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M.Sc Microbiology

Program Overview

M.Sc. in Microbiology is a two-year postgraduate program in microbiology segregated into four semesters. The objective of this course is to produce intellectual and proficient microbiologists. This course will enhance the abilities and skills of students for application of microbiology theories and expertise in solving the live problems faced by the industry for sustainable environment.

Microbiology is a large discipline with many different specialties. It encompasses various disciplines such as Microbial Diversity and Systematics, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Medical Microbiology, Applied Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Industrial Microbiology etc. 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 program is to give basic and applied training on various aspects of Microbiology. The course is aim at sharpening the all-round scientific skills which is achieved through group discussions, term-paper assignments, seminars and tutorials over and above regular class-room teaching. Seminars in the second semesters is syllabus based; in 3rd semester is based on research papers.

The program was started in 2018 currently 32 students are enrolled.

Eligibility

  • B.Sc. in any biological and allied subjects.

Selection process

The admission is based on merit.

After the Program

Higher studies

    • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in India or abroad

Jobs/Employment

  • Microbiologists serve various industries: Food Industry, Beverage Industry, Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories, Environmental Agencies, Agriculture Industry, Hospitals, Pharmaceutical Industries

  • Distinct roles as a Microbiologist: Bacteriologist, virologist, mycologist

  • Scientific Officer: BARC, ISRO, DRDO, CSIR Laboratories, IPR, TIFR, ONGC, etc.

  • Government Jobs in the biology domain.

  • Academic job opportunities in colleges and universities include research assistants, lab managers.

Structure of Program

Sr. No.

Name of the Subjects

Credit

SEMESTER ONE

1

Microbial Diversity and Systematics

3

2

Microbial Biochemistry

3

3

Cell and Molecular Biology

3

4

Virology

2

5

Microbial Genetics

3

6

Basics of Mathematics and Statistics

2

7

Laboratory I: Microbial Biochemistry

2

8

Laboratory II: Microbial Diversity and Virology

2

9

Laboratory III: Microbial Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology

2

 

Total

22

SEMESTER TWO

1

Genetic Engineering

3

2

Immunology

3

3

Bioinformatics

2

4

Enzyme Engineering

3

5

Environmental Microbiology

2

6

Research Methodology and Scientific Communication Skills

2

7

Elective 1

2

8

Seminar

1

9

Laboratory IV: Environmental Microbiology

2

10

Laboratory V: Immunology and Enzyme Engineering

2

11

Laboratory VI: Genetic Engineering

2

 

Total

25

SEMESTER THREE

1

Medical Microbiology

3

2

Industrial Microbiology

3

3

Emerging Technologies

2

4

Bioentrepreneurship

2

5

Intellectual Property Rights, Biosafety and Bioethics

2

6

Project Proposal Preparation and Presentation

2

7

Seminar

1

8

Laboratory VI: Industrial and Medical Microbiology

2

9

Laboratory VII: Bioinformatics

2

 

Total

19

SEMESTER FOUR

1

Dissertation

24

2

Elective 2

2

 

Total

26

 

Total Credits

92

 

Recommended Electives:

1. Food and Dairy Microbiology | 2. Pharmaceutical Microbiology | 3. Computational Biology | 4. Nanobiotechnology | 5. Vaccines