Microbiology is the study of bacteria, yeasts and viruses at the level of protein and gene, cell, and microbial community.

Microbiology is of growing importance in science, medicine, industry and society, as we seek on the one hand to control microbial pathogens in our hospitals and communities, while on the other, making use of an ever broader range of microorganisms in biotechnology industries. Microbiology is therefore also an applied science, helping health and medicine through the study of pathogens, their epidemiology, and resistance to antibiotics. Microorganisms are also widely used in the agriculture, food and environment industries, for instance in oil spill clean-up.

Through our degree programmes you will develop knowledge and understanding of microbiology at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. Building on that base, you will gain an in depth understanding of selected aspects of Microbiology that reflect the research expertise and strengths within the School, ensuring you are taught by leaders in a particular research field.

5 year MSci degree

You have the opportunity to undertake a year's placement in an industrial, commercial or research environment and graduate after five years with an MSci (an undergraduate Masters degree) instead of a BSc.

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Why Study Microbiology at Aberdeen?

  • Integrated teaching provision in the allied subject areas of Biochemistry, Genetics and Immunology.
  • Taught by world-leading microbiologists based in the Institute of Medical Sciences, a dedicated research facility.
  • Among the University's Microbiologists are members of the Aberdeen Fungal Group, the largest centre for medical mycology in the UK and one of the largest in the world.
  • Excellent staff, passionate about high quality teaching (91% of our students were satisfied they received strong academic support), using modern, up-to-date teaching facilities.
  • 91.8% of our students were satisfied that staff were enthusiastic about teaching their subject, and 92% were satisfied with teaching on their course (National Student Survey 2014).
  • You will have opportunities for gaining (paid) experience in industry.
  • Training is provided in both specialist and employment-related skills.
  • The University is ranked 9th in the World and 5th in Europe for its international research collaboration in Biomedical and Health Sciences (Leiden Ranking 2015).

What You'll Study

Single Honours Degrees

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