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Undergraduate Programme


After a successful start to the project in 2015, the Microbiology Society has signed up more universities, research institutes and further education colleges to join our venture into the world of drug discovery. We collaborate with institutions that are passionate about practical microbiology, where groups of students do self guided and real research, hoping to find the next new antibiotic.  The aim is to inspire young people, through experiencing real research, to keep pursuing a career in science.

The selected students sample a soil of their choice and take part in a series of laboratory sessions looking for new antimicrobial compounds. The programme is flexible and allows each institution to develop the investigations to suit their own skills and requirements. The programme can replace existing practical sessions, form a separate module in some courses or be run as an additional science club. Each partnership can develop the programme to best suit their needs.

Participants are also encouraged to engage with the Small World Initiative global community, and are given access to further materials and reading as well as the chance to get more involved with the activities of the Small World Initiative, if they wish.

What we want from the institution is enthusiasm for the subject and engaged members of staff and students. The Society provides the rest! This includes full training for staff at a three-day course, protocols, as well as an invitation to our Annual Conference to present results.

2017 applications

Applications are now open. Information about the application process and the application pack can be found below.

Undergraduate Programme Information

Undergraduate Programme Application Form

Applications for the Undergraduate Programme will close on 30 April 2017.

2016 successful applicants

  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • University of Glasgow
  • Northampton University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Warwick

2015 University Programme participants

  • University of Birmingham
  • Bath Spa University
  • University of York
  • Blackpool and Fylde College
  • University College Cork
  • Aberystwyth University

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