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Microbiology is the science that deals with the study of microorganisms and the effects of diseases that microorganisms produce. Microbiology degrees study the shape, structure (morphology), genetic and metabolic processes in microscopic and sub-microscopic organisms.

The science of microbiology is relatively young and it offers practical applications for different areas of human activity: medicine, agriculture, nutrition, biotechnology and more. Theoretical and practical accumulation of nuclear physics, cellular and molecular biology, and information techniques have led to the improvement of microbiology logistics, resulting in the rapid development of microbiology as a multilateral science. Studying microbiology touches upon elements of other disciplines like chemistry, biomedicine, public health, environmental impacts and human health.

Two main branches of microbiology are bacteriology and virology (which deals with the study of viruses and diseases), while other sub-disciplines include: immunology, biotechnology, industrial microbiology, public health microbiology, environment microbiology and genetic engineering ? one of the most dynamic fields of modern microbiology.

Students will have the chance to study topics such as: genetics of microbiology, general virology, microbial pathogens, infectious diseases, general parasitology and microbial ecology. Appart from understanding scientific processes and methods, students will develop skills in using and interpreting statistics and will be able critically analyse information.

A microbiology graduate may benefit from various career opportunities, working as a biomedical scientist, microbiologist, scientific laboratory technician, forensic scientist, science advisor, administrator, researcher, or science writer.

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Suggested Masters in Microbiology

M.Sc. Microbiology

The Master's in Microbiology focuses on the applications of molecular, medical and environmental microbiology for improving health and environment. In a cutting-edge research environment, with a mix of general and specialised courses, you will broaden and deepen your perspective on microbiology for the future with in-depth insight and experience in present-day clinical and microbial research.

M.Sc. Drug Innovation

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Drug Innovation focuses on diagnostics and the improvement and management of small molecule and biomolecular drugs. Drug innovation covers many topics such as the development of new vaccines and the study of antibodies, gene therapeutics, and medical nutrition.

M.Sc. Clinical Microbiology

Despite incredible advances in medicine, there is still plenty of work to be done in the 21st century to create healthier communities across the globe – and microbiologists are leading the way. The Clinical Microbiology programme is offered by the Glasgow Caledonian University.  

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M.Sc. Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology

Why are microbes the most important group of organisms on our planet? How is knowledge of microbiology applied in medicine and industry, or in food production? What research techniques are used to study viruses, bacteria and other microbes? These are important questions, and you can find answers to these in the Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology programme at the University of Helsinki.