Course Syllabus for

Advanced Microbiology
Avancerad mikrobiologi

KMB002F, 15 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2020
Decided by: FN2/Eva Nordberg Karlsson
Date of establishment: 2014-03-10

General Information

Division: Applied Microbiology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim is to provide deep and theoretical knowledge about the structure, physiology, function and possibilities to exploit living microbial cells. With this deeper knowledge of relationships between microorganisms, and their structure and function in nature, the course also provides the PhD student to integrate this knowledge with microbial applications in industry and for solving environmental problems. The course covers the genetics and metabolism of the cell, microbial ecology, and the use of microbes for industrial production and bioremediation.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must carry out and orally present a literature project, in which different biochemistry and microbiology parts of the course are integrated, analyzed, synthesized, and discussed

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must present orally a critical and interdisciplinary report based on scientific papers

Course Contents

Microbiology is an exceptionally broad discipline encompassing specialities as diverse as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, taxonomy, pathogenic bacteriology, food and industrial microbiology and ecology. The aim of “Advanced Microbiology” is to cover all aspects of microbiology during a series of seminars. The participants are limited to a maximum of four graduate students. Two teachers contribute in the seminars. The course ends with an oral presentation in public.

Course Literature

Prescott, L.M., Harley, J.P. & Klein, D.A.: “Microbiology” (8th edition). McGraw-Hill, 2011. ISBN 9780071102315.
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Instruction Details

Type of instruction: Self-study literature review. There are 5-6 oral examination sessions with all the participants and two teachers present. For each session PhD students prepare, by independent study from a designated part of the study book. During each session the PhD students will answer questions prepared by the teachers. For the oral presentation each PhD student prepares a seminar based on a literature study of a topic related to microbiology. In total the course takes place over 2 semesters.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Oral exam, seminars given by participants. There are 5-6 sessions of oral examination over 2 semesters. At the end of the course each PhD student prepares and presents a seminar with a topic within microbiology. Each candidate will be assessed according to the learning outcomes.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Needs to be registered as a PhD student
Assumed prior knowledge: Introduction in: chemistry and organic chemistry, microbiology and biochemistry

Further Information

Number of participants: maximum 4 PhD students Frequency: Once every year Course time: Sept to May (2 semesters) Registration: send an email to the contact person not later than one month before the start of the course (August). Course contact person: Ed van Niel ( tel. 2229693 Examiners: Magnus Carlquist, Marie Gorwa-Grauslund, Catherine Paul, Peter Rådström, Jenny Schelin, Anders Sandström, Ed van Niel

Course Occasion Information

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