The standard of teaching at Surrey is very good and the lectures are always interesting. Plus, the labs are really modern and are a good place to work.
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Biological Sciences, with our programmes ranked in the top ten in the Complete University Guide 2018 and the Guardian University Guide 2018.
Our modular programme is incredibly comprehensive and allows you to gain a solid grounding across the breadth of the subject, including microbial physiology and genetics; biotechnology; infectious disease; systems biology, and immunology.
Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. These agents have a huge impact on human health and disease; the environment; food industries, and pharmaceutical and chemicals industries. They can be variously harmful or beneficial, and our understanding of their importance continues to grow as microbiologists apply such techniques as genome sequencing and systems biology in their research.
This programme allows flexibility to select modules from the Medical Microbiology; Food Science and Microbiology, and Biotechnology programmes to allow you to gain a comprehensive understanding across a breadth of microbiology disciplines.
The wide range of teaching and assessment methods on this programme allow you to develop a range of skills that will prepare you for employment in a variety of settings including academia, industry and government.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.
Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.
We offer a modular degree based on a structured programme of advanced study, which allows you to pursue the subjects essential to your particular degree, but at the same time offers you the flexibility to study other subjects of interest.
During your first year, almost a third of your time is spent in laboratory classes.
In your second year, the study becomes more specialised and you will focus on many different aspects of the subject. In your final year, you will be performing your own scientific research project, usually in one of our research laboratories.
Throughout your degree, we provide support to some of the core modules in an electronic format, to complement the excellent facilities offered by the Library and Learning Centre.
Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.
Our degree programmes are enhanced through the use of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
Our commitment to the development of your practical skills means that you will use equipment allowing you to analyse the genetic makeup of different types of microbes, and specialist computer software enabling the modelling of microbiological systems and metabolic pathways.
For your research project in Year 3, you will work within our research laboratories alongside active researchers, and will have the opportunity to contribute to established research projects being undertaken by the Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences.
You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.
Our international exchange programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of your degree.
For Biosciences students, this might be possible for one or two semesters in your second year at one of our partner institutions in the USA (for example, Texas, North Carolina, Cincinnati or Florida) or in Australia (Swinburne University of Technology).
The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country and earn credits that contribute towards your Surrey degree, without paying additional tuition fees. In doing so you will broaden your horizons, meet other exchange students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.
In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country.
Students have worked in the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil and in many European countries, and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.
If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if undertaking an unpaid research placement in a foreign university laboratory.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but to also improve or learn another language.
We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World,
with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.
Our Professional Training programme is one of the very best available, and the majority of our students choose to undertake a placement.
Our experienced tutors will help you select suitable placements from a strictly vetted selection of excellent industrial, hospital and academic institutions, including many that have taken Surrey students regularly for many years.
We have placements across the UK, including major pharmaceutical, food and biotechnology companies and research institutes. We also provide placements outside the UK.
Examples of organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
Most of our placements provide a salary, and to ensure their success, students are visited by a tutor twice during the year and have one virtual meeting via Skype.
University of Surrey Microbiology and Biotechnology graduates are employed in academic and industrial research laboratories throughout the world.
The majority of our graduates go immediately into the job market, while many others choose further study such as Masters degrees and PhD studentships.
The many transferable skills that you will gain during your studies ensure that you will be a suitable candidate for a wide variety of science careers, whether you want to be a laboratory-based research scientist or a science journalist.
Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:
There are associated costs with this programme:
Grand total: £20
Offers are normally made in terms of grades.
Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.
|Qualification||Course Length||Professional Training||UCAS code||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||3 years||C500||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||4 years||C501||View KIS data set|
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.
Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.
A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.
Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
This prestigious Surrey award for Undergraduates is aimed at high achievers and recognises academic excellence in your high school or equivalent leaving exams.
The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.