B.Sc. in Medical Microbiology:
Duration: 3 years / 6 semesters
Eligibility: Candidates must have passed in higher secondary examination or its equivalent with 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Biotechnology taken together.
M.Sc in Microbiology:
Duration: 3 years/6 semesters of 6 months each
Eligibility: Candidates must have completed graduation with either of the subjects like MBBS, BDS, B.Pharma, Ayurveda Medicine, Homeopathy Medicine, Physiotherapy, B.Sc Nursing or B.Sc in any Science subjects from a recognized university. A minimum of 55% of marks is required, where as there is a relaxation of 5% for SC/ST candidates. One must have learnt subjects like physics, chemistry, zoology or botany in the bachelors degree, as well as 12th board examination.
Medical microbiology course is a branch within the field of medicine which focuses on micro organisms of medical interest which include the bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites which are of medical importance and are capable of causing infectious diseases in human beings. Microbiologists can rather be called as detectives who investigate in the microscopic world - a world that holds much wonder and mystery, the world which much people cannot see.
Medical Microbiology Course includes the study of microbial pathogenesis and epidemiology and is related to the study of disease pathology and immunology. Microbiologists study micro organisms which can cause disease in people, looking into life cycles of such organisms, on how they cause infection, how they spread, and cause disease, the means to treat the diseases and irradiate the disease causing microbes.
This field of microbiology is constantly engaged with identifying new micro organisms, monitoring changes in rapidly mutating species and dealing with the ongoing challenges in medicine, ranging from the development of resistance to antibiotics in bacteria to contamination of water supplies with protozoans. They work in all ways to contribute to mankind and improve humans and environmental quality of life and living.
SCOPE AND CAREER PROSPECTS FOR A MICROBIOLOGIST:
- TEACHING : If you are interested in teaching as a profession and if you are interested to pursue your masters degree, and you are basically a science student, then microbiology is the best suited to pursue a masters in. Teaching is a noble profession, and the returns after completing your study is tremendous. And again the scope is vast as it is the basic subject of study in all medical colleges as well as Para medical colleges like dental science, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical science, nursing science, radiography, lab technology etc. It is the most highly paid among the teaching profession in science, even at the initial stage as a beginner. As well you get an opportunity to work among the dignified doctors and amongst the highly esteemed medical professionals. Academic microbiologists are employed by universities, schools and teaching hospitals.
- RESEARCH SCIENTIST : Research is a never ending field and thus one can take up research. As a research scientist a microbiologist can work in universities, institutions, industries, hospitals, government organizations and carry out research in laboratories. Many work as associate or assistant scientists or researchers doing the routine work of conducting experiments, others are senior scientists or project managers who lead experiments, supervise lab workers, interpret data and develop new theories and experiments.
- CLINICAL ASSOCIATE : One can get into clinical research as clinical coordinator or clinical trials administrator and later on generally qualify to move on to a full clinical research associate position.
- CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGIST - Clinical microbiologist assist the treating team of doctors with the investigations, diagnosis and treatment of disease. That analyze and interpret data related to patient samples. They work for the betterment of the society by engaging in a wider range for complex work in laboratories specially against incurable, life threatening diseases like cancer, AIDS etc.
- TOXICOLOGIST : Microbiologists are employed as toxicologists in investigatory laboratories. They plan and carry out laboratory and field studies to identify, monitor and evaluate the impact of toxic materials and radiations on human and animal health.