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Biological Sciences (Microbiology), BSc (Hons), Heriot-Watt University

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Heriot-Watt University

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BSc (Hons)Full-time4 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250GBP 17960

About Biological Sciences (Microbiology), BSc (Hons) - at Heriot-Watt University

This programme provides a thorough general training in the physiology, ecology and biotechnological applications of microorganisms. We focus particularly on microbes as producers, as spoilage agents of food, as components of the environment, and as agents of disease, with emphasis on new and emerging diseases.

The programme aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the microbiological sciences, and sufficient training in scientific methods and procedures to advance to a career in relevant industries, postgraduate training or other spheres of research.

We are still accepting applications for September 2018.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Microbiology) students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 50% are working
  • 35% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 70% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £19000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £19000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Engineering professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Secretarial and related occupations
  • Skilled trades occupations

Notes about fees for this course

Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternationalFeePaid by SAAS£9,250£17,960

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
  • Heriot-Watt Academic Scholarship (£1,000 per year)

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABBB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass including a science subject
  • Int. Baccalaureate 27 points to include 5 a science subject at Higher Level
  • HNC C in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Additional information One science subject (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB and AABBB at Higher.
  • A-Levels ABB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with Advanced Higher Biology B
  • Int. Baccalaureate 32 points to include 6 in Higher Level Biology
  • HNC B in a relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Additional information To include Biology or Human Biology at Advanced Higher/A Level. Mathematics and an additional science, preferably Chemistry, are required at least at GCSE grade C / Standard Grade 3 / National 5 or equivalent.

Year 3

  • HND AB in a relevant HND - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Additional information

  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details.

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