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(Hons) Microbiology and Molecular Biology (with option to study overseas), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


Emphasis is placed on the environmental, industrial, clinical and research applications of molecular biology techniques, particularly focused on DNA research technology. A significant aspect of the course emphasises the application of these technologies within biotechnological, medical and environmental microbiology.

Typical areas of study include: biomolecules; cell-biology; genetics of micro-organisms; environmental microbiology; and techniques and applications in molecular biology. Your final year provides you with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as environmental microbiology, molecular conservation genetics, molecular biology and physiology, genetics and disease, agricultural applications of biotechnology, and microbial and fungal community ecology. Your studies are supported by access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Up to 6 years part-time

  • Credits
    360 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biodiversity Monitoring
  • Biomolecules and Cells
  • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
  • Diversity
  • Ecology
  • Fundamental Microbiology'
  • How Science Works
  • Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements



104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) to include A2 A-level Grade C in Biology (and a Pass in Biology A level Practical)/Human Biology/Applied Science. General studies not accepted.


GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted.


Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS tariff points.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Part-time fee
  • UK, EU and Channel Island students: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year.
  • Non-EU international students: £3750 per 30 credits studied per year. 

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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