MSc (Master of Science) Biochemistry Subjects and Books 2020-21

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MSc Biochemistry is a postgraduate program of 2-years that allows you to understand the chemical processes and living organisms. This course contains a mixture of biology and chemistry. To get eligible for this course you need to complete your bachelor’s in biochemistry with a 45-50% aggregate score.

You need to clear the entrance exams too for securing admissions in this course. There are a number of national and college-level entrance exams for which you can apply to lock seats in this course like Amity JEE, GSAT, Pantnagar University Entrance Examination, BHU-PET, and many more.

An average fee ranged for this course is up to INR 1 Lakh per annum. The course fee varies from university to university depending upon the facilities they offer.

There is a plethora of colleges and universities offering this course. It involves the study of subjects like Immunology, Cell Biology, Bioinformatics, Enzymology, and alike.

Course Structure

In some universities like in Jamia Millia Islamia, one might require to undertake an educational tour during the 2-year course span of the program. M.Sc. Biochemistry course structure involves theory exams, practical exams, project work, and dissertation.

Scheme of Assessment

The two years M.Sc. The biochemistry course is divided over four semesters. Each student will have to submit a dissertation at the end of the program. A student is assessed on the basis of theory exams of 75 marks and internal assessment of 25 marks in each of the 4 semesters.

MSc Biochemistry Syllabus

A set pattern of the syllabus is assigned to universities by UGC, which includes all the important courses for a Biochemistry student to study. Few of such important topics are given in the table below with a short description of that subject:

Subjects Topics Covered Description
Cell Biology and Physiology Cell Biology, Blood, Digestive system, Respiration, Excretory system, Endocrine system. The course entails educating the student about the basic biology and physiology of a cell.
Biomolecules and Microbial Biochemistry Bio-molecules, Carbohydrate, Lipids, Proteins, Enzymes, Nucleic acids, Microbial Biochemistry, Morphology and structure of bacteria, gram-positive and gram-negative organism, Bacterial toxins, Viruses. The main objective is to give the students an advanced level of knowledge about microbial biochemistry and biomolecules.
Bioanalytical Techniques Spectroscopy, Chromatography, Centrifugation, Electrophoretic techniques, Viscosity, Electron microscopy ORD, CD, X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption, NMR. The course entails giving the students a thorough understanding of the various bioanalytical techniques in play in the biochemistry world currently.
Nutritional Biochemistry The function of nutrients, Measurement of the fuel values of foods, Direct and indirect calorimetry, Basal metabolic rate, factors affecting BMR, measurement, and calculation of BMR, Measurement of energy requirements, Elements of nutrition, Minerals, Vitamins, Malnutrition, Starvation, Obesity. The main aim of the course is to give the students an overall understanding of the functions of nutrients in various foods. 
Bioorganic Preparations and Analytical Biochemistry Organic Preparations, Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of – a) Carbohydrates b) Amino acids and proteins c) Free and bound phosphate d) Vitamin C, Fats, Acid number, saponification, and iodine values. The course deal with the analytical side of biochemistry and educates students about the various bioorganic preparations.
Methods in Molecular Biology Chromatin, Genes, Mutation, Recombinant DNA methods, DNA sequencing, Applications of recombinant technology. The course educates the students about the various methods and their types of molecular biology.
Bioenergetics and Metabolism  Bioenergetics, Coenzymes and Cofactors, Intermediary Metabolism, Carbohydrates, Amino Acids. The course deals with the concept of energy and metabolism.
Enzymology Kinetics of enzyme action, Mechanism of Enzyme Action, Enzyme Regulation, Multienzyme system. The course is all about getting the students to understand everything that is there to know and understand about enzymes.
Plant Biochemistry The electron transport system in plants, Nitrate assimilation, Photosynthesis, Special features of secondary plant metabolism, Toxins of plant origin, Stress metabolism in plants, Antioxidative defense system in plants. The course is about teaching the students the A to Z about the biochemistry of plants. 
Clinical Biochemistry Disorders of Carbohydrate Metabolism, Disorders of Lipids, Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Digestive diseases, Disorders of liver and kidney, Electrolytes, and acid-base balance, Diagnostic Enzymes, Abnormalities in Nitrogen Metabolism, Blood Clotting, Cancer. The course entails giving in-depth theoretical knowledge about the field of clinical biochemistry.
Immunology Introduction to the immune system, Cells involved in immune responses, Nature of antigen and antibody, Immune effector Mechanisms, Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes, and products, Measurement of antigen-antibody interactions, Tolerance vs activation of the immune system, Disorders of immune responses. The course introduces the students to the immune system and gives them extensive information about it including the disorders of the immune response.

MSc Biochemistry Books

Being an MSc Biochemistry student you might need to refer to lots of core subjects books and other important good read books. Few of those subjects books are listed below with their author names:

Book Name Author Name
Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis Terry Brown
Essentials of Biochemistry Pankaja Naik
Concepts in Biochemistry Rodney F Boyer
Enzymes: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Clinical Chemistry Trevor Palmer and Philip Bonner
Biomedical Chemistry: Current Trends and Developments Nuno Vale
USMLE Road Map Biochemistry Richard D. MacDonald
Biochemistry and Clinical Pathology V.N. Raje
Clinical Chemistry made easy Jeremy Hughes
Fermentation Microbiology and Biotechnology E.M.T El Mansi and C.F.A Bryce
Practical Microbiology D.K Maheshwari

After successfully completing this course you can apply for a number of lucrative job positions like Associate Engineers, Research Scientists, Professors, Research Biochemists, Regional Managers, and other similar positions. You can earn an average package up to INR 5 Lakhs in the job sectors after completing your post-graduation.

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