M.Sc [Microbiology]

In Microbiology, students gain a comprehensive understanding of microorganisms, delving into their structures, functions, and roles in various environments. They explore diverse topics such as microbial genetics, molecular biology, and ecological interactions. 

Practical skills in laboratory techniques, including microbial sequencing and analysis, are honed. Students learn to apply microbiological knowledge to areas like medicine, biotechnology, and environmental science. 

The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving, preparing students for careers in research, healthcare, and industry. Through hands-on experiences and exposure to advanced technologies, they acquire the skills necessary to contribute to advancements in the dynamic field of Microbiology.


Established in 1993 and initially affiliated with the University of Madras, the Department of Microbiology prioritizes quality education and ethical guidelines. The PG course commenced in 1996, and in 1999, the department transitioned to Periyar University. Recognized as a research center for M.Phil and Ph.D. programs in 2002, the department currently boasts 8 staff members, including 4 doctorates, and accommodates 200 students.

Over the past 29 years, it has evolved into a prominent learning center with robust infrastructure, focusing on key areas of Microbiology and offering value-added courses. The department’s association, ‘Microcosmos’, regularly hosts seminars, guest lectures, quizzes, and debates featuring eminent scientists to enrich students with information, ideas, and insights. 

To develop extracurricular activities, students participate in cultural events and sports meets. They are also active members of NSS and involve in social service activities like organizing blood donation camps, tree plantation etc. The department is dedicated to providing education aligned with current trends, emphasizing discipline and human values for placement-oriented success. 

This commitment has yielded remarkable results, with 52 University rank holders and 5 Gold medalists produced to date. Graduates are successfully employed in renowned MNCs worldwide, including BIOCON, Micro Labs, Mylan, Episource, spanning both private and government sectors, showcasing the department’s emphasis on holistic education and professional success.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Microbiology department aims to equip students with a profound understanding of microbiological principles, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will learn lab techniques, communicate scientific information, and follow ethical standards. The focus is on using microbiology in real-life situations, doing independent research, and promoting a commitment to lifelong learning. After graduation, students can pursue various careers in healthcare, agriculture, industry, and research, contributing to the ongoing progress of microbiological sciences. The department ensures students have a solid foundation in knowledge, skills, and ethical behavior.

Career Opportunities

Microbiology offers diverse and rewarding career opportunities across various sectors. Some potential career paths include:

1. Clinical Microbiologist
     –> Work in hospitals or diagnostic laboratories, analyzing patient samples for infectious diseases.

2. Industrial Microbiologist
     –> Contribute to the production of pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, or other industrial products, ensuring quality and safety.

3. Environmental Microbiologist
     –> Study microorganisms’ impact on the environment, work in waste management, water treatment, or environmental monitoring.

4.Research Scientist
     –> Conduct research in academic or private institutions, focusing on microbial genetics, molecular biology, or other specialized areas.

5.Quality Control Specialist
     –> Ensure products meet quality standards in industries like food, pharmaceuticals, or cosmetics.

6.Public Health Microbiologist
     –> Monitor and control the spread of infectious diseases in public health organizations.

7.Pharmaceutical Microbiologist
     –> Contribute to the development and testing of drugs and vaccines.

8.Agricultural Microbiologist
     –> Work in agriculture to improve crop yields, soil health, or pest control using microbial techniques.

9.Forensic Microbiologist
     –> Assist in crime scene investigations by analyzing microbial evidence.

10.Teaching and Academia
     –> Pursue a career in education,teaching microbiology at schools or universities.

Achievements of the Department

  • Research Recognition: The Microbiology Department has been acknowledged as a Research Centre for M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs since 2002.

  • Funding and Grants: The department has secured significant funding and grants for diverse research projects over the years.

  • Ph.D. Achievements: Four Ph.D. degrees have been awarded, with three scholars pursuing their doctoral studies.

  • Student Project Grants: The department has successfully obtained grants for student projects, including the Young Student Scientist Programme (YSSP) in 2017.  The department had received total funds of Rs.18,00,000.

  • Association Activities: The department’s association, ‘Microcosmos’, regularly hosts seminars, guest lectures, quizzes, and debates, providing students with exposure to eminent scientists and enriching them with information, ideas, and insights.

  • Lecture Workshops: Organized funded lecture workshops on topics like “Recent Trends in Microbiology and Biotechnology,” contributing to academic excellence.

  • Major Research Project Grant (2023): Received a substantial grant of Rs.12 L from TNFD for a research project in 2023.

  • Student Participation: Students actively participate in cultural events, sports meets, NSS activities, and social service activities like blood donation camps and tree plantations.

  • Research Publications: Actively published over 90 research publications since 2016, demonstrating a commitment to scholarly contributions.

  • University Ranks: To date, it has produced 52 University rank holders and 5 Gold medalists, highlighting its commitment to academic excellence.

  • Placements: Graduates secured employment in prestigious global MNCs like BIOCON, Micro Labs, Mylan, and Episource, across private and government sectors.

Why choose Microbiology @ M.G.R College?

  1. Equipped laboratories support extensive research activities in Microbiology, covering both fundamental and advanced aspects.

  2. 24×7 Access to laboratories

  3. Well Educated, Experienced & Supportive Faculties

  4. Ensures placement and offers training opportunities.

  5. Periodic Academic and Industrial interactions

  6. Centralized Library with Adequate books

  7. Boys & Girls Separate Hostel

  8. All in One Campus (Food Court, Indoor & Outdoor Games)

  9. Multi language Faculties & Students

  10. Practical Focus in Curriculum

  11. Guest Lectures from Industry experts

  12. Frequent Industrial and field trips



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