In spite of their size, the impact of microbes on the planet is so extensive that life as we know it could not exist without them.
In addition, microbes 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
This programme covers a broad range of topics, with in-depth knowledge of both natural processes and human affairs. You will study modules such as microbial diversity and versatility, biotechnology, microbial disease and virology.
You will be able to identify individual species and grow them in pure culture, using aseptic techniques so that they can be safely handled and examined by microbiological methods. Project work will include the use of specialised research equipment alongside the members of the Microbiology Research Group and members of other departments, including medical and veterinary microbiologists in the Institute of Infection and Global Health and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
367 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
92% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2014/15)
National Student Survey
• 93% average satisfaction for our programmes (National Student Survey 2016)
• 95% or higher overall satisfaction for Anatomy and Human Biology, Bioveterinary Science, Human Physiology, Pharmacology (National Student Survey 2016)
Why this subject?
Shape your study with real ﬂexibility and choice
You’ll study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK drawing on over 100 years of teaching and research experience, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences; a breadth of choice unique in the UK. You’ll also enjoy links to our Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Enjoy excellent career prospects
You’ll benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic and pharmaceutical industries. 92% of our recent graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
Strengthen your employability through overseas study
Give your future employability a further boost by choosing to study or take part in field courses abroad. Our networks stretch as far afield as Uganda, Thailand and China.
Work in leading-edge facilities
Life science is at the leading-edge of science, so our facilities are too. Over £30 million has recently been invested in the School’s facilities, such as our Biology Teaching Centre, the state-of-the-art Biosciences Building, the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre. This ensures your studies are fully supported by the very best in teaching and research equipment.