M.Sc in Microbiology - Tribhuvan University

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.

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.


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.

Job prospectus

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 microsco

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Curricular structure