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Master of Philosophy in Bioinformatics is a two year advanced postgraduate research degree, designed for aspirants interested in studying about the science of collecting, organizing and analyzing complex biological data like genetic codes. The course involves the integration of computational techniques in order to analyze the information related to bio-molecules and answer various biological questions.

Candidates having a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics or in any relevant science field, completed from a recognized university are eligible to apply for the course. Admission is provided to such candidates based on their combined performance in the last qualifying exam and a relevant entrance test like, DU PG Entrance Test, Kerala University, AURCET, TANCET, JNU M. Phil. Entrance Exam, etc.

Top Institutes/Universities offering the course are:

  • BITS Pilani (Hyderabad)
  • School of Bio-Technology and Health Science (SBTHS)
  • Kerala University
  • Christ University
  • Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts & Science for Women

The average tuition fee charged ranges between INR 20K and 3 Lac, varying across institutes.

After successfully completing the course, one can find a job in government and private sector companies and in areas such as, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, educational institutes, research centers, biomedical product manufacturing industries, and such, where they can expect an initial average salary ranging between INR 2 and 8 Lac, depending upon candidate’s expertise in the field.

Top Colleges for M.Phil (Bioinformatics)

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

M. Phil. In Bioinformatics: Course Highlights

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

Course LevelPost Graduate
DurationTwo Years
Examination TypeSemester System
Basic Eligibility CriteriaA Master’s degree with 55% aggregate.
Admission ProcessCounseling after taking an Entrance Exam.
Major Entrance TestDU PG Entrance Test, AURCET, TANCET, JNU M. Phil. Entrance Exam, Kerala University M. Phil. Entrance Test, etc.
Top Recruiting CompaniesWipro, Ocimumbio, Reliance, Jubilant Biosys, Satyam, Tata Consultancy Services, Accelrys, Inc., IBM Life Sciences, BioMed Informatics Silicon Genetics and Tessella, tec.
Job ProfilesLecturer, Database designer, Scientists, Bio-analytics, Self-employment, Informatics developer, Researcher, Software developer, Marketing Executive, Service provider in discovery software and in research applications, etc.
Major Recruiting Areas/SectorsPharmaceutical Companies, Biotechnology Companies, Educational Institutes, Research Centers, Biomedical Product Manufacturing Industries, etc.
Average Initial SalaryINR 2 Lac to 8 Lac
Total Course FeeINR 20k to 3 Lac

M. Phil. In Bioinformatics: What is it about?

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of science, which focuses on the application of computer technology in order to collect, organize and analyze the information that is stored in certain types of biological data and convert ‘big data’ into ‘smart data’. It provides globally accessible databases that enable scientists to submit, search and analyze information and also conduct various medical research activities.

Candidates interested in learning more about the field, can also pursue higher degree courses like Ph. D. (Doctorate of Medicine) and other research related studies.

The program is designed to offer eligible candidates a specialization in the wide range of applications and techniques used in the field of Bioinformatics and to analyze software for data studies and comparisons and also provides tools for modeling, visualizing, exploring and interpreting data. During the course, candidates learn to convert multitude of complex data into useful information and knowledge.

The curriculum combines various disciplines like computer science, mathematics, statistics and engineering to interpret biological data about genome sequences and functional genomes. The data that is generated by research activities needs to be stored, organized and analyzed to extract new insights and knowledge. Therefore, computational simulation has become a third pillar of science, allowing researchers to advance their understanding of complex systems.  

M. Phil. In Bioinformatics: Top Institutes

In India, a large number of colleges offer a Master’s research degree in Bioinformatics, but not all of them are considered to be good for the pursuance of the course. Names of some such leading colleges offering the course in the country are listed below along with their corresponding location and fee charged by each annually.

COLLEGE NAMECITYANNUAL FEE
School of BiosciencesCoimbatoreNot Mentioned
Kerala UniversityThiruvananthapuramINR 53,400
Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts & Science for WomenTamil NaduNot Mentioned
School of Bio-Technology and Health Science (SBTHS)Tamil NaduINR 28,800
Madras Christian CollegeChennaiINR 1,53,000
Presidency CollegeChennaiINR 2,215
Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied BiotechnologyBangaloreNot Mentioned
Faculty of ScienceTamil NaduINR 47,050
GITAM University of ScienceAndhra PradeshNot Mentioned
Faculty of Arts, Science & HumanitiesCoimbatoreINR 8,000
Bioinformatics Institute of IndiaNoidaINR 40,000
Softkey Education SocietyMumbaiINR 30,000
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)New DelhiINR 20,000
Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS)HyderabadINR 45,000
School of Life SciencesTamil NaduINR 22,000
Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Technology (BHU)VaranasiINR 20,000
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)VelloreNot Mentioned
Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University (CSJM)KanpurINR 53,000

M. Phil. in Bioinformatics: Eligibility

All the candidates aspiring to pursue a career in Bioinformatics are required to first fulfill all the below mentioned criteria, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.

A minimum aggregate score of 55% for general and 50% in the case of SC/ST candidates is required at the level of graduation and post graduation (Master’s degree), which should be completed from a recognized university or a deemed university.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in any relevant discipline of science field, and a graduation degree in B. Tech/M. Sc. or an equivalent qualification.

Students waiting for their final year’s examinations result can also apply for the course on a provisional basis.

Although it is advisable to candidates to have a minimum two years work experience, before applying for the course, as many reputed institutes admits students with professional experience only.

M. Phil. In Bioinformatics: Admission Procedure

Most of the colleges and institutes offering the course provide admission to candidates, based on of their combined performance in the last qualifying examination and a relevant entrance test. Students securing the qualifying percentile set for the entrance exams are eligible for the counseling process.

As a part of counseling, candidates may have to appear for two additional rounds of group discussion and personal interview, wherein their general aptitude and knowledge for the course is examined by highly qualified and experienced faculties. A merit list is then issued by each university announcing the names of the selected deserving candidates.

Students waiting for their final year’s exam results can also apply, on a provisional basis. Permanent admission to such candidates will be given only after they fulfill all the above mentioned eligibility criteria.

Listed below are some of the major entrance examinations conducted in the country for admission to the respective course.

  • GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering)
  • IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National open University) M. Phil. Entrance Exam
  • DU (Delhi University) PG Entrance Test
  • AURCET (Andhra University Research Common Entrance Test) 
  • MCC (Madras Christian College) Entrance Exam
  • IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) M. Phil. Entrance Exam
  • CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) 
  • JRF NET(Junior Research Fellowship National Eligibility Test)

M. Phil. In Bioinformatics: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise division of the course’s syllabus is given below.

FIRST SEMESTERSECOND SEMESTER
Research Methodology TheoryResearch Methodology Techniques
Sampling TechniquesParametric & Non-Parametric Tests
Collection of DataStatistics in Research
Data Collection MethodsResearch Repots
Seminar 1Seminar 2
THIRD SEMESTERFOURTH SEMESTER
Biological DatabasesData Mining
Introduction to Micro ArraysStructural Bioinformatics
Structure PredictionBasic Research with DNS microarrays
Molecular DockingProtein Stability and Folding
Project WorkDissertation

M. Phil. In Bioinformatics: Career Prospects

Bioinformatics is an emerging scientific discipline with great career opportunities, due to the rapid increase in the research work in the field of genetic diseases and medical genomics, and the dependency of modern biology and medical research on bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is applicable in various disciplines like biology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medicine and agriculture, so future in this field is bright and shinny.

Successful post graduates of the course can find various job opportunities in fields and areas such as, Pharmaceutical Companies, Biotechnology Companies, Educational Institutes, Research Centers, Biomedical Product Manufacturing Industries, etc. where they are paid up-to INR 20K – 70K, per month, at an initial level, which like most other careers, gradually increases with time, experience and expertise in the field.

Other than seeking for a job, one can continue studying and pursue higher degree courses like Ph. D (Doctorate of Philosophy) and other research related studies, or one can also go for Research & Development (R&D) in Bioinformatics, and contribute largely in the development of the country.

Some of the popular professional avenues open for such candidates, are listed below, along with the basic job responsibilities and salary associated to each job post.

JOB PROFILEJOB DESCRIPTIONSALARY (Approx.)
Bioinformatics ScientistsA Bioinformatics Scientist conducts research in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics.INR 3 Lac to 9 Lac
ProfessorA professor teaches and motivates students and keeps up with current research activities in their areas of expertise.INR 2.5 Lac to 5 Lac
Bioinformatics Software DeveloperA Bioinformatics Software Developer develops programs and software for testing code and provides programming and support for analyzing huge amounts of data on genetics research.INR 3 Lac to 7 Lac
Junior Research AssociateA Junior Research Associate helps principal investigator with summarization, analysis, organization of data, and preparation of grant applications and is also responsible for supervision and training of junior research personnel.INR 3 Lac to 6 Lac
Database DesignerA Database Designer specializes in managing, creating, and analyzing data collected in databases and can be specialized in any particular industry, such as healthcare or mobile devices.INR 2.5 Lac to 7 Lac

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