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Education: MSc, MPhil, PhD

The department offers MSc and PhD degree for which admissions are conducted as per rules and regulations framed by University. The MPhil program has been discontinued.

The admission process for 2017-18 session for MSc & PhD programs is almost over. The process for 2018-19 will begin next year in March/ April. Please keep monitoring the website regularly for updates.

MSc in Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology runs a two year full time program leading to award of Masters of Sciences (M.Sc.) degree in Microbiology. The program includes four semesters of course work including a dissertation during which students are provided training to conduct research. The students are offered basic and advanced level courses in Microbial diversity, Microbial physiology, Virology, Immunology, Enzymology, Environmental microbiology, Microbial pathogenicity, Molecular biology, Microbial genetics, Recombinant DNA technology, Industrial and food microbiology. As a part of their curriculum students deliver seminars on various scientific topics. Second year students work on projects under the supervision of the different faculties and submit a dissertation at the end of their training.

Admission criteria for MSc (Microbiology)             :                               'Merit & Entrance test' based
Number of seats
                                                     :                               Twelve (6 by merit based, 6 by entrance test)
Eligibility for admission
                                          :

Eligibility

Course requirements

Marks requirement

Entrance Test Based

BSc (General) or BSc (Honors) or an equivalent undergraduate degree in any branch of life sciences/ medical sciences/ any branch of biology (from any UGC recognized University)

60% or above marks in
qualifying exam

Merit Based B Sc (Hons.) in Microbiology from the University of Delhi (after 10+2+3)
60% or above marks in
qualifying exam

Distribution of seats under different reservation categories will vary every year alternatively by following roster: 

Year

Mode of admission

General

OBC

SC

ST

Sub-Total

Total

2018-19

Merit

3

1

1

1

6

12

Entrance

3

2

1

0

6

Sub-Total

6

3

2

1

12

 

2019-20

Merit

3

2

1

0

6

12

Entrance

3

1

1

1

6

Sub-Total

6

3

2

1

12

The bulletin for admission to MSc (Microbiology) program for previous year for reference can be downloaded here. The Syllabus for entrance test for admission to MSc (Microbiology) program can be downloaded here. The details of entrance test to be announced by University in due course.

The M.Sc. Microbiology Program is of two years duration and is divided into two parts, Part I and Part II. Each part is of one year duration and consists of two Semesters. In semester one, students are required to study four theory papers of 100 marks each, and one practical paper of 200 marks which is based on these four theory papers. In semester two also, students are required to study four theory papers of 100 marks each. These include one Interdisciplinary paper in addition to one practical paper of 200 marks. Semester three comprises of four theory papers of 100 marks each and one practical paper of 200 marks. Semester four consist of only one Interdisciplinary theory paper of 100 marks and dissertation. There will be no practical exam in this Semester. The dissertation is for 500 marks for which student are required to start working from the beginning of Semester three and continue till the end of the Semester four. For dissertation, the students are evaluated by continuous assessment, dissertation/ thesis, its presentation and viva-voce. This evaluation is done at the end of fourth Semester.

All theory, practical and dissertation will have 30% marks reserved for Internal Assessment (IA). Each theory examination will be of three hours durations and practical examination will be for (8+8 hours) spread on two days. Teaching time allotted to each paper shall be 4 period for theory and 3-4 period for practical per week.

The details regarding syllabus and scheme of examination for MSc Microbiology program offered by the department can be seen here (download pdf file).

PhD Program

The department also enrolls students for a PhD degree in Microbiology. The faculty in the department currently includes Professors, Associate Professor and Assistant Professors. Each faculty member manages and runs his/ her laboratory independently where research is carried out in different areas of basic and applied Microbiology. The faculty members have national as well as international collaborations to leverage the scientific advantage and develop mutually beneficial scientific interactions. For Ph.D. course in Microbiology, number of students admitted every year is variable. As and when candidate is available, is admitted according to availability of seat with the desired faculty according to subject of interest to the candidate.

Eligibility for Admission: Student should be M.Sc. in Microbiology/Biotechnology/Life Science from University recognized by UGC. Students should be have scored at least 55% at M.Sc. level or 50% at MPhil level. Student should have financial support either through NET or any other source. For Ph.D. course in Microbiology, number of students admitted every year is variable. A qualifying entrance test followed by interview will be conducted for admission every year starting from 2016-17 academic session for which details will be advertised on Department's as well as University website in due course of time. The admission to PhD program in University of Delhi is governed by rules notified under Ordinance VI-B. The same may be downloaded here (download pdf file)

The details regarding courses offered for PhD in Departmemt of Microbiology can be seen here (download pdf file).  The details regarding currently enrolled PhD students is here

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