Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: C500 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: C501 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: C506 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: C507 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
This incredibly comprehensive modular course allows you to gain a solid grounding right across the breadth of the subject, including microbial physiology and genetics, biotechnology, infectious disease, systems biology and immunology.
Our BSc (Hons) Microbiology course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.
What you will study
Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. These agents have a huge impact on human health and disease, the environment, the food industry and the pharmaceutical and chemicals industries. Our understanding of their importance continues to grow as microbiologists apply techniques such as genome sequencing and systems biology in their research.
From discoveries about the influence of the microbiome on our health to emerging disease threats and the increase of antibiotic resistance, microbiology is a dynamic discipline and the course is regularly updated to reflect the industry-relevant research topics.
This course is flexible, letting you select from a range of biosciences modules so you can supplement your microbiology knowledge with related disciplines such as pathology, food science and pharmacology.
Our range of teaching and assessment methods, alongside state-of-the-art facilities, will give you a range of skills to prepare you for employment in academia, industry and government.
"I really enjoy being in the labs and getting stuck into a good practical. The staff are eager to help, and are all warm and approachable too.” Gareth Raynes, student
"I’ve enjoyed the practical work and the range of topics I’ve been able to study on the course.” Joseph Meller, student
We offer state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, which you’ll be able to take advantage of during your studies.
We’re committed to developing your practical skills. You’ll be using equipment to analyse the genetic make­up of different types of microbes, and specialist computer software enabling the modelling of microbiological systems and metabolic pathways.
For your research project in Year 3, you’ll work alongside active researchers, and will have the opportunity to contribute to established research projects being carried out by the Department of Microbial Sciences.
BSc (Hons) - Royal Society of Biology - Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of the meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement of membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
University of Surrey microbiology graduates are employed in academic and industrial research laboratories throughout the world.
Most of our graduates go immediately into the job market, while many others choose further studies such as a master or a PhD studentship.
The many transferable skills that you’ll gain during your studies ensure that you will be a suitable candidate for a wide variety of careers in science.
Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:
Microbiology Researcher, Procter & Gamble
Senior Research Officer and PhD, Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association
Process Development Technologist, Northern Foods (Solway Foods Factory)
Research Assistant, Leatherhead Food Research
Microbiology Analyst, Sanofi Aventis
Technician, Campden BRI Laboratory
Associate Practitioner, Public Health England
"There is no doubt that my studies at Surrey were instrumental in what I have achieved in my career.” Alec Kyriakides, graduate
"The course I studied was diverse and had a very practical laboratory-based approach, which had wide application regarding job availability after graduating.” David A Lloyd, graduate
Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry at grade B and a second science or Mathematics.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).
Foundation year: A-level CCD (or equivalent) to include one Science A-level.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Our Professional Training programme is one of the very best available, and most of our students choose to take it on. Our experienced tutors will help you select suitable placements from a well-vetted selection of excellent industrial, hospital and academic institutions, including many that have supported Surrey students regularly for many years.
We have placements across the UK, including major pharmaceutical, food and biotechnology companies and research institutes. We also provide placements outside the UK.
Examples of organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
The Pirbright Institute
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
Whitman Laboratories, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
Black Swan Analysis Ltd
Most of our placements provide a salary. To ensure you are supported throughout, you’ll be visited by a tutor twice during your placement and have one virtual meeting over Skype.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You can choose to spend your Professional Training placement working in another country.
Students have worked in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil and in many European countries, typically working in a research laboratory at a partner institution.