M.Sc. Virology is of 2 years full time postgraduate biomedical course. The minimum eligibility for the same is bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or B.V.Sc. or B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Technology or MBBS or B.Sc. Biotechnology or B.Sc. Microbiology/ Biochemistry/Zoology or any other related subject with over 50% marks in aggregate or CGPA of 6. 5.
Some of the top colleges offering admission to the course are as follows:
Admissions vary from one to the other Institute. The candidates will be needed to apply by submitting the application form. Some Institutions offer direct admissions, some prepare the list on the basis of merit and the some of the highly reputed colleges and universities conduct their own entrance tests to select the candidates on the basis of performance in the same.
The candidates who wish to have a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of and practical training in animal virology including the mechanic's terms of virus spread disease causation diagnosis treatment and prevention of viral infections should definitely opt for the course. Candidates are required to process skills like observation, communication, analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, reasoning and, perseverance for pursuing this course.
The total average tuition fee to study M.Sc. Virology course is about INR 2.5 lacs in India. The various employment areas such graduates can look for are Pharma companies, Research Centres, Hospitals, etc. The job profiles would include Virologist, Research Associate, Laboratory Assistant, Assistant Professor, etc. The average salary of such professionals is INR 2.5 lacs per year which may increase with experience and expertise.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Duration of the Course||2 years|
|Examination Type||Both Semester and Annual|
|Eligibility||Completion of bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or BVSc or BSc Medical Laboratory Technology or MBBS or BSc Biotechnology or BSc Microbiology/ Biochemistry/Zoology or any other related subject with over 50% marks in aggregate or CGPA of 6. 5|
|Admission Process||Entrance exam based|
|Course Fee||INR 2.5 Lac/s|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2.5 Lac/s|
|Job Positions||Virologist, Research Associate, Laboratory Assistant, Assistant Professor, and much more.|
M.Sc. Virology course focuses on the study of virology which is the study of viruses and alike, their structure, classification, evolution and the ways to infect and exploit cells for reproduction, the diseases they cause, techniques to isolate and culture them, their uses in research and therapy.
It is a focused, flexible, need-oriented and unique post-graduate course for developing trained human resources in virology for Academy, industry and health sectors. It provides means to introduce, update and strengthen the basic concepts and scientific disciplines which are necessary to monitor, prevent and diagnose communicable viral infections and it also provides analytical thinking like analyzing information and using logic to solve work-related issues and problems. M.Sc. Virology program aims to build in students competent counseling acumen through advanced study of subjects such as:
The objectives of M.Sc. Virology course are to equip the students with the ability to describe the structure, replication strategies of various viruses described the processes of senescence and apoptosis of oncogenic viruses, virus latency and integrate experimental strategies and interpret data from the experiment and draw conclusions from them. Such graduates can take up further research studies or pursue a career as a professional microbiologist or take up teaching jobs in colleges and Universities, etc.
|Name of the Institute||Location||Average Course Fee (in INR)|
|Sri Venkateswara University||Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh||INR 84,190|
|Savitribai Phule Pune University||Pune, Maharashtra||INR 1,30,900|
|Manipal University||Karnataka||INR 1,96,600|
|Amity Institute of Virology and Immunology||Noida, Uttar Pradesh||INR 0.50 Lac/s|
Candidates willing to apply for the course should have the following minimum eligibility criterion:
The admission procedure varies from one Institute to another. The candidates need to follow the following steps in order to get admitted to M.Sc. Virology course:
|Semester 1:||Semester 2:|
|Basic Biology||Gene Regulation and Recombinant DNA technology|
|Tissue culture and Cell Biology||Viral cell interaction|
|Basic Immunology||Virus replication|
|Basic Epidemiology and Biostatistics||Advanced Immunology|
|Vector Biology||Applied Entomology|
|Virological Methods||Applied epidemiology|
|Tissue Culture Techniques||Antivirals and vaccines|
|Virus Antigen Detection||Molecular techniques|
|Statistical Methods||Biochemical/biophysical methods|
|Entomological Methods||Serological methods|
|Propagation of Viruses||Immunological techniques|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Viral enteric diseases and cancers||Special Topics|
|Viral hepatitis||Research Projects|
|Viral respiratory diseases||-|
|Exanthematous diseases of virus etiology||-|
|Viral hemorrhagic fever||-|
Successful postgraduates of M.Sc. Virology can work in Pharmaceutical Companies, various colleges, and Universities, Human Immunology laboratory, Government Hospitals, Research Centers, Private Clinics, etc. The various job profiles such graduates can opt for are Assistant Professor, Virologist, Microbiologist, Scientific Services Sales Associate, Research Associate, Laboratory assistant, etc.
Graduates of this course who are willing for further higher studies can go for a Ph.D. in microbiology or related fields.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average Annual Salary (in INR)|
|Virologist||Diagnose, treat and help to prevent viral diseases and perform various related tests.||INR 2.5 Lacs|
|Research Associate||Perform specialized and advanced experiments, tests and studies. Also, collect, prepare and evaluate specimens and tissue cultures.||INR 3 Lacs|
|Laboratory Assistant||Work with the teaching staff and assist teachers and students in laboratory work.||INR 2 Lacs|
|Assistant Professor||Guide, mentor and lead students in research projects. Support and assist senior professors in their daily tasks.||INR 2.5 to 5 Lacs|