Microbial Biotechnology

Module code: BS3068

This module covers selected aspects of microbial biochemistry that are of particular importance to the commercial and environmental exploitation of micro-organisms. By understanding the central theories and concepts of selected aspects of microbial biochemistry and biotechnology, you will develop a reflective appreciation of the safety, social and ethical issues surrounding uses of micro-organisms in biotechnology. 

Topics covered

  • Principles of microbial biotechnology
  • Microbial growth kinetics and bioreactor design
  • Biotechnology of microbial primary metabolites
  • Microbial recombinant protein production
  • Microbes and environmental biotechnology
  • Biotechnology of microbial secondary metabolites
  • Antibiotic modes of action and mechanisms of resistance


  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of seminars
  • 4 hours of tutorials
  • 5 hours of external visits
  • 117 hours of guided independent study


  • Exam (70%)
  • Poster (20%)
  • Abstract (10%)