Microbiology, Bachelor | University of Glasgow | Glasgow, United Kingdom
48 months
27930 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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The Microbiology programme of the University of Glasgow is providing students with the necessary knowledge about the study of all aspects of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites including their identification, transmission, interaction with the host in disease and the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.


In the Microbiology programme of the University of Glasgow you’ll receive practical training in aspects of epidemiology at the Marine Biology Station at Millport in the Firth of Clyde. You will have the opportunity to include a specialisation in Bacteriology, Parasitology or Virology.

Microbiology can be taken as an MSci, which includes an additional placement year between year 3 and the final year of the degree. This is normally spent doing research in industry or a research institute, in the UK or overseas, and often attracts a modest salary.

Career Prospects

Our graduates are employed in many different industries, including public health and hospital laboratories, food, brewing and petroleum industries, water and aquaculture companies. Others choose to progress to postgraduate study and follow research careers. Our graduates are equipped with a flexible, broad-based training that takes them in many directions. The final-year options provide ample opportunity for specialisation towards your chosen career.

Career Options

  • Environmental microbiologist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Infectious disease scientist
  • Industrial microbiologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Diagnostic development scientist
  • Public health specialist
  • Pharmaceutical development scientist
  • Teacher

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • You will be given a general introduction to all aspects of modern biology and encouraged to acquire general scientific skills.

Year 2

  • In semester 1, you will develop your knowledge of fundamental aspects of biology. In semester 2, you will be introduced to specialist subject areas according to your interests (eg animal biology; biomolecular sciences; human biology; infection biology).

Years 3, 4 and 5

  • If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will learn about many aspects of microbiology with particular emphasis on prevention, treatment and pathogenicity of bacterial, parasitic and viral infectious diseases. There is also a chance to explore the industrial and environmental applications of microbiology.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 26 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website).


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher+B Advanced Higher (ABBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher Biology or Chemistry.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20 – BBBB (also other target groups)
  • MD40 – AABB
  • Additional requirements: Higher Biology or Chemistry. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-level Biology or Chemistry.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL Biology or Chemistry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27930 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 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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