University of Leeds

Covering a broad range of topics including bacteriology, virology and immunology, Microbiology provides a strong basis for almost any career in Medicine.

This course provides you with an opportunity to improve your scientific understanding and technical skills in relation to Microbiology, and to obtain an honours degree in a subject of relevance to your career in Medicine.

In addition to an individual research project on a Microbiological topic, you’ll be given an introduction to Microbiology with the benefits of microorganisms being highlighted along with the problems that they cause. For example, the role of microorganisms in food production as well as food spoilage and food poisoning is explored. Emphasis is placed on acquisition of practical skills.

In the first semester, you’ll be taught how to handle microorganisms and how to dispose of them safely. We then explore microorganisms in the natural environment, clinical samples and food. In the second semester, emphasis is on separating microorganisms from mixtures and identifying the isolates.

The material covered in the course will include coverage of topics in bacteriology, virology, and immunology.

The course provides:

  • an opportunity for you to take a year out of your medical course for in-depth study of the medical aspects of Medical Microbiology, one of the key biosciences upon which medical science is based;
  • a working knowledge of good microbiological practice;
  • training in critical and practical skills (such as observation, analysis design, presentation, team co-operation);
  • experience of a variety of teaching methods (lectures, laboratory practicals and computer-assisted learning packages);
  • personal tutoring throughout the programme;
  • individual supervised research projects;
  • teaching that draws on the combined expertise of a large and highly rated research-active department and aims to take you to the ‘cutting edge’ of research developments and subject applications in medical areas of microbiology.

Entry requirements

Medical students from other universities may apply for entry to intercalated undergraduate (BSc/BA) programmes of study offered at Leeds; please review individual course entry requirements.

Closing date

27 January 2019