M.Sc.(Ag.) in Agricultural Microbiology


Master’s programme in Agricultural Microbiology was started in 1979 and so far 252 M.Sc.(Ag.) students have graduated. Agricultural Microbiology is one of the applied areas of microbiology in the field of Agriculture i.e., utilization of the beneficial microorganisms for soil and crop nutrition and management as bio-fertilizers, plant growth promoters as bio-stimulants, bio-degraders for compost /manure production, bio-control agents and value addition by way of production of fuels and renewable chemicals.  

Why this programme?

Study Programme

The Masters programme in Agricultural Microbiology has been designed following the UGC guidelines. The course imparts:

Colleges offering

The master programme in M.Sc. (Ag.) in Agricultural Microbiology is offered by the Department of Agricultural Microbiology in the following campuses

Application and Admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of Agricultural Microbiology? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures. If you doubt whether admission is possible, feel welcome to apply online. The Admission Committee will check your admissibility.

Future Career

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Master’s in Agricultural Microbiology

Master Courses

In the first year, students will undergo a set of major (microbiology) and minor courses which will help them understand the basics of microbiology as per the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with a total credit load of 55, of which 20 credits are exclusively earmarked for their Thesis Research.


Master’s thesis research

After completing the courses in the first year, the students start their thesis research. Each student is assigned to an experienced faculty, approved by the Dean of School of Post-Graduate Studies, who would guide the student on his/ her choice of research topic.


Research Assistantship

The students are exposed to participate in the scientific events like workshop/symposia/Conferences and trainings in order to acquire current status and get updated.  Initiatives taken to provide student assistantship for master students from the existing externally funded schemes.

Student Experiences

Myself Arun Kumar, and I am currently pursuing  PhD in molecular biology at the university of Tartu, Estonia. I completed my bachelor’s degree in biotechnology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, and then pursued a master’s degree in agricultural microbiology at the same university. Wide courses in the agricultural microbiology curriculum, along with the assistance of well-experienced lecturers, taught me to think about the bigger picture in this field. With the assistance of excellent lab facilities in the department of agricultural microbiology as well as other faculties at the university, I successfully completed my master’s thesis with good publications. Having said that, my master’s degree experience enabled me to excel as an independent researcher.

I am Manikandan Ariyan, currently doing a doctorate in Biodiversity and Ecological Sustainability at the Tartu University in Estonia. I received a bachelor’s in Agriculture from Annamalai University, Chidambaram, and a master’s degree in Agricultural Microbiology from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. After completing my master’s degree, I worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the same university. Being fascinated by microbes has led me to pursue a career in the scientific research field

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