This exciting new four year MBiol courses combines course material and content from undergraduate and postgraduate levels, giving you a Masters-level qualification.
Why choose this course?
If you have drive and ambition to progress into a professional scientific career in industry or academia or onto a PhD, then this course is ideal for you. It provides tailored knowledge, technical skills and research expertise to help you stand out in the jobs market.
During this course you will:
- develop the practical skills employers are looking for with a project in your third year and a year-long project in your final year
- work with our internationally renowned experts - they will supervise and review your research projects
- get a Masters-level qualification - your research project will be assessed and moderated using Masters-level criteria and your final year modules will be of Masters level
- be work-ready - you have the option of a 12 month work placement in the third year, which can build upon your practical experience and is often paid.
You might also be interested in BSc (Hons) Microbiology.
What you'll study
The course begins by giving you an understanding of how microbiology and physical principles are integrated in, and used to investigate broad living processes from cells to organisms. After this, an understanding and application of microbiology is developed, and the course aims to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the microbial world. You'll study the key concepts associated with micro-organisms in both practical and theoretical contexts and then consider the role of microbes in health, disease and in the natural environment. The microbiology degree also provides specialisations in molecular microbiology, forensic microbiology and virology.
Introduces levels of biological organisation from molecules to cells and ecosystems, providing a platform of knowledge and skills upon which other modules are developed.
Practical Techniques for Biology
Considers the principles of experimental design, data collection and analysis, including techniques in centrifugation, chromatography, electrophoresis, microscopy and radiobiology.
Genetics and Immunology
Develops genetic concepts and introduces basic aspects of the immune system, including the molecules, cells and interactions involved.
Introduction to Biochemistry
Study the key aspects of macromolecules, cell structure and function, and interrelationships in both practical and theoretical contexts.
Introduction to Microbiology
Study various groups of microbes, their function and roles, and consider the importance of the microbial world, the
biology of micro-organisms, and medical, environmental and industrial microbiology.
Introduces the physiology of human organ systems (respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular,
urinary, endocrine and muscular) and examines the process of homeostasis.
Bioinformatics and Biomathematics
Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of bioinformatics using web-based resources, database structures and Bayesian and maximum likelihood theories.
Microbial Structure, Identification and Distribution
Explore the function of important subcellular structures of micro-organisms, as well as the taxonomy and identification of the main groups of bacteria, fungi and viruses relating to forensic investigations.
Microbial Metabolism and Genetics
Investigate the energy-yielding mechanisms in aerobic, anaerobic and fermentative systems and their diversity and importance
Gain an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study required for an undergraduate project. Formulate a research question, search literature, practice experimental design and practice data collection and statistical analysis.
Reviews the use of micro-organisms in the production of industrially important products and biofuels, and considers lactic acid bacteria and the production of fermented products.
Host Pathogen Interactions
Explore how pathogenic organisms and their human hosts interact with each other, and learn how we might exploit this knowledge to develop new drugs and vaccines.
Placement year (optional)
You have the opportunity to take a work placement during your third year. The below modules will be Year Four for placement students.
Learn practical research techniques, including a review of scientific writing and critical appraisals of published work, as well
as oral presentations and plagiarism.
Study advanced concepts in bacterial genetics, including regulation of bacterial gene expression, molecular biology of bacterial pathogenesis and the application of knowledge in industry.
Learn the molecular methods of microbial identification and see its role in accidental and deliberate contamination
investigations, quality of data collection, analysis and presentation of evidence.
Infectious Diseases and their Control
Learn about the global importance of infectious diseases, their effect on individuals and the population as a whole and how they can be controlled.
Using artificial neural networks, discover how to find biomarkers and validate them. Carry out proteomic and genomic data analysis, examine phylogenetics and genome assembly.
This will be Year Five for placement students.
Prepare for engagement in medical and science writing, education and policy making, where communicating knowledge to national and international audiences is key.
MBiol Research Project
This substantial independent research project runs for the whole of your final year giving you the opportunity to explore and expand your research skills in an area that interests you.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
Your career development
As well as the Masters-level practical laboratory skills, this course will equip you with transferable skills in critical analysis and understanding, qualities and attributes necessary for a wide range of careers in industry, commerce, teaching, and research.
You will be well placed to pursue positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and the majority of biological science related disciplines.
Recent microbiology graduates have secured positions at:
- Diageo alcoholic beverages
- Northern Foods
- the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Typical job roles include:
- biomedical sales
- food microbiologist
- genome sequencing
- microbiology technician
- trainee biomedical scientist posts.
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study by taking an MPhil or PhD research degree.
Excellent placement opportunities
After Year Two, you have the opportunity to undertake a one years' work placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.
You will be assessed throughout the year and will be required to write a reflective report and diary. On completion of a successful placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award - the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice, an excellent addition to your CV.
Recent placements include:
- National Institute for Medical Research
- Veterinary Laboratories Agency
- Health Protection Agency.
You will be actively encouraged and supported by our dedicated placement team who will help you find and apply for positions that will benefit your study. They will also provide support while you are in your place of work, whether that is at home or abroad.