Research course

Microbiology

Institution
University of Essex · School of Biological Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

At least upper second class honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

PhD, MPhil, MSc by dissertation.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

We offer supervision in a wide range of topics in microbiology, ranging from medical to environmental microbiology and from biochemical and genomic analysis of single species to whole communities.

We carry out internationally recognized research on Archaea, Bacteria, Eukarya and viruses. Our expertise is in microbial ecology, algal ecophysiology, extremophiles (especially halophiles), hydrocarbon biodegradation, trace-gas-production, and microbial interactions, eg viruses and bacteria with humans, bacteria with algae and protozoa.

Our School has excellent facilities for molecular biological analysis, proteomics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics, imaging, and state-of-the-art cultivation chambers for microbes, especially microalgae and anaerobes.

We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our School of Biological Sciences has an international reputation for our outstanding record of teaching and research. We are a large department with friendly and supportive staff, in our 2010 National Student Satisfaction Survey we were ranked third in the UK for the subject area 'biology and related sciences'.

We have a range of research groups working on important international and national problems using cutting-edge techniques. The quality of our work is reflected in the large number of publications in high profile academic journals, such as Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy USA, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Cell, Plant Cell, Limnology and Oceanography and Environmental Microbiology. In addition, several of our staff have active leadership roles in learned societies and are editors of leading biological science journals.

Department specialisms

Biochemistry and biophysics; bioinformatics and computational chemistry; cell and molecular biology; ecology; environmental chemistry; molecular medicine; molecular microbial ecology; photosynthesis, plant productivity and plant molecular biology.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
research-bs@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 873473