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PhD 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.
MPhil 2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.
Applicants holding other qualifications may also be accepted.
Microbiological research within biosciences covers a wide range of areas. Our expertise lies in the application of molecular biology approaches to fundamental research on microorganisms. Current areas of ongoing research include rapid pathogen detection, foodborne and zoonotic diseases, the microbiological safety of food including novel decontamination processes, probiotics, bacteriophage, development and use of marker genes to study bacterial interactions with hosts and the environment, metal and antibiotic resistance of bacteria, modelling of resistance spread and drug discovery.
The work covers fundamental studies of individual organisms at a genetic and biochemical level, through to metagenomics. We use techniques such as phenomics, genomics and transcriptomics to relate microbial physiology to gene regulation and expression and to understand their environmental control.
Metagenomics are used to examine the complex interactions in microbial populations and apply this to improve control of fermented food production and to study the spread of antimicrobial resistance determinants.
Sutton Bonington campus has its own hall of residence, sports centre and social amenities, student guild and wide range of clubs and societies. The campus benefits from state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities dedicated to the study of biosciences, including purpose-built plant and food science buildings; many specialised laboratories; a 24-hour learning resource centre; university farm and a new dairy centre.
We have an Information Services Learning Resource Centre (ISCRA) comprising a suite of computer resource areas, which is open 24-hours per day via the University smart card. All PC workstations are connected to the University’s data network, and through Joint Academic Network (JANET) to the Internet.
The school believes that formal training and guidance are critical components of the postgraduate experience and have developed procedures to ensure that both specific and generic training are available and that postgraduates avail themselves of these opportunities. Specific (project-related) training is provided by the supervisors and other staff within the school. Students can expect to have frequent contact with their supervisors, often on a weekly or even daily basis, and there is a formal requirement for at least 10 recorded meeting per year.
The Graduate School has prime responsibility for the delivery of the generic skills training and has a dedicated training team who provide a comprehensive generic research training programme comprising over 80 different courses. These courses include IT training, presentation skills, intellectual property rights, business studies, career management, research skills and techniques, the research environment and management and courses for students involved in teaching and demonstrating.
Courses for students in their final year include writing their thesis and preparing for the viva and CV writing and interview skills. These courses are all designed to enhance the professional and personal skills of the student. Students select which courses to incorporate into their training plans following discussion of their training needs with relevant staff.
The Graduate School operates from the main campus of the University, in a dedicated and well equipped centre or ‘hub’ to provide central coordination, communication and leadership of postgraduate training. However, there is a dedicated postgraduate centre on the Sutton Bonington campus, where the School of Bioscience is located. A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Students' Union are a particularly important source of support.
We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.
View our current research staff listing (PDF) to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.
The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research, these are, the Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas 21 funding. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding. Studentship opportunities are also available.
International Students (outside the European Union) are advised to apply early (October – February) in the academic year to ensure consideration for available scholarships (ORS, International Office). However, as competition for international scholarships is very fierce students are advised also to seek out scholarship opportunities from within their own countries, or agencies such as the World Bank, British Council or ACU. Please see the International Office website for postgraduate funding opportunities for international applicants.
International Students should contact their nearest British Council Office or embassy for advice on financial assistance.
DFID Awards are available for international applicants from developing countries. See the Association of Commonwealth Universities web pages International applicants for information on DFID awards.
The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Visit the school page for additional opportunities.
In 2015, 97% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,828 with the highest being £29,800*
*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
** The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.
DisclaimerThis online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.
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