Why microbiology?

Want to find out what makes a microbiologist tick? Find out what we think the answer is.

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms - the smallest life forms on the planet. A microbiologist normally studies things like bacteria, viruses, or fungi, and often specialises in an area such as medical, environmental, or biotechnology.

Microbiologists are at the cutting edge of research, working to cure disease, solve the problems of dwindling resources on our planet, and better understanding the world around us. 

A degree in microbiology can give you:

  • Specialised knowledge: become an expert in a field on the forefront of science.

  • Varied and exciting challenges: with many further specialisms to choose from, find your niche in an area you can really care about.

  • Opportunities around the world: microbes are in every habitat on our planet, whether you're a marine microbiologist in the Pacific, meeting indigenous peoples in West Africa, or even in space, microbiology can take you anywhere you can dream of going.

  • The chance to make a difference: through organisations like SfAM, come together with your fellow scientists to have a voice in how science is recieved by government.

The Society for Applied Microbiology is a great community to get you started on your journey as a student of microbiology, with benefits specifically catered for students, access to Microbiologist magazine, and the opportunity to be awarded grants designed to open doors to let you become the best microbiologist you can be.