Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology by Research, M.Sc. | Bangor University | Bangor, United Kingdom
12 months
18750 GBP/year
4660 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology by Research from Bangor University, is a one-year full-time  programme that differs from a taught Masters programme by placing more emphasis on research, and by being examined much more like a PhD, by viva voce (oral) examination, rather than by grading of coursework and dissertation. 

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Key Facts

This Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology by Research degree from Bangor University , will equip you with confidence and competence in the latest research skills (including generic skills such as literature searching, legal and ethical aspects, project planning, grant proposal writing, and statistical manipulation of data) and allow you to apply for further research training (PhD) programmes, or to directly apply for research positions in universities or research institutes.

The first three months will be spent refining your project proposal and conducting a thorough Literature review. You will also present your proposal to the rest of the cohort and supervisors.

Feedback obtained will enable you to improve the final project and thesis. You will also be expected to take advantage of the training programme provided by the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Graduate School and the University Doctoral School in both subject-specific and generic postgraduate-level skills.

Programme Structure

The examples of subjects of potential projects include (but are not limited to):-discovery of novel enzymes of industrial relevance from extremophilic microorganisms and their communities;
  • cultivation of extremophilic (e.g. hyperacidophilic) archaea;
  • microbiology of petroleum degradation in marine environments: cultivation and OMICS studies);
  • applications of marine oil-degrading bacteria (enzymes, surfactants, biopolymers, osmolytes);
  • culture-independent (metagenomic) analysis of taxonomic composition and functional potential of microbial communities;
  • investigation of the role of marine microorganisms and their enzymes in the fate of synthetic polyester plastics
  • application of metabolomics technologies to enzyme discovery (general principles, sample preparation, targeted and discovery mode LC-MS analysis of complex metabolite mixtures and data analysis (bioinformatics);

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Send in your application form by the end of June (for September intake) or the end of October (for January intake).


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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A good first degree (2.ii or above) in a relevant biological subject from a university, or a similar qualification from any other institution. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification and relevant practical experience may also be accepted. Mature students without a degree but having substantial recent and relevant (e.g. industrial) experience will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18750 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4660 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4660 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Bangor

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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