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Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology MSc by Research

Bangor University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Bangor University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About This Course

The MSc by Research in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology is a one-year full-time programme that differs from a taught Masters programme by placing more emphasis on research, and by being examined much more like a PhD, by viva voce (oral) examination, rather than by grading of coursework and dissertation. This degree will equip you with confidence and competence in the latest research skills (including generic skills such as literature searching, legal and ethical aspects, project planning, grant proposal writing, and statistical manipulation of data) and allow you to apply for further research training (PhD) programmes, or to directly apply for research positions in universities or research institutes.

The first three months will be spent refining your project proposal and conducting a thorough Literature review. You will also present your proposal to the rest of the cohort and supervisors. Feedback obtained will enable you to improve the final project and thesis. You will also be expected to take advantage of the training programme provided by the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Graduate School and the University Doctoral School in both subject-specific and generic postgraduate-level skills.

The examples of subjects of potential projects include (but are not limited to):-discovery of novel enzymes of industrial relevance from extremophilic microorganisms and their communities;

cultivation of extremophilic (e.g. hyperacidophilic) archaea;
microbiology of petroleum degradation in marine environments: cultivation and OMICS studies);
applications of marine oil-degrading bacteria (enzymes, surfactants, biopolymers, osmolytes);
culture-independent (metagenomic) analysis of taxonomic composition and functional potential of microbial communities;
investigation of the role of marine microorganisms and their enzymes in the fate of synthetic polyester plastics
application of metabolomics technologies to enzyme discovery (general principles, sample preparation, targeted and discovery mode LC-MS analysis of complex metabolite mixtures and data analysis (bioinformatics);

Students will also benefit from our extensive local, national and international links with state and private sector organisations.

Application deadline

11 June 2021

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University information

Bangor University

  • University League Table

    72nd

  • Campus address

    Bangor University, Bangor (Wales), LL57 2DG, Wales

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    86th out of 103 4

    39th out of 72 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    125 55%

    54th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50 50%

    97th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.07 81%

    49th

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    118 56%

    40th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65 65%

    49th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%

    31st

    7

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