Master of Science [M.Sc] (Biotechnology)

M.Sc. Biotechnology is a postgraduate degree in the domain of Biotechnology and Biochemistry studies. The course aims at providing knowledge about disciplines of Biology, Immunology, Cell Engineering, Fermentation, etc.

It is a 2-year professional degree course pursued by aspirants willing to make a career in Bio-Science and Biotechnology and related disciplines.

Course Structure of M.Sc. Biotechnology

Biotechnology finds application in a variety of fields such as Animal Husbandry, Growth of Vaccines and Medicines, Agriculture, Pollution Control, Energy Production and Conservation, Healing Of Prolonged Disease and Ecological Conservation, and in development of insecticides, fertilizers and quality of seeds. M.Sc. Biotechnology course is designed in a way that it provides adequate knowledge of biotechnology and related subjects such as Molecular Biology, Food Technology, Molecular Biotechnology, etc. 

Syllabus Description of M.Sc. Biotechnology

Syllabus Description for Year I is given below

Year I
Topic Description
Molecular Biology
  • Nuclear Organization
  • Modern Concept of Gene Organization
  • Gene Mutation
  • Transcription and Transcriptional Control
  • Translation
  • Control of Gene expression
Environmental Biotechnology
  • Status and Scope of Environmental Protection
  • Physicochemical and Bacteriological analysis of Soil and Water
  • Waste Water Constituents
  • Bioremediation
Cell Biology
  • General Structure of Cell
  • Steps in Cell Cycle
  • Historical origin of Cell Biology
  • Cytoskeleton and Cell Motility
Genetic Engineering
  • History and Scope of Genetics
  • Mendelian Laws of Inheritance
  • Variations of Mendelian Analysis
  • Linkage and Crossing over
  • Linkage mapping
  • Sex determination
Immunology
  • Immune System
  • Cell types involved in Defence Mechanisms of the body
  • Gross features
  • Functions, Development and Histogenesis of various primary and secondary Lymphoid organs in the body
Plant Biotechnology
  • Constituents and Concepts of Sterilization
  • Preparation, Isolation and Selection of Explant
  • Suspension cell culture, Callus culture, Protoplast Isolation, culture & fusion
  • Anther & Pollen culture for Production

Syllabus Description for Year II is given below

Year II
Topic Description
Animal Biotechnology
  • Equipment’s & Media used for Animal Cell Culture Technology
  • Primary & Established cell line culture and Culture Media
  • Applications of Animal Cell Cultures
  • Serum Protein Media Viability and Cytotoxicity
Fermentation Technology
  • Basics of Industrial Fermentation
  • Design of Fermenter
  • Product Recovery and Purification
  • Industrial Production of Chemicals
Molecular Biotechnology
  • Isolation of Genomic DNA from bacterial cell / plant cell
  • Isolation of RNA from Yeast cells
  • Determination of Tm values of DNA
  • Isolation of Temperature sensitive conditional Mutant
  • Bacterial Conjunction
Bioinformatics
  • Introduction to operating system and Basics of computer
  • Biological Database
  • Data Mining
  • Gene Prediction and Genome Analysis
  • Protein Structure Prediction
 Food Technology and Nutrigenomics
  • Food Spoilage & Preservation
  • Methods of Food Processing
  • Designer Foods, Nutraceuticals
  • Genetically Modified Foods

Subjects of Study in M.Sc. Biotechnology

Subjects of Study
Advanced Biological Chemistry Genetic Engineering
Molecular Biology Immunology
Environmental Biotechnology Principles of Bacteriology and Virology
Cell Biology Plant Biotechnology
Exercises in Advanced Biological Chemistry Exercises in Genetic Engineering
Exercises in Molecular and Cell Biology Exercises in Immunology
Exercises in Environmental Biotechnology Exercises in Plant Biotechnology
Animal Biotechnology Exercises in Bacteriology and Virology
Bioprocess engineering &Fermentation Technology Genomics and Proteomics
Data Base Management and IPR in Biotechnology Biochemical and biophysical techniques
Advanced Genetics Exercises in Biochemical and Biophysical techniques
Bioinformatics Nano-biotechnology
Exercises in Animal Biotechnology Stem Cell Technology and Regenerative Medicines
 Exercises in Bioprocess Engineering Agricultural Biotechnology
Exercises in Bioinformatics Bio-entrepreneurship
Seminars, Term paper writing Project
 Scientific Research and Communications Food Technology and Nutrigenomics

Subject Books for M.Sc. Biotechnology

Name of the Book Author
Animal Biotechnology Ranga M M
Introduction to Bio-informatics Lesk
Algorithm in Bio-informatics Aron and Jens
Applied Immunology Benjamin Abraham Thomas
Advances in Applied Microbiology Geoffrey Micheal Gadd
Plant Biochemistry Hans Walter Heldt
Plant Biotechnology P K Gupta
IPR, Biosafety and Bio-ethics Goel and Prashar

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Ques. What is the admission process in MSc Biotechnology in CSJM University (Kanpur University)? How is the placement?

● Top Answer By Satyam Purwar on 28 Oct 21

Ans. CSJM University Kanpur conducts a separate entrance examination for M.Sc Biotechnology. The admissions are based on the merit list prepared based on the examination.  As for placements, there are little to no placement opportunities for Biotechnology in India. It is a research-based subject. So, most job opportunities are in the R&D sector. But India doesn’t spend much on the R&D budget. That’s why there are not many Biotechnology companies. So, the placement for M.Sc Biotechnology at CSJM University, Kanpur is not good. Read more
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Ques. Which institute is better for pursuing M.Sc. in Biotechnology: Amity, Apeejay Stya University, or Sharda University?

● Top Answer By Deepika Kunwar on 23 Sept 20

Ans. Amity, Apeejay STYA University as well as Sharda University are excellent universities to pursue an M.Sc in Biotechnology. However, some of the points one can consider before applying to any of the three universities are as follows: Fees and Eligibility: The eligibility and fees required for each university have been listed below: Colleges Fees (first-year fees) Eligibility Amity University INR 58,000 Graduation in Life Sciences Apeejay Stya University INR 2,60,000 BSc, B.Tech, BHMS, MBBS etc with 55% marks Sharda University INR 1,00,000 B.Sc in related fields or Nursing with 55% marks Placements: Amity University: Students get 100% placement assistance from the university and the average salary is INR 2.5 to INR 4.5 lakh per annum. Some of the top companies visiting the institute include Abbott, BBraun, Biocon, Nestle, Millipore, etc. Apeejay Stya University: About 60% of students are placed after the end of the program whereas others may choose to pursue further studies. Religare, Wipro, Pfizer, Abbott are some of the recruiters at the college with an average pay offer of INR 3 lakhs per annum. Sharda University: Most MSc graduates become quality controllers, biotechnology researchers, regulatory officers as well as regional managers with a 100% placement rate. The average annual package offered is INR 4.50 to INR 6 lakhs per annum. Some companies recruiting students include Grail Research, ITC, Pepsi, etc. Focus Areas: Amity University: Amity university stresses on the areas of medicine, genetic engineering, environment, etc. in its biotechnology courses. Its main aim is to guide students towards being future scientists in this field. Apeejay Stya University: Apeejay Stya focuses on inquiry-based learning with industry-centric and research-based programs. Its core subjects include Medical Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, etc. Sharda University: Sharda University’s biotechnology program imparts knowledge primarily based on chemistry and biology along with design and engineering. Students will also learn about research areas of advances in Plant Biotechnology and Fermentation technology. Students can make a decision based on their placement requirements as well as the curriculum offered and fee structure along with any other criteria they wish to consider.Read more
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Ques. Is Amity University, Kolkata good for MSc in biotechnology? What about the placements?

● Top Answer By Praver Katyal on 14 Aug 20

Ans. Amity University in Kolkata is a good option for pursuing an M.Sc in Biotechnology. The course duration is 2 years and students with a minimum of 60% in BSc. Life Science and 60% in 10+2 are eligible to apply for M.Sc in Biotechnology in Amity University Kolkata. The department of Biotechnology has 65 labs and 11 research centers. Amity University, Kolkata has tie-ups with universities like the University of Oxford, John Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, King's College London, and UCL which gives the students good opportunities to pursue higher studies. Placements in Amity University are decent, 40% of students get placed from Biotechnology in Amity University Kolkata. The highest salary package offered was 4.7 lakhs per annum and the lowest salary package was 1.8 lakhs per annum.Read more
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