M.Sc. – Master of Science in Microbiology
The applicant must be a graduate, i.e., possess a Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) degree with a minimum of 50% marks in the respective qualifying examination administered by the concerned University.
The Admission process for some institutions is subject to entrance tests.
Duration: 2 years course
Skills to be learned /enhanced:
A trained Microbiologist is widely employed in major industries and is paid high based on the skills they have. Besides the practical understanding of dealing with microorganisms, a post graduate in microbiology is employed as quality control managers, research associates and so on. They need to have abilities like clear and logical thinking, Good problem-solving skills, Team leadership ability, Good writing and communication skills, Excellent level of accuracy and Ability to work with statistics and relevant computer packages.
Those who complete Post-graduation can further go for higher studies in the form of Ph.D. after getting scholarships through GRE or TOEFL and may find microbiology jobs at foreign universities or Research and Development (R&D) wings as fellows of major pharmaceutical companies.
Research opportunities in urban disease control, formulation research, clinical research, analytical development, genetics, bioinformatics and new drug development are exploding as major companies are investing in R&D as well.
One can always teach, though it’s advantageous to have a doctorate for such a path.
Self-employed microbiologists can set up their own laboratories and industries.
As far as job prospects are concerned the requirement of adept professionals in Microbiology is in demand with many industries like health industry, food industry, research organizations, pharmaceuticals and chemical industries across the world. These companies offer lucrative packages to students in accord with their educational qualification and personal skills.