Life under the microscope - microbiology is the study of organisms too small to be seen by eye. In this degree, you will learn about the huge impact these small organisms have on our health, food and environment.
What will you learn in Microbiology?
Microbes include bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi and protozoa. They have adapted to live in every environment on Earth, from deep-sea hydrothermal vents, to hot acid springs and frozen glaciers. Many microbes establish relationships with other living organisms, to the cost or benefit of their host. This degree addresses questions about how microbes function and how we can use this knowledge to the benefit of human health and the planet.
Graduate with industry experience
As part of your degree, you can choose a year-long placement within a relevant organisation. This allows you to build bridges to industry and make yourself more appealing to employers.
Using microbiology in your career
The call for microbiologists has never been greater than it is today. You will be able to embark on a great variety of rewarding careers upon graduation.
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Find out more about BSc Microbiology
For information about this course, entry requirements and funding, take a look at our course specifications page.
Looking for 2021/22 courses?
If you would like to start studying Biological Sciences at the University of Reading in 2021, please view our 2021/22 undergraduate courses.