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Ph.D. in Human Genetics is a 2 to 5 years doctorate level degree course. The minimum eligibility for the post is a Master’s degree (Post Graduate qualification) or M.Phil. in Human Genetics or related subject with a minimum of 55% marks at the undergraduate level. The course deals with the application of research in genetics to human health and diseases.

Some of the top colleges/institutes that offer admission to Ph.D. in Human Genetics course are as follows:

  • Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore
  • Indian Statistical Institute(ISI), Coimbatore
  • National Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore
  • University of Calcutta (CU), Kolkata

Some colleges offer direct admission to the candidates on the basis of their performance in the Master's degree exam. Some also give weightage to overall academic performance. In some colleges, an entrance exam might be conducted by the college/University itself or a relevant common entrance exam, is required to be cleared.

Ph.D. in Human Genetics program is designed as such to provide skills and detailed knowledge to the candidates in order to create awareness in them about each and every aspect of the discipline. It deals with the study of research in genetics and how it is linked to human diseases and health. This course requires the students to complete research and an entire combination of coursework, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and doctoral committee. In addition to these, conceptual framework, skill oriented activities and case discussions are performed in each topic. Such graduates will become qualified and well equipped with the knowledge and ability to handle work related issues of their domain of study.

Funding or fellowship is offered to the students but the students require qualifying CSIR UGC NET to avail the same. Ph.D. in Human Genetics students are generally given stipend or scholarships every month. So, the course usually does not cost anything. But still, it can cost around INR 10,000 to 2.4 lacs, depending upon the college/institute of choice. After successful completion of the course, the candidates can find employment areas like Educational Institutes, Clinical Labs, Healthcare Centres, Human Genome Project, Plant Breeding Centres, Life Sciences Research Centres and so on.

The various job profiles such candidates can lookout for are as follows: Genetics Counsellor, Professor/ Lecturer, Association Genetics Scientist, Medical Technologist Genetics, Molecular Genetics Technologist, Client Relationship Manager, National Sales Manager, Human genetics Scientist and many more. The average salary a Ph.D. in Human Genetics doctorate can expect is around 8 lacs to 12 lacs per annum, which will increase with experience and expertise.

Top Colleges for Ph.D. (Human Genetics)

  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Maharashtra
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Chennai
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Telangana

Ph.D. in Human Genetics: Course Highlights

Course LevelDoctorate Program
Duration of the Course2-5 years
Examination TypeBoth Semester and Annual
EligibilityCompleting a Master’s degree in Human Genetics or related subject with a minimum 55% marks at the undergraduate level.
Admission ProcessEntrance exam based
Course FeeINR 10,000 to INR 2.4 Lac/s
Average Starting SalaryINR 8 Lac/s to INR 12 Lac/s
Job PositionsGenetics Counsellor, Professor/ Lecturer, Association Genetics Scientist, Medical Technologist Genetics, Molecular Genetics Technologist, Client Relationship Manager, National Sales Manager, Human genetics Scientist and many more

Ph.D. in Human Genetics:​ What is it about?

The course can be pursued in a fulltime basis or through distance education mechanism or in part-time basis.  The various subjects taught as a part of Ph.D. in Human Genetics curriculum are Fundamentals of chromosome structure and function, including segregation and recombination, Fundamentals of gene structure and function, including genetic variation and mutation in human populations, Patterns of inheritance (Mendelian and non-Mendelian), Pedigree analysis and risk assessment, Principles and practice of clinical genetic evaluation, testing, and counseling, Genetic basis of various Mendelian and complex disorders seen in the prenatal, pediatric, and adult settings  Treatment of genetic diseases, including therapeutics, pharmacogenomics and gene, therapy  Introduction to new genomic technologies and their clinical applications, Social and ethical issues associated with genetic testing of individuals, families and populations.

Ph.D. in Human Genetics course is structured as such to deliver an in-depth research into the subject as well as all the horizons that the subject might touch. The students are required to execute research on a specific topic related to their subject as a part of the academic curriculum. The students are also assessed in the terms of their academic curriculum. Thesis/Report submission is a way through which they are assessed in terms of their learning and assessment capabilities and at the same time learn about the subject through fieldwork and practical classes.

The main aim of Ph.D. in Human Genetics course is to offer knowledge of how genetic research can be applied in principles and practice to human health and diseases, the current advancements in human genetics and the ability to interact with patients and families who have experienced a genetic disease in their lives. The objective of the course is to provide students to be able to conduct high-quality research, to deliver education in the domain and expand one’s frontiers of knowledge in the same. The students will be able to conduct research and present the same in graphical form. Such candidates can become great teachers or professors after the completion of the Ph.D. in Human Genetics doctorate degree. They can also join various genetics based research sectors in government or non-profit organizations.

Ph.D. in Human Genetics: Top Institutes

Name of InstituteLocationAverage Annual Fees (in INR)
Panjab University - [PU]PunjabINR 1,760
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences - [NIMHANS]Bangalore, KarnatakaINR 25,817
Jiwaji UniversityGwalior, Madhya PradeshINR 9,230
Central University of Punjab - [CUP]Bathinda, PunjabINR 14,333
Guru Nanak Dev University - [GNDU]Amritsar, PunjabINR 38,465
Andhra University, College of Science & TechnologyVishakhapatnam, Andhra PradeshINR 6,000

Ph.D. in Human Genetics: Eligibility

Different institutes across the country have different eligibility criteria. However, candidates wishing to apply for Ph.D. in Human Genetics course need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates are required to have passed PG/ M.Phil. examination from any recognized State/Deemed/Private/Central University.
  • Candidates must have secured at least 55% (45% to 50% for reserved category students) aggregate marks at the graduate level.
  • Candidates must not be having any backlogs or compartments in any of the subjects at PG/M.Phil. level, which is yet to be cleared at the time of admission to this course.
  • Candidates should also qualify the relevant entrance examination like CET.
  • Besides the above criteria, candidates need to qualify other criterions as imposed by the institute they want to obtain admission in.

Ph.D. in Human Genetics: Admission Process

Admission procedure is different for different institutes. Some colleges offer direct admission to the candidates on the basis of their performance in the Master's degree exam. Some also give weightage to overall academic performance. In some colleges, an entrance exam might be conducted by the college/University itself or a relevant common entrance exam, is required to be cleared. Then a round of Group Discussion and Personal Interview conducted by the institute is also required to be cleared. Some such entrance examinations are as follows:

  • CSIR UGC NET
  • DBT JRF
  • TIFR
  • NET
  • ISLET
  • University of Calcutta (CU) entrance test
  • NIMHANS entrance test

Ph.D. in Human Genetics: Syllabus and Course Description

The course has a variable duration ranging from 2 years to 5 or 6 years. It has been tabulated below:

Subjects of study:
Review of Basic Genetics Principles
Chromosome and Prenatal Genetics
Cancer Genetics
Non-Mendelian Modes of Inheritance
Single Gene Disorders
Biochemical Genetics
Genetics and Complex Disorders
New Genetic Technologies
Gene and Cell Therapy for Inherited diseases
Pharmacogenomics
Genetics, Ethics and the Law

Ph.D. in Human Genetics: Career Prospects

Ph.D. in Human Genetics doctorates have ample options to choose their career. They can find employment in various areas like Educational Institutes, Clinical Labs, Healthcare Centres, Human Genome Project, Plant Breeding Centres, Life Sciences Research centres and so on. The various job profiles such candidates after the completion of the course can look out for are as follows: Genetics Counsellor, Professor/ Lecturer, Association Genetics Scientist, Medical Technologist Genetics, Molecular Genetics Technologist, Client Relationship Manager, National Sales Manager, Human genetics Scientist and many more.

Ph.D. in Human Genetics is the highest possible Educational Degree/Qualification a candidate can achieve in this field. Candidates can join research work after this.

Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary (in INR)
Genetics CounsellorAnalyze genetic patterns and trends in a client’s/patient’s pedigree and communicate the same including the risk factors to them and their family. Such professionals work at hospitals, laboratories or private clinics.INR 3.7 to 4 lacs
ProfessorA professor basically has to teach his subject of interest at an institution and advice students on course related issues. Also he has to supervise student projects, monitor and assess the assignments and examinations and guide them throughout the course.INR 3 to 6 lacs
ScientistThey create and conduct complex life-science research projects such as those on drugs, tissues, food, hormones and so on.INR 5 to 6 lacs
Medical Technologist GeneticsPerform researches on the molecular pathology of patient’s genetic diseases and disorders.INR 2.5 lacs
Research AssistantDesign projects, reports, articles and presentations. Assists in the procurement of research raw materials.INR 5 to 6 lacs

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