Duration of Program 2 years (4 Semesters)


Seats 5

Total Seats in M. Sc. (Microbiology)

Masters in Microbiology is a two year course that offers two specialization streams namely Food and Environmental Microbiology and Medical and Pharmaceutical Microbiology.

Medical Microbiology comprises and integrates the fields of immunology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology. The common bond between them is the focus on the causes of infectious diseases and on the reactions of the host to the pathogens. The objective of specialized course of medical microbiology is to provide in-depth knowledge of the etiologic organisms causing diseased and the pathogenic mechanisms leading to clinically manifest infections into its host. This knowledge is a necessary prerequisite for the diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of any infectious diseases, indispensable for both biotech, pharma industries and academic sectors.

As pharmaceutical microbiology is crucial to the manufacture and production of drugs, biologics and devices, it is absolutely important that people working in these industries have a strong understanding and in-depth knowledge of pharmaceutical microbiological principles, techniques, processes and strategies in order to avoid any potentially costly and life-threatening failures and consequences.

Academic Framework

The foundation of higher learning at UPES since its inception has been to explore and promote areas of learning that are innovative and future focused. This has led to constant evolution in facilitating creative and collaborative learning engagements for students through realignment of curriculum and exploration of virtual tools, and open-source courseware; thereby creating borderless learning and access to limitless information.

The new curriculum framework at UPES, ABLE (Academic Blueprint for Learning Excellence) is holistic in its overall structure and yet focuses on the individual need of the student to discover, experience, explore and challenge. The learning is segmented into core subject studies, core specialism studies, minors/exploratory subjects, and signature and life skills learning. The latter three are offered by the newly-instituted School for Life.

SFL (School for Life) is an intrinsic part of the composite UPES student experience and facilitates learning and education that is a balance between what students want, and what is needed of them as future global citizens and leaders of tomorrow. With courses designed to equip students with lifelong learning skills, a focus on a wide range of contemporary issues, and a mandatory social and professional internship experience that is unique, UPES believes in igniting to inspire the best version within an individual to better the world.

  • Environmental research organizations like TERI : Microbiologists can work in environment sector with lead organization
  • Pharmaceutical Companies: A microbiologist is always needed for quality control, manufacture and R and D at pharmaceutical companies
  • Academicians : A microbiologist with Ph.D can be an asset to academia in teaching and research
  • Higher research : A microbiologist can also take up higher research in lead organizations
  • Epidemiologists: Microbiologist can team up and understand the disease epidemiology, spread and vaccination against disease.
  • Hospitals : Microbiologist and quality control jobs are in plenty in hospital
  • Agriculture and Food Industry: any innovative microbiologist can bring food innovation or agriculture revolution is welcomed in agriculture and food sector.
  • Clinical and Veterinary Microbiologist: Clinical and veterinary microbiologists role are in plenty abroad and increasingly in demand in India as well.
  • Forensic Microbiologist: It’s a recent development where microbiologist and team up with law firms to help in crime dating and detection.
  • Brewery : Microbiologists are active workforce at brewery and wine industry
  • Consultant : They can work as editors, reviewers for the field of microbiology
  • Science Journalism: The very exciting arena for artistic microbiologist who while pursuing passion can be of value to science.
X and XII With 50% and B.Sc. with Biology/Biotechnology/B.Sc. /B. Pharma / BPT/ B.Sc. Food Science Tech./ B.Sc. Microbiology/ B.Sc. Nursing / BMIT/B.Sc. Biochemistry/ B.Sc. Chemistry/B.Sc. Zoology/ B.Sc. Environmental Science/ B.Sc. Dairy Science/ B.Sc. Food Nutrition & Dietetics or any other equivalent course with 50%.
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Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Principles of Microbiology 3 3
  Microbiology Lab  1 2
  Microbial Physiology and Immunology 4 4
  Biochemistry 3 3
  Biochemistry Lab 1 2
  Bacteriology and Virology 3 3
  Biosafety and Aseptic Techniques 2 2
  Aseptic Techniques Lab 1 2
  Seminar - I 1 1
  Research Methodology and Biostatistics 2 2
  Research Methodology and Biostastics Lab 1 2
  Disaster Management 2 2
  Open Elective - I 3 3
  TOTAL 27 31





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases 2 2
  Eukaryotic Microbes  2 2
  Agricultural Microbiology and Microbial Ecology 2 2
  Molecular Biology and Genetics 3 3
  Instrumentation in Microbiology 2 2
  Instrumentation in Microbiology Lab 1 2
  Diagnostic and Industrial Microbiology 2 2
  Program Elective - I 3 3
  Seminar - II 1 1
  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Healthcare 2 2
  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Healthcare Lab 1 2
  Open Elective - II 3 3
  Summer Internship 0  
  TOTAL 24 26





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Fermentation Technology 2 2
  Good Manufacturing and Lab Practices 2 2
  Biotechnology 2 2
  Biotechnology - Lab 1 2
  Research Project 3 6
  Program Elective – II 3 3
  Program Elective - III 3 3
  Scientific Writing 2 2
  Seminar -III 1 1
  Intellectual Property Rights and Research Ethics 3 3
  Design Thinking 2 2
  Open Elective - III 3 3
  Summer Internship Presentation and Report 1 1
  TOTAL 28 32





Course Code Course Credits Hrs
  Research Project 15 30
  Research Seminar 2 2
  TOTAL 17 32





Specialization- Food and Environmental Microbiology  
Probiotics and Prebiotics PE I
Food contamination and Food borne Diseases  PE II
Biofertilizers and Bioremediation  PE III
Specialization-Medical and Pharmaceutical Microbiology  
Epidemiology and Disease Management  PE I
Antimicrobial Drug Resistance and Drug Development  PE II
Sexually Transmitted and Neglected Tropical Diseases PE III



Open Electives

Open Elective- I
Microbial Physiology and Immunology
Pharmaceutical Analysis
Human Physiology
Cell Biology
Open Elective- II
Diet in Disease
Instrumentation in Microbiology 
Structural Biology and Biophysical Chemistry 
Global Perspectives in Toxicology
Open Elective- III
Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Methods
Clinical and Therapeutic Nutrition
Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Diagnostic Biochemistry 
Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology


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