Microbiology can be studied within the BSc Biological Sciences degree and students can indicate their particular specialism by graduating with a BSc Biological Sciences (Microbiology). The Department also runs its own degree programme BSc Medical Microbiology which includes specific modules on infectious diseases.
Why study Microbiology?
Microbiology is a diverse, fast-moving and exciting field of study that has many applications in medicine, biotechnology and the environment. Micro-organisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa) are fascinating, they affect our health, food and the environment and will play a crucial role in major issues which will affect us in the future such as; an increase in emerging infectious disease and antibiotic resistance, numerous environmental issues including climate change and the threat of bioterrorism.
Why choose Leicester?
The University of Leicester is highly ranked, in the top 15 of major national tables. Our teaching and learning provision was rated as excellent during the last Quality Assurance Assessment (QAA) ensuring that students coming to Leicester learn in an enriching educational environment. In 2005 the School was awarded status of a Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning.
After your Second Year, you have the opportunity to study abroad in the USA or at another European university under the Erasmus scheme or transfer to a four-year sandwich degree, working in a related industry. These programmes are coordinated by the School and offer valuable experience and academic development.
What skills will I acquire?
You will develop a critical approach to learning with a strong emphasis on team-work, ICT and communication skills. You will also use a wide range of practical techniques and gain experience in the design and performance of experimental procedures, including data acquisition, analysis and presentation. The QAA review of our teaching reported that graduates entering employment are well prepared through the development of transferable skills.
What can I do with a degree in Microbiology or Medical Microbiology?
Our graduates enter a wide range of employment. They are equipped for careers in research and teaching; key skills obtained provide opportunities to enter non-biological professions in business and management. Many graduates use our degree programmes as a foundation for graduate entry into fast track medical courses.