BSc (Hons) Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of organisms that are too small to be seen by the naked eye but have a profound effect on our lives. Combine a broad base in bioscience with specialist knowledge in microbiology for careers in health, biotech & environment.

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Course Details

UCAS Code
C510
Classification
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 Years
Start Date
12 September 2016
Mode
Full Time
Subject Area
Biological and Biomedical Science
Location
GCU Glasgow

Fees

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

You will also have to think about accommodation, living costs, travel, books and socialising. To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this available at http://www.gcu.ac.uk/money and http://www.gcu.ac.uk/student/money/managingyourmoney

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Year 1
SQA Higher: BBBB including Chemistry plus Nat 5 Maths, English, Biology at B
A level: BCC including Chemistry plus GCSE Double Science, English and Maths at B
ILC Higher: B2 B2 B2 B2 to include Chemistry plus Ordinary Level English, Maths and Biology at B
IB Diploma: 24 points including Chemistry and Biology
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject including Chemistry
College: Access to Science or 12-credit HNC in a related subject (B in Graded Unit). Qualification must include sufficient coverage of chemistry
Year 2
15 credit HNC in relevant science subject (must include Genetics unit)with A in the Graded Unit
Year 3
HND in relevant subject with AB in the Graded Units

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

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Course Documents

Programme Description

A wide variety of industries rely upon the specialist skills of the microbiologist. Hence graduates enjoy career opportunities in such diverse fields as healthcare, food and water industries, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and research, both government and academic. 

The Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences has an excellent teaching and research record. It combines a friendly learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities. It offers a range of support tailored to individual needs where necessary, including "open door" access. Major emphasis is placed upon laboratory work throughout the programme. This enhances your learning, by linking theory with practice, giving you the lab skills which employers seek.

This programme shares a common first two years with a suite of related Bioscience programmes, providing students with a solid grounding in a range of subjects and the opportunity to change direction if required. There is the possibility of undertaking a placement in level 3.

Why Choose This Programme?

The School of Life Sciences has an excellent teaching and research record. It combines a friendly learning environment with state-of-the- art facilities. It offers a range of support tailored to individual needs where necessary, including open door access. Major emphasis is placed upon laboratory work throughout the programme. This enhances student learning, by linking theory with practice. It also gives students the lab skills which employers seek. 

This programme shares a common first two years with a suite of related Bioscience programmes, providing students with a solid grounding in a range of subjects and the opportunity to change direction if required. There is the possibility of undertaking a placement in level 3.

Work Placement

Placements are available in industry and academia during Year 3.

Assessment Methods

The abilities of our students are developed throughout the programme from first year onwards; initially students are introduced to a whole range of skills, including computer competence, laboratory and Assessment Methods.

Assessment methods are designed to produce graduates with a balanced knowledge and understanding of all branches of the subject and to allow our students to become enquiring, independent learners exhibiting high levels of professionalism.

Half of our assessment is practically based, providing hands-on laboratory skills and experience of data handling and presentation which not only makes our programme distinctive but also attractive to employers seeking to find graduates with the necessary skills and competencies.

Written exam
  • Year 1:  70% 
  • Year 2:  58% 
  • Year 3:  48% 
  • Year 4:  53% 
Coursework assessment
  • Year 1:  23% 
  • Year 2:  37% 
  • Year 3:  47% 
  • Year 4:  44% 
Practical exam
  • Year 1:  7% 
  • Year 2:  5% 
  • Year 3:  5% 
  • Year 4:  3% 

Teaching Methods

We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure not only that our students will gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of microbiology but also develop their intellectual and personal skills.

Our programmes take a flexible approach, combining larger scale interactive lectures with small group sessions examining case studies and honing data analysis and presentation skills. Laboratory based practical classes are central to our teaching, allowing our students to gain exposure to the rigour and demands of scientific investigation.

Our Level 2 students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in our international exchange programme at various locations in the USA. Our students focus on developing core laboratory skills as the basis of practical work in their initial two years, leading to more advanced practical laboratory skills training by Level 3.

In their final year, our students undertake a specialist molecular biology workshop in addition to an individual lab based project. All of our laboratory work takes place in our recently refurbished suite of teaching and research laboratories.

This programme of study will furnish our students with the graduate attributes that will enhance their employment prospects, such as critical thinking and analytical capacities, self-confidence, creativity, project management and presentation skills. These attributes go beyond the professional knowledge and skills providing our graduates with a wide range of expertise, leading to a broad range of career options.

Scheduled learning and teaching
  • Year 1:  27% 
  • Year 2:  28% 
  • Year 3:  25% 
  • Year 4:  25% 
Independent study
  • Year 1:  73% 
  • Year 2:  72% 
  • Year 3:  75% 
  • Year 4:  75% 
Placement study
  • Year 1:  0% 
  • Year 2:  0% 
  • Year 3:  0% 
  • Year 4:  0% 

Employment Details

In Scotland, expansion of employment opportunities in the bio-health/biotechnology sector is currently outstripping the availability of graduates, meaning you will enjoy excellent career prospects upon graduating.

This fascinating and varied programme can lead to careers in healthcare, food and water industries, biotechnology, the environment, pharmaceuticals, and research.

Career options include identifying and assisting in the treatment of infectious diseases; working in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries where microorganisms and their products are used, or in the food and drink industries where microorganisms must be either eliminated or utilised, e.g. in the brewing industry. Other microbiologists work in the water supply or waste-water treatment sectors. 

A wide range of research as well as teaching careers are open to the microbiology graduate. This degree can also lead to further postgraduate study or graduate entry into medicine or dentistry.

Scholarships and funding

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.

Key Staff

Programme Leader
Adrian R Pierotti - BSc(Hons) PhD FRSB