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Anyone studied or studying micro biology- what do you think of it, do you regret taking it etc? I would like to know your experiences of the degree.

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Anyone studied or studying micro biology- what do you think of it, do you regret taking it etc? I would like to know your experiences of the degree.

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I think it is very applicable in medicine (obviously haha) but you might also be working in labs for a hospital. There is also a character in big bang that is a microbiologist. I think it is well regarded. Sorry I'm not experienced but I thought you should be answererd.
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There are many areas of microbiology (technically). I personally enjoy virology and parasitology much more than mycology or bacteriology, but they are all very interesting! From my experience in studying the subject (although it is not my degree, I have taken courses in these topics as part of my degree), topics can range from chemotherapy right through to PCR of viral mRNA, from culturing bacteria to understanding cell division in trypanosomes. A lot of courses will be molecular biology based I think, but with the learning of these applications related to areas of infection biology.
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I think it is very applicable in medicine (obviously haha) but you might also be working in labs for a hospital. There is also a character in big bang that is a microbiologist. I think it is well regarded. Sorry I'm not experienced but I thought you should be answererd.
Thank you very much


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There are many areas of microbiology (technically). I personally enjoy virology and parasitology much more than mycology or bacteriology, but they are all very interesting! From my experience in studying the subject (although it is not my degree, I have taken courses in these topics as part of my degree), topics can range from chemotherapy right through to PCR of viral mRNA, from culturing bacteria to understanding cell division in trypanosomes. A lot of courses will be molecular biology based I think, but with the learning of these applications related to areas of infection biology.
What does a microbiologist job entitle?


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What does a microbiologist job entitle?


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Umm... I'm not too sure really, as there are many jobs that microbiologists can do e.g. hospital work (if you get extra qualifications), working with water supplies, research & teaching, epidemiology - these are things off the top of my head. Of course, the graduate jobs that need any degree would also be suitable.
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Umm... I'm not too sure really, as there are many jobs that microbiologists can do e.g. hospital work (if you get extra qualifications), working with water supplies, research & teaching, epidemiology - these are things off the top of my head. Of course, the graduate jobs that need any degree would also be suitable.
So is it a worthwhile degree?


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Microbiology is fantastic :holmes: I opted to do a biology degree, then picked mostly microbiology units - so bacteriology, parasitology, advanced parasitology, virology etc etc :sly: Absolutely love the topics, really really interesting
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Microbiology is fantastic :holmes: I opted to do a biology degree, then picked mostly microbiology units - so bacteriology, parasitology, advanced parasitology, virology etc etc :sly: Absolutely love the topics, really really interesting
Oh wow! What's your favourite unit?


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Parasitology, no doubt :love: they're so elegant and lovely
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Parasitology, no doubt :love: they're so elegant and lovely
Parasites can go bugger off :p: but I agree they're very interesting. And they're everywhere anyways.
Now bacteria on the other hand... :love: But I enjoy almost everything regarding microbiology, and whenever I talk to non-biologists and tell them phrases like "I really like HIV" or "Salmonella are great!" or "Syphilis, eh?", I get weird looks. I should learn to phrase things better.
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Parasitology, no doubt :love: they're so elegant and lovely
I will look forward to studying them haha


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Parasites can go bugger off :p: but I agree they're very interesting. And they're everywhere anyways.
Now bacteria on the other hand... :love: But I enjoy almost everything regarding microbiology, and whenever I talk to non-biologists and tell them phrases like "I really like HIV" or "Salmonella are great!" or "Syphilis, eh?", I get weird looks. I should learn to phrase things better.
Hahaha yeah learn to phrase them better! And do you study cancer at any point?! Just from curiosity.


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Parasites can go bugger off :p: but I agree they're very interesting. And they're everywhere anyways.
Now bacteria on the other hand... :love: But I enjoy almost everything regarding microbiology, and whenever I talk to non-biologists and tell them phrases like "I really like HIV" or "Salmonella are great!" or "Syphilis, eh?", I get weird looks. I should learn to phrase things better.
I wont hear a bad word said about those parasites :unimpressed: they're true inspirations
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Hahaha yeah learn to phrase them better! And do you study cancer at any point?! Just from curiosity.


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I did learn about cancer in my Cell Biology module, but that was the only time we ever went through this topic. And not even in that great depth. I did get to work with cancer cells last week, though, but that did little to consolidate my knowledge about this topic. :p:

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I wont hear a bad word said about those parasites :unimpressed: they're true inspirations
With that being said, viruses are *technically* also just parasites... and I like viruses. I mean I like everything, but mycology doesn't interest me that much, for example. Everything else is splendid, even parasites, as I have worked with Toxoplasma gondii last week, so I finally had something to do with them. We haven't covered them in uni yet, and somehow I doubt we will.
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So is it a worthwhile degree?


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Of course!
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Microbiology sounds like a very fascinating degree. Could someone please outline the key components and modules that a course in microbiology would entail?
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I did learn about cancer in my Cell Biology module, but that was the only time we ever went through this topic. And not even in that great depth. I did get to work with cancer cells last week, though, but that did little to consolidate my knowledge about this topic. :p:



With that being said, viruses are *technically* also just parasites... and I like viruses. I mean I like everything, but mycology doesn't interest me that much, for example. Everything else is splendid, even parasites, as I have worked with Toxoplasma gondii last week, so I finally had something to do with them. We haven't covered them in uni yet, and somehow I doubt we will.
Toxoplasma :love: it has everything, lecturers forever go on about it, but it is quite interesting :yep: reminds me I should write an article on them for my blog
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Toxoplasma :love: it has everything, lecturers forever go on about it, but it is quite interesting :yep: reminds me I should write an article on them for my blog
Agreed! It's speculated that a third of the population has them, but only the immunocompromised and pregnant women, and whatnot, will experience symptoms and suffer from it. But sadly that week is over. If you do write an article on them, share it with me, please?
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Anyone studied or studying micro biology- what do you think of it, do you regret taking it etc? I would like to know your experiences of the degree.

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I studied Micro and worked in that field for over 6 years.
I really enjoyed the course but would advise consideration before opting for the course as it is very specialised. I would also advise that if you were hoping to work in the labs in the hospital as a microbiologist that you cannot do that with a micro degree, you have to do a biomedical degree and then specialise in micro. I wasnt aware of that when i did my course and would have done biomedical instead if i'd known.
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