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Study microbiology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying microbiology as an international student.

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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

Microbiology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in microbiology

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    Microbiology - Clinical and Veterinary Microbiology - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,000 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Microbiology (Medical Microbiology) - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,634 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,634 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Microbiology (Pre-Physician Assistant) - BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,929 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Microbiology - BSc University of Vermont, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    41,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 41,280 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Microbiology - BSc (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,613 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Microbiology graduate programs

Master's in microbiology

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    Microbiology - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,318 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,318 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Microbiology and Immunology - MSc American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,320 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Microbiology - MAppSc University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,362 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,960 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Immunology and Microbiology - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,016 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,825 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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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.