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.