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What is Microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of tiny living things that cannot be seen by the unaided human eye. This includes both helpful and unhelpful organisms, small animals and plants, bacteria, fungi, viruses and algae. It includes organisms that contribute in a very positive way to our health and wellbeing, and others that can kill us.

Micro-organisms are found everywhere - inside and outside of the human body, and within all other animals and plants.

Some micro-organisms are very simple, single celled organisms; but others are multicellular organisms.

Why Study Micro-organisms?

  • They impact directly upon our health and well-being.
  • They impact upon the quality of physical world we live in.
  • They impact upon the other living organisms we depend upon: everything from crops and farm animals to our pets.
  • Studying them can give us insights into all life.


Micro-organisms include:

  • Bacteria
  • Archaea (bacteria lookalikes)
  • Fungi
  • Viruses
  • Protozoa
  • Other multicellular organisms

A Huge Topic - Where Do You Begin?

Given the scope and nature of microbiology, it is hard to learn about about every type of micro-organism.  There are in fact so many different micro-organisms that microbiology experts don’t know even a fraction of what is to be learnt.

This is however such an important subject because micro-organisms have a huge impact upon both us and the world around us.

The starting point is to become aware of the scope and nature of these organisms, to understand how they can be examined and the general characteristics of different types of micro-organisms. Then begin to learn more about microbiology.

Would you like to learn more about microbiology?

Why not consider our 100 hour distance learning course in Microbiology?

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