Microbiology - Structured

All PhD students in the College of Science will enrol in a Structured PhD

Subjects taught

Major research themes/clusters
Research activity in Microbiology is carried out in three broad topics:

Energy and environment
Microbes are being exploited for sustainable energy generation from renewable biomass and waste, e.g., biofuel cells, anaerobic digestion.

Marine microbiology underpins the study of climate change, marine productivity and diversity. University of Galway researchers are studying the microbes that drive geochemical nutrient cycles.

Infectious diseases
All infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms. Research foci are; infection mechanisms, food borne illnesses, antibiotic resistance and diagnostics.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to enter on a programme of study and research for the degree of PhD you must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of your fitness.

Application dates

Course Code: PHDS-MICR
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.


Structured PhD, 4 years, full-time.


Research Areas


Molecular diagnostics
Host-pathogen studies
Microbial glycobiology
Microbial diversity in aquatic environment
Recombinant protein production
Deep ocean microbiology
Stress responses in food borne pathogens
Food borne pathogen epidemiology
Antibiotic and disinfectant resistance
Applied ecology and habitat management

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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