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Microbiology (MRes Advanced Biological Sciences, Microbiology Pathway)

Course Description

Microbiology researchers at Liverpool develop and apply molecular approaches to microbiology. We work in both environmental and biomedical science, with an emphasis on bacteria and their viruses. Understanding the role of microorganisms in the biosphere and their implications for nutrient cycling, health and infectious disease is the underlying theme, and we study both communities and individual species in these contexts. Our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels is essentially research led.

You can read about the work of microbiology research group members here:


Programme structure

Our Masters in Research is focused on a year-long research project (worth 120 credits), based in one of our research groups.

The MRes also includes taught modules which provide formal research training. Here students take 4 (15 credit) modules in subjects such as Research Methods, Informatics and Biostatistics.

The taught modules typically run in the first term; there is then a strong focus on the research project from January to September.

The overall programme is then 180 credits, the project is 120 credits and the taught modules take up 60 credits.

IIB - Our research institute

Within the Institute of Integrative Biology, our MRes programme includes very diverse research areas, from molecular and biomedical research through to evolutionary and ecological work. We focus on integrating and applying modern methods and approaches across the life sciences: and you can find out about the Institute of Integrative Biology here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/integrative-biology/


Applications can be made here:

You should apply for the MRes in Advanced Biological Sciences and indicate in your application that you would like to join the Microbiology pathway, preferably indicating preferred research groups you would like to join or members of staff you would like to do your project with.

The tuition fee for Home/EU students for 2016/17 is £4,121. For International Students it is £18,000. In addition to this we charge an additional Research Support Fee of £1,000 for laboratory projects and £500 for computer based projects.

Visit the Microbiology (MRes Advanced Biological Sciences, Microbiology Pathway) page on the University of Liverpool website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission onto the programme requires a BSc 2.1 or above (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant bioscience degree; students with 2:2 qualifications may be considered, please contact the Programme Director for information. For non-native English speakers an IELTS of 6.5 or higher is required.

Course Fees

The tuition fee for Home/EU students for 2016/17 is £4,121. For International Students it is £18,000.

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