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Molecular Microbiology MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Microbiology Molecular Biology

Course type


Course Summary

This course will provide you with a comprehensive three-part postgraduate life sciences training. 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 will 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.

Our MSc Molecular Microbiology focuses on the molecular biology of important microbial pathogens and industrial microorganisms. Students 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. State-of-the-art research facilities, such as our own genome sequencer, protein purification facilities, mass spectrometers and fluorescence microscopes means that students obtain first-hand experience in the latest molecular microbiological techniques. Together, 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.

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. 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.

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Full time | University of Strathclyde | 12 months | SEP-19

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

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a minimum second class honours degree or international equivalent in a biological or chemical discipline.

University information

Located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, the University of Strathclyde offers a fantastic experience, where you will enjoy flexible, innovative learning and excellent facilities. Many of their courses can be studied part-time or by distance learning, where you can carry out most of your studies off campus using their virtual learning environment, MyPlace. Their campus offers excellent facilities including state of-the-art...more

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