flexibility to change to other Biomolecular Science courses throughout your studies
High Flyer Programme:
qualified applicants can complete course in three years
Why this course?
This single Honours course specialises in Microbiology. Microbes and their activities are vitally important to virtually all processes on earth.
Microbes matter because they affect every aspect of our lives – they are in us, on us and around us.
Microbiology is the study of all living organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye. This includes bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, prions, protozoa and algae. These microbes play key roles in nutrient cycling, biodegradation/biodeterioration, climate change, food spoilage, the cause and control of disease, and biotechnology. Microbes can be put to work in many ways: making life-saving drugs, the manufacture of biofuels, cleaning up pollution, and producing/processing food and drink.
Microbiologists study microbes, and some of the most important discoveries that have underpinned modern society have resulted from the research of famous microbiologists, such as Jenner and his vaccine against smallpox, Fleming and the discovery of penicillin, Marshall and the identification of the link between Helicobacter pylori infection and stomach ulcers, and zur Hausen, who identified the link between papilloma virus and cervical cancer.
Microbiology research is central to meeting many global challenges, such as maintaining food, water and energy security for a healthy population on a habitable earth. Microbiology research will also help to answer big questions such as 'How diverse is life on Earth?', and 'does life exist elsewhere in the Universe'?
This course will allow you to go into specialist biomedical science areas such as drug research, biochemistry, microbiology and bacteriology.
What you'll study
Years 1 & 2
Students on all the biosciences degrees study the same classes in the first two years. This means you can defer your ultimate choice of degree until the end of Year 2.
In Year 1, you’ll study classes in cells and their molecules, organisms and diseases and Bio-organic chemistry. These are all underpinned by the ‘Being a Biomolecular Scientist’ class which begins with basic laboratory skills, statistical and data analysis and presentation, report writing, health and safety and ethics.
You also choose 20 credits of elective subjects from across the University.
In Year 2, you’ll gain an introduction to each of the four discipline biochemistry, immunology, microbiology and pharmacology again supported by the ‘Being a Biomolecular Scientist’ class which develops various skills gained in Year 1.
Years 3 & 4
You’ll undertake specialised lecture and laboratory classes learning about the molecular, clinical and applied aspects of microbiology. In your final year of study, you’ll participate in a research project focusing on a defined microbiological topic. We offer various types of research projects including laboratory based, critical analysis of literature, bioinformatics, enterprise or education which would be applicable to a variety of careers.
Transfer to the Year 5 MSci in Microbiology may be possible at the end of Year 4, subject to performance.
Prize Awarded to the student with the best academic performance in the final Microbiology classes (BM425 and BM424) and Microbiology-coded 40-credit project component of BM432.
understand the basics of fermentation technology and how microbes can be exploited for human benefit
understand the impact of modern molecular biology techniques on industrial biotechnology and how this can be employed in an industrial setting
understand the importance of bioprocess monitoring and downstream processing
provide an understanding of how microbial processes affect our environment in beneficial and deleterious ways
You'll also choose one other class from the Year 4 curriculum.
Knowledge and understanding are assessed by written examinations, essays, presentations and computer-aided learning (CAL) exercises and quizzes, available on our virtual learning environment, Myplace.
Competence is assessed through practical tests, practical write-ups, project reports and CAL exercises and quizzes.
Communication skills are assessed through essays and oral presentations.
Project work is assessed from project reports and oral presentations.
There’s an individual research project in the final year of the course where you’ll demonstrate research skills, problem-solving and a research approach.
Learning & teaching
You’ll gain knowledge and understanding through lectures, including review-type lectures, practical classes, tutorials and computer-aided learning.
To allow you to prepare, class hand-outs are available in advance from Myplace. Hand-outs will also be supported by guided reading and tasks such as essays, oral and tutorial/workshop presentations.
Quantitative skills are taught by the Department of Maths & Statistics, the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry as well as the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.
Most laboratory classes, including the chemistry classes in Year 1, include number and numeracy and statistical skills that are used in the institute. Communication skills are taught throughout the course. Information retrieval, interpretation and research skills are gained through project work which also develops team-working skills.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
Year 1 entry: AABB or AAAC (two sciences, including Higher Biology/Human Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry |(if not at Higher) National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; Maths National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; English National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B)
Year 2 entry: BB (Chemistry B and Biology/Human Biology B, in addition to requirements for Year 1 above)
Year 1 entry: BBB (two Sciences, including Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE B, Maths GCSE B, GCSE English Language B or English Literature B
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
Please note if you are taking the newly reformed Biology A level, we'll require you to pass the practical assessment included in the A level.
32 (two sciences, Biology/Chemistry/Physics HL5, Maths SL5, English SL5)
Year 1 entry: relevant HNC, B in Graded Unit
Year 2 entry: relevant HNC, A in Graded Unit or relevant HND, BB in Graded Units
Year 3 entry: relevant HND, AB in Graded Units
Deferred entry is accepted
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the
University of Strathclyde.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
University preparation programme fees
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
Many of our graduates are involved in the development of drugs, food processing, protecting the environment, fighting disease or even slowing down the ageing process.
Our graduates find jobs in the pharmaceutical, biotech and agrochemical industries, hospitals and public service laboratories, environmental centres, analytical and forensic science labs, universities, the scientific civil service and teaching at all levels.
Many students also continue on to postgraduate studies and research.
The transferable skills you gain from this course will not only prepare you for a career in science but also in areas such as finance, management, marketing, sales, business and media.
All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
It costs £12 to apply for a course
The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
The deadline is 15 January each year
This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
Applications are still welcome from international students (non-EU) and those living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
You might be asked to attend an interview
Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
There’s three types of decision
unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.
You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.
You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body.
However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
We welcome applications from international students