M.Sc. Biology is a 2-year long course divided into 4 semesters. The minimum eligibility criterion required to be fulfilled for pursuing the course is B.Sc. Physics /Bio-informatics/ Biology (10+2 with Mathematics) / Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biochemistry / B. Tech. Bioinformatics / Biotechnology / Industrial Biotechnology, or such a related subject.
Top colleges offering this course are:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 40,000 and to 4 Lacs.
The course covers the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and taxonomy of living organisms.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam such as the Bangalore University Entrance Exam, Bharathiar University Entrance Exam, Bhopal University Entrance Exam, Manipal University Online 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 college and universities as teachers.
The average annual salary offered for these positions varies between INR 2 Las and 5 Lacs annually.
Organizations such as Abbott Laboratories, Baxter, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Biocon, IFGL, Bioceramics Limited, Orbees medical, Invitrogen, GlaxoSmithKline, Reliance life sciences, CTS life sciences, Dr.Reddy’s labs, Cipla, Jubilant life sciences, Wockhardt, Torrent pharma, Cadila healthcare and Ranbaxy and Pfizer hire such postgraduates.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||B.Sc. Physics /Bio-informatics/ Biology (10+2 with Mathematics) / Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biochemistry / B. Tech. Bioinformatics / Biotechnology / Industrial Biotechnology.|
|Admission Process||Based on performance in a relevant entrance exam such as Bangalore University Entrance Exam, Bharathiar University Entrance Exam, Bhopal University Entrance Exam and Manipal University Online Entrance Test entrance exam etc. and graduating score.|
|Course Fee||INR 40,000 to 4 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 5 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Abbott Laboratories, Baxter, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Pfizer.|
|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|
Students enrolled in the course are taught the application of scientific methods in experiments, use of scientific equipment, laboratory techniques, and procedures along with how to gather, organize, and analyze data.
The curriculum is designed to train students in carrying out complex mathematical and statistical computations, understanding scientific concepts and master scientific terminology. They are also taught to present research findings both orally and in writing, use charts and graphs to illustrate results.
Biology is the natural science that involves the study of all aspects of living organisms, from molecules, cells, and tissues to organisms. This field of study has a variety of branches of specialization in diverse areas such as Biochemistry, Ecology, and Botany.
Successful postgraduates of the course are trained in critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and manual dexterity. They ideally possess qualities such as precision, order, and attention to detail as needed in research and laboratory projects. Such skills can be applied to both scientific and non-scientific jobs in the field.
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 Lakh (course)|
|Apeejay Stya University (ASU, Gurgaon)||Gurgaon||INR 3 Lakh (course)|
|Maharishi Markandeshwar University (MMU, Mullana)||Ambala||INR 1.8 Lakh (course)|
|Lovely Professional University||Punjab||INR 1.9 Lakh (course)|
|Delhi Degree College||Badarpur||INR 30,000 (course)|
|Ramjas College||Delhi||INR 90,000 (course)|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates are needed to have attained a Bachelor’s degree in any of Physics, Bio-informatics/ Biology (10+2 with Mathematics)/ Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ B. Tech. Bioinformatics/ Biotechnology/ Industrial Biotechnology, with a minimum aggregate score of 55%.
Indian nationals can apply under the General Category, while foreign nationals or Non- Resident Indians or Indian nationals supported by NRI relatives can apply under the Foreign/ NRI Category.
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 semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Paper I: Genes and Genomics||Paper I: Metabolism and Metabolomics|
|Paper II: Proteins and Proteomics||Paper II: Recombinant DNA Technology|
|Paper III: Cell Biology||Paper III: Methods in Applied Sciences|
|Paper IV: Biostatistics and Bioinformatics||Paper IV: Research Methodology and IPR|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|Research Project||Paper I: Molecular Oncology and Molecular Medicine|
|-||Paper II: Clinical Immunology|
|-||Paper III: Recent Advances in Biology|
|-||Paper IV: Introduction to Pharmacology|
Successful postgraduates of the course can find lucrative employment opportunities in the central government sector, as Scientific Assistants in any of the various research institutes of the government. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conduct a number of exams for selecting eligible candidates to different jobs available in government departments.
Such postgraduates are also employed in the research sections of laboratories or as Health Analysts.
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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.||2,70558|
|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|