Study guide's Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2018-19 information (E)



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Doctoral Programme in Microbiology & Biotechnology

Microbes have a major effect on the ecosystem and humans. Microbes run biogeochemical cycles of the elements, play a major role in the intestines of animals and biotechnology such as waste water treatment and food production, just to mention some. On the other hand, microbes cause diseases for plants, animals and humans.

The doctoral program in Microbiology and Biotechnology covers the entire field of microbiology, i.e., bacteria, archaea, eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses in any environment where microbes can be found. In addition to basic research in microbiology, it includes applied microbiology which is reflected by including microbiologically relevant biotechnology in the program.

Focus area of the program include

The researcher community formed around the program is nationally the most significant unit in its field and the only one in Finland in several sub-fields.

Key learning outcomes/objectives of education

After obtaining a PhD from the MBDP the student will be able to

International mobility

International activities are strongly encouraged and supported the program. The goal is that every student could participate annually in a congress, a course or a short-term research visit abroad. Participation in PhD courses abroad is supported. Longer visits abroad can also be included in the PhD degree.

UH education reform

Please see rules for transition from the degree requirements of 2014–2017 to the curriculum of 2017–2020 here.

Degree programme director

Professor Marko Virta