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Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Why choose this course?
We are very proud to be one of the top three universities in the whole of the UK for student satisfaction in BSc (Hons) Microbiology (National Student Survey 2015).
You will be taught by internationally renowned experts.
Your course has a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on learning, much of which will be carried out in a newly developed high-tech laboratory environment.
You will be introduced to the micro-organisms associated with global health issues such as HIV, TB and influenza.
You’ll then build on this to understand how infections spread and their significance to the global population.
You will examine how bacteria and viruses function, how they cause diseases, how the body reacts to infections and how bacteria and viruses can be positively applied in food and healthcare.
Focusing on microbial diagnostics you will explore the use of molecular biology and bioinformatics in microbial forensic investigations.
You’ll be encouraged to take a year-long, paid work placement in your third year, which will enhance your career prospects by giving you valuable vocational experience. In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct a major research project in a specialist field you enjoy.

What our students say
“Before I came to NTU I hardly knew anyone who’d studied Microbiology, but it’s an amazing course and I highly recommend it. There’s a focus on broader microbiology and diseases, which is different to courses at other universities. Classes are small, staff are helpful and the course is very up to date.”

Maria Gillett, BSc (Hons) Microbiology
Winner of ‘Society for General Microbiology Undergraduate Award 2009’

Programme structure

What will I study?
Year One

Practical Techniques for Biology
Genetics and Immunology
Introduction to Microbiology
Introduction to Cell Biology
Introduction to Biochemistry
Human Systems
On average, your contact time with lecturers will be around 16 hours per week over 26 weeks (the final four weeks of the year are reserved for exams). Approximately 30% of your time will consist of laboratories and workshops with the rest divided between lectures and seminars. You will also have at least 12 sessions with your Personal Tutor.

Year Two

Applied Microbiology
Clinical and Public Health Microbiology
Microbial Metabolism and Genetics
Microbial Structure, Identification and Distribution
Host-Pathogen Interactions
Antibody and DNA Technology
Year Three
Optional work placement

Final Year

Research Project / Dissertation
Forensic Microbiology
Molecular Microbiology
Immunology and Virology
Infectious Diseases and their Control.
You also have the choice of completing a 40 credit point project, or if your interests lie in a career in teaching, you can take Communicating Science (which includes school placements) and a short dissertation.

Career opportunities

Your career development
NTU has an excellent graduate employment record. 100% of our full-time BSc(H) Microbiology graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/12).

With a degree in Microbiology you will be equipped to be competitive for any bioscience related job role. Our strong emphasis on research led teaching will also put you in good stead for a continued progression into postgraduate study and doctoral training.

You have the option to go on to:

postgraduate study, or employment research and development
management and technical sales in the bioscience sector
technical positions in the food and beverage industry and environmental sector.
Recent graduates have secured jobs at Diageo alcoholic beverages, Northern Foods and 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 on one of our master’s-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States