University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

Molecular Biosciences (Microbiology) (Taught)

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Course summary

Learn about the application of contemporary microbiology in health, food biosecurity and environmental sustainability to help address the world’s biggest challenges. Biosciences research has a huge impact on helping people live longer and healthier lives. With the World Economic Forum identifying healthcare as one of the top 10 Global Challenges for 2030, there is a growing demand for specialists in this field. This course provides you with a broad understanding of the molecular basis of biological systems, with a focus on microbes and their role in disease, developing new medicines, improving food biosecurity and environmental sustainability. Course highlights

  • Study at a Top 10 University, on a course designed in consultation with clinical and industrial partners to give you the skills employers are looking for.
  • Develop extensive knowledge in your specialist area of microbiology, as well as a broad understanding of molecular biosciences.
  • Gain extensive research experience by carrying out two separate research projects.
  • Work in dedicated postgraduate labs to give you the laboratory exposure and specialist skills required by industry.
  • Work with leading researchers from both the Department of Life Sciences and Milner Centre for Evolution.
  • Further strengthen your employability with a project addressing the challenges of global environment sustainability, applying skills related to either entrepreneurship, teaching, media and communication, or public engagement.
  • Get support from your dedicated Personal Tutor who you can go to for academic and non-academic support.
Specialise in microbiology
  • Microbes present global challenges, such as the rise in antibiotic resistance, as well as opportunities, such as in food biosecurity or human health. We'll equip you with the skills and knowledge to help harness the power of microbes to address these issues.
  • You’ll be based primarily within the Infection and Immunity research group at Bath where you’ll work with researchers at the forefront of microbial research, strengthening your ability to work as a scientist.
  • You’ll focus on the molecular principles underlying the biology of microorganisms, including their epidemiology, pathogenicity, virulence in the context of medicine, public health or agricultural biosecurity.
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to use our specialist facilities, including computational methods to analyse large biological datasets to answer the ‘big’ questions in microbiology, from bacterial epidemiology to evolution.
Research projects You'll undertake two research projects; a group project based in the lab and a lab-based or non-lab based project, working with a researcher in the department. These projects will give you extensive research experience, helping you stand out when applying for jobs or a PhD. Examples of projects include:
  • Environment sensing in fungi: A regulator of disease and toxin contamination
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis resistance to host immunity
Career prospects You’ll graduate with the specialist knowledge and employability skills for a career in further research, such as a PhD, or roles in academic, clinical, industrial or commercial sectors anywhere in the world. Recent examples of graduate roles include a Healthcare Scientist, an Analyst, a Production Technician and an Agricultural Engineer. Who is this course for? This course is for you if you’ve graduated from any bioscience, medical, veterinary or related discipline and you’re interested in specialising in a career within the field of molecular microbiology. We also offer the Molecular Biosciences course with specialisms in Bioinformatics and Medical Biosciences and we have a new dedicated MSc Biotechnology with specialisms available in Healthcare Technologies or Sustainable Biotechnologies.

Course details

Modules

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2023 and ends in 2024. Welcome week starts on 25 September 2023. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Units In addition to the compulsory and optional units studied during the course, you'll have access to online study materials two weeks before the start of semester 1, to help you prepare for study at Bath. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. All compulsory units Advances in molecular microbiology - Broadening horizons - Research project 1a - Research project 2 Optional course units These are examples of optional units currently being studied by our students. Infectious diseases Plant infection and immunity

Assessment method

Coursework Essay Online assessment Presentations Written examination


Entry requirements

British qualifications You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent. To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in any biosciences, medical, biomedical-based subject, such as biosciences, medical, veterinary, biotechnology, life sciences, pharmacy or pharmacology or technology. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.


English language requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages: http://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/tuition-fees/
Molecular Biosciences (Microbiology) at University of Bath - UCAS