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M.Phil. in Zoology is an advanced postgraduate research program provided to conduct research in the subject. Candidates who have completed their postgraduate degree in Zoology can apply for this course. Some of the colleges conduct their own entrance examination for the program. Various universities including Annamalai University and Dr. C V Raman University provide well oriented programs for this course.

M.Phil. in Zoology is usually treated as a prerequisite for candidates who intend to apply for Ph.D. in the field. It can serve as a provisional enrollment for the Ph.D. Number of employment opportunities are also available for the graduates as Zoologists. Wildlife services, Botanical Gardens, Conservation organizations, National parks are some of the places where zoologists can work. They get an average salary of about INR 3,50,000.

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M.Phil. Zoology Highlights Table

Name of the course (both full name and short form)M.Phil. in Zoology
Duration of the course1 year
EligibilityPassed Master of Science in Zoology with minimum of 55% aggregate score
Average course feeINR 25,000
Sectors of employmentZoos, Wildlife services, Botanical Gardens, Conservation organizations, National parks, Nature Reserves
Average entry-level salaryINR 3,50,000

What is M.Phil. Zoology course about?

Master of Philosophy in Zoology is a research oriented program intended to provide the candidate with the proper tools to build up their own research in zoology. Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with the study of animal kingdom.

The degree requires the candidates to carry out extensive research and prepare their own dissertation. Course includes rigorous study of topics like animal physiology & neurobiology, marine biology and research techniques. The degree is awarded after conducting original research in zoology but before the defense of dissertation.

Who should opt for M.Phil. Zoology?

For anyone who has an interest in researching the animal kingdom to its very core after completing the post-graduation in zoology, M.Phil. Zoology is a perfect course. If you are someone who wishes to pursue the doctoral course i.e. Ph.D. in Zoology, this course will take you several steps closer to achieving that goal.

Achieving this degree requires candidates to have a high dedication towards the subject and excellent management skills to take on research projects.

M.Phil. Zoology Top Institutes

A number of universities provide Master of Philosophy in Zoology. Few of them are listed below:

InstituteCityAvg. Fees(INR)/ year
University of Delhi (DU)Delhi30,000
Kurukshetra UniversityKurukshetra, Haryana50,000
Loyola universityChennai, Tamil Nadu48,000
AVVM Sri Pushpam CollegeThanjavar, Tamil Nadu45,000
Annamalai UniversityCuddalore, Tamil Nadu38,050
Panjab UniversityChhattisgarh37,000
Berhampur UniversityOdisha40,000
University of BurdwanBardhhaman, West Bengal40,000
Dr. C V Raman UniversityBilaspur, Chattisgarh40,000
Rajiv Gandhi UniversityArunachal Pradesh35,000

M.Phil. Zoology Eligibility

Candidate applying must have successfully completed a Master of Science in Zoology with minimum of 55% aggregate score. Other than the mentioned criterion candidate can also apply if he/she has scored 55% aggregate score in an exam that is considered equivalent. Aside from the M.Sc. score some of the colleges conduct their entrance examination and a personal interview.

M.Phil. Zoology Admission Process

Each college has a different criterion for admission in the M.Phil. Zoology course. Few of the colleges conduct their own entrance examination. Information about the few of them is given below:

Berhampur University, Odisha  

Admission into all M. Phil courses is done by an entrance test followed by an interview. The Test comprises of one paper of 100 marks (50 marks Objective Type Questions and 50 marks for short-answer type questions) of two hours duration. The Question Paper covers all the papers taught at the Post-Graduate level of the concerned subject.

The candidates should secure minimum 50% of marks in the entrance test in order to be eligible for the interview. The selection for admission into M. Phil. Courses is made on the basis of the career marks and the marks secured in the interview, as detailed below:

Teaching Experience10

Panjab University, Chhattisgarh

Candidates who wish to pursue M.Phil. as well as Ph.D. in any subject at the Panjab University must appear for the Panjab University Ph.D. Entrance Test. The Test shall consist of 2 papers in each subject as detailed below: -

Paper I (objective type)
Duration1 hour
Maximum Marks50
Number of questions50
Questions to be attempted50
Paper II(Subjective Type)
Duration2 hours
Maximum Marks50
Number of questions10
Questions to be attempted05

Candidates can apply for these examinations through online as well as offline process. Application forms can be obtained through respective websites of colleges.

Direct admission

Direct admission through management quota is also available in a few of the private colleges, though most of the colleges have a strict selection criterion.  Government engineering colleges do not provide direct admission since management quota is not available.


Generally, any Master of Philosophy course has minimum duration of one year. Most of the institute provide the program duration of one year for M.Phil.  zoology. Some of the institutes provide also two year program. The duration varies from college to college.

Distance Learning

Kalyani University Distance Education and OPJS University provide a distance learning program for Master of Philosophy in Zoology course. Eligibility for candidates to get admission in this two year program is M.Sc. in Zoology subject. Average fee for the course is approximately INR 25,000.

M.Phil Zoology Career Prospects and Salary

Master of Philosophy in Zoology gives candidates an opportunity to research and work as a zoologist. Employment opportunities for zoologists are available in various industries such as Zoos, Wildlife services, Botanical Gardens, Conservation organizations, National parks, Nature reserves, Universities, laboratories etc.

Even though main purpose of this degree is to be a prerequisite for the Ph.D. degree, candidates can also opt for other opportunities.

Zoo Curators A curator oversees the zoo’s entire animal collection, manages the facility’s staff members, and completes various administrative tasks. An animal curator oversees one specific group of animals in a zoo’s animal collection, such as reptiles or mammals. They also have to make decisions involving animal husbandry, diets, veterinary care, quarantine procedures, enrichment activities, animal transportation, and research projects.
Animal Behaviorists and Rehabilitators Animal behaviorists train the employees of zoos and museums on how to interact and care for animals. They generally focus on behaviors of animals in the natural habitats (ethology). They take care for ill, injured or orphaned wild animals which have been injured by bushfires, oil spills, or other major disasters. After the animals regain their healthy conditions, the rehabilitators release them back in the wild.
Conservationist Zoologists are also employed by wildlife conservation agencies as Wildlife Conservationists where their major responsibility is to conserve the extinct species of wildlife and animals. As a conservationist, their job is mainly based on the conservation of wild animals and their habitats.
Teachers and Researchers After completing M.Phil. in Zoology, one can teach in schools and colleges. Researchers can conduct research in private organizations or in university departments. The zoologist conduct research about a number of topics related to a particular animal species. Upon completion of the research, they can continue as an independent researcher or work as a professor in colleges or universities. They can also join as project leader or research director and lead other budding zoologists in research projects.

M.Phil in Zoology Salary

M.Phil. in Zoology offers candidates an extensive amount of knowledge in the field, making them experts in Zoology. Thus numerous employment opportunities are available for the candidates. 

Job ProfileSalary/Annum
Zoo CuratorINR 3,50,000
Assistant ResearcherINR 3,01,459
ProfessorINR 5,45,000

M. Phil Zoology Syllabus

This is the generalized format for 1 year program; the structure may vary as per each institute. Each candidate must submit a dissertation at the end of the curriculum for completion of the course.

Semester 1Semester 2
Research MethodologyPhysiology & Neurobiology
Dissertation IMarine Biology
CommencementEcology & Behavior
Basic Research Designing, setting up objectives of the study and hypotheses to be tested.Wildlife & Its Management
-Dissertation II
-Concepts and study
-Thorough study of organisms in the ocean or other marine species.
-Study of the evolutionary basis for animal behavior due to ecological pressures
-Concepts and applications

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