Microbiology – University of Copenhagen


Microbiology is a specialisation within the MSc Programme in Biology which leads to the English title: MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Microbiology.

Below you can read the competence profile and see an illustration of the structure of the specialisation.

On completion of the programme, an MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Microbiology has acquired the following:

Knowledge about:

  • Prokaryotes' physiology, molecular biology, activity, occurrence, interactions, symbiosis with animals and pathogenicity in humans.

Skills to:

  • Cultivate and isolate microorganisms.
  • Use selected state-of-the-art molecular techniques to study the molecular biology, activity, physiology, interactions and occurrences of microorganisms.
  • Demonstrate Good Laboratory Practice.

Competencies to:

  • Evaluate the structural and functional adaptations that enable prokaryotes to live as single-celled organisms or in close interaction with eukaryotes.
  • Develop and critically evaluate selected molecular methods for the study of microorganisms.
  • Put into perspective the importance of the molecular biology of microorganisms in a societal context, e.g. in relation to bacterial resistance to antibiotics and microorganisms as a source of new industrial enzymes and other bioactive substances.
  • Evaluate and put into perspective the importance of the interactions of microorganisms with their surroundings and other organisms, including humans.
  • Describe the physiological and molecular aspects of the pathogenicity of bacteria in humans.
  • Integrate molecular mechanisms behind microbial evolution.

Programme structure for the specialisation in Microbiology

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Advanced Bacteriology 1 Advanced Bacteriology 2
Year 2 Thesis

You have the opportunity to move your elective courses to block 3 and 4 in year 1, which enables you to focus solely on your thesis in year 2.

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.