes like bacteria and fungi, and covers concepts like growth and regulation, and how microbes react with each other and their environments.

We also look at how micro-organisms work collectively to maximise their success, and how we can manipulate them and their behaviour with a view to improving health.

The degree starts as a broad-based curriculum where you’ll study a wide range of life sciences topics at Levels 1 and 2. You’ll then focus more on key aspects of microbiology at Levels 3 and 4.

Your first two years of study will explore core concepts like genetics, cell biology, biological organisation, molecular mechanisms and processes. You will develop your practical skills, including laboratory skills, data analysis, and experiment design. This will prepare you for designing and carrying out projects later in your course.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances, as well as gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of the field. Throughout the course, you can pick modules that interest you and also transfer to one of our other courses if you choose the relevant modules.

Lab sessions throughout your degree will help you integrate knowledge and practical skills, as well as develop strong transferable skills, both in and out of the lab.

Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences courses

Professional accreditation

Royal Society of Biology

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications following is a priority for UK professional bodies and universities. If you plan on practising outside the UK you should check with the relevant national authority on the recognition of this qualification.

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