Master of Science in Microbiology or MSc Microbiology is a 2 year program of Tribhuvan University (TU). This degree is based on the semester system and has altogether four semesters in total. TU started MSc Microbiology in Nepal from 1990. The syllabus of this program was revised several times and this program was redesigned as semester system in 2013.
In MSc Microbiology first semester, all the students have to study same subjects. However, from second semester onward, the subject is divided into Medical Microbiology, Public Health Microbiology, Food Microbiology and Agricultural Microbiology along with their practical courses. In the third semester, students are given comprehensive knowledge of their specialized subjects. In fourth semester, the program is tilted towards research. The ‘graduates in line’ will have an opportunity to gain knowledge of seminar or journal club, have to submit thesis dissertation, have to undertake internship based on specialization etc. All this practical approach will give students opportunity to correlate the theoretical course with real life experience.
The objectives of MSc Microbiology degree are as follows:
Microbiology is one of the most demanding subjects in the science stream. People might be familiar with only some typical jobs but the horizon and prospects is very huge and is expanding day by day. Microbiology is not just a single subject, it is the union of multiple specializations and graduates can get wide range of jobs from Pharmaceuticals to cosmetics. Graduates can also make significant contribution in the field of biotechnology.
The MSc Microbiology degree holder can choose to teach and involve in research works in Medical, Dental, Veterinary school. Graduates can also work by conducting tests and experiments in the laboratory. They can also work as researcher researching in structure, function, ecology, biotechnology, and genetics of micro-organisms, human, animal, plant tissues, cells, etc. After the completion of Master of Science in Microbiology, students have high chances of going abroad because demand of microbiologists is very high in international market.