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MSc by Research in Antibiotic resistant bacteria in surface water - project ID SAS0046

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D Morrison
    Dr F Stainsby
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Antibiotic resistance has been extensively found in the environment however this area has only recently received critical attention. There are substantial knowledge gaps particularly on the release and spread of resistant organisms into the environment and the threats and risks this poses to human health. This MSc by Research project will investigate the prevalence and strain diversity of antibiotic resistance pathogens in surface waters in receipt of treated wastewater.

Academic qualifications
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in Microbiology or a related biological science discipline with a good fundamental knowledge of Microbiology.

English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:
• Experience of fundamental microbiology laboratory skills such as aseptic technique
• Competent in data analysis
• Knowledge of molecular biology
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management

Desirable attributes:
Practical experience of basic molecular biology techniques such as DNA isolation and PCR.
Experience in epidemiological typing of bacteria
Good statistical skills

Applications must be submitted online via the link at
Once on the page, scroll down to Formal Applications and click on "Applied Sciences: Full-Time" to apply.

When submitting your online application, please also provide a CV, the contact details of 2 academic references (including email addresses) and a covering letter, explaining why you wish to carry out this project.

Please include the project ID - SAS0046 when applying for this position.

Funding Notes

This is a fees-only studentship and a stipend for living expenses is not included.

A Moss Scholarship covers the costs of the Home/EU fees for a full-time MSc by Research degree over 12 months.

Non-Home/EU residents and are eligible to apply, but must cover the difference between the Home/EU and overseas tuition fees themselves.


Huijbers, P. M., et al. (2015). "Role of the Environment in the Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistance to Humans: A Review." Environ Sci Technol 49(20): 11993-12004.

Manaia, C. M. (2016). "Assessing the Risk of Antibiotic Resistance Transmission from the Environment to Humans: Non-Direct Proportionality between Abundance and Risk." Trends Microbiol.

Bonnedahl, J. and J. D. Järhult (2014). "Antibiotic resistance in wild birds." Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences 119(2): 113-116.

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