Microbiology (MBS1)

Academic Year 2019/2020

If you are interested in doing an Internship as part of Stage 4, you must indicate your interest now (in Stage 3).
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The exploitation and control of microorganisms impacts on human and animal health, industry (food, health, pharmaceutical, water, biotechnology), environment and climate.  We aim to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and perspective of microbiology, coupled with valuable transferable skills that will improve their further education and employment opportunities within and beyond the scientific sector. The aim of this programme is to educate and train students in the discipline of microbiology to pursue careers in industry, scientific research, education, and related professions.  We aim to develop students to be expert, independent, critical thinkers, with strong practical knowledge.  Students will develop a deep understanding of microorganisms, their role in the environment, health, infection, and industrial applications. We provide a scholarly environment combining classical teaching methods with blended learning approaches, within state of the art facilities that enhance independent learning, questioning and investigational skills combined with problem solving skills.  The placement of final year undergraduate students in academic and industry laboratories offers students the opportunity to gain first hand experience of real-life professional environments that will prepare them for their career path and/or further education. This educational ethos will allow microbiology graduates to maximize their human resource potential at local, national and international levels to address societal needs.  The students' progress is assessed using a variety of methods including classical written exams, assessed essays/case studies, oral presentations, team exercises and written reports.


  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the subject and how it might be exploited for the benefit of humankind.
  • Effectively collect, analyse and present experimental data
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for life-long, self-directed learning
  • Work independently and collaboratively
  • Problem solve and think critically
  • Understand the modern Microbiological research process including conceptualization, hypothesis, design, planning, execution, data analysis and dissemination.
  • Appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit, process and roadmap for applied research.
  • Exhibit a professional attitude and a range of transferable skills that can be applied to areas beyond microbiology.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a range of practical microbiological techniques.
  • Be able to communicate microbiological concepts to other scientists and the broader community
Approved Additional Standards for Continuation in undergraduate degree programmes in Science (all majors):

Students who return failing grades in a semester amounting to 15 credits, or more, will be identified under the UCD Continuation and Readmission Policy. Students whose rate of progression and performance over two academic sessions (2 years) is deemed unacceptable will be referred to the Academic Council Committee on Student Conduct and Capacity for exclusion from the programme.
Stage 3

Students take eight core modules and two optional modules. Students may take additional option modules to complete Stage 3 or alternatively, take 10 credits from elective modules.
If you are interested in doing an Internship as part of Stage 4, you must indicate your interest now (in Stage 3). See full details www.ucd.ie/science/careers/internships/students/

Stage 4

Students take a total of 60 credits

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
BMOL30030 Regulation of Gene Expression Autumn

5

MICR30030 Microbial Physiology Autumn

5

MICR30040 Microbial Diversity and Growth Autumn

5

MICR30070 Skills in Microbiology Autumn

5

ENVB30100 Ecological and Environmental Microbiology Spring

5

MEMI30010 Medical Microbiology Spring

5

MICR30020 Microbial Cell Factory Spring

5

MICR30060 Pharmaceutical and Food Microbiology Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Students should select 2 modules from this list.
     
BMOL30090 Immunology Autumn

5

BSEN40410 Food Chain Integrity Autumn

5

GENE30060 Undergraduate Research 1 Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

PHPS40610 Food Safety Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn

5

BMOL30050 Genomics and Proteomics Spring

5

BMOL30100 Leading Teams in the Scientific Enterprise Spring

5

BMOL40350 Business Planning for the Scientific Enterprise Spring

5

CHEM30190 Chemistry of Biomolecules Spring

5

GENE30070 Undergraduate Research 2 Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Students should select 2 modules from this list.
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
ENVB40480 Applied Microbial Ecology Spring

5

MICR40040 Microbial Pathogenicity Spring

5

MICR40060 Microbial and Mammalian Cell Bioprocessing Spring

5

MICR40070 Enzyme Technology and Protein Engineering Spring

5

MICR40080 Microbial Natural Product Biosynthesis Spring

5

MICR40090 Systems Biology of Microorganisms Spring

5

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Students select one module from Set A.
     
BMOL40090 Research Project (Erasmus) 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

25

BMOL40200 Industry Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

25

MICR40030 Microbiology Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

Stage 4 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Students select one module from Set A.
     
Stage 4 Options - B)MIN1OF:
Set B
     
MEMI40010 Host-Pathogen Interactions and Medical Microbiology Autumn

5

MICR40050 Microbiology of Foodborne Pathogens Autumn

5

MICR40150 Host Pathogen Interaction Autumn

5