Modern Microbiology is a large discipline with many different specialties. It encompasses various disciplines such as virology, bacteriology, mycology, medical microbiology, immunology, microbial biotechnology, food and dairy microbiology, veterinary microbiology, agricultural and environmental microbiology. Microbiology has both basic and applied aspects. Research and development in microbiology has led to the emergence of two new fields, namely molecular biology and genetic engineering. Microbiology is one of the most popular upcoming streams in the applied sciences. The subject explores the relevance of microbes to the mankind, by enlightening students about their useful and harmful aspects.
The main focus of the programme is to give basic training on various aspects of Microbiology. The course is aimed at sharpening the all-round scientific (Conceptual, Technical & Numerical) skills which is achieved through Group Discussions, Term-paper assignments, Seminars and Tutorials over and above regular class-room teaching. Seminars in the first two semesters is syllabus based; III & IV semesters based on Research papers.
2 years, 4 semesters
The minimum qualification required to apply is a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology / microbiology / botany / biochemistry
Master of Science
8.30 am – 4.30 pm (Mon – Fri) & 8.30 am – 1.00 pm (Sat)
Career opportunities with the study of microbiology are plentiful and there are lucrative options in India as well as abroad. Microbiology graduates can undertake scientific research in industries, government research laboratories, hospital laboratories or in university research divisions. Microbiology graduates are employed in research organisations in various capacities like research scientists, scientific laboratory technicians, toxicologists, pathologists and healthcare scientists. In pharmaceutical, food, beverage and chemical industries, microbiologists play important roles as quality control and quality assurance specialists, food and water quality scientists, production research officers, technical brewers, ecologists, scientific writers and content developers.
In the academic field, microbiology graduates are employed as lecturers and professors to impart training, education and guidance to graduate, postgraduate students and research scholars. A large number of microbiology graduates pursue higher learning through Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral research in India and abroad.
Several self-employment opportunities are also available with microbiology. In the agricultural and biopharmaceutical sectors, microbiologists promote businesses through the development of specialised products and biopharmaceuticals.
Some of our students have also been entering prestigious institutes (India and abroad) such as National Institute of Immunology, Delhi, M.S. University, Baroda, Virginia Tech University, USA, Texas A&M University, USA, Caledonian University, UK and many more for higher education through competitive selection.