Ph.D. Microbiology is a three- to a five-year doctoral program that aims to give qualified applicants research expertise in a variety of microbiology disciplines. This course is primarily concerned with the advanced study of microscopic, unicellular, and cell-cluster organisms.

Candidates must have a Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline with an aggregate of at least 55 percent to be eligible for the Ph.D. Microbiology program. Many institutions require at least five years of expertise in the discipline of microbiology.

Candidates’ scores in Entrance Exams are usually used to determine admission to Ph.D. Microbiology programs. However, there are a few universities that provide merit-based admissions as well. GATE, UGC-NET, CSIR-UGC-NET, and other Ph.D. Microbiology entry exams are among the most popular.

Depending on the institute offering the programme, the average yearly programme fee for Ph.D. Microbiology programmes in India range from INR 2,000 to INR 8,00,000.

Students will be able to find work as Technical Specialists, Medical technologists, Laboratory scientists, lecturers, and other positions in the food industry, development laboratories, colleges, and universities after completing this degree.

In India, the average yearly starting salary for Ph.D. (Microbiology) degree holders ranges from INR 8,00,000 to INR 16,00,000, depending on the candidate’s level of skill in the subject.


Ph.D. Microbiology Eligibility Criteria

Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Microbiology must meet the following minimal qualifying requirements:

  • Students must have earned a postgraduate degree from a reputable university.
  • Candidates must have a post-graduate grade point average of at least 55 percent (50 percent for candidates from the SC/ ST category).
  • They must also have at least 5 years of experience in education, industry, administration, or other related fields.


Ph.D. Microbiology Course Highlights

Some of the major highlights of the course are provided in the table given below: 

Course LevelDoctorate
Duration of the Course3 to 5 years
Examination TypeSemester System
EligibilityPostgraduate degree with an aggregate of at least 55% marks. 
Admission ProcessEntrance/ Merit-Based followed by Interview
Average Course FeeINR 2,000 to INR 8,00,000 
Average Starting SalaryINR 8,00,000 to INR 16,00,000
Top Job AreasFood Industry, Colleges, Universities, Development Laboratories etc.  
Top Job PositionsMedical Technologist, Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Technologist, Technical Specialist, Lecturer, etc.  


Ph.D. Microbiology Top Colleges

Some of the top colleges offering Ph.D. Microbiology programs is provided in the table given below: 

NIRF Ranking 2020 Name of the College/ UniversityAdmission ProcessAverage Annual Fees
10Banaras Hindu University, VaranasiEntrance-BasedINR 8,368
11University of Calcutta, KolkataMerit + Interview INR 4,400
15University of Hyderabad, HyderabadMerit + InterviewINR 11,210
43Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, ChennaiEntrance-BasedINR 46,000 
44Punjab University, ChandigarhMerit + InterviewINR 15,667
49Mahatma Gandhi University, KottayamMerit + InterviewINR 33,200
58SRM Institute of Technology, KanchipuramMerit + InterviewINR 16,000
81Pondicherry University, PondicherryMerit + InterviewINR 36,283
101-150Utkal University, BhubaneshwarMerit + InterviewINR 9,500
101-150Assam University, SilcharMerit + InterviewINR 26,545


Ph.D. Microbiology Career Prospects

Job PositionJob Profile
Agricultural and Food ScientistAn Agricultural and Food Scientist’s job is to do research and identify ways to improve people’s productivity and well-being.
Biochemists and Biophysicists Biochemists and biophysicists used to study the physical features of living things as well as associated organic processes like cell growth, heredity, and so on.
Biological TechniciansA Biological Technician’s duty is to help biological and medicinal researchers conduct lab tests and other relevant research. 
Chemical TechniciansChemical technicians use a variety of devices and methods to help scientists investigate, manufacture, produce, and test chemicals and procedures.
EpidemiologistsAn epidemiologist’s mission is to investigate and discover the causes of disease and harm in the population. They hope that their study and implementation of well-being methods will reduce the risks and events of sickness.