201–250 th
World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Microbiology with Professional Experience

This degree includes a year-long industrial placement between your second and final year. Learn about the fundamental properties of microbes, their impact on health, and how knowledge aids the prevention of disease. Students on this course will also benefit from membership of the Society for General Microbiology. There is a strong practical element to this course; you will learn a wide variety of techniques around microbial genetics, biochemistry and propagation and get to carry out practical work in our new, cutting-edge laboratories, developing key laboratory skills valued by employers. Our academics are world-leading experts and have particular strengths in the areas of virology and bacteriology. There are a wide range of modules to choose from covering a variety of topics including infectious diseases, the functionality of viruses and environmental microbiology. This allows you to tailor the degree to where your interests really lie. In the third year we offer a module that takes place during the summer and is part field work and part lab based. You will get to spend two weeks investigating Arctic microbiology in Northern Iceland or tropical microbiology in Colombia and gain practical experience in a range of sampling techniques used to isolate microorganisms from diverse habitats such as glacial rivers and volcanic geothermal zones in Iceland, or tropical rainforests, banana plantations and dry forests in Colombia. In addition to collecting data you will use a range of laboratory techniques to identify your isolates and discover if any of your isolates could be of benefit to society, such as producing new antibiotics or fungicides. During your final year you will have the chance to spend three months working on an original research project of your choice. Recent projects have included the molecular engineering of viruses, and the mechanisms of bacterial pathogenicity and host colonisation. Previous students have undertaken paid vacation studentships funded by organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and the Society for General Microbiology and which can take place over six weeks during the summer or part-time over a longer period. During a studentship you will typically work on a set project and benefit from valuable training in techniques, experimental design and the interpretation of data. The University encourages students to consider taking placements during their studies, and our Department has a dedicated academic in charge of placements who can provide advice and support. **Careers** This degree will can equip with you a range of transferable skills valuable to both the scientific and non-scientific job sectors. You can move on to a career as a researcher or scientist or decide to move on to further study or a research studentship at a British or international university. Recent graduates have gone on to become teachers or work for organisations such as the Medical Research Council, Royal Berkshire Hospital, South East Water, ThermoFisher and Nexus Support. Graduates can become members of the Society of Biology and apply for Chartered Biologist status.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Study mode
    Sandwich
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
    2020-10-01
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £19,815