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Our BSc Microbiology course involves the study of microorganisms with particular emphasis on the biology of bacteria, viruses and fungi. In spite of their size, the impact of microorganisms on the planet is so extensive that life as we know it could not exist without them.
In addition, microorganisms 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.
Programme in detail
Our degree programme aims to give you an appreciation of the full range of Microbiology while also allowing you to pursue areas of specific interest. During the course of your degree you will study modules such as Virology, Biotechnology, Bacterial disease mechanisms, Microbiomes and Advanced Microbiological Techniques. You will also have the opportunity to select from a wide range of optional modules.
The programme is taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory courses, culminating in an extended research project in your third year. This is your chance to study an area of cutting edge microbiology in depth, while getting a real taste of life in an active research environment and the opportunity to work alongside microbiologists working in the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, the Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
At Liverpool, we offer two routes for students wishing to study for a degree in Life Sciences. You can enrol on one of our Deferred Choice Programmes (C130 or C100) that allows students to learn about the different subjects available in Life Sciences before specialising, or retain their broad interests and gain a degree. Alternatively, students can enrol on a specific programme of study that specialises in one area of the Life Sciences.
Year One Compulsory Modules
Molecules and Cells (LIFE101)
Grand Challenges in Biology (LIFE105)
Experimental Skills in Current Biology (LIFE107)
Quantitative Skills for the Life Sciences (LIFE113)
Biochemical Methods (LIFE122)
Communication and Study Skills for the Life Sciences (LIFE130)
Year One Optional Modules
Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences (LIFE102)
Introduction to Animal Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Public Health (LIFE126)
Introduction to Genetics and Development (LIFE128)
Year Two Compulsory Modules
Essential Skills for the Life Sciences 2 (LIFE223)
Techniques in Cell Biology (LIFE227)
Advanced Microbiological Techniques (LIFE228)
Year Two Optional Modules
From Genes to Proteins (LIFE201)
Cell Signalling in Health and Disease (LIFE202)
Molecular and Medical Genetics (LIFE208)
Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health (LIFE216)
The Immune System in Health and Disease (LIFE221)
E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (LIFE225)
Advanced Genetics Techniques (LIFE226)
Molecular Science (LIFE237)
E-biology: Informatics for Life Sciences (s2) (LIFE242)
Year Three Compulsory Modules
Bacterial Disease Mechanisms (LIFE318)
Viral Disease Mechanisms (LIFE320)
Microbiomes - Microbial Diversity and Host Interactions (LIFE343)
Research Project (LIFE363)
Year Three Optional Modules
Advanced Skills in Microbiology (LIFE325)
Advanced Biotechnology (LIFE327)
Topics in Global Health (LIFE340)
Genome Biology and Technology (LIFE342)
Life Sciences Work Based Placement (LIFE399)
Programme Year Four
Students can transfer into the C900 (MBiolSci) programme to complete a four-year integrated master’s (subject to performance). This offers 6-week internships and one-year placement opportunities in the UK or abroad (subject to availability).
|A level requirements||Typical A level offer ABB (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.
General Studies is not considered for this course.
|Subject requirements||Biology and a second science, preferably Chemistry, at A level
Also accepted as a second science: Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Psychology, Geology and Applied Science.
For applicants from England, where A levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics have been taken, we will also require a pass in the Practical Endorsement
|BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma||D*DD in Applied Science with a selection of preferred units in Biology and Chemistry, to include Distinction in Units 1 and 5 (Principles and Applications of Science I and II).
For previous BTEC (QCF) qualification:
D*DD in Applied Science with a selection of preferred units in Biology and Chemistry, with at least 120 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Please note alternative BTEC subjects are not acceptable for this programme.
|BTEC Applied Science unit requirements|
Download our BTEC Applied Science unit requirements for School of Life Sciences document for more information.
|International Baccalaureate||33 points, including 6 in Higher Level Biology, and 5 in another Higher Level Subject|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3|
|Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher||Not accepted without Advanced Highers at grades ABB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced||Accepted at grade B as equivalent to a third non-science A level at grade B.|
|Access||45 Level 3 credits in graded units in a relevant Diploma, including 30 at Distinction and a further 15 with at least Merit.
15 Distinctions are required in each of Biology and Chemistry.
GCSE Mathematics and English grade C/4 also required.
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|Extended Project Qualification||Applicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be ABB or BBB plus A in the EPQ.|
Alternative entry requirements
We are committed to supporting under-represented groups to access higher education through our use of contextual data in admissions. This means that certain specified groups who may have experienced barriers to their education may be made an offer with up to a two grade reduction from our standard offer. Please note that some exceptions apply. Read the detail on our contextual admissions strategy to find out more.
Additional course costs
We want to try and help you prepare for the day-to-day costs of studying. These might include things like photocopying in the library, buying textbooks and specialist equipment or going on field classes. We've put together some useful information to help you understand these costs, including where subsidies are available from your academic department. Please see our study costs page for full details.
Tuition fees for the academic year 2021 are £9,250.
The University reviews tuition fees each year. The current expectation is that the University will increase fees for each year of study normally in line with inflation as specified by Parliament. This is likely to be the Retail Price Index (RPIX)* measure of inflation. This means your fees will rise in line with inflation for each year of study.
Student fee loans are also expected to rise in line with the fee cap, to ensure that higher education remains affordable to all.
Exceptions to the £9,250 fee:
Some of our programmes charge less than the full £9,250 fee:
- Foundation programmes: the fee for the foundation year of specified programmes at Carmel College and Birkenhead Sixth Form College is £5,140.
- Programmes with a Foundation element: Psychology BSc (Hons) (2+2 programme with Foundation element) is run in collaboration with Wirral Metropolitan College. The fee for the first two years is set by Wirral Metropolitan College.
- Programmes with a year in industry or a year abroad: the fee for students spending a full year working in industry is £1,850. The fee for students spending a full year abroad is £1,385.
*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to the all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.
Use our Finance Calculator to get an indication of your tuition fees and any financial support that may be available.
International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. Fees for undergraduate programmes and a full list of fees are available on our International fees pages.
For information on tuition fees and funding for EU students, please see our guidance for students on the UK leaving the EU.
The University of Liverpool has a strong track record in widening access to higher education. With this in mind, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students from every background. See our Scholarships and Bursaries page for further information.