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Bacteriology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 45 Bacteriology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A Bacteriology PhD provides you with the chance to undertake an extended research project into bacteria. This could be focused on antibiotic development, understanding the pathogenicity of a species, or developing novel diagnostic tests. Bacteriology tends to be laboratory-based, but there are bioinformatic projects out there, mostly analysing pre-existing data on antibiotic resistance.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Bacteriology?

Doing a PhD in Bacteriology, you’ll likely spend most of your time in the laboratory, developing excellent practical skills, particularly in microscopy and aseptic technique. You’ll also spend time reading around your research area to find the gaps in the literature you hope to fill, and to learn new methods.

Some typical research topics in Bacteriology include:

  • Development of novel antibacterials
  • Evaluating current antibiotic use
  • Mapping antibiotic resistance
  • Understanding host-pathogen interactions
  • Evaluating methods of infection diagnosis

Most Bacteriology PhD programmes are advertised projects that are fully-funded through the university or a doctoral training programme. The scope of the project is determined by the supervisor before advertising, but you can mould the project as you go.

It is possible to propose your own project to a supervisor, but this is uncommon as the supervisor must have interests that strongly link to your project, have suitable equipment and you’ll have to find a way of funding your bench fees.

Day-to-day you’ll be planning and carrying out experiments, analysing and drawing graphs from previous data, and chatting about your methods and results with your supervisor. Your PhD will end with an original thesis of around 60,000 words and a viva exam, allowing you to defend your work.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Bacteriology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with some experience in microbiology, at Merit or Distinction level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Bacteriology funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Bacteriology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Bacteriology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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Host-pathogen interactions of bacterial membrane proteins

In this age of increasing antimicrobial resistance, bacterial infections remain a major global health burden. During infection, bacterial pathogens deliver virulence proteins into the host cells. Read more
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Addressing antimicrobial resistance by combining bioengineering and bacteriophage approaches

Antimicrobial resistance is predicted to become a primary cause of death by 2050, and novel approaches are urgently required. This project uses a bioengineering approach to investigate bacteriophages as novel antimicrobial agents, harnessing a recently developed rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test (iFAST) to accelerate implementation. Read more
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Assessing the risk of foodborne pathogen contamination in fresh fruit and vegetable productions

Consumption of fresh green vegetables and fruits is encouraged for their health benefits (Healthy Ireland Framework, Goal 1), providing consumers with vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. Read more

Optimisation of skin-facing antimicrobial surgical devices produced through Additive Manufacturing

Project description. This highly interdisciplinary project combines 3D Printing and silver-based antimicrobial technology in order to reduce the chances of infection following a patient undergoing a Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). Read more

A novel peptide based approach to inhibit growth of antimicrobial resistant pathogens

Project description. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest global challenges to human health in the 21st century, with the worst-case scenario development of a raft of incurable infections, especially Hospital Gram negative pathogens. Read more
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How do interactions in the microbiome shape the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens?

Antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria poses a fundamental threat to human health. It is estimated that antibiotic resistant infections are already directly responsible for at least one million deaths per annum and this number is predicted to rise dramatically by 2050. Read more

UTS PhD Scholarship- Sydney Water- CRCSAAFE

The last 80 years has witnessed the rapid emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens driven by the widespread reliance on antibiotics to control infectious disease in clinical and veterinary medicine. Read more

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