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Molecular Microbiology MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Microbiology Molecular Biology

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

First, unlike many MSc courses, we offer you dedicated training in a broad suite of practical laboratory skills.

Secondly, this is complemented by two unique classes that develop your transferable skills in statistics, presentations, career development, and ethics, as well as honing your science writing skills and your ability to design experiments and analyse sophisticated datasets.

Thirdly, our taught classes capture the excitement of cutting-edge research fields and you'll be taught by active researchers or practising clinical professionals. There is a choice of classes that allows you to select a pathway to suit your future aspirations.

The course provides the perfect springboard to future training at PhD level or gives you a range of skills and experience that will prove attractive to employers from industry or the health-care provision sector.

What you'll study

You'll focus on the molecular biology of important microbial pathogens and industrial microorganisms and study the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria cause disease or can be exploited for the synthesis of biotechnologically important products.

The course content and research projects are driven by the expertise in microbial genomics, genetics and biochemistry research that exists within the Institute.

Studying a combination of compulsory and optional classes and a research project, you'll gain vital transferable skills in statistics, communication, ethics, science writing and critical analysis of data. In addition, you'll undertake:

  • two semesters of postgraduate laboratories, developing the practical abilities and interpretational skills that will prepare you for your project and future career
  • short optional classes in in vivo biology or drug discovery
  • a compulsory Microbiology class together with a choice of either Clinical Microbiology or Applied Microbiology
  • a summer research project in molecular microbiology in an active research laboratory.


Assessment of taught classes is through multiple choice tests, computer quizzes, problem-solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams. The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.


After graduating you should be ideally qualified for positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as well as hospitals and universities.

You may wish to continue studies for an MPhil or PhD degree.

This course provides the background training for a career in:

  • pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry laboratory research posts
  • laboratory technical support
  • medical/pharmaceutical/life science sales
  • academia – following a further PhD route.

Different course options

Full time | University of Strathclyde | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



A unique and innovative class designed with three outcomes in mind: become an expert in the field that you'll study for your summer research project & learn how to write a review paper that aims to be publication quality; learn how a scientific research career really works from the experts & then write the outline of a hypothetical research grant application; enhance your teamwork on a virtual project to develop a hypothetical drug from high-content screen, through in vivo testing in models, to transcriptomics & human clinical trials & pharmacogenomics. You'll not only learn how to manage a project?s timelines & targets, but also enter the world of big data manipulation and analysis.
Research project - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a biological or chemical discipline.

University information

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