Research course


University of Nottingham · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Molecular and Cellular Bacteriology Research Group (MCBRG) is housed in the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences which provides excellent opportunities for multidisciplinary research in cellular and molecular bacteriology, medicinal chemistry, structural and cell biology, tissue engineering and both computational and mathematical systems biology.

The MCBRG undertakes fundamental and translational research programmes targeted at important bacterial pathogens including Neisseria, Campylobacter, Clostridium, Staphylococcus (MRSA), Pseudomonas and Yersinia. This research incorporates projects on molecular mechanisms and evolutionary aspects of bacterial inter-cellular (quorum sensing) and intra-cellular signaling mechanisms, bacterial host-cell interactions and experimental infection models. Furthermore, MCBRG members are investigating the biology of these micro-organisms using genomic, proteomic and metabolomic approaches with a view to developing novel antimicrobials.

MCBRG also has extensive research projects on protein secretion mechanisms, exotoxin and colicin structure and function, the development of rapid diagnostics for healthcare-associated infections as well as preventative and therapeutic vaccine development. A very well supported research area within this group is the advanced metabolic engineering of clostridia to maximise the production of biofuels (butanol and ethanol) and other useful chemical commodities and the creation of second generation, sustainable biofuel producing strains better able to degrade plant cell walls.

MCBRG is also studying biofilm biology, bacterial sporulation and germination and the exploitation of bacteria for cancer therapy. In addition, systems and synthetic biology programmes are also being developed specifically in the context of biofuels and cell-cell communication.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

The International Office offers a range of opportunities and small number of Weston Scholarships are also available each year. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences web pages.

For information on opportunities for funding for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5559