University of Bath

University of Bath

Molecular Microbiology

This programme provides a mix of taught components, extended laboratory projects, literature reviews and preparation of a grant proposal based on a research dissertation. This course gives our students an insight into a number of modern research activities and techniques, and provides generic, transferable skills training needed for all early stage researchers. The programme also addresses the scientific, ethical and commercial context within which the research takes place. This course concentrates on understanding the molecular principles underlying the biology of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts. In particular, students study gene expression and regulation, gene transfer, genome structure, epidemiology, cell communication, and pathogenicity and virulence factors. The programme can also be studied as the 1st year of an integrated PhD programme.

Entry requirements

1st or upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject. IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the 4 components).

Course modules

Modules include: Structural biology in biotechnology and medicine; microbial evolution (from the laboratory to nature); molecular evolution and phylogenetics; pathogenesis and immune evasion by microbes; molecular biology of microbial adaptation; microbial pathogenicity; infection and immunity; bacteriology; virology; microbial genetics.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 19,600 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY South West

Key information

Faculty of Science Graduate School
Telephone number: 
01225 383410