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Bacteriology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 53 Bacteriology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

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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Integrating transcriptomic and genomic datasets to investigate human tuberculosis

This project will develop a novel bioinformatic approach to integrate currently emerging transcriptomic datasets with historical genomic datasets to study human infection, using tuberculosis as an exemplar. The student will develop expertise in Next Generation Sequencing analysis to build a multi-omic pipeline which can be applied to other human diseases. Read more

Molecular characterization of oral healthcare products effects upon bacterial biofilms

A PhD studentship is available at the University of Nottingham funded by Haleon plc. This studentship will be based in the School of Pharmacy in a collaboration with the School of Life Sciences. Read more

Within-host drivers of zoonotic disease dynamics

Project overview. Individuals are host to a diverse set of organisms, including parasite communities of helminths, protozoa, bacteria, and viruses, but how each component interacts is unclear. Read more

Pseudomonas biocontrol of kiwifruit canker: elucidating novel mechanisms of bioactivity (MALONE_J23CASE)

The bacterial disease kiwifruit canker (Psa) is a significant threat to the global kiwifruit industry. While treatments for Psa currently exist, these chemical approaches can cause environmental damage and are at risk from resistant Psa pathovars. Read more
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PhD studentship: Development of immunocompetent organotypic skin models to investigate Candida albicans-host interactions and test antifungal therapies

Overview. Organotypic models of the skin are used by industry to determine whether compounds are potential allergens. However, current models can only determine the role of innate immune responses in sensitisation. Read more
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Mechanisms of in vitro antifungal resistance evolution in Candida spp exposed to single- and combination antifungal drug regimens.

About the Partnership. The National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre for Exeter (NIHR Exeter BRC) is a collaboration between University of Exeter (UoE), The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHS Royal Devon) and other SW NHS organisations. Read more

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