Structured PhD (Microbiology) full-time

College of Science,
School of Natural Sciences

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

Areas of interest

  • 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

Contact Us

Dr. Conor O'Byrne 
T +353 91 493 957 

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU: €5,750 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,750 p.a. 2018/19