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BSc (Hons)Microbiology

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In spite of their size, the impact of microbes on the planet is so extensive that life as we know it could not exist without them. In addition, microbes cause many of the known diseases of humans, animals and plants. Knowledge of Microbiology will enable you to improve the quality of our lives in relation to the environment, to fight disease, and to combat pollution. Microbiology plays a key role in genetic engineering and other modern biotechnologies, such as antibiotic production and the exploitation of new sources of food and energy.

This programme covers a broad range of topics, with in-depth knowledge of both natural processes and human affairs. You will study topics such as microbial diversity and versatility, biotechnology, microbial disease and virology.

You will be able to identify individual species and grow them in pure culture, using aseptic techniques so that they can be safely handled and examined by microbiological methods. Project work will include the use of specialised research equipment alongside the members of the Microbiology Research Group and members of other departments, including medical and veterinary microbiologists in the institute of Infection and Global Health and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Core modules:

Molecules and Cells
Evolution and Biodiversity
Grand Challenges in Biology
Experimental Skills
Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
Biochemical Methods

Plus two of the following optional modules:

Introduction to Physiology and
Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
Animal Biodiversity
Developmental Biology
Ecology and Global Environment

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
Techniques in Cell Biology
Advanced Microbiological Techniques

Plus three of the following optional theory modules:

The Multicellular Organism
The Immune System in Health and Disease
Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
Principles of Pharmacology
Genome Organisation and Maintenance
Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health

And two of the following practical modules

Molecular Science
Advanced Biochemical Techniques
Advanced Genetics Techniques

Programme Year Three

In the Honours year, students have the opportunity to engage in research project work using specialised apparatus alongside members of the Microbiology Research Group and other departments, including Medical Microbiology, Tropical Medicine and Veterinary Preclinical Sciences. This provides a thorough training in experimental science and is an important component of the degree assessment.

Core modules:

Advanced Skills in Microbiology
Bacterial Disease Mechanisms
Advanced Biotechnology
Viral Disease Mechanisms
Microbial Diversity and Versatility
Research Project

Plus one of the following optional modules:

Cell Signalling and Signal Transduction
Molecular Medicine
Protein Structure, Function and Organisation
Gene Expression and Development
Topics in Global Health

Career opportunities

In the public sector, Life Sciences graduates are in demand in research institutes, government departments, the National Health Service, forensic science and the Environment Agency. Commercial sectors that actively recruit graduates from the Life Sciences include the pharmaceutical, food, biotechnology, water and agriculture industries.

There is also an increasing demand for life scientists to contribute to the public understanding of science as journalists and information/liaison officers, in view of the ethical and environmental issues that arise, for example, by developments in molecular biology and biotechnology.

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