As students progress through the course, they collect a total of 120 credit points (CP). The course begins with the completion of two modules; these serve to give students a common grounding in the relevant theory and also train them in standard scientific communication. In addition, a pair of main modules teaches students practical scientific skills. Each module is worth 12 CP. Three modules (profile modules) are studied which cover current applications of microbiology. These are valued at six CP each.
Students will then undertake two modules of independent scientific research projects. 12 credit points are awarded per project. The programme is then concluded with a Master's project and thesis, valued at 30 CP.
The Microbiology Course consists of the following modules:
- Microbial Physiology and Diversity (12 CP)
- Molecular Mechanisms and Interactions (12 CP)
- Main Modules (24 CP)
- Profile Modules (18 CP)
- Research Projects (24 CP)
- Master's thesis (30 CP)
The overview can be found at: http://www.pmbio.icbm.de/mamibi/program_overview.html
Study abroad unit(s)
Students are encouraged to perform part of their studies at a foreign laboratory. However, this is not obligatory.
Forms of assessment
Written or oral exams after the lecture period, controlled lab reports, written thesis to be defended
Many of our graduates have the opportunity to obtain PhD positions at the Institute for Marine Chemistry and Biology at the University of Oldenburg, or in other research institutes nearby. In addition, a wide range of attractive employment fields are available for microbiologists.
Our graduates have excellent opportunities in the biotechnological, chemical and food industries, as well as prospects in environmental protection, e.g. wastewater treatment and bioremediation. Microbiological and molecular techniques are also applied in agriculture in order to evaluate the quality and microflora of soils, and to detect potential pests. A wide range of options are available to the microbiology graduate. Due to the rapid development in molecular biology, job opportunities are increasing every day.