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About Food Microbiology at University of Nottingham

This course stresses the relevance of modern molecular biology to the future development of food microbiology. Graduates can play an important role in improving food and drinking water safety and in microbiological research and development in research institutes, industry, and local and national government both in the UK and the developing world.

Northern Foods Scholarships: These prestigious awards can be applied for by Food Microbiology, Food Science and Nutrition and Food Science students (please see School introduction for details).

The course allows for a period of study/training at a European University, a placement through Universitas 21, or a practical year between years two and three.

Year One
In the first year, you will take core modules in Microbial Physiology, Whole Organism Biology, Genetics and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics with Microbiology Specialisms, Food Safety, Food Manufacturing, Nutrition and Health. In addition, you can choose optional modules from a wide range offered in the areas of food science and nutrition.

Year Two
Second year core modules include a significant proportion of laboratory based work. These include: Bacterial and Biological Diversity, Virology and Food Borne Pathogens, and you will initiate your research project in Food Microbiology. In addition to optional modules in food science nutrition and molecular microbiology, you also undertake and extended dissertation module.

Year Three
You undertake a year-long research project in Food Microbiology, which builds on the literature review followed by laboratory work. The core modules are the Microflora of Foods and Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology. Additionally, final year Microbiology students choose from a wide range if optional modules including: Mechanisms of Bacterial Gene Control; Industrial Application of Microbiology; Microbial Fermentation; Macromolecules and Food Structure; Human Nutrition; Food Factory Operations and Flavour and Colour of Foods.

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