University of Dundee
Microbiology BSc (Hons)
University of Dundee

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 45 graduates of Microbiology BSc (Hons) and other courses in at University of Dundee for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
80 /100
45 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in microbiology and cell science

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26000 £21000 £25000
25-75 percentile range £23500 - £27000 £16000 - £26500 £21000 - £31000

Salary of all UK Graduates of microbiology and cell science

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £22479 £27706
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £26500 £18401 - £28010 £22173 - £34773

Course Description

Microbiology focuses on the biology of micro-organisms that are unicellular, multicellular or acellular (without cells). This includes microbes like bacteria and fungi, and covers concepts like growth and regulation, and how microbes react with each other and their environments.

We also look at how micro-organisms work collectively to maximise their success, and how we can manipulate them and their behaviour with a view to improving health.

The degree starts as a broad-based curriculum where you’ll study a wide range of life sciences topics at Levels 1 and 2. You’ll then focus more on key aspects of microbiology at Levels 3 and 4.

Your first two years of study will explore core concepts like genetics, cell biology, biological organisation, molecular mechanisms and processes. You will develop your practical skills, including laboratory skills, data analysis, and experiment design. This will prepare you for designing and carrying out projects later in your course.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances, as well as gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of the field. Throughout the course, you can pick modules that interest you and also transfer to one of our other courses if you choose the relevant modules.

Lab sessions throughout your degree will help you integrate knowledge and practical skills, as well as develop strong transferable skills, both in and out of the lab.

Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of associate membership.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Microbiology, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Microbiology BSc (Hons) at University of Dundee

25% Elementary occupations
25% Natural and social science professionals
10% Information Technology Professionals
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Protective service occupations
5% Sports and fitness occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for microbiology and cell science

Qualification requirements

Subjects should include A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C

Subjects should include Higher biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)

IB Diploma at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics at grade 4. A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma can be considered for our Foundation Year in Life Sciences.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Microbiology, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Microbiology BSc (Hons)

Scotland £1820 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £23650 year 1
International £23650 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
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
Insurance £51
Other £95
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.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Dundee in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Dundee in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #5 
    • #17 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #101 
    Biological Sciences
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #120 
    Biological Sciences
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #176 
    Biology & Biochemistry
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

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About University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is a publicly funded institution in the small and diverse city of Dundee, Scotland. Particularly well known for their research work in the fields of Health and Climate Change, student researchers here feel that they can make a difference at home and abroad. Students discover a friendly, safe, and welcoming city in Dundee, where inhabitants are able to get to most of their commitments either by bike or even on foot.

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