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Medical Biosciences (Microbiology) MBiolSci
Medical Biosciences (Microbiology) MBiolSci

Medical Biosciences (Microbiology) MBiolSci

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A-levels: AAB - ABB, including at least two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. We may consider two AS-levels in place of one A-level. General Studies not accepted

  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB + EPQ grade B. A-level subjects to include two relevant science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. General Studies not accepted.

  • GCSE: At least Grade C/4 in both English and Maths (if not held at A2/AS-level).

  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science diploma with 45 credits at level three, 30 of which must be at distinction

  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points to include grade 6 and 5 in at least two relevant HL science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.

  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Applied Science Diploma with D*DD plus five GCSEs at B/5 or above including two relevant sciences

English Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course Information

Do you want to know more about infectious diseases, which are responsible for a third of all deaths and are a major cause of death in infants and young children? This four-year MBiolSci in Medical Biosciences (Microbiology) will give you a thorough understanding of the range, type, structure and physiology of infectious organisms that cause disease in humans; including the major microbial diseases.

You will appreciate how such organisms infect the human body, understand how microbes can promote both health and disease, and how infections are prevented, managed or cured. This course will allow you to learn from both research and clinical scientists so that you can understand the management of infectious disease in clinical environments. 

The first three years are identical to the Medical Microbiology BSc, including the option to spend a Year in Industry or a Year Abroad between Years 2 and 3. Your fourth year then lets you focus on refining your research and lab skills - while also putting into practice your employability skills - by conducting a research project in one of six specialist areas.

The analytical and critical skills you acquire by studying an MBiolSci in Medical Sciences are particularly valued by PhD supervisors, researchers and employers in non-scientific fields.

UCAS code: C523

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Year 1


  • The Molecules of Life: An Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (double module)

  • The Cell: An Introduction to Cell Biology and Microbiology (double module)

  • From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics

  • Multicellular Organisation: An Introduction to Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience (double module)

  • Medical Bioscience

Year 2

Core modules

  • Medical Microbiology

  • Research Topic

  • Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology OR Immunology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (with science enterprise trip)

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Genomes

  • Physiology and Pharmacology

  • Physiology of Excitable Cells

  • Principles of Microbiology

  • Molecular Cell Biology

  • Global Change Biology and Conservation

Then choose three option modules from:

  • Contemporary Techniques in Biological Data Analysis 

  • Exercise Physiology and Pharmacology

  • Genes, Development and Inheritance

  • Bioinformatics

  • Behavioural Neurobiology       

  • Neurobiology and Animal Behaviour

  • Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

  • Protein Control in Cellular Regulation

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Year 3

Core modules

  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology

  • Advanced Topics in Medical Microbiology

Option modules

Overall, you must choose at least two modules from those marked *.

Choose one option module from:

  • Microbial Biotechnology*

  • Evolutionary Genetics

  • Human Genetics

  • Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

  • Conservation Biology

  • Comparative Neurobiology

  • Structural Biology

  • Subtropical Physiology and Ecology

Then choose one pair of option modules from:

  • Experimental Research Project A plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)

  • Education Research Project A plus Education Research Project B (double module)

  • Field Research Project A (Operation Wallacea) plus Experimental Research Project B (double module)

  • Analytical Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below

  • Steered Research Project (double module) plus one additional option module from the list below

Finally, choose two option modules from:

  • Human and Environmental Microbiomics*

  • Microbial Pathogenesis and Genomics*

  • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Neuroscience Futures

  • Genes and Development

  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Behaviour

  • Cellular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System

  • Current and Future Therapeutics

Final Year

In your final year, you will conduct a research project within one of six themes. Which project you choose determines which additional modules you study.

Option 1: Cancer Cell Biology

  • Introduction to Molecular Techniques

  • Research Methods in Cell Biology

  • Research Methods in Cancer Biology

  • Advanced Topics in Cancer Biology

  • MBiolSci Research Project (Cancer Cell Biology)

Option 2: Molecular Genetics

  • Introduction to Techniques in Molecular Genetics and Data Analysis

  • Experimental Design and Application of Molecular Genetic Techniques to Research

  • MBiolSci Research Project (Molecular Genetics)

Option 3: Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics

  • Molecular Pathology and Cell Biology of Cancer

  • Molecular Methods and Experimental Design

  • Cancer Therapeutics

  • MBiolSci Research Project (Cancer Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics)

Option 4: Chronic Disease and Immunity

  • Theory and Techniques in Chronic Disease and Immunity

  • Immunity and Inflammation

  • MBiolSci Research Project (Chronic Disease and Immunity)

Option 5: Infection and Immunity

  • Theory and Techniques in Infection and Immunity

  • Infection and Immunity

  • MBiolSci Research Project (Infection and Immunity)

Option 6: Neuroscience and Behaviour

  • Advanced Research Methods: Evaluating, Planning and Analysing Research

  • Professional Research Skills: Finding Your Path in the World of Research

  • MBiolSci Research Project (Neuroscience/Psychology/Behaviour)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our 'Careers After Biological Sciences' series of lectures features Leicester graduates giving insights into their career experiences and good advice for finding jobs.

In the summer vacation between Years 2 and 3, a range of internal research placements are available in research labs, giving you the chance to develop your scientific skills.

We run bespoke bioscience careers events in the summer term each year, based on what our students tell us about their career intentions.

As a student in the School of Biological Sciences, you are welcome to attend seminars in any department, presented by national and international experts in the biosciences. This allows you to enhance your knowledge and get useful insights into current topics.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC - $12276 GBP / per year

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