Your complete guide to a short course in Microbiology

Everything you need to know about studying a short course in Microbiology

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Microbiology is the science that deals with the study of microorganisms and the effects of diseases that microorganisms produce. Microbiology studies the shape, structure (morphology), genetic and metabolic processes in microscopic and sub-microscopic organisms.

The science of Microbiology is relatively young and it offers practical applications for different areas of human activity: medicine, agriculture, nutrition, biotechnology and more. Theoretical and practical accumulation of nuclear physics, cellular and molecular biology, and information techniques have led to the improvement of Microbiology logistics, resulting in the rapid development of microbiology as a multilateral science. Microbiology touches upon elements of other disciplines like Chemistry, Biomedicine, Public Health, environmental impact and human health.

Two main branches of Microbiology are Bacteriology and Virology (which deals with the study of viruses and diseases), while other sub-disciplines include: Immunology, Biotechnology, Industrial Microbiology, Public Health Microbiology, Environment Microbiology and Genetic Engineering.

Students will have the chance to study topics such as: genetics of microbiology, general virology, microbial pathogens, infectious diseases, general parasitology and microbial ecology. Apart from understanding scientific processes and methods, students will develop skills in using and interpreting statistics and will be able critically analyse information.

Microbiology graduates may benefit from various career opportunities, working as a biomedical scientist, microbiologist, scientific laboratory technician, forensic scientist, science advisor, administrator, researcher, or science writer.

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Universities Location U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2018)
Harvard University Cambridge, United States 1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, United States 2
University of Washington Seattle, United States 3
University of Oxford Oxford, United Kingdom 4
Duke University Durham, United States 5
Rockefeller University New York City, United States 6
University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, United States 7
Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, United States 8
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, United States 9
University of Wisconsin Madison Madison, United States 10
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 11
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States 11
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom 13
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, United States 14
Stanford University Stanford, United States 15
Imperial London, United Kingdom 16
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 17
Emory University Atlanta, United States 17
University of California, San Diego San Diego, United States 19
The University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 20
The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 21
Yale University New Haven, United States 22
Columbia University New York City, United States 23
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 24
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles, United States 25
University of Chicago Chicago, United States 26
Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands 27
University of Queensland Saint Lucia, Australia 27
University of Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom 29
University of Toronto Pickering, Canada 30
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 31
McGill University Montréal, Canada 32
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States 32
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland 34
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine London, United Kingdom 35
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 35
Ghent University Ledeberg, Belgium 37
Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich München, Germany 38
University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark 39
University of Montpellier Montpellier, France 40
Pennsylvania State University State College, United States 41
Wageningen University and Research Wageningen, Netherlands 42
University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 43
University of Georgia Athens, United States 43
University of Maryland Baltimore Baltimore, United States 43
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Manhattan, United States 46
Heidelberg University Heidelberg, Germany 47
Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden 48
UCL London, United Kingdom 48
University of Sao Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 50
New York University New York City, United States 51
University of California, Davis Davis, United States 52
Seoul National University Anyang, South Korea 53
KU Leuven Brussels, Belgium 54
Aix-Marseille University Marseille, France 55
University of Liverpool Liverpool, United Kingdom 55
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, United States 57
Princeton University Princeton, United States 58
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston, United States 58
University of Southern California Los Angeles, United States 60
University of Freiburg Freiburg, Germany 61
Osaka University Osaka-shi, Japan 62
University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland 63
The Ohio State University Upper Arlington, United States 64
University of Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa 65
University of Zurich Zürich, Switzerland 66
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, United States 67
Sorbonne University Paris, France 68
University of Aberdeen Aberdeen, United Kingdom 68
University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 70
Leiden University Leiden, Netherlands 71
Freie Universität Berlin Berlin Steglitz, Germany 72
University of Florida Gainesville, United States 73
Radboud University Nijmegen - Summer School Nijmegen, Netherlands 74
University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada 74
Mahidol University Sam Phran, Thailand 76
University of Bonn Bonn, Germany 76
Northwestern University Evanston, United States 78
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, United States 79
Hokkaido University Sapporo, Japan 80
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 80
Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan 82
University of California, Irvine (UCI) Irvine, United States 83
Michigan State University East Lansing, United States 84
Monash University Clayton, Australia 85
University of Geneva Genève, Switzerland 85
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 87
Purdue University West Lafayette, United States 87
Rutgers University New Brunswick, United States 89
Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherlands 89
University of Tennessee Knoxville Knoxville, United States 91
University of Würzburg Würzburg, Germany 91
University of Strasbourg Strasbourg, France 93
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, United States 94
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, United States 94
Hannover Medical School Hannover, Germany 96
University of Kentucky Lexington, United States 97
Vanderbilt University Nashville, United States 98
University of Massachusetts Medical School - Worcester Worcester, United States 99
University of Vienna Vienna, Austria 99
Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore 101
University of Calgary Calgary, Canada 101
Colorado State University Fort Collins, United States 103
National Autonomous University of Mexico Coyoacán, Mexico 103
University of Basel Basel, Switzerland 105
Baylor College of Medicine Houston, United States 106
University of Münster Münster, Germany 106
Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 108
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Berlin, Germany 109
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Copenhagen, Denmark 110
The University of Arizona Tucson, United States 110
Fudan University Shanghai, China 112
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 113
University of Tübingen Tübingen, Germany 114
University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands 114
University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 114
University of Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom 117
Sapienza University of Rome Roma, Italy 118
Humboldt University Berlin Berlin, Germany 119
Tulane University New Orleans, United States 119
Federal University of Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, Brazil 121
University of Maryland College Park, United States 121
Tufts University Medford, United States 123
The University of Iowa Iowa City, United States 123
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Urbana, United States 125
University of Pretoria Pretoria, South Africa 125
Yeshiva University New York City, United States 127
University of Paris Sud Orsay, France 128
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden 129
University of Paris Paris, France 130
University of Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom 130
University of Cologne Köln, Germany 132
Nagasaki University Obita, Japan 133
Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China 133
Cardiff University Cardiff, United Kingdom 135
University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 135
University of Warwick Coventry, United Kingdom 137
China Agricultural University Beijing, China 138
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Germany 139
Texas A&M University College Station, United States 140
Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark 141
Paris Diderot University Paris, France 142
Indiana University Bloomington Bloomington, United States 143
University of Porto Porto, Portugal 143
University of Otago Dunedin, New Zealand 145
University of Gothenburg Göteborg, Sweden 146
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, United States 147
Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden 148
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 149
University of Utah Salt Lake City, United States 149
Boston University Boston, United States 151
Tsinghua University Beijing, China 152
University of Texas at Austin Austin, United States 153
Claude Bernard Lyon 1 Villeurbanne, France 154
Philip University in Marburg Marburg, Germany 154
University College Cork Cork, Ireland 156
Oregon State University Corvallis, United States 157
University of Guelph Guelph, Canada 158
Dartmouth College Hanover, United States 159
Oregon Health & Science University Portland, United States 159
University of Connecticut Storrs, United States 159
Umea University Umeå, Sweden 162
The University of Milan Sesto San Giovanni, Italy 162
Laval University Québec, Canada 164
McMaster University Hamilton, Canada 165
University of Montreal Montréal, Canada 166
Université Grenoble Alpes Grenoble, France 167
Iowa State University Ames, United States 168
National Taiwan University Taipei, Taiwan 168
Justus Liebig University Giessen Gießen, Germany 170
Charles University Prague, Czech Republic 171
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands 172
Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 173
University of Oslo Oslo, Norway 174
University of Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal 175
Friedrich Schiller University Jena Jena, Germany 176
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal 176
King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 178
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, United States 178
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) Moscow, Russia 180
AgroParisTech - Institut des Sciences et Industries du Vivant et de l'Environnement Paris, France 181
North Carolina State University Raleigh, United States 181
University of Virginia Charlottesville, United States 181
Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China 184
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 185
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Brussels, Belgium 186
University of Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom 187
Montana State University Bozeman, United States 188
UCLouvain Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 188
Peking University Beijing, China 190
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China 191
University of Bern Bern, Switzerland 191
University of Göttingen Göttingen, Germany 193
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) Ås, Norway 194
Kansas State University Manhattan, United States 195
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, United States 195
Lund University Lund, Sweden 197
University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Canada 198
Cairo University Cairo, Egypt 199
Autonomous University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 200
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