Faculty of Science and Technology
BSc. in Microbiology
Apply to do an exciting BSc. Degree with a Major or minor in Microbiology at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados.

You will discover:

  • That microbial life has an amazing diversity
  • The structure and function of microbial cells
  • The importance of the roles of microorganisms in ecology, including pathogenesis
  • The significance of microorganisms in food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic industries
  • Explore and practice techniques in microbiology, e.g., microbiological, biochemical and molecular techniques used for the identification and characterisation of microorganisms


You will need 93 credits approved by the Faculty of Science and Technology. For the major, 30 credits from Microbiology (10 courses) are required. For specific details, refer to the faculty handbook.

You will do courses in:
  1. Methods in Microbiology
  2. Ecology of Microorganisms
  3. Microbial Pathogenesis
  4. Essential Virology
  5. Microbiology of Food
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Courses  are offered in conjunction with other faculties such as Humanities & Education and Social Sciences.


If you want to advance your career as a:
  • Microbiologist in Medical and Clinical Labs
  • Microbiologist in Food and Water Analysis Labs
  • Microbiologist in Bio-processing and Fermentation Labs
  • Bioinformatics Analyst
  • Public and Environmental Health Officer
  • Quality Assurance Officer
  • Continue on to the Postgraduate Programme

Then this degree is for you!



Our Faculty does research in all areas of Microbiology. We focus on:
  •  Evaluation of microbiological quality of food and water
  • Characterisation of biologically active compounds and industrially-important enzymes from marine microorganisms 
  • Optimisation of biogenic methane production from agricultural residues
  • Monitoring of antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • Sustainable management of industrial and municipal wastes using molecular microbiological approaches.  
Read more about our Departmental Research Projects »

Enhance your learning experience by fully utilising our:
  • Teaching complexes

  • Teaching and research laboratories on campus

Entry Requirements and How to Apply

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year.

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International Students

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies. International Office website

We welcome local, international and regional students.


Contact Us

If you have questions about our Microbiology Programme, please contact:

Dr. Marilaine Mota-Meira (Microbiology Coordinator)
Email: marilaine.mota-meira@cavehill.uwi.edu
Telephone: (246)417-4354

Related Programmes

Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Phone: (246) 417-4324/4323/4322 Fax:(246) 417-4325 Email: bcs@cavehill.uwi.edu