Microbiology (healthcare scientist)

Microbiology is the study of organisms (bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic) that cause infections.

As a healthcare scientist working in microbiology, a large part of your work will be the identification and classification of these organisms.


Working life

In addition to identifying important organisms, you’ll provide support and advice on the most effective drug to use for treatment. Examples of clinically important organisms include:

You’ll therefore play a key role in preventing, diagnosing and controlling infections, both for individual patients and, more generally, within a hospital or community.

In your work, you’ll:

Public Health England is also a major employer of healthcare science staff specialising in microbiology and epidemiology. The work focuses on disease diagnosis, treatment and surveillance.

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