M.Sc. Biotechnology

Established in the year 1992, the Department offers two- year M.Sc. Biotechnology program. The department offers a wonderful environment for teaching, learning, and research holistically. The department is bestowed with excellent faculty members with wide exposure globally and is involved in basic and applied research in different areas of biotechnology. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India has been supporting our M.Sc. Biotechnology teaching program for more than two decades. The admissions are based on an All India entrance examination conducted by DBT, Govt. of India. Students who are selected based on their Graduate Aptitude Test- Biotechnology (GAT-B) score will receive a stipend of Rs 5000/- per month. From time to time, need-based courses are designed taking into consideration the latest developments in frontier areas of biotechnology for teaching M.Sc. Biotechnology students. The major areas of teaching include Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Techniques in Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics, Immunology, Radiation Biology, Molecular Plant Breeding, Bioprocess Technology, Stem Cell Biology, Genetic Engineering, Microbial Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Marine Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics. The summer internship and project dissertation is mandatory to all students which helps them to gain hands-on experience in their field of interest under the guidance of the respective faculty. The students who studied in the department under this program are competent to clear competitive exams (CSIR, UGC, DBT, ICMR, and GATE) and are well placed in academic institutions, research laboratories, and industries both in India and abroad.

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Fundamental Life Science Courses

Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Radiation Biology are some of the fundamental courses designed to provide a basic understanding of various essential topics that are necessary to grasp the advanced and application-based courses of M.Sc. Biotechnology program.

General Biotechnology Courses

Analytical Techniques in Biotechnology, Recombinant DNA Technology and Genetic Engineering, Bioprocess Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology are some of the essential courses related to the field of biotechnology. These courses are designed to introduce the various methods, tools, and experimental strategies that are routinely used in the field of Biotechnology. These courses and associated practical courses help the students to gain hands-on experience thorough knowledge of various practical tools in Biotechnology.

Applied Biotechnology Courses

Marine Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Plant Breeding, Medical Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology are some of the applied fields where the students can branch off. These courses expose the students to diverse fields wherein biotechnology concepts are used. These courses provide adequate knowledge and training to the student on how the biotechnological tools are exploited in medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and marine fields.

Advanced Biotechnology Courses

"Genomics and Proteomics, Stem Cell Biology, Nano-biotechnology, Molecular Epigenetics are some of the advanced courses incorporated in line with the recent advancements in biotechnological research and development. Exposure to these courses trains the students on the latest cutting edge tools and developments in the recent technological advancements in this field. These courses will provide adequate exposure to the students who wish to establish their careers in advanced research. Overall, the entire curricula are designed to impart adequate training in basic, applied, and advanced concepts and methods. The students who complete this course will be fully competent to take-up any biotechnology-related endeavors in both academia and industry. "

Who can prefer this Course


Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/ Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/ Botany/ Microbiology/ Veterinary Science/ Zoology or in other related areas with a minimum of 55% of marks
The Graduate Aptitude Test – Biotechnology (GAT-B) conducted by Regional Centre for Biotechnology, an autonomous center of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India is an all India entrance exam which consists of two parts. Part A will have 60 compulsory multiple-choice questions of the level of 10+2 in the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. Part B will have multiple choice questions of bachelor's level requiring thinking and analysis. There will be questions from Basic Biology, Life Sciences, Biotechnology, and Allied areas as per the syllabus given in the website https://rcb.res.in/GATB/ There will be 100 questions out of which the candidates need to attempt 60 questions.

Current Curriculum

Year of Revision : 2019
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