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Microbiology with Professional Studies

Queen's University Belfast

60 months
Duration
21400 GBP/year
4530 GBP/year
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About

Graduates in Microbiology with Professional Studies programme at Queen's University Belfast are therefore highly sought after in these fields. Microbiology is very central to many aspects of the biological sciences, from pure research to diverse industrial, medical and environmental applications. 

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Overview

Microbiology is the study of bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses, and is of immense importance in relation to the environment, agriculture and food, biomedical sciences and biotechnology. 

Microorganisms play major roles in the diseases of man, animals and plants. Microbiologists have been central to their diagnosis and in combating such diseases through the discovery of effective therapies.

Microorganisms also play a central role in the biosphere, through global environmental processes and recycling of elements and waste products.

In biotechnology and synthetic biology, microbes are also crucial in the manufacture of beverages, pharmaceuticals, biofuels and many other useful products.

Microbiology With Professional Studies Degree Highlights

Microbiologists are needed in many different fields – from medicine to biotechnology to environmental science. The subject is actually very broadly applicable and can lead to very diverse career paths.

Career Prospects

The Microbiology with Professional Studies programme at Queen's University Belfast is an interdisciplinary subject with key links to the other Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering and Medicine. Graduates are qualified to take up both scientific and non-scientific careers.

Many job opportunities are available in biomedical, industrial and government organisations, and in universities and colleges of higher education.

These jobs cover innovative research, the development of new products, advisory and consultancy work or teaching. All are aimed at improving the health, environment and economy of countries in both the developed and developing world. In particular, companies and organisations concerned with animal and plant health, food and beverage processing, water quality, environmental management, pharmaceutical products and biotechnology require graduates in Microbiology.

Job opportunities exist across a number of areas including:

  • Healthcare: Microbiologists are essential in the fight against infectious diseases working in hospitals and Health Protection Laboratories. Here they diagnose infections, monitor treatments, develop vaccines, provide advice or track disease outbreaks.
  • Basic research: In order to either solve the problems caused by microorganisms or exploit their capabilities fundamental research on their biochemistry and genetics is required. Many microbiologists work in universities and research institutes exploring the detailed workings of microbial cells.
  • Environment: One of the greatest challenges currently facing society is that of climate change and environmental protection. Microbiologists are key players in the development of waste treatment technologies, recycling processes, pollution warning systems and in the production of green energy.
  • Agriculture: Pest management is an essential component of modern agricultural practice.
  • Microbiologists have key roles to play in the development of pest control systems and in the diagnosis and treatment of animal pathogens.
  • Business: Microbiologists work in many bioscience and food companies, carrying out research, developing new products or carrying out quality control of manufacturing processes to ensure the microbiological safety of goods such as medicines, cosmetics, food, drink etc.
  • Outside the lab: Many trained microbiologists never go on to work in the microbiology field. However, they can use their skills and knowledge to pursue careers in marketing, technical support, regulatory affairs, education, as patent attorneys, and in public relations, journalism and publishing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Molecular Basis of Life
  • Basic Chemistry 
  • Structure, Reactivity and Mechanism in Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry 
  • The World of Microorganisms
  • Biodiversity
  • Experimental Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 26 January - the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.

Credits

600 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A level requirements

  • AAB including Biology and at least one from Chemistry (preferred), Geography, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Chemistry grade B or GCSE Double Award Science grades BB + GCSE Mathematics grade C
OR
  • AAB including Double Award Applied Science or Double Award Life & Health Sciences + GCSE Biology grade C and Chemistry grade B or GCSE Double Award Science grades BB + GCSE Mathematics grade C
OR
  • AAA including Biology + GCSE Chemistry grade B or GCSE Double Award Science grades BB + GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21400 GBP per year during 60 months.
  • National

    4530 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4530 GBP per year during 60 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) £4,530
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) £4,530
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
  • EU Other £21,400
  • International £21,400

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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