Undergraduate Courses

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. For more information click here.

Why study Microbiology?strep pneumo

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.

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.

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Contact Details

Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation,
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 9HN, UK 

General enquiries to:
Alison Brown

T:+44 (0)116 252 2951
F:+44 (0)116 252 5030

Postgraduate enquiries to: 
Susan Kapadia (PhD)

Anna Boyce (MSc)

Erasmus and Study Abroad Co-ordinator:

Professor Peter Andrew

T: +44 (0)116 252 2951

Other contact details can be found in People

Head of Department: Professor Andy Wardlaw

Deputy Head of Department: Dr Shaun Heaphy

Respiratory Team Lead: Professor David Cousins

Microbial Sciences Team Lead: TBC

Renal team Lead: Dr Jon Barratt