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Microbiology degrees abroad

Microbiology is the study of living organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye, including bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses. These tiny microbes are vital in understanding life on Earth, including human and animal disease, food production and the environment.

As a microbiologist, you could work on fighting infectious diseases across the world by developing new vaccines or combating pests and diseases in crops. You could also help make use of microorganisms in genetic engineering and other modern biotechnologies.

Programs in microbiology are available at universities, colleges and science schools all over the world. It’s possible to study abroad at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels, and going to university in another country is a great way to stand out from your peers by gaining a unique perspective on the subject.

Microbiology program structure

At undergraduate level you can earn a BSc in microbiology over three or four years, depending on the program and where you’re studying. Some universities, particularly in the UK, offer an MBiol (Master of Biology), that you can study as an undergraduate. It combines a bachelor’s and master’s program, and takes an extra year to complete.

If you are a graduate with a degree in microbiology or a related degree, you can study a master’s (MSc) over one or two years. If you want to gain a PhD microbiology, most doctorate research programs take up to six years to complete.

Microbiology is a largely laboratory based subject, so you will spend a lot of time in practical lab classes. You’ll also be taught through lectures, small group tutorials, seminars and computer workshops. Your learning will usually be assessed by a mixture of written exams and coursework, which can include lab reports, essays, presentations and data exercises.

The program content and structure will be unique for each university, and you’ll be able to select some of the modules you study yourself. Here’s some of the common subjects you may study on a microbiology degree program:

  • Biology of organisms
  • Evolution
  • Cell biology and genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Bacterial physiology
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Biotechnology
  • Research skills for microbiology
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Microbiology study abroad programs

What are the top microbiology undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Auburn University at MontgomeryBiology: Public Health and Microbiology - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Jun
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Microbiology, Public Health
    Location
    Montgomery, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    32,246USD
  • University of Victoria (in partnership with Kaplan International)Microbiology and Chemistry - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan, May
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Chemistry, Microbiology
    Location
    Victoria, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    29,716CAD
  • California State University, Long BeachBiology: Microbiology - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Microbiology
    Location
    Long Beach , USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,430USD
  • Montana State University BozemanMicrobiology: Medical Laboratory Science - BS

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • May, Aug, Dec
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Medical Laboratory Science, Microbiology
    Location
    Bozeman, USA
    Next start date
    May 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    31,400USD
  • University of KansasMicrobiology - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Microbiology
    Location
    Lawrence, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    30,514USD

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What are the top microbiology postgraduate programs abroad?

  • St. George's UniversityMedicine/Microbiology - Dual MD/MSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Medicine, Microbiology
    Location
    St. George's, Grenada
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    78,282USD
  • Montana State University BozemanMicrobiology & Cell Biology - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • May, Aug, Dec
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Microbiology
    Location
    Bozeman, USA
    Next start date
    May 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    19,642USD
  • Long Island University PostBiomedical Sciences: Microbiology/Infectious Diseases - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    27,161USD
  • Teesside UniversityMicrobiology (Advanced Practice) - MSc

    • 20 months
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Microbiology
    Location
    Middlesbrough, UK
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    9,000GBP
  • Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Microbiology (Tempe Campus) - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Microbiology
    Location
    Phoenix, USA
    Next start date
    August 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    38,526USD

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Future microbiology careers

There are a number of great career options you can explore once you’ve completed your degree in microbiology. Many graduates go on to work in health care, pharmaceuticals, food safety and forensic science, but the skills you learn can be used in other sectors like management and commerce.

Some roles you might consider as a microbiology graduate include:

  • Microbiologist
  • Food technologist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Academic researcher
  • Genome scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Medicinal chemist

Many universities offer work placements that allow you to gain first-hand experience. This could help you work out what career you want to pursue, and will look good on your CV when you start your job search.

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