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 Restricted elective course Restricted elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course Elective course
Year 2 Thesis

Restricted elective courses

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