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Microbiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 60 Microbiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

A PhD in Microbiology would give you the opportunity to conduct an extended piece of research into microscopic organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Most Microbiology projects are laboratory-based and cover a wide range of areas from developing novel therapeutics or innovating point of care tests for diagnosis to understanding the life cycle of a certain fungal species.

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

Studying a PhD in Microbiology, you’ll develop a range of specialist laboratory skills particularly in microscopy, aseptic technique, and cell staining. You’ll also become proficient in techniques such as pouring agar plates and have a strong understanding of health and safety that is essential when working with Bunsen burners, which are commonly used in Microbiology. When out of the laboratory, you’ll read the literature surrounding your research topic to identify gaps in the knowledge and discover new methods.

Some typical research topics in Microbiology include:

  • Development of novel antibiotics
  • Studying bacteriophages and their potential use as therapeutics
  • Characterising the microbiome
  • Development of point of care tests for infection diagnosis
  • Investigating fungi life cycle and metabolite production
  • Studying a particular virus

The vast majority of Microbiology projects are advertised with the main aims and general span of the project determined by the supervisor in advance. Many of these have full funding attached, though some may request you find your own funding. Self-funding can be challenging due to the cost of bench fees as well as traditional PhD fees.

Proposing your own research project is rare in Microbiology, partly due to the challenge of self-funding, partly because you must find a supervisor with interests that overlap with your project and who has adequate equipment for practical work.

On a general workday, you’ll be performing experiments in the laboratory, planning out your upcoming work, writing up results and chatting to your supervisor and colleagues about your work. At the end of your PhD, you’ll submit a thesis of around 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Microbiology 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 Microbiology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Microbiology 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.

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Unlocking immune cells with tick-borne pathogens

In this project we will use tick-borne pathogenic bacteria as a molecular tool-kit for unlocking immune cells. These discoveries will help us combat tick-borne disease and provide a basis for manipulating immune cells, impacting on a wide range of diseases. Read more

Royal Society studentship - Mechanistic bases for gain of olfaction capacity in animals

Loss of the ability to smell is known as anosmia. It can occur in humans due to genetic conditions, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and viral infections such as COVID-19. Read more

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

How one archaeal cell becomes two

The origin of eukaryotic cell organisation remains one of the great unknowns in the history of life on earth. However, there is growing consensus that eukaryotes likely arose from a merger between an Asgard archaeal cell and an alpha-proteobacterial cell over a billion years ago. Read more

Eco-evolutionary causes and genomic consequences of synergistic coevolution

The Department of Ecology at the School of Biology/Chemistry is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant (m/f/d) (salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65%) to commence at the earliest possible date. Read more

Faculty of Science, Masaryk University

Embark on an enriching academic journey with our esteemed doctoral degree programs in various scientific fields. Read more

(WIS) Exploring macrophage function in oral health and inflammation

The project will be undertaken at two locations - the University of Manchester and Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. The time spent at each institution is flexible and will be determined by project progression. Read more

Medical Research Council (MRC) Parkinson’s Disease and Neurodegeneration PhD Programme 2024

We are seeking bright and enthusiastic young students to join a new PhD programme at the MRC PPU dedicated to understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Read more

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