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 and many others in the study of Microbiology and microbial biotechnology.
Upon completing your degree, you will:
- Understand the global significance of microbes as remodelers and processors of life and the environment
- Understand the potential for the use of microbes in the development of new applications, such as foodstuffs, drugs, and industrial processes
- Understand the molecular mechanisms that underpin microbial function
- Be able to evaluate the effects of changes in the environment on microbial communities and thus on the function of the biosphere
- Be able to estimate the risks of microbes, and assess the use of microbes in a variety of environments and situations
- Be able to evaluate ethical questions and the prerequisites of commercialisation related to the use of microbes and biotechnology
- You will understand the most important functional mechanisms of the major groups of microbes
- Be aware of the most important pathogens and virulence mechanisms
- Have mastered the most important microbiological and biotechnological research methods, and become proficient in the interpretation and evaluation of research results
- Be able to develop and evaluate new microbiological and biotechnological applications
- Have the capability to plan and lead activities that involve microbiology and biotechnology, and will be able to propose appropriate actions in various situations
- Know how to search for, produce and critically evaluate scientifically relevant information
- Have developed the capacity for disseminating relevant information about your topic to various target groups in an appropriate manner within an international environment.
Further information about the studies on the Master's programme website.