Molecular microbiology involves learning and understanding molecular processes of cells and how they interact with organisms. Microbiology is concerned with bacteria, fungi and viruses. A degree in molecular microbiology will allow students to study topics including molecular genetics, cellular physiology and infectious diseases.
Highlighted courses and degrees in molecular microbiology
A molecular microbiology degree can be studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate study level. During an undergraduate level degree, students will be taught a range of subjects that will help them to understand molecular microbiology. These courses normally take two to four years of full time study to complete and course modules are usually completed via coursework, laboratory research and a written thesis.
A postgraduate degree in molecular microbiology is ideal for those who have a comprehensive understanding of the subject and wish to expand on their knowledge. This may include knowledge on immunisation, as well as further study on microbiology and micro-organisms. A postgraduate degree can be completed in twelve months of full time study.
Previous academic study in a science related field is generally required for entry to a molecular microbiology degree programme. A passion for the subject is also recommended. If you are applying to an English speaking institution as an international student, you may also be required to have knowledge of the English language. You are advised to contact the university you are applying to for a full break down of entry requirements.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.
A degree in molecular microbiology may lead to further study within a biology or science field, or lead to a research position within a university or professional establishment. A research or laboratory job position may be available within a government facility, hospital, food based company or biotechnology laboratory. Career opportunities are also available within journalism, education, public health, or in the legal sector.
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