Master of Science [M.Sc] (Life Science)

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M. Sc. Life Sciences or Master of Science in Life Sciences is a postgraduate degree program offered by various universities and colleges around the country. It is a course that spans for two academic years divided into four semesters.

The course gives a deep study of the various life process in plants, animals and human beings along with microorganisms like fungi, algae and virus. It is a study of the living beings at all levels starting from the molecular and cellular levels to the major life processes life respiration, digestion, reproduction etc.

Tuition fees for the course ranges from 4,000 INR to 50,000 INR per year and the condition that is compulsory for getting into this course is that a student must have at least 50% marks in B.Sc. or equivalent.

Employment scope for masters of life science is very big, one can work as a Consultant, museum educator, Pharmaceuticals, Biophysicist, nutritionist after getting the degree. And can earn upto 2 lakh to 5 lakh per annum in the beginning of the career.

What is the M. Sc. Life Sciences about?

The course is about the study of organisms at all the possible levels. The students of life sciences are required to study organisms and microorganisms at the molecular and physiological levels.

The course is an advanced level master degree course and thus requires a pre-understanding of the workings of the organisms on a more general level. This course is a combination of biology at microorganism level as well as at the level of human beings, thus making the scope of the course very broad.

Who should opt for M. Sc. Life Sciences?

In the recent years, scientists and researchers have taken up the study of microorganisms and organisms very deeply and has made the field of life sciences a very promising career option. The master degree course in life sciences provides better opportunities to the students in order to learn the concepts related to life processes in all beings.

One of the major contribution of life sciences in the field of medicine and health is the study of the cancer cells and tumor cells and their behavior in the physical bodies. This study and the research in this field has helped doctors to come up with cancer treatments by noting their behavioral patterns.

Any student who wishes to make a career in the microbiology or biotechnology or bioinformatics, should opt for this course as it provides a base for all these fields in detail.


The duration for the course in colleges like St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Chhatrapati Sahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur is of 2 academic years which are divided into 4 semesters. The course is divided in such a way that each student has to take up a combination of core courses and present a dissertation at the end of the fourth semester.

However, open universities like IGNOU offers this course with a maximum duration of 5 years.

Academic Options after M.Sc. Life Sciences

After passing through M.Sc. Life Sciences a student can further go for M.Phil./Ph.D. in the respective subject. There are more than 1000 colleges in India that offer doctorate in science. One can choose the institute accordingly out of them.

Top institutes

The course is offered by a large number of science universities and colleges all over the country. Some of the few colleges are mentioned here:

Name of the college

City, State

St. Xavier’s College

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Ramnarain Ruia College

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Chhatrapati Sahu Ji Maharaj University

Kanpur, UP

Dibrugarh University

Dibrugarh, Assam

Central Unievrsity of Jharkhand

Ranchi, Jharkhand

Dr. Bhim Ram Ambedkar University

Agra, UP

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi

Devi Ahilya University

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

National Institute of Technology

Rourkela, Orissa

Master of Science [M.Sc] (Life Science) Fee Structure in India

2.62 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES1.95 L  (Maximum Fee)
47.93 K (Average Fee)
2.91 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES5.14 L (Maximum Fee)
1.18 L (Average Fee)

Master of Science [M.Sc] (Life Science) Fee Structure By state


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Loan/ Scholarship Provisions :

There are various types of scholarships been instituted by the college for encouraging meritorious students. Some of them are - • P.G. Merit Scholarship The P.G. Merit Scholarship is rewarded to students who are in 5th year of their Post Graduation, and have secured 60% or more marks in (Hons.) graduation examinations. The scholarship is renewable yearly within the same stage of education. The scholarship is rewarded by D.H.E. Orissa, BBSR. • Senior Merit Scholarship All the Graduation final year students who have secured more than 50% of marks in aggregate in 12th Examinations are eligible for a senior merit scholarship. The scholarship is renewable yearly within the same stage of education. The scholarship is rewarded by D.H.E. Orissa, BBSR. @ Rs50/- per month. • Post Matric Scholarship (for SC/ST Students): All the students belonging to SC/ST whose parents’ annual income is below 1,00,000/- are eligible to apply for the post-matric scholarship. The SC/ST students should submit their respective caste certificate, annual income certificate along with their fresh/renewable application form every year for the reward of the scholarship. • Scholarship of Excellence: The college rewards scholarship of excellence carrying a cash reward of Rs.1,000/- to the best graduates. Students can contact their concerned faculty asking for further information on any of the scholarships they wish to apply for.

Admission :

College takes students on merit basis. Firstly, I submitted the application form for the college, it can be physically filled in college or downloaded and submitted online itself. Then a merit list is declared for students who are eligible to enroll in the college. I had a good aggregate in honours in concerned subjects securing 89%, and 91% as overall aggregate. I continued with my admission procedure and provided all the required documents and also filled a portion of fee, to ensure my admission in the college.

Remarks :

I completed my M.Sc Life Sciences from Government Autonomous College, Phulbani. It was a memorable period of time for me, the facilities were pretty good and the faculty always engaged in helping us accel in our career with the help of their guidance. The college infrastructure is also quite good.

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hi ,,, can i go for msc life science in IGNOU after completing BDS ? i have studied biochemistry ,microbiology ,physiology ,pathology ,medicine etc in BDS..

Hi Rajiv, M.Sc Life Science is not offered in IGNOU. You can check the list of the courses being offered in IGNOU along with their fee structure from here: IGNOU Course and Fees

Can i go for msc life science after bsc in nutrition and dietetics?
Hi Shrvi, as per qualification, you are eligible for this course. However, percentage criteria may vary as per the college/university to which you have applied for.

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Master of Science [M.Sc] (Life Science) Colleges IN INDIA

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St. Xavier's College
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Indore, Madhya Pradesh
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