FindAPhD Weekly PhD Newsletter | JOIN NOW FindAPhD Weekly PhD Newsletter | JOIN NOW

Bacteriology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 74 Bacteriology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Discipline

Discipline

Biological Sciences

Location

Location

All locations

Institution

Institution

All Institutions

PhD Type

PhD Type

All PhD Types

Funding

Funding

I am a non-European student


We have 74 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.

read more
PhD saved successfully

Finding novel antibiotics to counter antimicrobial resistance

Supervisors. Dr Simon Moore and Dr Christoph Engl. Funding. SBBS Start-up Studentship. Deadline. 28th February 2023. The following fully-funded PhD studentship is available in the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences with an expected start date of Sept 2023. Read more

Antibiotic resistance mediated by bacterial cell shape and size transformations

Supervisors. Dr Nikola Ojkic. Funding. SBBS Start-up Studentship. Deadline. 28th February 2023. The following fully-funded PhD studentship is available in the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences with an expected start date of Sept 2023. Read more

Towards understanding antimicrobial resistance

Background. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major crisis for human medicine. Globally, untreatable bacterial infections are rapidly increasing, leaving us with limited treatment options. Read more

EPSRC DTP PhD project: The prevalence and persistence of antibiotic resistance plasmids in wastewater

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project commencing in October 2023. Eligible applicants will be considered for a fully-funded studentship – for more information, see the Funding Notes section below. Read more

EPSRC DTP PhD project: Engineering nanosponges to sequester bacterial exotoxins for protection against severe infection

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project commencing in October 2023. Eligible applicants will be considered for a fully-funded studentship – for more information, see the Funding Notes section below. Read more

Molecular level understanding of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Mycobacterium tuberculosis has evolved to survive and replicate inside macrophages. The project will investigate the molecular mechanisms underpinning adaptation to this specialised intracellular niche. Read more

Filtering Results