Syllabus for M.Sc Microbiology

M.Sc. Microbiology or Master of Science in Microbiology is a postgraduate degree course. The duration of the course is 2 years (4 semesters). M.Sc. Microbiology is a discipline that combines both biology and chemistry for the investigation of the living systems and aims to discover their relationship with the environment. Curriculum covers the study of microorganisms and the effect that they have on human species

M.Sc. Microbiology  course offers specializations to the students in the areas such as microbial study, water microbiology, soil microbiology, generation microbiology, nano microbiology, agricultural microbiology, industrial microbiology, evolutionary microbiology, microbial genetics, veterinary microbiology and microbial.

To pursue Microbiology students should have passed B.Sc or equivalent with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university in respective subjects with two subjects combination among Microbiology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Human Genetics, Environmental Sciences, Home Science, Dairy Sciences, Fisheries, App. Nutrition, Nutrition, and Dietetics, Biotechnology, Medical Lab. Technology, Public Health, Nursing, Plant Protection, Agriculture, and Horticulture or Forestry, or B.Sc Agriculture, B.Sc Home Science.

In the page below we have complied the common Syllabus for M.Sc. Microbiology followed by the Universities and Colleges in India. There might be some variations in the syllabus.

M.Sc Microbiology Syllabus for Semester I 

1 Introduction to microbes and prokaryotes
2 Different cell morphology, flagella, pili, capsule, cell wall, cell membrane, cytoplasm. Intracytoplasmic inclusions
3 Morphological characteristics of bacteria
4 Nutrition and Cultivation
5 Distribution, morphology, and classification


M.Sc Microbiology Syllabus for Semester II 

1 Structure and properties of mono, oligo and polysaccharides Metabolism and regulation
2 Fermentation reactions, Fermentation balances, Homo and Heterolactic fermentation
3 Classification, structure of saturated, unsaturated fatty acids
4 Isolation techniques of microorganism
5 Classification, structure and properties of amino acids. General aspects of amino acid metabolism


M.Sc Microbiology Syllabus for Semester III 

1 Isolation techniques of microorganisms
2 Eukaryotic Genome
3 Plasmids and Bacteriophages
4 Aquatic Microbiology
5 Soil Microbiology


M.Sc Microbiology Syllabus for Semester IV

1 Recombinant DNA Technology
2 Fermentation Technology
3 Bioinformatics, Microbial Genomics and Proteomics
4 Pharmaceutical Microbiology
5 Immune System and immunity



1 Microbiology of Air
2 Soil Microbiology
3 Principles of food preservation
4 Dairy Microbiology
5 Clinical Microbiology
6 Agricultural Microbiology


After completing M.Sc. in Microbiology you can choose a career in top companies such as food industries, pharmaceutical industries, hospitals, chemical industries, and research and development organizations in both private as well as in public sectors. Those who hold an interest in research they may pursue either M.Phil or PhD in Microbiology