The Department of Microbiology runs a full time two-year program of four semesters, leading to award of Masters of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Microbiology. The curriculum is designed to train the students in basic and advanced areas of Microbiology, keeping in mind the latest advances in the field. Particular emphasis is laid on the practical aspects of the field. Students are taught how to plan experiments, perform them carefully, analyze the data accurately, and present the results both, qualitatively and quantitatively. To enable them to develop speaking and presentation skills they are encouraged to deliver seminars on a wide range of topics covering the different areas of Microbiology. This also leads them into reading about different themes and enhances their assimilation abilities. A major component of their course is a research project they work on in their final semester. The student is guided in choosing a research problem, executing experiments related to it, collecting data and analyzing it, and presenting the results in the form of an oral presentation as well as a thesis. The student presents his/her research orally at the end of the semester, and this is coupled to a viva-voce. This not only equips the student for a career in research/industry, but also fosters self-confidence and self-reliance in the student as he/she learns to work and think independently.
The program includes four semesters of course work. The students are offered basic and advanced level courses in Microbial Diversity, Microbial Physiology, Virology, Immunology, Enzymology, Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Pathogenicity, Molecular biology, Microbial Genetics, Recombinant DNA technology, Industrial Microbiology and Food Microbiology, and Bioinformatics. The Second Year students work on projects under the supervision of the different faculty members and submit a dissertation at the end of their training.