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 

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


M.Sc Microbiology Syllabus for Semester II 

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


M.Sc Microbiology Syllabus for Semester III 

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


M.Sc Microbiology Syllabus for Semester IV

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



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