The Foundation Year provides a route onto the degree for those who do not meet the entry requirements for first year degree but have the ability to study a degree. This course is undergoing a review over the next year which may mean a change to the course title and units of study. This degree allows you to investigate fundamental and applied aspects of microbiology and molecular biology. 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. Your studies are supported by access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. Features and benefits of the course: The flexible degree courses we offer give you a thorough grounding in relevant aspects of the biological sciences. Throughout your course you will acquire practical skills in the laboratory and in the field – both in the UK and overseas. You will explore topics and issues that impact upon our lives and the world around us and there is a range of exciting and rewarding specialisms to choose from. You will learn in high specification teaching and research laboratories which include a specialist microbiology and cell/molecular biology lab, a DNA-sequencing lab, specialist animal behaviour facilities with Ethovision and Observer software, invertebrate behaviour and freshwater biology labs, and controlled environment plant growth chambers. We also have high spec nuclear magnetic resonance, spectrometry and chromatography instrumentation which gives you hands-on experience of advanced analysis techniques. Emphasis on the environmental, industrial, clinical and research applications of cells and molecules. Flexibility to focus on selected aspects of microbiology and molecular biology according to your special interests. Specific aspects of the course emphasise the application of nucleic acid technology within biotechnology/industrial, medical and environmental microbiology. The four year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in in Europe, North America or Australia. Or you can undertake a 12 month placement in Year 3 to boost your employment prospects.