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Molecular Microbiology (MRes)

Course Description

This programme concentrates on understanding the molecular principles underlying the biology of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts. In particular we study gene expression and regulation, gene transfer, genome structure, epidemiology, cell communication, and pathogenicity and virulence factors.

The MRes provides a unique mix of taught components, extended laboratory projects, literature reviews and preparation of a grant proposal based on a research dissertation. It gives students an insight into a range of state-of-the-art research activities and techniques, and provides generic, transferable skills training needed for all early stage researchers. The programmes also addresses the scientific, ethical and commercial context within which the research takes place.

All of the MRes programmes can be studied as the first year of our Integrated PhD programme.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/science/graduate-school/taught-programmes/mres-molecular-microbiology/

Why study Biology and Biochemistry with us?

- Biology & Biochemistry ranked 2nd in the Sunday Times University Guide 2013
- 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading
- Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the biosciences

What will I learn?

MRes degree programmes are designed for graduates who are contemplating a research career and who may go on to study for a PhD or to a position in industry involving interaction with research scientists.

If these do not apply, you might consider an MSc programme (http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/masters/)

For further information please visit our department pages (http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/)

Career opportunities

Since graduating, our students have gone on to employment or further research at institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Recent employers include:

Morvus-Technology Ltd
Royal United Hospital, Bath
Ministry of Defence
State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University
Salisbury Foundation Trust Hospital

Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/science/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/

Visit the Molecular Microbiology (MRes) page on the University of Bath website for more details!

Student Profiles

Faculty of Science Graduate School Taught Master Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

See the website

Value of Scholarship(s)



This application form is for eligible UK/EU offer holders.--All applicants must ensure they have firmly accepted their (conditional or unconditional) offer of study for a full-time taught post-graduate programme for September 2016 entry

Application Procedure

Applications are now open for this call. Application deadline: Thursday 30 June 2016 (12:00 Midday BST) Please complete the Faculty of Science Graduate School Taught Masters Scholarships Application Form (Applicants will be notified of decisions by 30th July 2016)

Further Information



University of Bath International Scholarships Scheme - 20+ Awards

£3,000 towards OS tuition fees. See the website for more information.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Overseas tuition fee-payers

Application Procedure

Applications are now open for this call. Application deadline: Wednesday 1 June 2016 (12:00 Midday BST) Please complete the International Scholarship Application Form (Applicants will be notified of decisions by 6th July 2016)

Further Information



PGT Bath Bursaries (Home UK full time) - 20+ Awards

For the academic year 2016/17 we have 30 bursaries of £6,000 each available for new UK Masters students. We anticipate opening for applications around late April/early May. We will email eligible offer holders with further details on how to apply once we are ready to open applications. In addition, the selection panel may take into account the following widening participation criteria and information in your supporting statement when making awards, if:- the highest education level of both of your parents is below degree level or equivalent
- the occupation level of both of your parents is between SEC 4-7 (Social Economic Class)
- you are a care leaver
- you were aged 21 or over when you commenced your undergraduate studies
- you were in receipt of free school meals, Education Maintenance Allowance or 16-19 Bursary Fund
- you attended a state school and/or a low performing school
- your gender is underrepresented in your academic department
- your ethnicity is underrepresented in your academic faculty.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- be a Home (UK) student, and
- apply for and subsequently register on an eligible Masters course.An eligible Masters course leads to an MSc, MBA, MA or stand-alone MRes with a maximum duration of two years for a full time course or four years for a part time course. Part time courses must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (e.g. a course which would take one year if studied full time may take up to two years if studied part time). Courses studied by distance learrning are not eligible for this scheme.

Application Procedure

The application process will be online, accessible through Bath Application Tracker, which you will have access to once you apply for a course. You will be required to answer questions relating to the widening participation eligibility criteria and provide a supporting statement of around 350 words.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

First degree (UK 1st or 2:1 or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent.

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