This course provides you with opportunities to study advanced principles of the metabolism and genetics of microbes, microbes involved in clinical health and the natural environment and infectious diseases. Further studies specialise in modern genomics and infectious disease diagnosis. Practical work forms a large proportion of your learning to ensure that you have extensive skills for employment or research and there is an emphasis on developing knowledge and understanding such that you acquire the skills, qualities and attributes expected by employers or for postgraduate research.
Take a work placement
You have the opportunity to take a work placement, enhancing your CV and employability even further.
You will gather together relevant practical skills throughout laboratory classes producing a training record. This can be presented to potential employers as proof of competence in a laboratory setting. It also provides you with experience of managing what is essentially a personal development portfolio, which is now a standard tool for monitoring progression and performance in a scientific career as well as out in the sector.
This course benefits from the excellent facilities and equipment available in the School of Science and Technology.
This course is made up of six core modules and a research project. Modules include:
- Research Methods and Bioethics (20 credit points)
- Molecular Microbiology (20 credit points)
- Medical Microbiology (20credit points)*
- Business and enterprise (20credit points)
- Microbial diagnostics (20credit points)
- Techniques in Macromolecular analysis (20 credit points)
- Research project (60 credit points)
Download our Bioscience module descriptions document to find out more about each of these modules.
How will I learn?
You will learn through:
- Guided reading supported by the University's virtual leaning portal
- Written and oral presentations
- Research reports
- Attendance regular research seminar
- Developing your skills portfolio
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
- Research project
- Written assignment
- Case studies
- Poster and oral presentations
- Laboratory reports
- In-class tests
- Skills portfolio
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
There are a wide range of career opportunities within microbiology. You will work with leading academics
on your course, so you will have gained important academic and professional skills necessary to help you obtain employment in this field. At the end of the course, you will also have developed many transferable skills that will make you more attractive to potential employers in related areas of molecular bioscience and microbiology.
The Research Project and/or Placement will give you the skills you need to follow a career in research and development.Skills portfolio
You will gather together relevant practical skills throughout laboratory classes producing a training record. This can be presented to potential employers as proof of competence in a laboratory setting. It also provides you with experience of managing what is essentially a personal development portfolio, which is now a standard tool for monitoring progression and performance in a scientific career as well as out in the sector.Employability Team
The University's Employability Team has an enviable reputation for helping our graduates find employment and offers individual consultations. Sessions are available to all students at NTU on CV writing and interview technique.
This course offers you the opportunity to take a one-year placement or several smaller placements
. If you start your this course in September/October then you will complete your placement following your taught modules and research project. If you start in January you will complete one term of taught modules and your project then go one placement before returning to NTU for your final term of modules.Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice
To qualify for the additional qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (PGDIPP) you must submit a work placement portfolio which includes a placement diary, reflective report and updated CV, as well as deliver an oral presentation on your placement experience.Help and support
We will work closely with you to help you strengthen your CV and interview techniques. During the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit at least twice to check on your progress and offer any advice.
You will need:
- UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in biological subject
- Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered
International students please see the English language requirements section.
How to apply
Applications should be made directly to the University - please click the 'Apply online' button at the top of this page. Please note - This course will be available to apply for in April 2014.
You will need to provide documents to support your application. Please prepare all relevant academic transcripts and certificates to support your qualifications. Copies are accepted at the time of application however you need to show the originals when you arrive at the University.
- Show in your personal statement that you have a clear plan and a purpose which clearly indicates your motivations for selecting the course and how you expect to benefit from it.
- When you submit your application please ensure it is completed fully as we will make our initial decisions based on information that you have provided.
- You need to allow two weeks for an initial decision. This may vary substantially by course, depending on what the selection process involves e.g. applications involving work submission or interviews may take longer.
The University offers several bursaries and scholarships. For the latest information please visit the fees, funding and scholarships section of the website.
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