The programme offers a highly competitive education in modern microbiology. It offers a broad foundation of knowledge and generally important skills in microbiology and molecular biology. Within the programme, you can specialise further according to your own preferences, towards for example medical microbiology, biotechnology, or cellular or molecular microbiology. Knowledge about microbes and their diversity, physiology and genetics, as well as modern tools to study them are important and highly relevant for work or research in molecular biology, infectious diseases and ecology, as well as for the exploration of microbes, for example, to produce bulk and fine products, food and pharmaceuticals, and for use in environmental biotechnology.
Special features of the programme:
Integration of basic research and applied microbiology.
Learning in an international and research-intensive environment.
Inquiry-based and research-based laboratory exercises.
Mentorship and extracurricular activities.
Methods of Molecular Biology (15 credits)
Microbiology (15 credits)
Molecular Microbiology (15 credits)
Bioimaging (7.5 credits, optional)
Antibiotics – Biology and Chemistry (7.5 credits, optional)
Bioinformatics and Sequence analysis/Programming using Python (7.5 plus 7.5 credits, optional)
MSc thesis project (30, 45 or 60 credits)
Most courses are full-time studies, and you take one course at a time. The courses are typically teaching-intensive with lectures, seminars, theoretical and practical exercises as well as for self-studies. During one semester, you normally take two courses of 15 credits (i.e. a total of 60 credits per year).
The programme provides a point of entry into many directions, such as postgraduate academic research or a career in industry or the public sector. For microbiologists, there is a broad employment market, for example in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food industries, as well as within various national and international authorities and organisations. Many students that graduate from the programme continue with PhD studies in biomedical research or other fields related to microbiology or molecular biology.