The MPI Thematic Area offers the student a broad range of courses in the field of microbiology and biotechnology. The courses are designed to provide the learner with in-depth knowledge of microbial life ranging from bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa to viruses. To ensure a more holistic approach to the teaching of microbiology and its applications, complementary courses from other Thematic Areas in the School are incorporated in the taught programmes.
Apart from teaching courses in the BSc (Microbiology & Biotechnology) degree program members of staff in The MPI Thematic Area also teach courses to students in other degree programmes including: BSc, BSc(Biology), BSc (Environmental Conservation & Natural Resources Management) and also B Ed (Sc) and other ODL programmes.
The MPI Thematic Area offers postgraduate training in three programmes: MSc (Microbiology)
MSc (Mycology) and MSc (Applied Parasitology). Various students are undertaking research leading to award of Ph D degrees in various fields in the Thematic Area.