Course Overview

All PhD students in the College of Science will enroll in a Structured PhD:

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. NUI 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.

Programmes Available

Structured PhD, 4 years, full-time.
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Course Outline

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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

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

Contact Us

Dr. Conor O'Byrne 
T +353 91 493 957