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Studying microbes is crucial to tackle future challenges to human and animal health (multidrug and antibiotic resistance; microbiota dysbiosis; emerging microbial pathogens), pollution (bioremediation; green energy) and biotechnology (synthetic microbiology and micro-biotechnology; food microbiology).

Unique in Belgium, this Master in Molecular Microbiology (MMM) provides the opportunity to study the microbial world in the context of basic and applied research, allowing you to face all these important challenges of the 21st century.

Y O U R   O B J E C T I V E S

  • to understand and tackle a large diversity of molecular processes underlying microbial interactions with their environment;
  • to manage the technical and conceptual aspects of a research project in Molecular Microbiology (project design, experimental strategies, critical data analysis, discussion and communication);
  • to show a deep interest for international mobility and collaboration with international research groups.

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P R O G R A M M E

The Master in Molecular Microbiology (MMM) is a research-oriented (120 credits) Masters programme offered entirely in English. The integration of the MMM within a European joint programme in association with Aix-Marseille University and Marburg Phillips-Universität promotes international mobility and provides access to a wide range of scientific expertise at two of the most prestigious European Microbiology Research Institutes.

Programme structure and courses

Semester 1

The first semester is devoted to general and specialised microbiology courses taught by scientists from academia and from industry who address the essential elements of Molecular Microbiology with a particular emphasis on bacteriology.

You will have the opportunity to use active learning methods such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL), inverted classrooms and integrated practical courses. You will also be offered the possibility to attend local and national scientific conferences.

Semesters 2-4

The final 3 semesters are dedicated to research projects in several research groups within UNamur and at partner laboratories.

During the second semester, the emphasis is put on acquiring technical skills in Molecular Microbiology and the basics of scientific writing. These skills will be further developped during the third semester in the context of your Master’s thesis, when you will improve your autonomy and scientific communication.

During the last semester, you will have the opportunity to do a professional internship in industry or in an academic research laboratory abroad.

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