M.Sc. Applied Microbiology (With Specializations)
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M.Sc. Applied Microbiology (With Specializations)

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Eligibility Criteria

    Graduation in any stream of Life Sciences or B.Sc.

  • Selection Procedure

    Merit and Interview

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. Many of these microorganisms, however, carry out important functions in their niches that are essential for life forms.

Microbiologists study the interaction of micro-organisms with other organisms and how they affect their lives, as well as the roles played by these organisms in the environment. This discipline includes fundamental research on the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects of microorganisms, including the host response to these agents. Recent trends from the industry focus on production of totally new eukaryotic compounds like insulin, interferon and other recombinant products, using micro-organisms at industrial scale. Biofuels like bioethanol and biodiesel are being manufactured using new raw materials like lignocellulosics. Algae and other biomass material are considered as an alternative to fossil fuels. Many new recombinant vaccines are produced to replace crude vaccines and make them polyvalent to reduce the dosage.

The specializations offered are:

  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Immunotechnology and Diagnostics


  • I Semester

    MMB 101Bacteriology
    MMB 102Mycology, Phycology & Lichenology
    MMB 103Immunology
    MMB 104Biochemistry I
    MMB 105Analytical Techniques
  • Practicals & Sessionals

    MMBP 106Practical-I (MMB 101, MMB 102 and MMB 103)
    MMBP 107Practical-II (MMB 104 and MMB 105)
  • II Semester

    MMB 201Virology
    MMB 202Molecular Biology and Genetics
    MMB 203Microbial Physiology
    MMB 204Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
    MMB 205Biochemistry II
  • Practicals & Sessionals

    MMBP 206Practical-I (MMB 201, MMB 202 and MMB 203)
    MMBP 207Practical-II (MMB 204 and MMB 205)
  • III Semester

    MMB 301Genetic Engineering, Genomics and Proteomics
    MMB 302Industrial Microbiology
    MMB 303Food Microbiology
    MMB 304Medical Microbiology
    MMB 305Environmental Microbiology
  • Practicals & Sessionals

    MMBP 306Practical-I (MMB 301 and MMB 302)
    MMBP 307Practical-II (MMB 303, MMB 304 and MMB 305)
  • IV Semester

    -Project work Presentation & Defense (Internal Evaluation)
    -Project work- Viva-Voce (External Evaluation)
    -Internal Theory Paper Based on Recent Advances in Life Sciences


Career Prospects

There are various job options available:

  • They can find jobs in Molecular diagnostics, Health Care, Agricultural Research, Animal-Husbandry, Industrial Research and Development in- Enzyme industries, Food Processing Units, Bio-Processing, Chemical Engineering, Drug Designing and Pharmaceuticals.
  • They can also be employed in organizations dealing with- Environment Conservation, Intellectual Property Rights, Bioresourses and Waste Management.
  • Jobs are also available as Research Scientists, Research Associates, Marketing Personnels, Business Development Officers, Sales Representatives and Application Scientist.

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