BSc Biological Sciences (Microbiology)

C500 BSc Biological Sciences (Microbiology)

Duration: three years full time or four years with a year abroad

The school offers seven variations of degree in Biological Science including BSc Biological Sciences (Microbiology).  More information on Biological Sciences degrees at Leicester.  Project students are encouraged to attend departmental seminars, which feature speakers from national and international experts in Microbiology and Immunology.

About the coursestudents in practical

The BSc Biological Sciences (Microbiology) course covers special features of micro-organisms (viruses, protozoa and bacteria) and their importance in the environment.

First Year

All programmes have a common first year which covers the breadth of the subject, giving you a strong basis to choose second year modules.

Tutorials and laboratory work are integral to all modules, enabling development of critical and practical skills.

Second Year

This year will cover the diversity of structures, genetics, physiology and habitats of micro-organisms, and their industrial uses.  Detailed accounts of infectious diseases caused by micro-organisms are also discussed, and how the body combats them (immunology).  A field course also provides the opportunity to visit industrial microbiology laboratories. 

Final Year

All students undertake an individual research project in the final year supported by a core module in research skills in the second year. Specialisation in your final year, along with your research project, allow you to study aspects of the subject that interest you, taught by staff who are active researchers in those areas. 

Recent Research Projects

  • Analysis and virulence of enteric pathogens;
  • determination of the mode of action of bacterial toxins;
  • control of innate immunity and molecular characterisation of microbial populations in extreme environments.

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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: 
James Robinson (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 Peter Andrew