Faculty of Science


Duration: Full-time MSc - 12 months

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: A first or second class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.

E-mail: pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk

Tuition fees

Programme catalogue

MSc in Molecular Microbiology

This programme concentrates on understanding the molecular principles underlying the biology of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts. In particular we study gene expression and regulation, gene transfer, genome structure, epidemiology, cell communication, and pathogenicity and virulence factors.

The MSc programmes in Biology & Biochemistry are designed for students who wish to specialise further in a particular field or wish to change direction from their first degree (in a related area).

If you already have extensive and relevant research experience and would like to specialise, you might consider an MRes programme.

Why study Biology and Biochemistry with us?

  • 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading
  • Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the biosciences

What will I learn?

The aim of each of our MSc programmes in Biology and Biochemistry is to provide professional-level training that will develop highly skilled bioscientists with strong theoretical, research and transferable skills, all of which are necessary to work at the forefront of modern biosciences.

For further information please visit our department pages

At a glance

Semester 1

Semester 2


Compulsory Taught Units (18 credits) Compulsory Taught Units (18 credits) Project
(30 credits)
Critical review of literature (6 credits) Critical review of literature (6 credits)
Research training and support skills (12 credits) Research training and support skills (12 credits)
 Optional Taught Units (42 credits) Optional Taught Units (42 credits)
 Select 2 to 3 units (12 to 18 credits) Select 4 to 5 units (24 to 30 credits)

Programme structure

Commonly chosen 6-credit units include:

  • Infection and immunity
  • Bacteriology
  • Virology
  • Microbial genetics
  • Topics in environmental plant virology
  • Microbial pathogenicity
  • Plant-microorganism interactions
  • Structural biology in biotechnology & medicine
  • Microbial evolution - from the laboratory to nature
  • Molecular evolution and phylogenetics
  • Pathogenesis and immune evasion by microbes
  • Molecular biology of microbial adaptation

Career opportunities

Since graduating, our students have gone on to employment or further research at institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Recent employers include:

  • Morvus-Technology Ltd
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Royal United Hospital, Bath
  • Ministry of Defence
  • State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing
  • Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University
  • AbCam
  • Salisbury Foundation Trust Hospital
  • Lonza