Microbiology BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: C500
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma

Module details

Programme Year One

Core modules:

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

Plus two of the following optional modules:

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

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

  • Biotechnology
  • Virology
  • 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

  • E-Biology
  • 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
  • Evolution
  • Parasitology
  • Topics in Global Health

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Teaching and Learning

You will experience a range of learning environments during your studies at Liverpool. These will include student-centred activities as well as lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, dissection classes, fieldwork, data handling sessions and computer workshops. Some of these activities will be performed individually, such as personal research projects, and others in small tutorial or project groups, in addition to formal lectures and workshops. You will have research staff as well as your own academic adviser for individual tuition on our acclaimed tutorial programme.


As well as factual knowledge and understanding, biologists need practical and organisational skills, and an ability to work both alone and with other people. We record development of these abilities through continuous assessment during the semester and by final examination. You will also prepare posters, complete tests, analyse data, give short talks, research the scientific literature and write essays and reports. The style of examination progresses from short answers towards the essay format in the later years of each degree programme, as your understanding deepens.