M.Sc. in Applied Biology is a 2-year long course divided into 4 semesters. The minimum eligibility criterion needed to be fulfilled for pursuing the course is a Bachelor’s degree in the Science/ Medicine/ Technology or an equivalent degree with biological Sciences and Chemistry as main subjects.
The curriculum aims at skills development in a research setting, and relates practical experiences to a strong background in theory.
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 20,000 and 1.5 Lacs. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, such as Bangalore University Entrance Exam, Bharathiar University Entrance Exam, Bhopal University Entrance Exam, Manipal University Online Entrance Test entrance exam etc.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Biology Content Developer, Biochemist, Health Educator, Physician's Assistant and Nurse Practitioner, Medical and Health Services Manager, Geneticist, Biological Technician and Medical Product Sales Representative etc. and in industries such as Agricultural Research Services, Botanical Gardens, Botanical Survey, Hospitals, Horticulture, Medical Research, Medical laboratories, Wildlife and fishery departments etc., besides colleges and universities as teachers.
The average annual salary offered for these positions varies between INR 2 Las and 5 Lacs annually.
Organizations such as Macfarlane Burnet Institute, Nocturne, Scotts Australia, Biomass Conversion Technologies, Bioproperties, the CSIRO and Prince Henry's Institute hire such postgraduates.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Bachelor’s degree in Science / Medicine/ Technology or equivalent degree with Biological Sciences and Chemistry as main subjects|
|Admission Process||Based on entrance exam like Bangalore University Entrance Exam, Bharathiar University Entrance Exam, Bhopal University Entrance Exam and Manipal University Online Entrance Test entrance exam etc. and the graduating score.|
|Course Fee||INR 40,000 to 4 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 5 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Macfarlane Burnet Institute, Nocturne, Scotts Australia, Biomass Conversion Technologies, Bioproperties, the CSIRO and Prince Henry's Institute.|
|Job Positions||Biology Content Developer, Biochemist, Health Educator, Physician's Assistant and Nurse Practitioner, Medical and Health Services Manager, Geneticist, Biological Technician and Medical Product Sales Representative|
The course is designed to address the growing need for a technologically trained workforce with special laboratory skills in Biotechnology and Environmental Science. The curriculum focusses on skills development in a research setting and relates practical experiences to a strong background in theory.
The confluence of classical and modern types of technologies enables creation of new products and highly competitive processes in a large number of industrial and agricultural activities besides the health sector. This would provide the impulse to radically boost competitiveness and growth potential for a number of activities and open new possibilities.
During the last five years, products, processes and services in the fields of Biotechnology and Biomedicine have reached new heights.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Fees|
|Manipal University||Manipal||INR 1.5 Lacs (course)|
|The Global Open University||Dimapur||INR 24,000 (course)|
|CMJ University||Shillong||INR 0.2 Lacs (course)|
|Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre||Mumbai||INR 90,000 (course)|
|University of Mumbai||Mumbai||INR 40,000 (course)|
The course requires the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Science/ Medicine/ Technology or an equivalent degree with Biological Sciences and Chemistry as main subjects, completed from a recognized educational Board.
Some of such equivalent subjects are Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology/ Chemistry/ Statistics/ Mathematics/ Botany/ Zoology/ Microbiology/ Life Sciences, orBachelor’s degree (B. Tech./ B.E.) in Biomedical Engineering/ Computer Sciences/ Information Technology.
|Master of Science in Uttarakhand||Master of Science in Orissa||Master of Science in Bihar||Master of Science in Punjab|
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in the Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) conducted across 52 centers in the country, usually in the month of May. Centralized admission to the IITs is made on the basis of the rank obtained in the Joint Admission Test and the choices entered by the candidates.
Listed here are the main entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to the course.
A year- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
Biological Area Studies
|Bio and Neuro Informatics|
Biomechanics and Biomedicine
Professionals in this line of work can opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges. Also, skilled professionals can find plenty of employment opportunities in areas such as Bioinformatics, Food Industry, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Industry, Research Institutes and Water Conservation, both in India and abroad.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Biology Content Developer||This is a content development role where the candidate works on any of Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology of class 8th, 9th and 10th. Candidates are responsible for preparing content like class exercises, home exercises, tests/assignments, building PPTs, editing content to make it more informative/interesting/interactive, etc.||2,43,264|
|Biochemist||Biochemists play a key role in the fast- growing fields of biotechnology and biomedical research. Equipped with the requisite laboratory and scientific research skills/ knowledge, they design and execute studies to develop new products.||2,64,000|
|Health Educator||Health Educators have the scientific knowledge to digest information and interpret research on pressing public health concerns. They use scientific methods to assess the needs of their constituents so they can design relevant programs.||2,70,558|
|Physician's Assistant and Nurse Practitioner||Physician's Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are in high demand as front line service providers in an increasingly cost- conscious system for health care delivery. Biology provides an excellent foundation for graduate work in both of these similar professions.||2,25,000|
|Medical and Health Services Manager||Such Managers spend much of their time interacting with health service professionals and must be equipped to communicate with them about scientific policies and procedures.||6,06,782|
|Geneticist||Geneticists use technological advances in genetics to assist with police investigations, develop new drugs and improve agriculture, among other things. Genetic Counselors work in the medical field to advise people about risks in genetic defects in pregnancy about dealing with genetic issues.||3,54,328|
|Biological Technician||Biological Technicians use laboratory skills and techniques taught in labs, academic research and collaborative research with faculty. Technicians must systematically and precisely apply the specified methodology required to carry out such studies and generate valid and reliable results.||4,97,728|
|Medical Product Sales Representative||They are IT/ Software Sales Reps that sell to the medical community, such as drugs or devices to veterinarians.||2,31,841|