Overview


Medical microbiology is the study of the ways in which microbes, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, affect our health and this is the major focus of the BSc Medical Microbiology programme. However, a broader knowledge of microbiology and the biosciences in general is essential for a full understanding of medical microbiology.

You should study Medical Microbiology, not only because the skills of a microbiologist will always be in demand, but also because there is hardly an area of medicine unaffected by microbes. From recent influenza epidemics to the ongoing threat of HIV, if you choose Medical Microbiology you will be studying a course that is significant to human health on a global scale and vital for the medical advances that save lives all over the world.


On the Medical Microbiology degree you will focus not only on the importance of microbiology in the world of medicine, but because a broader knowledge of microbiology and the biosciences in general. You will also learn about a range of biosciences, including the disciplines of immunology, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

Each programme is designed to provide you with a broad foundation in the diverse topics that constitute modern microbiology, with a particular emphasis on infectious disease. Leeds has the expertise to teach these at the highest level.

All our degree programmes allow you to undertake a placement year and study abroad year as part of your degree.

Accreditation

This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Advanced degree accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders of the future. The advanced accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

Related courses

Biochemistry BSc
Biological Sciences BSc
Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) BSc
Medical Biochemistry BSc
Microbiology BSc



Course content: Medical Microbiology BSc

All of our Microbiology courses offer the same content for year one, with key modules introducing you to the essentials required to be successful at degree level. Via lectures, practicals and tutorials you will be introduced to topics such as immunology and genetics, laying the foundations that can then be built upon in years two and three.

In year two you will continue to develop an all-round understanding of the essential topics in biosciences, such as biochemistry, whilst also beginning to specialise in topics such as medical virology and medical immunology. The end of second year also offers the chance to undertake a study year abroad or a year in industry to further develop your skills.

In the final year of your degree you will focus on the laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases, the problems of antibiotic resistance, and specialist study of fungal and viral infections. You will be offered the chance to study advanced topics in medical microbiology, developing cutting-edge knowledge and laboratory techniques as well as essential transferable skills that will help you really shine in the graduate job market.


Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

COMPULSORY MODULES

Introduction to Genetics 10 credits
The Basis of Life 20 credits
Molecular Physiology 20 credits
Introduction to Microbiology 20 credits
Skills for Microbiologists 40 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES

Career and Professional Development for Life Scientists 10 credits
How can Biological Sciences change the world 10 credits
Applied Biology and Agriculture 10 credits
Biology of the Mind 10 credits
Introduction to Pharmacology 10 credits
Human Endocrinology 10 credits

Year 2

COMPULSORY MODULES

The Power of Bacterial Genomics 10 credits
Genetic Engineering 10 credits
Cell Biology of Disease 10 credits
Molecular Virology 10 credits
Medical Bacteriology 10 credits
Medical Immunology 10 credits
Medical Virology 10 credits
Skills for Microbiologists 2 40 credits
OPTIONAL MODULES

Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists 10 credits
Chemotherapy 10 credits
Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University 10 credits

Year 3

COMPULSORY MODULES

Medical Microbiology Research Project 40 credits
Advanced Topics in Microbiology 1 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Microbiology 2 20 credits
Advanced Topics in Microbiology 3 20 credits
Skills for Microbiologists 3 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Medical Microbiology BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts in the field.

A typical week in year one includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, a three hour practical session in the lab, additional tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus use of computer-based learning exercises and private study.

Year two consists of (typically) eight lectures per week, a tutorial, laboratory classes lasting between three and six hours, plus use of computer-based learning exercises and private study time.

In year three you will do project work, which takes about two and a half days (mainly in Semester 1). You will also attend lectures, seminars, small-group teaching exercises (mostly in Semester 2) and occasional workshops, together with private study time.

Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.

Entry requirements, fees and applying: Medical Microbiology BSc

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA-ABB

Including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE:

Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Overall pass with 60 credits and a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 with distinctions in at least 30 graded level 3 credits including Biology and Chemistry units, with a minimum of merit in all the remaining graded credits.
Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science.Will also consider (depending on subject content):

  • Biochemical Sciences
  • Biological and Envionmental Science
  • Biological and Health Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Combined Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Life and Biological Science
  • Life Science
  • Medical and Health Science Professions
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical & Natural Sciences.

BTEC

Applicants with BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications are required to have A2 level Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must normally have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these should be biology or chemistry. The preferred BTEC qualification subject is Applied Science. Offers would be grade A in the A2 level science subject and Distinctions in the BTEC qualification. An offer will be made dependent on the BTEC subject and module choices.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3/D3/D3-D3/M2/M2 including Pre-U Biology or Chemistry plus one other science or science-related subject.

International Baccalaureate

35-34 (with 18-16 at higher level) including 6 in higher level Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAAAAB-AAABBB including an A in a higher level Chemistry or Biology and another science at higher level.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Higher: AAA-ABB from 3 Advanced Highers including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.

We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.

Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.


Welsh Baccalaureate

AAA-ABB including Chemistry or Biology and another science or science-related subject. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £19,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships

Career opportunities: Medical Microbiology BSc

Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.

Given the huge importance of microorganisms to all aspects of our lives, microbiologists will always be in demand. Microbiology is an exciting, challenging and rewarding subject; it has a key role to play in the health and development of mankind. 96% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation. Typical graduate destinations include employment in laboratories in academia, healthcare and industry, as well as careers in law and other professions. Some graduates go on to further study at MSc or PhD level.

Careers support

We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the third year of the BSc studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

Industrial placements are typically taken between your second and final year. If you choose to undertake a placement year, this will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.

Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.