M.Sc. Microbiology

M.Sc. Microbiology

Program Details

The M.Sc. Microbiology program offered by UPES focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills required to attain a master's degree in microbiology, with an emphasis on problem-solving abilities. Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, and the program builds upon the solid groundwork established in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by pioneers such as Pasteur and Koch. Students will delve into various areas of microbiology, including bacteriology, virology, mycology, epidemiology, and the management of infectious diseases.

A key feature of the program is the opportunity for specialization in either food and environment microbiology or medical and pharmaceutical microbiology. This allows students to focus their studies on specific areas of interest and career paths. Additionally, the program stands out by providing industrial visits, internships, and partnerships, offering students practical exposure and facilitating their transition into various career opportunities.

Moreover, the M.Sc. Microbiology program at UPES integrates the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare. This inclusion acknowledges the significant impact of AI in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. Students will gain insights into how AI can be utilized in interpreting feedback from biosensors, understanding disease prognosis and health records, and predicting drug specificity and efficacy. This forward-thinking approach equips graduates with the skills necessary to navigate the evolving landscape of microbiology and healthcare.

Program Highlights

  • Benefit from our impressive facilities, including a modern Aspetic Room (BSL-1) and high-quality equipment for microbiology work, such as BOD incubators, CO2 incubators, freezers, and centrifuges.
  • Explore a range of advanced technologies essential for microbiology research, ensuring you have hands-on experience with cutting-edge tools and techniques.
  • Engage in project work with the opportunity to utilize the central instrumentation facility provided by UPES R&D, enhancing your research capabilities and access to specialized equipment.
  • Benefit from strong partnerships with renowned institutions and organizations, such as AIIMS, Rishikesh, Government Doon Medical College, Taqgene, Dehradun, Biocon academy, Sun Pharma research centre Gujarat, Zeon Lifesciences, and Oil India limited, opening doors to valuable industry exposure and potential career opportunities.
  • Benefit from the guidance and expertise of Dr. Eashwaran from Biocon academy, who serves on our advisory board, ensuring a well-rounded academic experience with insights from industry professionals.
  • Immerse yourself in a comprehensive learning environment that combines state-of-the-art infrastructure, access to advanced technologies, industry collaborations, and expert guidance, enabling you to develop a strong foundation in microbiology and excel in your career.

The future scope of an M.Sc. Microbiology program is promising, offering various esteemed positions and career opportunities. Microbiologists play a crucial role in studying and understanding the intricate biology of tiny organisms like fungi, viruses, bacteria, and algae. They can specialize as bacteriologists or virologists, conducting research and making significant contributions to the field. Additionally, there is a growing demand for nutritionists who design personalized diets to meet specific health requirements. In project management, the role of a Project Assistant is invaluable, providing support to project managers and ensuring the successful completion of microbiology-related projects. Research Analysts are also essential, collecting and organizing vast amounts of data from microbiology and pharmaceutical research to generate valuable insights. Lastly, Clinical Research Associates play a vital role in clinical research by providing technical guidance, handling supplies, coordinating tests, and maintaining organized data. Pursuing an M.Sc. Microbiology program can open doors to a range of rewarding career paths in these fields, making it an attractive option for aspiring professionals.

Career Opportunities

The M.Sc. Microbiology program offered by UPES School of Health Sciences and Technology provides students with excellent career opportunities in the field of microbiology. Graduates of this program can pursue a wide range of rewarding careers in various sectors such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, research and development, food and beverage industries, environmental monitoring, and academic institutions. They can work as microbiologists, research scientists, quality control analysts, laboratory managers, clinical microbiologists, scientific writers, or pursue further studies and specialization in specific areas of microbiology. With a strong foundation in theoretical knowledge and practical skills acquired through UPES's comprehensive curriculum and industry-oriented training, graduates of the M.Sc. Microbiology program are well-equipped to contribute to advancements in microbiological research, public health, and innovation-driven industries.

Listed below are the possible professional paths in the field of Microbiology that the students can pursue.

  • Microbiologist – QA / QC
  • Microbiologist – Production in Pharma / FMCG Industry
  • Teacher
  • Medical Content Writer
  • Reviewer
  • Scientific Content Writer


The M.Sc. Microbiology program offered by UPES School of Health Sciences and Technology has proven to be a stepping stone for numerous successful placements. The program attracts top-notch recruiters such as BIS Research, DataM Intelligence, and 4market Research LLP, along with Hindustan Wellness. These esteemed organizations recognize the caliber of graduates from UPES and actively seek to hire them. The average salary package offered to M.Sc. Microbiology graduates stands at an impressive Rs.4.22 Lakhs per annum, with the highest recorded salary reaching Rs. 7 Lakhs per annum. These remarkable placement statistics reflect the excellence of the program and the competency of its graduates in the field of microbiology.

Fee Structure

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Interested students must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements for M.Sc. Microbiology: 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%.

Selection Criteria

The selection process for students who wish to pursue M.Sc. Microbiology at UPES relies on the individual's performance in the Personal Interview.


Semester 1

Principles of Microbiology3
Microbial Physiology and Immunology4
Research Methodology and Biostatistics2
Bacteriology and Virology3
Biosafety and Aseptic Techniques2
Disaster Management2
Biochemistry Lab1
Research Methodology and Biostastics Lab1
Microbiology Lab1
Aseptic Techniques Lab1
Seminar I1
Open Elective3
Microbial Physiology and Immunology3
Drug Discovery and Development3
Pharmaceutical Analysis3
Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
Cell Biology3

Semester 2

Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases2
Eukaryotic Microbiology 2
Environmental and Agricultural Microbiology2
Molecular Biology and Genetics3
Instrumentation in Microbiology2
Instrumentation in Microbiology Lab1
Diagnostic Microbiology2
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Healthcare2
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Healthcare Lab1
Summer Internship0
Seminar II1
Program Elective 13
Probiotics and Prebiotics3
Epidemiology and Disease Management3
Open Elective 23
Diet in Disease3
Intrumentation in Microbiology3
Structural Biology and Biophysical Chemistry3
Global Perspectives in Toxicology3
EDGE – Advance Communication0

Semester 3

Fermentation Technology2
Good Manufacturing and Lab Practices2
Biotechnology Lab1
Research Project3
Scientific Writing2
Seminar III1
Intellectual Property Rights and Research Ethics3
Design Thinking2
Summer Internship Presentation and Report1
Program Elective - II3
Food contamination and Food borne Diseases 3
Antimicrobial Drug resistance and Drug Development 3
Program Elective - III3
Biofertilizers and Bioremediation 3
Sexually Transmitted and Neglected Tropical Diseases3
Open Elective - III3
Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Methods3
Clinical and Therapeutic Nutrition3
Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics 3
Diagnostic Biochemistry3
Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology3

Semester 4

Research Project15
Research Seminar2

Varied Specialisations to pick from

Food and environmental Microbiology

Food and Environmental Microbiology

Medical and Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Medical and Pharmaceutical Microbiology