M.Sc in Microbiology - Tribhuvan University

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M.Sc Microbiology course is divided into four semesters within two academic years.

The first semester course covers disciplines of General Microbiology, Immunology, Microbial Biochemistry and practical on these courses.

The second semester offers track selection among four different disciplines of microbiology for specialization. The four disciplines from second semester include Medical Microbiology, Public Health Microbiology, Food Microbiology and Agricultural Microbiology with their practical courses.

The fourth semester is completely research oriented that includes Special Topics in Microbiology, Epidemiology, Research Methods and Biostatistics, and Dissertation.

Though there are different disciplines to choose, students should choose only one discipline of Microbiology from second semester onwards.

Each year around 300 students are enrolled in MSc Microbiology program of Tribhuvan University which is the highest enrollment in biological sciences and also in top of all affiliations given to private colleges of Tribhuvan University, Institute of Science and Technology.



The candidates with Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from Tribhuvan University or equivalent degree recognized by Tribhuvan University can apply for admission. Each applicant should appear and pass entrance examination conducted by the Central Department of Microbiology. The enrollment is based on merit marks secured by the student in entrance (80%) and B Sc Microbiology (20%).. The candidates failed to get minimum qualifying marks/pass marks is denied admission.

Admission Criteria

  1. Students must attend and pass the entrance examination.
  2. Pass mark for the entrance examination is 35%.
  3. Students will be enrolled on the basis of merit. Merit list is published on the basis of both marks obtained in Bachelor level and entrance examination.
    Merit list: = 20% (marks obtained in B.Sc) + 80 % (marks secured in entrance examination)

In Central department and constituent campuses of Tribhuvan University; out of total available seats 80% seats will be filled from free competition and 20% from reserved (inclusive) category.

Students who want to compete from proportional representation category must fulfilled following criteria.

  • Passed SLC from community schools
  • Students who are permanent resident of backward region must have passed SLC from the same region
  • Students must have passed Bachelor level from constitutent campus of Tribhuvan University or Community campuses.

Documents needed:

If any seats remain vacant in the inclusive/reserved category; remaining seats will be fulfilled from the merit list of free competition.

Job Prospects

Careers in Microbiology

So you have a microbiology degree and you want a job? Many job seekers with microbiology degrees know only of a few types of careers such as industry and academia. However, the employment sphere for microbiologists is much larger and ever expanding. In recent years there has been an explosion in the types of job opportunities that are available to those with microbiology training since microbes and their actions pervade all aspects of our increasingly complex society.

Like medicine, microbiology isn’t a single subject, but rather an umbrella, which offers a range of specializations. Microbiology has spawned a plethora of jobs in wide spectrum of industries from pharma to cosmetics.

Microbiologists have a very important role to play in the scheme of things in the future, with research being the main field of expertise. Applying the research findings can greatly improve the quality of our lives. In this way microbiology makes an important contribution to biotechnology, an area of science that applies industrial techniques to biological processes.

The range of job opportunities for microbiologists is as varied as the organisms they examine under their microscopes. Some of the career opportunities are as follows:

Academic Jobs

Microbiology is a core basic science in medical schools that usually maintains departments in this discipline. Microbiology is also a key discipline of biological studies in undergraduate colleges. There are numerous types of positions available for individuals with microbiology training in academic institutions that include research and teaching.

  1. Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Schools
  2. College and University

Teachers are responsible for working up a curriculum, developing tests, overseeing lab work and working with graduate students.

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory technician is the person behind the scores of tests and experiments performed within the laboratory. These people assist scientists engage in research, development, analysis, or scientific investigations, by carrying out a variety of technical and experimental tasks using established or prescribed procedures and techniques.

Research Assistant (in Genetics, and Biochemistry)

Research Assistant provides the necessary support to researchers. They provide technical assistance, as assigned, in the collection, processing, and coordination of data, samples, and/or specimens for a specified research study or group of studies. They work within established research protocol and under specific instructions as to method, process, and technique to perform or assist with routine tests, experiments, and/or procedures relevant to the field of study.


A researcher is a driving force behind any kind of major innovations in microbiological field, not only does he throw up new facts but also delves deep into the past to decipher a pattern. They make authoritative decisions and recommendations that have a major impact on extensive scientific research activities. They exercise a high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organising, and guiding extensive scientific research programs and activities of outstanding novelty and/or importance.

Microbiologists are involved in a plethora of activities, namely:

  • Research into the structure, function, ecology, biotechnology and genetics of micro-organisms.
  • Research into the structure and functioning of human, animal and plant tissues and cells.
  • Studies into the identification, effects and control of human, plant and animal pathogens and toxins.
  • Clinical or laboratory studies to test, evaluate and screen drugs and pharmaceuticals.
  • Molecular or biochemical studies and experiments into genetic expression, gene manipulation and recombinant DNA technology.


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