FdSc Applied Microbiology (Full-time) - 2019 Entry

Reasons to study Applied Microbiology

  • A practical degree focussing on applied techniques in microbiology.
  • Develop valuable employability skills and experience undertaking an industry based placement.
  • Undertake, extensive practical work in modern and well-equipped laboratories, developing skills and knowledge to enhance your employability.
UCAS Code: C500
Institution Code: S51
Start Date / End Date: September 2019 - June 2021
Duration: 2 years, full-time
Campus: St Helens Town Centre Campus
2019 Tuition Fee: £7,750 per year
This degree will incur additional costs. See finance section for further details.
Entry Requirements: 96 UCAS Tariff points
Course Contact: Paul Kowabnik
Telephone: 01744 623127
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Validated By:  University of Chester

Applied Microbiology is a laboratory-based science which closely studies and analyses the microorganisms that impact on the health of human beings, animals and plant life.

The Foundation degree in Applied Microbiology is one of only a few degrees in the country of its type, focusing on applied techniques in microbiology. It has been designed in consultation with local and regional employers in response to the changing needs of the industry. This degree provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fascinating world of bacteria and viruses, paying attention to microbes of medical importance.

Providing you with the opportunity to develop the academic knowledge needed to expertly engage with the practical and technical aspects of industry, whilst allowing you to develop the relevant analytical, transferable and work-based skills, the degree is designed as a clear avenue of entry to a range of career paths with the potential to progress into a range of fields, from Biotechnology and Medical Research to Bioterrorism and Climate Change.

Course in-depth - Year 1

The first year will introduce you to microbiology as an applied science. You will explore principles within biochemistry and will be introduced to basic biochemical concepts.

Through data analysis you will gain confidence in the use of general mathematical techniques, whilst the biology of disease module will allow you to explore the fundamental concepts of aetiology, pathology and epidemiology. As the year progresses you will continue to develop basic skills required to work in a microbiology laboratory. The first year also allows you to study parasites in human diseases.


BI4201 Principles of Microbiology (20 credits)

Principles of microbiology introduces students to microbiology as an applied science. It provides a foundation in good microbiology practice and allows a basic understanding in the principles of microbial morphology, nutrition, growth and the control of growth.

BI4202 Basic Biochemistry (20 credits)

Basic biochemistry provides a chemistry foundation for the study of biochemistry. It introduces students to the key principles within biochemistry and introduce them to basic biochemical concepts. It also provides practical experience of fundamental techniques in biochemistry.

BI4203 Data Analysis (20 credits)

Data analysis provides an essential background in the important aspects of data analysis and interpretation. It also allows confidence in the use of general mathematical techniques.

BI4204 Biology of Disease (20 credits)

Biology of disease develops understanding of fundamental concepts of aetiology, pathology and epidemiology. It will introduce students to the effects of disease and natural processes on to systems and organs of the body. Students will consider causes and symptoms of various types of disease e.g. cardiovascular, metabolic, autoimmune, degenerative, and neoplastic.

BI4205 Microbiological Laboratory Techniques (20 credits)

Microbiological laboratory techniques provides students with the basic skills required to work in a microbiology laboratory.

BI4206 Parasitology (20 credits)

Parasitology aims to provide the student with knowledge of important parasites of human disease.

Ref: Paul Kowabnik

Open Day - 19th June 2019