M.Sc. in Physiology is a 2-year postgraduate course, designed for graduates wishing to specialize in the field of Physiology, which is essentially the study of how molecules, cells, and organs interact to form a whole being. The program is spread over four semesters, of six months each.
The program is designed for interested graduates of MBBS/ BDS/ B.P.T/ B.Sc., or an equivalent such degree completed from a university recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The program is offered in the country at an average annual course fee ranging between INR 2 and 6 Lacs, varying across institutes.
Admission to the course is provided on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance examination and subsequent round of counseling.
Upon successful completion of the course, such postgraduates are lucratively employed across both private and public sectors, such as government hospitals, rehab centers, research labs, medical content writing, medial schools or universities, etc. with an average initial salary ranging between INR 30K and 60K monthly, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Some of the important highlights regarding the course are tabulated below.
|Minimum Qualification Required||Graduation (MBBS/ BDS/ B.P.T./ B.Sc. or equivalent degree) completed from a recognized university|
|Admission Procedure||Counseling after qualification of entrance examination|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Total Course Fee||INR 2 to 6 Lacs|
|Major Entrance Examinations||IIT JAM, NIPER JEE, PGIMER Chandigarh, DAVV Admission Non-CET, Calcutta University M.Sc. Admission Test, etc.|
|Job Positions||Physiologist, Scientist, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Sports Physiologist, Sports and Fitness Nutritionist, Professor, Junior Research Fellow, Lab Assistant, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas/Fields||Government Hospitals, Rehab Centers, Medical Schools /universities, Private Practice, etc.|
|Average Initial Salary||INR 3 to 10 Lacs (per year)|
Physiology is a branch of Biology dealing with the mechanical, physical, biochemical, and bioelectrical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. In essence, it is the study of what keeps humans physically alive and going, and, specifically, how cells, tissues, and organisms function to form a whole being.
Successful postgraduates of the course interested in pursuing further studies in the discipline may go for higher degree courses such as Ph.D., M.Phil, etc. in the subject.
The program aims to build in enrolled students an advanced understanding of the basic functions of different parts of the human body, how the body maintains homeostasis, how different organs participate in it, and such. It deals with the normal functioning of each bodily system separately, like the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, excretory system, respiratory system, etc.
One of the major objectives of the course is to familiarize candidates with how the body normally functions so that they can identify as experts, any pathology in the body which disrupts the body’s homeostasis. The course’s curriculum culminates with the completion of a research-based dissertation.
Interested eligible candidates would ideally possess:
Listed below are the names of some of the top institutes and colleges in the country, offering a Master’s degree in Physiology, along with the corresponding locations and fee charged by each annually.
|COLLEGE NAME||CITY||AVERAGE FEES|
|Christian Medical College (CMC)||Vellore||INR 40,603|
|Madras Medical College (MMC)||Chennai||INR 1,150|
|SRI Ramachandra University||Chennai||INR 66,667|
|LokmanyaTilak Municipal Medical College (LTMMC)||Mumbai||INR 29,143|
|Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER)||Kolkata||INR 12,500|
|Government Medical College (GMC)||Nagpur||INR 24,200|
|Topiwala National Medical College (TNMC)||Mumbai||INR 35,060|
|PT Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMES)||Rohtak||-|
|M.S. Ramaiah Medical College||Bangalore||-|
|Maharajah’s institute of Medical Science||Vizianagaram||INR 64,000|
|Baba Farid University of Health Science||Faridkot||INR 53,333|
|Manipal University (MU)||Manipal||INR 99,500|
|Maharashtra University of Health Science (MUHS)||Nashik||INR 20,830|
|Bundelkhand University||Jhansi||INR 40,755|
|Maharaja Agrasen Medical College (MAMC)||Agroha||INR 47,705|
|Hamdard Institute of Medical Science and Research (HIMSR)||New Delhi||INR 1,00,000|
|NIMS University||Jaipur||INR 52,222|
Mentioned below are the minimum qualifications that a candidate interested in pursuing M.Sc. in Physiology needs to fulfill in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
Most institutes offering the course admit candidates based on their performance in a relevant entrance examination, conducted at any of institutional, State, and national levels.
A subsequent round of counseling is held for candidates meeting the set cut-off score for the respective examination. Counselling consists of rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is tested.
Students waiting for their final year examination’s results are also welcome to apply, however, admission to such candidates shall be provisional, until after the results are declared and the minimum eligible score is attained.
Aspiring candidates are advised to have a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience, as many reputed institutes give preference to students with professional experience.
Some of the major entrance examinations conducted in the country for admission to the course are listed below.
Tabulated below is a semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.
|Orientation to the Department||Physiology: Theory|
|Choosing the subject of thesis and guide||Physiology: Practical|
|Writing the protocol||Thesis Work|
|Recapitulation of undergraduate physiology through attending UG lectures||Recapitulation of undergraduate physiology through attending UG lectures|
|Physiology (Theory)||Physiology (Theory)|
|Physiology (Practical)||Physiology (Practical)|
|Thesis Work||Submission of Thesis|
Physiology is one of the most ancient branches of medical science, as it unfolds the mysteries of the complicated functional aspects of the individual organs of the human body. It is career-orientated in nature owing to the increasing global demand of expertise in this field.
Such postgraduates are employed in various government and private hospitals, rehab centers, medical schools and colleges, health care centers, medical content writing departments, etc. They are hired in capacities such as Sports Psychologist, Sports and Fitness Nutritionist, Professor, or private practitioners.
Tabulated below are some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates, along with the corresponding salaries and basic job duties.
|JOB PROFILE||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Physiologist||They examine and monitor human physiological organs and systems such as respiratory, nervous, and cardiac systems. They are also responsible for diagnose and treating physiological disorders and long-term illnesses.||INR 3 to 10 Lacs|
|Professor||They teach at undergraduate and graduate levels in areas allocated by and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department.||INR 3 to 7 Lacs|
|Sports and Fitness Nutritionist||They work with athletes on enhancing their stamina and endurance, and educating them on post-workout recovery techniques. They also counsel individuals and groups on practices of daily nutrition for better performance and health. They essentially translate the latest scientific evidence into practical sports nutrition recommendations. Sports and Fitness Nutritionists track and document outcomes of nutrition services, serve as reliable food and nutrition guidelines resources, etc.||INR 3.5 to 8 Lacs|
|Researcher||While projects are in the planning stage, they work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters. Researchers also choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating such techniques.||INR 2.5 to 6 Lacs|
|Personal Trainer||They work in gyms/ fitness centers, spending time interacting with clients in an office or training them on the gym floor.||INR 3 to 5 Lacs|
|Lab Assistant||They essentially work under the supervision of Clinical Lab Technologists and Clinical Lab Technicians. They prepare specimens, follow detailed manual tests, and oversee automated analysis tests. Depending on the lab, Clinical Lab Technicians work with different specimens, like blood and tissue samples.||INR 2 to 7 Lacs|