Microbiology Careers

The field of Microbiology covers many others such as Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology and Parasitology and medical microbiologists identify the agents of infectious diseases & devise ways to combat them. They also track down and identify new pathogens. Learn more about making a career in Microbiology:

Public health microbiologists try and control the spread of diseases by monitoring water and food supplies. Agricultural microbiology is focused on the health of crops, increasing yield and soil fertility. Microbial ecologists study the habitats of microorganisms to determine their contribution to the chemical cycles in soil and water; they also study the effects of pollution on the same, and develop methods to use microorganisms to combat pollution. Food and dairy microbiology prevents microbial spoilage of consumables, fights food borne transmission of diseases, and also makes food like cheese, yoghurt and wine.

Courses & Eligibility Criteria

    • 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology with 50% for B.Sc. Microbiology
    • B.Sc. in Biological Sciences holders can apply for M.Sc. Microbiology/ Applied Microbiology, for a specialisation such as.
    1. Medical microbiology
    2. Food Microbiology
    3. Industrial Microbiology
    4. Bioinformatics
    5. Microbial-Technology
    6. Clinical Research
    7. Molecular biology
    8. Biochemistry
    9. Forensic Science
    10. Hospital Management 

For admission into the M.Sc. Microbiology, universities may conduct their own written entrance examinations.

Career Prospects

Those who complete a Ph.D. and/or Post-Doctoral studies after getting scholarships through GRE or TOEFL may find microbiology jobs at foreign universities or Research and Development (R&D) wings of major pharmaceutical companies. Research opportunities in urban disease control, formulation research, clinical research, analytical development and new drug development are exploding too, with major companies investing in R&D. 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. 


Microbiologists enjoy many perks and benefits. Salaries for pharma or biotech labs professionals start at Rs.10, 000 – Rs.15, 000 per month, a figure that doubles within a few years. Government and research labs offer Rs.10,000- Rs.20,000. Junior Research fellows my get Rs.12,000. In developed countries, the pay is far better – researchers commonly earn $30,000 to $70,000 per year.

Institutes/ Universities

The following institutes/universities in India are offering bachelors or master level courses in Microbiology.

Name of University Course Eligibility
Manipur University B.Sc. Pre- Univ.(2 years)
Canchipur Imphal 795003 M.Sc B.Sc.
North Eastern Hill University, Loser Lachauniere Shillong 793001 M.Sc. A Honours degree
Univ. of Calcutta, College Street, Calcutta 700073 M.Sc. B.Sc. exam
Univ. of Kalyani, PO Kalyani, Distt. Nadia 741235 M.Sc. B.Sc. (Hons) degree.
Rajendra Agricultural University, Samastipur 848125 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology Bhubaneshwar 751003 B.Sc. (Pass/Hons) Inter 10+2 with 40% – 50% in the chosen subject
Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya Distt. Satna 210204 MOP B.Sc. +2 Sc.
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, 16D, RN Tagore Marg, Indore 452001 (MP) M.Sc. B.Sc. exams
Pt. Ravishankar Shukla UNiversity, Rajpur 492010 (MP) M.Sc. Clinical Biochem. B.Sc.
Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur 482001 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Jiwaji Univeristy, Vidya Vihar, Gwalior 474011 M.Sc. B.Sc. exams
Narendra Dev University of Agriculture, Faizabad 224229 B.Sc. Inter
Rohilkhand Univ. Bareilly, U.P. B.Sc. Inter
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 M.Sc. B.Sc. B.Sc. with 50% XII
Banaras Hindu Univeristy, Varanasi 221005 M.Sc. B.Sc. Hons with 45%
University of Lucknow, Lucknow 226007 M.Sc. B.Sc.
University of Delhi Delhi 110007 B.Sc. Hons M.Sc. (Class XII) B.Sc.
All India Instt. of Med. Sciences, Ansari Nagar, Delhi 110029 M.Sc. B.Sc. Hons
Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi – 62 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Kurukshetra Univeristy, Kurukshetra 132119 B.Sc. Hons 10+2
Haryana Agricultural Univeristy, Hisar 125004 M.Sc. Graduate level 53% agg.
National Dairy Research Instt. Karnal 132001 M.Sc. Bachelor’s degree
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 exam with 40% B.Sc. with 50%
Punjab Agricultural Univ. Ludhiana 141004 B.Sc. Higher Secondary
Punjab Univ., Sector 14, Chandigarh 160014 B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 B.Sc.
University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Srinagar 190006 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Himancal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Palampur 176062 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Sardar Patel University Vidhya Nagar Gujarat 388120 B.Sc. 12 yrs Higher Sec. with Science
Gujarat University, Navrang Pura, Ahmedabad 380009 M.Sc. B.Sc.
University of Bombay, M.G.RoadFort, Mumbai 400032 B.Sc. M.Sc. Higher Sec. B.Sc.
Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431004 B.Sc. M.Sc. Higher Sec. B.Sc. exam of their Univ or an equivalent.
Northern Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425002 M.Sc. B.Sc.
MS University of Baroda, Vadodara 3900002, Gujarat M.Sc. B.Sc.
Nagpur University, exam Near Maharaj Bagh, M.G.Marg, Nagpur 440001 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Shivaji University, Vidhyanagar, Kolhapur 4160004 M.Sc. B.Sc. B.Sc. Higher Secondary
Goa University, PO Santa Cruz Taleigao Plateau Goa 403002 M.Sc. B.Sc. exam in which 100 marks of each years is taken
Dr. BR Ambedkar Marathwada Univ. Aurangabad 431004 B.Sc. M.Sc. Higher Sc. B.Sc.
Kakatiya University Vidyaranyaupuri Warangai 506009 B.Sc. Intermediate
Andhra Univ., Vishakapatnam 530003 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Osmania University, Administrative Bldg., Hyderabad 400007 M.Sc. B.Sc. with 45%
Shri Krishnadevaraya University, Sri Venkateswarapuram, Anantapur 515003 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 Chittoor Distt., A.P. M.Sc. B.Sc.
Avinashilingam Instt. for Home Sc. & Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore 641043 B.Sc. M.Sc. HSC with major for Home Sc. and Higher subject Bio. – chem. B.Sc. with concerned subjects.
Madurai Kamraj University, Palkalai, Madurai M.Sc. B.Sc. with 55%
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam 686560 M.Sc. B.Sc.
University of Madras, Centenary Bldgs., Chepauk, Chennai B.Sc. M.Sc. 12 yrs of Higher Sec. Bachelor’s deg. in relevant Sc. subject
Bharathidasan Palkalaiperun Tiruchirapalli M.Sc. B.Sc. in main subject
Bharathiar University, Maruthamalai Road, Coimbatore 641046 B.Sc. M.Sc. 12 yrs. B.Sc.
Univ. of Mysore Crawford Hall Karya Soudha, Mysore 570005 B.Sc. M.Sc. 2 yrs Pre-Univ. B.Sc.
Karnataka Univ., Pavate Nagar, Dharwad 580003 M.Sc. B.Sc. with 50% admission test
University of Kerala, University PO Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala 695034 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Annamalai Univ., PO Annamalainagar
Name of University Course Eligibility
Manipur University, Univ Canchipur Imphal 795003 B.Sc. Pre
Orissa Univeristy of Agriculture & Tech. Bhubaneshwar 751003 B.Sc. (P) (Hons) M.Sc. Inter or +2 Sc. B.Sc.
Madhya Pradesh Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal 462026 M.Sc. B.Sc
Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya, Pachpedi, Jabalpur 482001 M.Sc. B.Sc
Jiwaji Unviersity,Vidya Vihar, Gwalior 474011 M.Sc. B.Sc
Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla Univ., Raipur 492010 M.Sc. B.Sc
Himanchal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh Univ. Summer Hill 171005 M.Sc. B.Sc
Uttar Pradesh GB Pant Univ. of Agriculture and Tech., Pantnagar 263145 M.Sc. B.Sc
Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Gurukula Kangri Hardwar 249404 M.Sc. B.Sc. B.Sc 10+2
Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut 250005 B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 B.Sc
Delhi University of Delhi Delhi 110007 M.Sc. B.Sc. B.Sc 10+2
Haryana Kurkshetra University, Kurukshetra 132119 M.Sc. B.Sc
Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar 125004 M.Sc. Graduate with 53%
Maharishi Dayanand Univ., Rohtak 124001 M.Sc. B.Sc
Punjab Guru Nanak Dev Univ., Amritsar B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 with 40% B.Sc. with 50%
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 141004 M.Sc. B.Sc OGPA of 2.70 at appropriate degree.
Punjab University, Sector – 14, Chandigarh B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 B.Sc
Gujarat Sardar Pateluniversity, P.B.No. 10, Vallab Vidhyanagar 388120 B.Sc. M.Sc. 12 yrs of higher Sec. with Sc. B.Sc.
Saurashtra University, University Campus, Kalvad Road, Rajkot 360005 B.Sc. (spl) 12 yrs Higher Sec.
South Gujarat university,P.B. 49, Udhna Magdalla Rd, Surat 395007 B.Sc. Higher Sec with Science
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara 390002 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agril. & Technology, M.Sc. B.Sc. degree .
Gujarat Universtiy, Navrangpura Ahmedabad 380009 B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 B.Sc
Maharashtra University of Mumbai M.G.Road Fort, Mumbai 400032 B.Sc. M.Sc. XII B.Sc. degree
Marathwada Univ., Aurangabad 431004 B.Sc. M.Sc. 12 yrs hr sec or Equivalent B.Sc.of the univ./equivalent
University of Poona, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007 B.Sc. M.Sc. 12 yrs Hr. Sec. Science B.Sc.
Shivaji University Vidya nagar, Kolhapur 416004 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Nagpur University MG Marg Nagpur 440001 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Vishnupuri, Nanded 431603 M.Sc. B.Sc. B.Sc. 10+2
North maharashtra univ., Umavinagar, Jalgaon 425002 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Dr. BR Ambedkar Marathwada Univ., Aurangabad 431004 M.Sc. B.Sc. B.Sc. 10+2
Goa Goa University, PO Santa Cruz Taleigao Plateau Goa 403002 B.Sc. M.Sc. XII B.Sc. with 7 units of 100 marks in each year.
Andhra Pradesh Osmaina University, Administrative Bldg. Hyderbad 500007 B.Sc. M.Sc. Inter with 40% B.Sc.
Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Sriu Venkateswarapuram Anantapur 515003 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Ari Padmavati Mahila Viswavidyalayam, Tirupati 517502 Chittoor Distt. M.Sc. B.Sc.
Kalkatiya University Warangal 506009 B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 B.Sc.
Karnataka Gulbarga University, Unanaganga Gulbarga 585106 B.Sc. M.Sc. 12 yr pre univ. Hr. Sec B.Sc.
University of Mysore, Crawford Hall Mysore 570005 B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 B.Sc.
Karnataka university, Pavate Nagar, dharwad 580003 B.Sc. 10+2 with Sc. sub
Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri 574199 B.Sc. 10+2
Tamil Nadu University of Madras Centenary Dldg., Chepauk, Chennai 600005 B.Sc. M.Sc. 12 yr Bachelor’s degree
Manonmaniam Sundaram Univ., Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli 627018 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Bhartidasan Univ., Tiruchirapalli 620024 M.Sc. B.Sc.
Bharathiar University, coimbatore 641046 B.Sc. M.Sc. 10+2 B.Sc.
Kerala Mahatma Gandhi Univ., Kottayam, 686560 M.Sc. B.Sc.