Taught course


Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

You should normally possess a minimum of a lower second class honours science-based degree, or equivalent qualification. Successful applicants must be able to illustrate familiarity with a range of microbiological/biochemical/molecular genetic methodologies on a practical level and to demonstrate previous exposure to undergraduate level study in genetics/molecular biology/biochemistry.

Months of entry


Course content

Microbiology is an important and wide-ranging discipline within the life sciences, covering a range of subjects that are relevant to both human health and disease, environmental studies and industrial/biotechnological applications. It is a subject that includes traditional aspects such as the laboratory culture and isolation of specific microbes alongside more contemporary aspects, including molecular biology and bioinformatics.

The course is specifically designed to allow students to update, extend and deepen their knowledge in a flexible, research orientated programme, to enhance their career opportunities in industry, or as a preparation for further academic research. The course builds upon the University’s research strengths in microbiology, including: diagnostic microbiology, molecular microbiology, microbial systematics, environmental microbiology and microbial enzymology.

The course aims to provides knowledge and skills and uses tools, techniques and methods which are immediately useful to employers, both in the UK and overseas. You will develop a range of transferable skills during the course with an emphasis on personal time management, problem solving abilities and life-long independent learning.

The modules are assessed via combinations of coursework, examinations, laboratory reports and seminar presentations.

Upon successful completion of the course, there will be a range of exciting careers open to you, such as research and development, quality assurance, food safety and hygiene in pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, food industry, universities, hospitals, technical support and sales, scientific publishing.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444