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About the Department


The Microbiology department was established in the year 1995. Initially we had UG course only. Later on we got affiliation to conduct PG Applied Microbiology in the year 2000. We are the pioneer department to start the M.Phil. course in our college. We got the approval in the year 2010 to conduct the Full time M.Phil. Microbiology. We got approval in the year 2018 to conduct Full time Ph.D. Microbiology

.About UG

B.Sc. Microbiology is an important one that provides a lot of career scopes to the students after its successful completion.

Microbiology: The course teaches students applications of the study of living organisms to make products that can be of benefit to humankind.

Diary Microbiology: Dairy Microbiology includes necessary training and guidance for the processing, packaging, transportation, storage and distribution of all the products related to dairy in one way or the other. This field is dependent on the principles of other branches of science including bacteriology, nutrition and biochemistry.

Agricultural Microbiology: This course also deals with plant-associated microbes, plant and animal diseases. It also deals with the microbiology of soil fertility, such as microbial degradation of organic matter and soil nutrient transformations.

Biochemistry: Students get an insight into biological molecules, proteins and, lipids. When applied, Biochemistry professionals play a major role in better agricultural produce, nutrition and, treatment of diseases.

Food Microbiology: Food Microbiology scientists research on improving food quality, its preservation and, enhancing its nutrition value.

About PG

  M.Sc., Microbiology encompasses numerous sub-disciplines including virology, Parasitology, mycology and bacteriology.. Broadly speaking, it brings together the fundamental research on the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects of microorganisms, including the host response to these agents and aims at putting concepts of both these subjects together, in a bid to enrich our lives and make innovative developments.

About M.Phil

The M.Phil or Master of Philosophy in Microbiology Programme was started in the year 2010. M.Phil Microbiology is a One year research course, involving an advanced study of the cellular and bimolecular processes for development of a variety of technologies and products that contribute to improving people’s lives and health.

About Ph.D

Ph.D in Microbiology is a three year Doctoral Degree course for full time candidate without M.Phil., Whereas with the candidate have the M.Phil degree can finish in two years. Aspiring candidates having a scientific aptitude and keen interest in biological sciences are ideally suited for the course.

 Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility for applying to the course is 10+2+3+2 qualification in the science stream, completed from a recognized institution.

Admission for Ph.D. programme can be made two times in a year, i.e., January and July. Admission to Ph.D. programme shall be completed in the first month itself in each session. Registration for Ph.D. must be completed within one month from the date of granting admission. The College conducts separate admission processes for research programs viz. Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). The degree can be obtained under Full Time, Part Time (Internal), and Part Time (External) mode.

For Ph.D courses, candidates must possess a post-graduate degree in the relevant stream. The College conducts entrance examination for selection of candidates to the research programs. Candidates who have cleared UGC/CSIR NET are exempted from appearing in the entrance examination.

Courses Offered


To promote the analytic knowledge of the student in accordance with the demands of the present world and bridge the gap between the industries and the education that will equip the student and develop the character and personality of the student making them complete in integrity and morality.

Scope of the Course

Microbiology is an application oriented subject, which deals with Industrial and Medical oriented papers. The course affords job opportunities in the field of Food and Beverage industry, Medical Laboratories, Pharmaceutical Industry, Distilleries, Research Laboratories, Enzyme production units, Vaccine production Industry, Milk & Dairy products, Forensic Science, Mineral Water plants, Bio-fertilizer industries, Single Cell Protein Production unit, Mushroom Production unit and Effluent Treatment Plants etc.,


M.Sc. Applied Microbiology

I Year II Year
Semester - I Semester - III
Microbial Taxonomy Microbial Genetics
General Microbiology and Laboratory Animal Science Genetic Engineering
Immunology Molecular Biology
Practical - I : General Microbiology, Physiology and Immunology Practical III – Microbial Genetics, Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering
Elective – I: Metabolic Pathways Elective – IV: Soil and Agricultural Microbiology
Elective – II: Microbial Diversity Microbial Taxonomy Extra Disciplinary – II: Environmental Biotechnology
Soft Skill - III: Managerial Skills
Soft Skill – I: Language and Communication Internship
Semester - II Semester - IV
Virology Food, Dairy and Environmental Microbiology
Systematic Medical Bacteriology Practical IV -Soil, Agricultural, Food and Environmental Microbiology
Mycology and Parasitology Project
Practical - II Systematic Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology and Virology Elective - V: Research Methodology
Elective – III: Industrial & Pharmaceutical Microbiology Soft Skill – IV: Computing Skills
Extradisciplinary – I: Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Soft Skill – II: Spoken and Presentation Skills

Add-On Courses

Vermi Composting Technology

Conducting Certificate course on "Vermi Composting Technology" for Life Science students from 2014 - Till Date.

Social Work Organized

Dr Sultan Ahmed Ismail, Director Nature Eco club Palavakkam and Eminent Scientist in Vermicomposting Technology, visited HCAS Vermi compost unit during Waste to Value program on 04th July 2017.



Memorandum of Understanding

MoU with Sky Line Pvt Limited on 10/07/2017.

MoU with Global Allied Pharmaceuticals Research Centre on 11/11/2016.

University of Madras Rank Holders

Rank Holder
Rank 2 Gayathri. K.N.
B.Sc Microbiology
Rank Holder
Rank 5 Lokesh. E
B.Sc Microbiology
Rank Holder
Rank 8 Hema. S
B.Sc Microbiology
Rank Holder
Rank 10 Samudra. K
B.Sc Microbiology


Ms. Monisha. S(2018)
Ethics Manager BGS Global Hospitals
Mrs. Sai Priya(2016)
Health Check Coordinator Apollo Hospitals, Chennai
Mr. Maged Abdullah Ali Al Bahr(2013)
Medical Laboratory Technologist Ministry of Interior Bahrain
Ms. Alimbika Barua(2012)
Quality Controller Sun Pharmaceuticals, Ahmadabad
Mr. Aman Abdallah Qazi(2009)
Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Microbiologist (Tuberculosis), Doha
Dr. Raunak Kumar Das(2000)
Assistant Professor Vellore Institute of Technology
Dr. A. Ganesh Kumar(1998)
Scientist, DBT-NIOT National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai
Ms. Nilanjana Nath(2000)
Senior HR Consultant GE Healthcare, Chicago, Illinois
Ms. Shalini Reddy(1999)
Researcher, Wellcome Sanger Institute Hinxton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Ms. Susmita Bagchi(1999)
Research fellow Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York

Frequently Asked Questions


● For B.Sc. Microbiology - Applicant should have a Higher Secondary Schooling with Botany /Zoology/Physics/ Chemistry or an equivalent level of schooling (like CBSE, ISC, etc).
● For M.Sc. Applied Microbiology - Applicant should have a any B.Sc. Degree related to Life science such as Microbiology / Botany / Zoology / Life Science / Genetics / Chemistry / Biochemistry / Bioinformatics, etc.
● For M.Phil. Microbiology - Applicant should have a Master Degree in Microbiology (any division).
● For Ph.D. Microbiology - Applicant should have a Master degree in Microbiology or M.Phil. in Microbiology.

B.Sc. Microbiology

Semester Subject
Semester I General microbiology
Semester II Immunology and Microbial Genetics
Semester III Molecular Biology
Semester IV Soil and Agricultural Microbiology
Semester V ● Medical Bacteriology
● Medical Mycology and Parasitology
● Medical Virology
● Genetic Engineering
Semester VI ● Environmental Microbiology
● Food and Dairy Microbiology
● Industrial and Pharmaceutical Microbiology
● Biotechnology

M.Sc. Applied Microbiology

Semester Subject
Semester I ● Microbial Taxonomy
● General microbiology and laboratory animal sciences
● Immunology
● Metabolic Pathways
● Microbial Diversity
Semester II ● Virology
● Systemic Medical
● Bacteriology
● Mycology and Parasitology
● Industrial and Pharmaceutical Microbiology
● Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Semester III ● Microbial Genetics
● Genetic Engineering
● Molecular Biology
● Soil and Agricultural Microbiology
● Environmental Biotechnology
Semester IV ● Food, Dairy and Environmental Microbiology
● Research Methodology
● Project

M.Phil. Microbiology

S.No: Semester
1 ● Research Methodology
● Advanced Microbiology
● Internal Paper
● Dissertation

Yes. Summer and Winter internship program is mandatory for UG and PG students.

                                                Yes, having add on course related to microbiology and bioinformatics.

Students can work as Technicians Hospitals and Quality control officer cum scientist in Pharmaceutical industries, Food processing industries, Pollution control department, Agricultural department for organic farming and biofertilizers.  Students can start their own company in the field of microbiology.

Yes. The degree is affiliated to University of Madras which is recognized internationally.