Research course

Microbiology

Institution
University of Kent · School of Biosciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The University of Kent’s School of Biosciences ranks among the most active in biological sciences in the UK. We have recently extended our facilities and completed a major refurbishment of our research laboratories that now house over 100 academic, research, technical and support staff devoted to research, of whom more than 70 are postgraduate students.

Research in the School of Biosciences revolves around understanding systems and processes in the living cell. It has a strong molecular focus with leading-edge activities that are synergistic with one another and complementary to the teaching provision. Our expertise in disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology and biomedical science allows us to exploit technology and develop groundbreaking ideas in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, protein science and biophysics. Fields of enquiry encompass a range of molecular processes from cell division, transcription and translation through to molecular motors, molecular diagnostics and the production of biotherapeutics and bioenergy.

We also offer a conventional MSc programme by research and dissertation, in which you undertake a single, focused, research project from day one, and attend only certain components of our transferable skills modules. You can do the MSc on a part-time basis over two years. We also assign a Postgraduate Supervisory Committee to MSc students, to offer advice and keep a regular check on progress.

You can select topics for the MSc, MPhil or PhD from any of the research areas listed under Research groups.

We also offer a conventional MSc programme by research and dissertation, in which you undertake a single, focused, research project from day one, and attend only certain components of our transferable skills modules. You can do the MSc on a part-time basis over two years. We also assign a PMC to MSc students, to offer advice and keep a regular check on progress.

You can select topics for the MSc, MPhil or PhD from any of the research areas covered by our research groups.

Research groups
Specifically, the research interests of the School include the following:

Bacterial Pathogenesis and Sensing
Bioprocessing and Molecular Therapeutics
Cancer Targets and Therapies
Chromonomics' and Reproductive Medicine
Kent Fungal Group
Molecular Motors and the Cytoskeleton
Protein Folding and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)
Synthetic Biology Laboratory
The School is also intimately involved with two multidisciplinary centres:
Centre for BioMedical Informatics
Centre for Molecular Processing
Centre for Computational Biology

Department specialisms

The School has eight specific research groups and is also intimately involved with two multidisciplinary centres: Centre for Molecular Processing Computational Biology Centre.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/

Fees and funding

Please see our

funding web pages

for the most current information and application details.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Biosciences
Email
bio-admin@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 823025