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M.Sc. in Biological Sciences is a 2- year long post graduate program designed to equip students with the generic skills of a researcher in Biomedical Sciences, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior or Plant Molecular Sciences with a broad base of knowledge in the Biological Sciences.

The course is intended to train students with the important aptitudes of a Specialist in Biomedical Sciences, and Sub-Atomic Sciences etc. It aims to train eligible students in the key nonexclusive aptitude required to be a logical scientist.

Successful postgraduates of the course may find work in branches like Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Physiology and Population Biology. They may also find lucrative employment opportunities in healthcare industries like Pharmaceutical Industries, Medical Research, Genetic Engineering, Lab Technology and Pharmaceutical Sales, research institutes or areas like Material Science, Biomedical Science, Chemical and Physical Science and Engineering.

Top Colleges for Master of Science [M.Sc] (Biological Sciences)

  • M.Sc in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Sc in Maharashtra
  • M.Sc in Chennai
  • M.Sc in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Sc in Telangana

Master of Science [M.Sc.] Biological Sciences: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Name of the courseMaster of Science [M.Sc.] Biological Sciences
Course LevelPost Graduation
Duration2 years, full- time/ Distance Learning
StreamBiological Sciences
Examination TypeSemester System
Admission ProcessBased on the candidate’s performance in the written tests conducted at the level of institutes, and the round of personal interview.
Average Course FeeINR 5K to 2 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 8 Lacs
Top Recruiting CompaniesAirtel Bosch Ltd CapGemini Capital IQ Cisco Systems Dell Deloitte Ernst & Young Genpact Google HONEYWELL IBM Idea Cellular Services Infosys JP Morgan Chase L T Microsoft Mphasis NTPC Oracle polaris Reliance TCS Unilever Wipro AIIMS, BCS-Insilico Biology, Tata Memorial Centre, Indian Society of Cell Biology etc.

Top Institutes Offering M.Sc. in Biological Sciences

The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 5,000 (government institutes) to 2 lacs (private institutes).

Listed below are some of the best institutes in India that offer M.Sc. in Biological Sciences:

1.LOYOLA COLLEGECHENNAI, TAMIL NADU5,953Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation (B.Sc. degree in the respective subject)Admission is based on performance in a relevant online entrance test.
2.ST. XAVIER'S COLLEGEMUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA13,708Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation (B.Sc. degree in the respective subject)Admission is based on performance in a relevant online entrance test.
3.CHRIST UNIVERSITYBANGALORE, KARNATAKA77,500Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation (B.Sc. degree in the respective subject)Admission is based on performance in a relevant online entrance test.
4.MADRAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGECHENNAI, TAMIL NADU14,572Candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in graduation (B.Sc. degree in the respective subject)Admission is based on performance in a relevant online entrance test.

Eligibility for M.Sc. in Biological Sciences

The minimum eligibility required to be met for admission to the course is B.Sc. or an equivalent degree with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.

A few universities and colleges in India conduct entrance examinations for admission to the course.

M.Sc. in Biological Sciences: Admission Process

Most institutes offering the course in India admit students on the basis of their performance in the relevant entrance test. Such institutions/ universities conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. However, the admission process varies from college to college.

M.Sc. in Biological Sciences: Academic Options

Upon successful completion of the course, successful postgraduates interested in higher studies in the discipline may go for pursuing M.Phil./ PH.D. in the subject.

M.Sc. in Biological Sciences: Career Prospects

Some of the major employers for such postgraduates in India are:

  • Crown Research Institutes (AgResearch, HortResearch, Plant and Food Research)
  • Research organizations (Wheat, Dairy, Meat, Forestry, Wool, Leather)
  • Wineries, breweries, food and animal feedstuff industries
  • Pharmaceutical development and manufacturing
  • Secondary and tertiary educational institutions
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Scientific publishers
  • District Health Boards
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ministry of Business and Enterprise
  • Bcs-Insilico Biology
  • Indian Society of Cell Biology

Such professionals are hired in capacities such as Lecturer, Consultant, Museum Educator, Biotech Engineer, Pharmaceuticals, Food Processor, Researcher, Biophysicist, Epidemiologist, Food Scientist, Immunologist, Nutritionist, Laboratory Technician, Biology Content Developer etc.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job TitleJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary in INR
Biotech EngineerBiotechnological engineering focuses on biotechnologies and biological science. It includes diverse disciplines such as biochemical engineering, biomedical engineering, bio-process engineering, biosystem engineering, and so on. In general, biotechnological engineering is an integrated approach of fundamental biological sciences and traditional engineering principles.1,37,043 - 10,19,699
EpidemiologistEpidemiologist investigate diseases through the collection and analysis of health data through field research, observation, questionnaires and studies. During disease outbreaks, Epidemiologists apply their knowledge of how and why communicable diseases spread to make recommendations on containment and treatment.1,80,00 - 6,80,000
ImmunologistImmunologists are scientists or clinicians who specialize in the body’s defense system. The work may be laboratory-based or patient-facing. Responsibilities in laboratory-based work include: undertaking original medical research designing, planning and carrying out controlled experiments and trials devising and testing hypotheses using appropriate analytical techniques, analyzing and interpreting data, writing reports, reviews and papers, applying for research funding, attending conferences throughout the world, and keeping up- to- date with current research within the field.2,18,060 - 7,80,800

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