Master of Science Degree in Applied Microbiology

Departmental Regulations for the MSc (Applied Microbiology)

1.0 Entrance Requirements

Applicants intending to study for the Master of Science Degree in Applied Microbiology should normally have a first degree in a pure or applied Biological subject from this University or from any other recognised university or equivalent institution, as single or combined major or equivalent. This should be passed with a min- mum of lower second class overall and in the Biological component, which should normally include passes in at least 1 course in Microbiology and 1 course in Biochemistry.

2.0 Degree Structure

The Master of Science Degree Programme shall consist of course work and Dissertation extending over 4 semesters of full-time study, which include the long vacation period between the semesters. All courses are 3 credits each. The Dissertation shall be based on a supervised original research project extending over the second year of study (Semesters 3 and 4) and shall normally be presented at the end of that year. Extensions beyond this can only be made with the approval of the School of Graduate Studies

3.0 Research Seminar

BIO 614: Research Seminar will be assessed based on assignments related to data analysis and project formulations, write-ups of project proposals and oral presentations of reports including proposals. BIO 614 will be assessed with 30 per cent based on the seminar and 70 per cent based on the final report.

4.0 Coursework

The coursework shall extend over the first 2 semesters of study and shall consist of 4 core courses (12 credits) taken in the first semester and 1 in the second semester (3 credits). In the second semester, candidates will choose to specialize in either Food Microbiology or Environmental Microbiology. There are 4 courses for each stream with a total of 12 credits.

5.0 Course Listings

All students enrolled for the Master of Science Degree in Applied Microbiology must take and Pass the following courses in the first and second semesters of study:

Semester 1 (Core Courses)

BIO610 Bacteriology

BIO611 Mycology

BIO612 Virology

BIO613 Molecular Genetics

Semester 2

BIO 614 Research Seminar (core)

Stream 1: Food Microbiology

BIO620 Industrial Microbiology

BIO621 Food Microbiology and Hygiene

BIO622 Food Toxicology

BIO623 Food Science and Technology

Stream 2: Environmental Microbiology

BIO630 Microbial Ecology

BIO631 Environmental Toxicology

BIO632 Phycology

BIO633 Soil Microbiology

Semesters 3 and 4

BIO700 Master of Science Dissertation

6.0 Supervision

Supervision will be as specified in General Academic Regulation 40.7.

7.0 Period of Study

The period of study shall be as specified in General Academic Regulations and shall include the long vacation period between the semesters.

8.0 Assessment and Examination

8.1 Continuous assessment shall be based on a combination of assignments, written tests and practical exercises as approved by the Department Board.

8.2 The grading of BIO 614: Research Seminar will be based upon the assessment of the written and oral reports.

8.3 The formal written examination of each course except BIO 614 shall take the form of a final exam paper of 2 hour’s duration. The ratio between continuous assessment and examination shall be 1:1.

9.0 Progression from Year 1 to Year 2

In order to proceed to the second year, a student must pass all courses taken during Semesters 1 and 2.

10.0 Dissertation

The regulations regarding the Dissertation shall be as specified in the General Academic Regulations.