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MSc (Microbiology)

Why take this course?

In spite of their size, the impact of microbes on the planet is so extensive that life as we know it could not exist without them. In addition, microbes cause many diseases to humans, animals, and plants. Knowledge of Microbiology will enable you to improve the quality of our lives in relation to the environment, to fight disease, and to combat pollution. Microbiology plays a key role in genetic engineering and other Modern Biotechnology, such as antibiotic production and the exploitation of new sources of food and energy. This course will provide the students interested in the various Biosciences with a sound theoretical background and hands-on laboratory experience in leading-edge microbiology.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Understand the various microorganisms and their usefulness in the areas of agriculture, subsurface pollution in soils, marine environments and industrial wastes
  • Gain hands-on experience in various laboratory techniques

What opportunities might it lead to?

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 organizations 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 specialized products and biopharmaceuticals.

Degree Awarded

Master of Science

Course Commencement

June 2020


The minimum qualification required to apply is a bachelor’s degree in the respective discipline from a recognized university.

Study Campus

  • Center for Post Graduate Studies
  • #18/3, 9th Cross, 3rd Block, Jayanagar
  • Bangalore – 560011
  • P: +91 80 43226500

Admissions Office

  • JGI Knowledge Campus
  • # 44/4, District Fund Road
  • Jayanagar 9th Block Campus
  • Bangalore - 5600 69
  • P+ 91 80 46650127

Curriculum Structure & Teaching

Semester I
  • Microbial Systematics and Bacteriology
  • Mycology and Phycology
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry & Microbial physiology
  • Learning Labs
  • Microbial Systematics / Bacteriology / Mycology and Phycology
  • Biochemistry /Physiology / Immunology
Semester II
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbial and Molecular Genetics
  • Medical microbiology
  • Agricultural microbiology
  • Learning Labs
  • Molecular Biology / Genetics
  • Medical / Agricultural microbiology
Semester III
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Industrial microbiology
  • Elective (any one)
  • Pharmaceutical microbiology
  • Hospital Infection Control
  • Microbial genomics
  • Biopolymers
  • Learning Labs
  • Recombinant DNA Technology / Environmental & Food / Industrial / Techniques
  • Elective (Practical)
Semester IV
  • Biostatistics
  • Microbiological, Biophysical and Biochemical Techniques
  • Elective (any one)
    -Microbial Inoculants
    -Biological Waste Management
    -Dairy Microbiology
  • Learning Labs
  • Elective (Practicals)
  • Project presentation + defense
  • Comprehensive Viva-voce

Teaching and Assessment

A variety of engaging teaching methods like workshops, lectures, projects and seminars, are conducted from time to time at Jain (Deemed-to-be University). Our highly knowledgeable professors always make themselves available to students outside of the classroom, even beyond office hours and help the students to bring out the best in them. The faculty makes it a point of connecting with their students to create a fulfilling academic experience. This allows building a closer student-professor relationship.

How are you assessed?

On this course, you will encounter a balance of formal examinations and varied methods of coursework assessment including:

  • - Internal tests
  • - Assignments
  • - Seminar presentation
  • - Class tests
  • - Preparatory theory and Practical examination
  • - End term theory and Practical examination