Master of Science Biotechnology

Overview

Master of Science (M.Sc) in Biotechnology is a postgraduate course in Biotechnology. Biotechnology deals with bioprocesses in engineering, medicine, technology, and other fields that need bioproducts. It is done through the use of living organisms. This field of applied biology intends to provide superior courses having strong vocational elements to the candidates pursuing the course.

Cognate Subjects

Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetic engineering, Bioinformatics.

Affiliations

Bengaluru Central University.

Eligibility

The eligibility conditions which the aspirants need to fulfill in order to pursue M.Sc Biotechnology are as follows:

  1. They have to complete graduation in B.Sc with Life Science subjects such as one among Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology or Microbiology.
  2. A minimum of 55% marks is needed to be qualified in some recognized university or institution’s graduation exam.
  3. Candidates who are currently appearing for the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply for M.Sc in Biotechnology. In such a case, they have to clear it before the finalization of the admission process.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of M.Sc Biotechnology, candidates are recruited in Biotechnology fields like Medical Biotechnology, Agricultural etc . These have become quite popular and important domains in India currently. Medical Biotechnology generates about 70% of the total revenue generated by the biotechnology sector. There are different job profiles to which M.Sc Biotechnology students are recruited. There are many National level exams like CSIR-NET,JRF etc., once the candidates clear these exams during there post-graduation they will be funded from the government and also get recruited as Junior Research fellow, Senior Research fellow.After post-graduation, you can apply for a doctoral program and from then on if need be, immerse yourself in post-doctoral research. Here, it is important to point out that a majority of students prefer to do their PhD and post-doctoral research from foreign universities.

Employability

Biotechnology assimilates in itself a number of disciplines. Further, there is a great demand for biotechnical experts in countless industries and sectors. The following are applications where biotechnological techniques are used extensively:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Environment Conservation
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Health Care
  • Medicine
  • Industrial Research and Development

Major recruiters include industries engaged in processing and developing agricultural and biological products, bio-processing industries, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. There are ample opportunities in industries producing healthcare products, textile industry, cosmetics and organisations engaged in different types of industrial research and development.

These days a growing number of qualified biotechnical professionals are engaged by different industries for environment protection activities and for the safe disposal of hazardous materials.

Course Outcome

It has been observed that candidates with a Masters degree in Biotechnology get a better starting salary as compared with students who just have a graduate degree in this field. With an increase in the level of experience, there is abundant scope for getting fatter pay cheques in this exciting and inspiring profession.At the international level, India has started making its presence felt in the domain of biotechnology. However, there is tremendous scope for graduate and post-graduate students from this field especially in the United States and in European countries. A large number of post-graduate students and research scholars tend to move out of India to complete their higher studies. Furthermore, these students prefer to seek employment in the country where they complete their studies or research projects.

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