BSc (Hons) Microbiology

University College Cork

Course Overview

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms including fungi, bacteria, viruses and protozoa. These microbes are crucially important in medicine, biology, agriculture, biotechnology and the environment.

Microbes are beneficial in process such as food production, promoting human health, biotechnology, agriculture and waste treatment. Conversely, some are responsible for causing disease in humans and animals or in causing food spoilage and crop loss in agriculture. As one of the classical disciplines, microbiology combines fundamental biology with applications and thus provides excellent training and opportunities for students interested in different aspects of science.
The microbiology course at UCC is varied and broad but has a special focus on our areas of particular strength, namely, medical, food and environmental microbiology.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

48 Months Full-time (4 Years)

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 22,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Microbiology graduates have a choice of working in diverse industries, pursuing further training or research careers
  • The School of Microbiology has the highest research standing of any microbiology department in Ireland. Students are taught by academic staff who are international experts in their research field
  • 95% of UCC microbiology graduates either secure a job or commence further education shortly after graduation
  • A microbiology degree is a foundation for a future career in microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, cell biology or biotechnology

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in one subject, minimum grade H5 in one subject and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects.
English: O6/H7
Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7 or H4*
Lab Science: O6/H7 or H4*
* If the H4 is in Maths, Applied Maths or Computer Science an 06/H7 in a Lab Science subject is also required.
The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science.

  • A-Levels: B B C
  • IB: 31

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture). 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5.

TOEFL: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture).

  • TOEFL 80: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science: All Programmes (Except Architecture). 59 Minimum individual sections 5

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

The UCC BSc Microbiology degree provides excellent training for a career in the microbiology, biotechnology, food, environmental, medical, pharmaceutical and veterinary sectors. Graduates have specialised skills in practical and theoretical microbiology that have direct relevance to industry, as well as additional skills in problem-solving, data-handling and presentation that can be applied in many different sectors. About 50% of graduates go on to immediate employment, many in companies in the Cork area, but others in international locations. Other graduates choose to pursue higher degrees (MSc or PhD).