Master of Science in Biophysics Courses, Scope, Syllabus Jobs and Salary

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M.Sc. in Biophysics is a 2-year long course divided into 4 semesters. The minimum eligibility criterion needed to be fulfilled for pursuing the course is graduation in any of B.Sc. Physics, Bio-informatics, Biology (10+2 with mathematics), Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, B. Tech. Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Industrial Biotechnology.

Biophysics, as the name suggests, is physics as applied to biological world. The structures and functions of biological cells, molecules and organisms are studied using methods of physics. Biophysics is the science of developing theories and methods of physics towards the investigation of biological problems.
The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 40,000 and 1 Lakh. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam such as the Bangalore University Entrance Exam, Bharathiar University Entrance Exam, Bhopal University Entrance Exam and Manipal University Online Entrance Test entrance exam etc.

Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Biophysicists, Medical Biophysics, Applied Biophysicist, Researcher, Associate Engineer and Quality Controller etc. and in industries like Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Research Organizations and FMCG etc., besides colleges and universities as teachers.

The average annual salary offered for these positions varies between INR 2 Las and 9 Lacs annually.

Organizations such as Abbott Laboratories, Baxter, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Biocon, IFGL, Bioceramics Limited, Orbees medical, Invitrogen, Glaxosmithkline, Reliance life sciences, CTS life sciences, Dr.Reddy’s labs, Cipla, Jubilant life sciences, Wockhardt, Torrent pharma, Cadila healthcare and Ranbaxy and Pfizer etc. hire such postgraduates.

M.Sc. in Biophysics: Course Highlights

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

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration 2 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility Physics, Bio-informatics, Biology (10+2 with mathematics), Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, B. Tech. Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Industrial Biotechnology.
Admission Process Based on entrance exams such as Bangalore University Entrance Exam, Bharathiar University Entrance Exam, Bhopal University Entrance Exam and Manipal University Online Entrance Test entrance exam etc. and graduating score.
Course Fee INR 40,000 to 1 Lakh
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 9 Lacs
Top Recruiting Companies Abbott Laboratories, Baxter, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Pfizer.
Job Positions Biophysicists, Medical Biophysics, Applied Biophysicist, Researcher, Associate Engineer and Quality Controller

M.Sc. in Biophysics: What is it About?

Biophysics is an advanced field of science which uses the techniques of physical science to study biological systems. The major subjects in the course consist of Biology and Molecular Biology, Biomechanics, Structural Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry, Computer Science, Computational Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Medicine and Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology, Physics, Quantum Biophysics, Agronomy and Agriculture, and so on.

Biophysical research extends to various other subjects such as Bioengineering, Agrophysics, Nanotechnology, Systems Biology, etc. Physics is a natural science essentially involving the study of matter and its motion through space-time and concepts like energy and force. Subjects usually studied under in the course curriculum are General Physics, Mathematical Methods for Physics, Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Electromagnetics, Electronics & Computer Science, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Electronics Instrumentation, Subatomic Physics etc.

Top Institutes Offering M.Sc. in Biophysics

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each:

Name of Institute City  Average Fees
Manipal University Manipal INR 1.5 Lacs (course)
University of Mumbai Mumbai INR 34,000 (course)
University of Madras Chennai INR 50,000 (course)
Panjab University Chandigarh INR 40,000 (course)
University of Kalyani West Bengal INR 50,000 (course)
Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam INR 44,000 (course)
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Aurangabad INR 60,000 (course)

Eligibility for M.Sc. in Biophysics

As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates are needed to have attained a Bachelor’s degree in any of Physics, Bio-informatics, Biology (10+2 with mathematics), Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, B. Tech. Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Industrial Biotechnology, with a minimum aggregate score of 55%.

Indian nationals can apply under the General Category, while foreign nationals or Non- Resident Indians or Indian nationals supported by NRI relatives can apply under the Foreign/ NRI Category.

M.Sc. in Biophysics: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in the Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) conducted across 52 centers in the country, usually in the month of May. Centralized admission to the IITs is made on the basis of the rank obtained in the Joint Admission Test and the choices entered by the candidates. 

Listed here are the main entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to the course.

  1. Alagappa University Entrance Exam
  2. Aligarh Muslim University Entrance Exam
  3. All India Institute of Medical Sciences Entrance Exam
  4. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Entrance Exam
  5. Andhra University Entrance Exam
  6. Annamalai University Entrance Exam
  7. Bangalore University Entrance Exam
  8. Bharathiar University Entrance Exam
  9. Bhopal University Entrance Exam
  10. Manipal University Online Entrance Test 

M.Sc. in Biophysics: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

M.Sc. Part I
Semester I:
Paper I: General Physio-chemical Principles
Paper II: Biomathematics & Biostatics
Paper III: Cell Biophysics
Paper IV: Methods in Biophysics

Semester II:
Paper V: Molecular Biophysics: PSBP201 , Credit :04
Paper VI: Biochemistry: PSBP202, Credit:04
Paper VII: Molecular Biology & Protein Engineering: PSBP203 , Credit:04
Paper VIII: Membrane Biophysics: PSBP204 , Credit 04.
Practical: Each practical paper(I,II,III,IV,V,VI,VII,VIII)
M.Sc. Part II
Semester III:
Paper I: Physiological Biophysics
Paper II: Bio crystallography & Magnetic Resonance Techniques
Paper III: Radiation Biophysics
Paper IV: Advanced in Biophysical Techniques
Semester IV:
Paper V: Medical Biophysics
Paper VI: Nanomaterials in biology and medicine
Paper VII: Elements of Bioinformatics & Chemo informatics
Paper VIII: Molecular Modelling & Drug design

M.Sc. in Biophysics: Career Prospects

Career opportunities for such postgraduates abound in the areas of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in a variety of capacities in schools and colleges as teachers, in government and private organizations and in different industries, since chemicals are used in most things of everyday use, whether it is medicines, food or electronics.
Chemists are mostly employed in pharmaceutical industries, institutions, research institutes, schools and government laboratories. Industries involved in manufacturing and processing of food and beverage products such as cheese, noodles, jams, biscuits and readymade food items also employ such postgraduates, aside from those involved in research operations, commercial surveys and numerical analyses.
The average annual starting salary offered to such postgraduates ranges between INR 15,000 and, 20,000 varying based on the candidate’s skillset and experience. 


Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Job Position Job Description Average Annual Pay Scale in INR
Biophysicists  Biophysicists assume teaching responsibilities in addition to research duties. As they move up the ladder from Instructor or Assistant Professor to Professor, they may also take on additional administrative duties in their departments. 4,40,634
Medical Biophysics  Medical Physicists use a variety of analytical, computer-aided and bioengineering techniques in their work such as radiotherapy, x-ray imaging, ultrasound, tomography, radiology, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and lasers. They work with patients and with a wide range of medical, technical and administrative staff.  6,00,000
Applied Biophysicist Biochemists and Biophysicists typically plan and conduct complex projects in basic and applied research. They research the effects of substances such as drugs, hormones, and food on tissues and biological processes. 4,96,316
Researcher Researchers may work for laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry or elsewhere, or for public institutions, including universities and organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. Biotechnology research scientists often investigate the DNA and RNA of bacteria and viruses, as well as the genetic makeup of animals, plants, and people. 5,75,329
Associate Engineer This is often a mid-level position, under the supervision of a Senior Engineer. The Associate Engineer performs routine engineering work, assisting senior-level engineers on major projects. 5,50,000

Quality Controller
Quality Controllers perform laboratory tests in order to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific investigations. They carry out routine tasks accurately and follow strict methodologies to carry out analyses. 2,54,328
 Regional Manager Regional Managers generate revenue through creating leads for inquiries. They develop and implement marketing plans for new and existing business plans, and manage and coordinate marketing and promotional activities at various institutes. Also, they execute marketing strategies & campaigns, meeting, seminars, promotional events & exhibitions.  9,97,728

Master of Science [M.Sc] (Biophysics) : 19 answered questions


Ques. How is the Integrated MSc-BEd Physics course in Central University of Rajasthan CURAJ?

● Top Answer By Anil Tigga on 29 Oct 21

Ans. If you want to take a job as a lecturer in Government-run colleges, CURAJ is an appropriate option. It is a very good institution with good infrastructure and a peaceful learning atmosphere.  This course saves one year for the students doing M.Sc. then B.Ed. or vice versa. The faculty at the university is really good. They are from highly respectable institutions with years of educational experience. It will also save you money. You can learn something else in that one year. So yes choosing CURAJ will prove beneficial for your career.Read more
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Ques. Which university is better for an MSc in physics, Burdwan, North Bengal, Visva-Bharati University or Calcutta University?

● Top Answer By Arushi Anand on 26 Oct 21

Ans. Calcutta University is the best option for doing an M.Sc in Physics and here is that preference order that you should follow. Calcutta University Burdwan University Visva-Bharati University North-Bengal University Also, you should know that irrespective of which university you are taking, you will have to study on your own. You may get assistance from your professor or your friends. However, you will have to put in the extra effort to do well in your academics and get a job. Read more
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Ques. Is Jiwaji University Gwalior good for an M.Sc. in physics?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 11 Oct 21

Ans. Honestly speaking, pursuing M.Sc in physics at Jiwaji University is a very good idea. Some of my friends graduated from here and are doing quite well. The department of physics, like many of the other departments, has a very good reputation. You will be in an environment that is suitable for research and the professors are not only capable but friendly as well.  The professors are talented and have years of educational experience. Most of the professors are alumni of IITs and also have PhDs from reputed universities. For pursuing M.Sc in physics, candidates have to appear in an entrance exam. They will be selected on the basis of their score in the same. The combined fee for all semesters for M.Sc in physics is INR 27,580.Read more
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Ques. Which university is better for an M.Sc in physics Burdwan, North Bengal, Visva Bharati University or Calcutta University?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 28 Sept 21

Ans. A senior I know from school completed M.Sc in physics and in his opinion, the University of Calcutta is the best place to pursue this course.  70% marks in B.Sc (Hons) in Physics is required to pursue this course at the University of Calcutta. In the University of Burdwan, the faculties of the department of Physics had individually obtained some major research projects from funding agencies like DST, ARDB, ISRO, UGC, BRNS, CSIR, etc. and all these projects were completed successfully.  For admission to the University of North Bengal, you need to have at least 50% in B.Sc (Physics). The department has active research groups in the fields of - Liquid Crystal; Relativity, Cosmology, and Astrophysics; High-energy Heavy-ion Interaction, and Cosmic-ray Physics.  In the case of Visva Bharati University, you need to score at least 50% marks in Physics Honors. The best option among the mentioned institutions is University of Calcutta. You will be offered great opportunities here.Read more
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Ques. Between MSc physics at BITS Goa and MSc physics at BITS Hyderabad, which one should one choose?

● Top Answer By Admin on 10 Aug 21

Ans. You should definitely go with BITS Goa. The physics faculty at the institute is really good and no one can reiterate this enough. If you happen to take courses like Mechanics and OScil, you will realize this in the first year itself. Moreover, the college festival, Waves, is a major highlight. Many discussions regarding the best departments in the college have always had synchronous replies with physics being the major answer. The faculty members are well versed in the field and are dedicated individuals. But if you are still confused, you must know that the curriculum and syllabus are the same on all three campuses. Your degree will finally specify that you graduated from BITS Pilani. Read more
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