Key Course Facts
Want to be at the forefront of scientific research into microbes and their role in developing new medicines, tackling diseases and improving the environment?
At Northumbria, we offer Microbiology as an individual discipline, giving you the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and break new ground as a scientist.
Gain hands-on, immersive experience, in high tech facilities, working alongside leading academics. Advance your expertise in clinical and environmental microbiology, studying how viral and bacterial diseases work and how you can use microbes to create new medicines.
You’ll cover microbial taxonomy, bioinformatics and molecular biology, using bacteria and viruses to develop new technologies and substances through data analysis and genome sequencing.
With opportunities to develop your theoretical knowledge, advance your own research, and increase your profile through articles and publications, this course equips you for further PhD study or for a career in microbiology.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Graduate Degrees Business and Economics
- Graduate Degrees Design, Science, Engineering
- Graduate Degrees Humanities
- Graduate Degrees Law
- Undergraduate Degrees Engineering, Science and Technology and Computing
- Undergraduate Degrees Health, Education, Business, Art and Design
- Undergraduate Degrees Law, English and Humanities
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Microbiology, MSc.
Applicants should normally have:
A minimum of a 2:2 honour degree in a science discipline, such as microbiology, cell biology or genetics, including completion of a final year scientific research project or module.
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages.
Visa Requirements for International StudentsVisa requirement
All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.
International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.Permission to work while studying
University of Northumbria at Newcastle is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.
Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)
After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of Northumbria University in top UK and global rankings.
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About Northumbria University
Northumbria University was founded in 1969 in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle has been named as the best UK student city in Student Hut’s league table for multiple consecutive years, based on the music festivals, nightlife, and attractions that there are for young people in the city. Northumbria University prides itself on being a comprehensive institution, deliberately offering thirty of the most frequently selected subjects for study. They also pride themselves on delivering these programmes at a standard that has gained recognition from global ranking systems.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Microbiology MSc||Birkbeck, University of London||82%||0%||5%||£3390||£4560||164||London||On campus Part-time|
|Molecular Microbiology MSc||Nottingham Trent University||85%||5%||5%||£9385||£15885||122||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|Microbiology MSc||University of Lincoln||85%||5%||5%||£45||£89||122||Lincoln||On campus Part-time|
|Microbiology MSc||Teesside University||85%||5%||5%||£6500||£13000||122||Middlesbrough||On campus Full-time|
|Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology) MSc||Middlesex University||85%||5%||5%||£9200||£14000||122||London||On campus Full-time|
|Medical Microbiology PgDip||The University of Manchester||-||-||-||£4800||£10400||-||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|Clinical Microbiology PgDip||Queen Mary University of London||82%||0%||5%||-||-||164||London||On campus Part-time|
|Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology MSc (Res)||Bangor University||82%||0%||5%||-||-||164||Bangor||On campus Full-time|
|Microbiology and Immunology MSc MSc||The University of Nottingham||85%||5%||5%||-||-||122||Nottingham||On campus Full-time|
|Medical Microbiology with Advanced Research MSc||University of Hertfordshire||85%||5%||5%||-||-||122||Hatfield||On campus Full-time|