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Ph.D. in Biophysics is a 2 to 5 or 6 years doctorate level degree course. It deals with the study of physical science to study biological systems. The minimum eligibility for the post is a Master’s degree (Post Graduate qualification) or M.Phil.  in Biology or Biology related subject with a minimum of 55% marks at the undergraduate level.

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

  1. Punjab University (PU), Chandigarh
  2. University of Delhi, DU
  3. National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
  4. AIIMS, New Delhi

Some colleges provide 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. While in some colleges, an entrance exam conducted by the college/University itself or a relevant common entrance exam, is required to be cleared.

Ph.D. in Biophysics 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. 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 Biophysics students are generally given stipend or scholarships every month. So, the course usually does not cost anything. But still, it can cost around INR 2,000 to 5 lacs, depending upon the college/institute of choice. After successful completion of the course, the candidates can find employment in firms like Academic Institutions, Pharmaceutical companies, Government Hospitals, Medical Research Labs, Defense Services and Environment Protection Services. The various job profiles such candidates can lookout for are as follows: Principal Scientist, Scientist, Biophysics tutor/teacher, Assistant Professor, Laboratory/Research Assistant, Bio-technical Research Manager and Method Development Scientist. The average salary a freshly pass out doctorate candidate can expect is around 4 lacs to 8 lacs per annum, which will increase with experience and expertise.

Top Colleges for Ph.D. (Biophysics)

  • 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 Biophysics: Course Highlights

Course LevelDoctorate Program
Duration of the Course2-5 years
Examination TypeBoth Semester and Annual
EligibilityCompleting a Master’s degree in Biology or Biology related subject with a minimum 55% marks at the undergraduate level.
Admission ProcessEntrance exam based
Course FeeINR 2,000 to INR 5 Lac/s
Average Starting SalaryINR 4 Lac/s to INR 8 Lac/s
Job PositionsPrincipal Scientist, Scientist, Biophysics tutor/teacher, Assistant Professor, Laboratory/Research Assistant, Bio-technical Research Manager and Method Development Scientist

Ph.D. in Biophysics: What is it about?

Ph.D. in Biophysics course can be pursued on a fulltime basis or through distance education mechanism. Specializations included in the curriculum are all levels of biological organizations, from the molecular level to organisms and then ecosystem, biochemistry, nanotechnology, agro-physics, bioengineering and systems biology.

The 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. Ph.D. in Biophysics 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 objective of Ph.D. in Biophysics 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 doctorate degree.

Ph.D. in Biophysics: Top Institutes

Name of InstituteLocationAverage Annual Fees (in INR)
Panjab University - [PU]PunjabINR 1,760
All India Institute of Medical Sciences - [AIIMS]New DelhiINR 1,692
University of Delhi - [DU]DelhiINR 20,000
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences - [NIMHANS]Bangalore, KarnatakaINR 25,817
University of MadrasChennai, Tamil NaduINR 9,240
University of KalyaniKalyani, West BengalINR 15,850
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics - [SINP]Kolkata, West BengalINR 10,000
Institute of Advanced Research - [IAR]Gandhi Nagar, GujaratINR 33,833

Ph.D. in Biophysics: Eligibility

Different institutes across the country have different eligibility criteria. However, candidates wishing to apply for the course need to fulfill 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 Biophysics: Admission Process

Admission procedure is different for different institutes. Some colleges provide 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. While in some colleges, an entrance exam 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:

  • All India Post Graduate Entrance Exam
  • Department of Biophysics, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Entrance Exam
  • GATE
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) - Faculty of Science - PhD in Biophysics Entrance exam
  • Institute Of Physics - The Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) PhD Entrance Exam
  • JIPMER
  • Punjab University Department of Biophysics PhD entrance exam

Ph.D. in Biophysics: Syllabus and Course Description

The course has a variable duration ranging from 2 years (3 years for external students) to 5 or 6 years. The syllabus of the course has been divided into various domains. It has been tabulated below:

Semester 1Semester 2
Physical Methods in Biology:Information Processing and the Brain:
SpectroscopyElectrical Behaviour of the Biological Membrane
ChromatographyIntroduction to Nervous System
Hydrodynamic MethodsMathematical tools
ElectrophoresisNeural Basis of Cognition
Radioactive MethodsModels of Neurons
Emerging Topics in Biophysical MethodsSynaptic Transmission
-Turing Machines
-Open Discussions on the interface of Artificial Neural Net and the Brain

Ph.D. in Biophysics: Career Prospects

Ph.D. in Biophysics doctorate holders have ample options to choose their career. They can find employment in firms such as Academic Institutions, Pharmaceutical companies, Government Hospitals, Medical Research Labs, Defense Services and Environment Protection Services and so on. The various job profiles such candidates after the completion of the course can look out for are as follows: Principal Scientist, Scientist, Biophysics tutor/teacher, Assistant Professor, Laboratory/Research Assistant, Bio-technical Research Manager and Method Development Scientist.

Ph.D. in Biophysics is the highest possible Educational Degree/Qualification a candidate can achieve in this field.

Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary (in INR)
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
MethodDevelopmentScientistThey work in close collaboration with the scientists and create analytical methods. Also, support the development of various drugs and other products of the company.INR 6 to 9 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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