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Bacteriology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 104 Bacteriology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

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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Engineering synthetic circuits within bacteria to sense and control the gut microbiome

We are seeking a PhD student to join our team at the Riglar Lab ( on an exciting project engineering microbes as sensors and modulators of the gut microbiome and gut disease. Read more

Metabolite profiling and bacterial community structures in polymicrobial infections

Additional Supervisor. Dr Freya Harrison, University of Warwick. This project seeks to understand how bacterial pathogens from polymicrobial infections interact with each other and how these interactions shape infection progress and outcome. Read more

Unravelling the Molecular Mechanisms Behind Antibiotic Tolerance

Antibiotic resistance jeopardises our ability to effectively treat bacterial infections, yet it is not the only survival strategy pathogenic bacteria use to evade killing by antibiotics. Read more

Evolution-guided engineering of bacterial NRPS systems

Bacteria supply the world with an extraordinary number of useful bioactive compounds with uses in agriculture as pesticides and herbicides, and medicine as antimicrobials and pharmaceuticals. Read more

EPSRC DTP PhD Project: Organic synthesis meets chemical biology: design of spirocyclic peptides to tackle antibiotic resistance

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project commencing on 30 September 2024 under the supervision of Dr Scott Lovell in the Department of Life Sciences with co-supervision from Dr Alex Cresswell (Chemistry) and Dr Maisem Laabei (Life Sciences). 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 on 30 September 2024 under the supervision of Prof Edward Feil in the Department of Life Sciences, with co-supervison from Prof Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern in the Department of Chemistry and Dr Theresa Smith in the Department of Mathematics. Read more

Anaerobic 3D printing of gut bacterial communities

Bacteria often live together and interact with each other in densely packed communities. Such communities live in our digestive tract and are essential for our health. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Investigating the role of archaea in peatland microbial ecosystems.

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. This project is fundamentally concerned with understanding the carbon cycle in peat wetland (including blanket bog) microbial ecosystems – both restored and naturally produced. Read more

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