Admission Overview

Admissions to the above course will begin only after the declaration of the B.Sc. Degree results of the University of Mumbai sometime in the second or third week of June.

The College has introduced an ONLINE application system for the above mentioned First Year post-graduate M.Sc. Part-I courses.  All candidates applying for admission are expected to apply through the online application system on the homepage of the website www.xaviers.eduThe Online Application fee is Rs. 500.

The last date for submission of online application forms for admission to the College and dates for display of merit lists will be put up on the “homepage” of our website after the declaration of the B.Sc. Degree results of Mumbai University. 

Eligibility Certificate: Students passing the B.Sc. Degree from Universities other than Mumbai University and seeking admissions to First Year M.Sc. Courses are required to apply for a Provisional Eligibility Certificate through the College at the time of admission.  The application form, available at the College Office, duly filled in should be submitted with an attested copy of the B.Sc. Degree marksheet and a passport size photograph along with the prescribed fees of Rs.320 & Rs.500 (for verification of documents) to the College Office.  Once admission is granted, for confirmation of the eligibility, students should submit to the College Office, before the close of the First Semester, the Passing Certificate and the Migration Certificate all in originals.

Students passing the Degree Examinations from Mumbai University will be required to submit the Transfer Certificate issued by their respective Colleges.  This needs to be submitted after completion of the admissions process to the College.

At the time of admission the candidate must submit the following documents:

  1. Degree Marksheets  & Pass Certificate (Original + 2 attested copies)

  2. Baptism Certificate (for Christians)

  3. Caste Certificate (for Reserved Category) or Documentary Evidence regarding Special Category

  4. Migration Certificate (for those from other Universities)


Total No. of Seats: 20




Rs. 15,674


Rs. 14,055


Includes deposit and laboratory fees, as sanctioned by the Management Board, St. Xavier’s College - Autonomous


Reservation of Seats: The following table shows this distribution, as per the directives given in the University of Mumbai Circular No.Spl.Cell/(68)/218/2005 dated 3rd June, 2005.

Sr. No.


% of Seats





Management Quota






Christian Minority 



General Category



Persons with Disability



Special Category


Note: Special Category refers**  to:

  1. Wards of Transferred State / Central Govt. and Pvt. Sector employees, employees of Defence Dept. / ex-servicemen.
  2. Wards of Freedom Fighters, physically handicapped candidates, and students who have met with accidents.
  3. Award Winners at the District / State / National Levels in Sports or Cultural Activities.



Course Overview


The Department of Microbiology, St. Xavier’s College, is the oldest Microbiology Department in the country (over eighty years old). Microbiology, one of the three classical disciplines in the Biological Sciences is an extremely diverse and complex field. A constantly changing and advancing science it has spawned the evolution of modern scientific disciplines like microbial biotechnology, genetic engineering, immunology, molecular biology, genomics and solve many challenges in health, energy, environment, etc. This 2-year, 4-semester autonomous credit-based M.Sc. programme is affiliated to the University of Mumbai. The course is designed to provide students with training and research experience that will prepare them for a wide range of careers in pure and applied sciences.


Eligibility Criteria

A candidate for being eligible for admission to the M.Sc. Degree in Microbiology should have passed the B.Sc. (Three year integrated course) degree examination of Mumbai University with at least seven units (i.e. minimum required for majoring in a subject) in Microbiology  OR B.Sc. Microbiology from any other University.


Syllabi per Semester

Semester I

MS.MIC.1.01: Virology and Cell biology

MS.MIC.1.02: Genetics

MS.MIC.1.03: Microbial Biochemistry I

MS.MIC.1.04: Immunology


Note:  4 Theory courses (100 marks each)

                       4 practical courses (50 marks each)

Semester II

MS.MIC.2.01: Cell Biology

MS.MIC.2.02: Genetics and Bioinformatics

MS.MIC.2.03: Microbial Biochemistry II

MS.MIC.2.04: Medical Microbiology


Note:  4 Theory courses (100 marks each)

                        4 practical courses (50 marks each)

Semester III

MS.MIC.3.01:  Research Methodology and Biostatistics

MS.MIC.3.02:  Tools and Techniques: Biomolecular Analysis

MS.MIC.3.03:  Advances in Biotechnology I

MS.MIC.3.PR:  External Project


Note:  3 Theory courses (100 marks each)

External Project (300 marks) (for 4 months at various research centers/ National Institutes like BARC, NIRRH, TIFR, NCL, ACTREC, NIO etc.)


Semester IV

MS.MIC.4.01:  Applied & Environ’tal Microbiology, Monitoring & Mgt

MS.MIC.4.02:  Food Microbiology

MS.MIC.4.03:  Pharmaceutical Microbiology

MS.MIC.4.04:  Advances in Biotechnology – II

MS.MIC.4.PR: Microbiology Practicals


Note:  4 Theory courses (100 marks each)

                       2 practical courses (50 marks each)

                       Internal Group Project (100 marks)


Scheme of Examination

Theory Courses: 2 Continuous Internal Assessment and 1 End semester evaluation per course per semester.

Practical Courses: 1 Continuous Internal Assessment and 1 End semester evaluation per course per semester.

Evaluation of the semester 3 project is based on the dissertation submitted, a presentation and viva-voce.

Similarly, evaluation of the semester 4 project is based on the dissertation submitted, a presentation and viva-voce.


Facilities of the Department:

The Department is well equipped for teaching Modern Microbiology.

It has a well-equipped research laboratory called ‘Palacios Research Lab’

A Common Instrumentation Facility with sophisticated instruments to carry out teaching, as well as research, in the biological sciences, and an in-house library.

Co-curricular Activities Annual Khandala Seminar, Industrial visits.




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