Microbiology is the study of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and virus. This field studies how these affect and are affected by the environment. This includes fundamental research on biochemistry, physiology, evolution and clinical aspects of microorganisms.
A microbiologist has to identify and classify different organisms, plants and animals. They also have to isolate, maintain cultures of bacteria, fungi and other microscopic organisms for further references and studies.
Studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the 10+2 level and securing a 50% score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into undergraduate courses in microbiology.
The common course offered at the UG level in this area is BSc Microbiology. The duration of the course is 3 years.
B.Sc. in Molecular Biology/Biological Sciences/Life Sciences are also considered as the eligibility for Master’s in Microbiology.
After completing the UG degree, you can go for MSc Microbiology. The duration of the course is 2 years.
You can also go for a PG diploma in Microbiology after UG which is of one year duration.
After pursuing Master’s, you can directly go for M Phil/ PhD if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent.
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Good analytical skills is crucial for a microbiologist to be able to design and plan research investigations and experiments.
Microbiologist may come to direct interaction with patients. Effective interpersonal skills is vital to have friendly and sympathetic approach while dealing with them.
Microbiologists may have to undergo situations where they have to produce accurate work under immense pressure . They have to pay meticulous attention to detail under such circumstances.
As microbiologists will have to work with colleagues and professionals from a wider community on projects and research work, team spirit will help them have a effective exchange of ideas.