Microbiology with Immunology

What is Microbiology with Immunology?
(Not available for 2015 entry.)

Microbiology with Immunology combines microbiology, which is the study of microorganisms (including bacteria, fungi and viruses), with immunology, which is concerned with the way in which the body reacts to, and fights, infections caused by microorganisms. Like all our microbiology courses, it embraces the key disciplines of immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

Why study Microbiology with Immunology?

If you want to develop an understanding of the overarching themes within biosciences whilst having the opportunity to specialise in key topics within microbiology and immunology, this course is ideal. Alongside developing key laboratory and research techniques, you will graduate with a strong collection of transferable skills that will help you stand out in the graduate job market.

Useful websites

Society for general microbiology

Microbiology online

See also: Microbiology with Virology

Course Overview

Through a collection projects, modules and assessments, our microbiology with immunology degree focuses on microbial immunology, an important and rapidly expanding field within medical research. The table below offers a brief insight into the modules you are likely to study during your time with us.


BSc Year 1 BSc Year 2 BSc Year 3

Programme modules

  • Introduction to microbiology
  • Molecules of life
  • Introduction to genetics
  • Introduction to immunology
  • Tissues, organs and body processes
  • Introduction to cell biology
  • Practical skills for microbiologists
  • Theoretical and core skills for

Choice of elective modules.

Modules selected from

  • Practical skills for microbiologists
  • Theoretical and core skills for microbiologists
  • Cell biology of disease
  • Molecular virology
  • Genetic engineering
  • The power of bacterial genomics
  • Medical immunology
  • Medical virology
  • Medical bacteriology
  • Chemotherapy as an elective

Programme modules

  • Advanced topics in immunology
  • Immunology research project
  • Skills in immunology
Total Credits: 120 Total Credits: 120 Total Credits: 120

Course changes may occur given the fast-moving nature of the field and above is an indicative list only.

BSc year one

Through modules around topics such genetics, immunology and cell biology, the first year will introduce you to the research and laboratory techniques you will need to be successful at degree level.

BSc year two

In year two you will begin to specialise your knowledge through more focussed modules, including topics in medical immunology and viruses and virus-host interactions. Whilst you continue to develop your research and practical skills, you will also have the chance to apply for the study abroad and year in industry opportunities that will further enhance your skills for the future.

BSc year three

Year three of the BSc will involve specialisation to an even greater level, looking at advanced topics in immunology and further developing your specialised skills in relation to immunology. Alongside this you will also undertake an independent research project, drawing from all the research and practical skills you have learnt to produce an innovative piece of research on a cutting-edge topic.


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

Typical timetable (3 year BSc)

  • 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. 

Discover more about our teaching.

The structure of your course will depend on the pathway that you choose:


Course Title



Microbiology with Immunology

3 years


Microbiology with Immunology with industrial placement year

4 years


Microbiology with Immunology with a study year abroad

4 years

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