MSc (Master of Science) Syllabus, Subjects, Course Curriculum, Books 2020-2021

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MSc or Master of Science is an advanced course that offers many specializations such as Maths, Computer Science, Life Science, Geography, etc. The syllabus and course curriculum depends on the selected specialization.

The main objective of this course is to enable students to be able to perform well in the industry, academia and the research field. Hence, the MSc syllabus is regulated accordingly after every few years as per the demand of the scientific and research community.

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MSc Syllabus

The syllabus and course curriculum is different for each specialization. It often consists of core subjects that are to be pursued by every student enrolled in that MSc course, and on the basis of their interest they can select from the list of elective subjects offered by the college.

The table below shows syllabus and subjects included in some of the most commonly pursued MSc specializations:

Specializations Name Syllabus & Subjects
MSc IT Introduction to Programming Language through C Basic Electronics and Communication
Database Management System (DBMS)  Data Communication and Computer Networks
Software Engineering Computer Graphics
MSc Computer Science Structured and Object Oriented Programming Visual and Dot Net programming
Java Programming Web Technology
Statistics and Data Analytics Soft Computing 
Data Compression Web Services
MSc Psychology Advanced Social Psychology Organizational Behaviour
Human Resource Management Counselling and Behaviour Modification
Lifespan Psychology Research Methodology
MSc Maths Algebra Number Theory
Probability Theory Linear Programming
Vector Analysis Elasticity
MSc Biotechnology Molecular Biology Genetic Engineering
Immunology Animal Biotechnology
Plant Biotechnology Bioinformatics
Synthetic Biology Systems Biology
MSc Physics Mathematical Methods Quantum Mechanics
Solid State Physics Nuclear Physics
Relativity and Cosmology Statistical Mechanics
Molecular Spectroscopy Astrophysics
MSc Data Science Fundamentals of Data Science Machine learning
Data Mining and Algorithms Cyber Security
Artificial Intelligence Spatial Modeling
Applied Statistics Python Programming
MSc Economics Game Theory Econometrics
Microeconomics Macroeconomics
Ecological Economics Time series and regression of analysis
MSc Microbiology Virology Immunology
Environmental Microbiology Bioinstrumentation
Enzyme Technology Bioinformatics, Microbial Genomics and Proteomics 
MSc Statistics Ancillary Mathematics Measure Theory and Probability
Linear Models and Regression Analysis Time Series Analysis
Multivariate Analysis Time Series Analysis
Computer Programming Sample Surveys

The scheme of examination is usually divided between theory and practicals in the ratio of 70:30, but not all the colleges follow it. 

MSc Course Books

The table below shows some of the recommended books and readings that every student must have for better understanding and to score better in the MSc exams.

Name of the Book Name of the Author
Logic and Prolog Programming Saroj Kaushik
Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles William Stallings
Theoretical Mechanics M. R. Spiegel,
Mathematical Statistics J. E. Freund
Applied Immunology Benjamin Abraham Thomas
Plant Biochemistry Hans Walter Heldt
Text Book on Principles of Bacteriology, Virology and Immunology Topley and Wilsons
Microbial Physiology and Metabolism D.R. Caldwell
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics Robert V. Hogg
Python for Data Science Ethan Williams

Apart from these course books, colleges often provide students with the relevant study material and research articles that help them to gain better understanding of the subject. 

Also check: Top MSc Entrance Exams 2020

Master of Science [M.Sc] : 5 answered questions


Ques. Does IISER provide a 2-year MSc? If yes, how can I apply?

● Top Answer By Admin on 22 Oct 21

Ans. The answer is both yes and no. IISER Bhopal offers an integrated P.hD. program. It is an amalgamation of two years Masters and 5 years of P.hD. The course duration is 5 years.  Although the institute doesn’t offer a separate MS degree, it offers an MS exit option. This means you can choose to opt out of the integrated P.hD. program after completing your 2-year long Masters. Read more
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Ques. Is an M.Sc from Nalanda Open University good?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 20 Oct 21

Ans. If you want to stand out among others in your master’s degree, you should pursue your master’s in a regular mode from a government university. This will later help you to pursue your further studies in post-graduate degrees, like Ph.D. So it is suggested that you work a bit harder and try to get admission in a government college with the course offered in the regular mode. However, if you merely require a master’s degree, you can pursue it from any educational institution.Read more
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Ques. Which one should I choose: an MSc honours at BITS Pilani or computer science at PEC Chandigarh?

● Top Answer By Komal Chawla on 30 Apr 21

Ans. The MSc. Honours at BITS Pilani is a highly recommended course for every student who is interested in a combination of Science and Engineering. It is an excellent course provided by the institute, with great opportunities for students in various fields. The points below give a brief overview of the course of MSc. Honors provided by BITs Pilani. The course provided by BITS Pilani is a dual degree course, which comprises five years of study in total. After the first year of the course, you will be provided with subjects that belong to different branches of engineering (B.E). This is a great opportunity to explore such subjects from different streams, along with the conventional science subjects. You will get several choices in the selection of subjects and choose between topics according to your own decision. BITS Pilani is predominantly an engineering institute. Therefore, there are numerous minds in the institute for several technical works and inventions. The institute has earned recognition in the fields of space-travel bots, humanoid robots, Formula-one style cars, and a lot more. Students from BITS Pilani have been selected in Google Summer of Code several times, which is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world in the field of computer science. Other than the field of academics, students of BITS Pilani get the freedom to perform anything of their choice and achieve a good position in it. There are several musicians, dancers, painters, poets, debaters, etc among the batches of BITS Pilani, and even students with multiple talents in it. Therefore, BITS Pilani provides an appropriate ground to cherish any kind of talent of students, which is a great aspect of the institute.Read more
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Ques. What are the placement chances after studying for an M.Sc.-Ph.D in Atmosphere and Science in IIT Bhubaneswar?

● Top Answer By Atul Yadav on 14 Aug 20

Ans. The placement for MSc.-PhD in Atmosphere and Sciences at IIT Bhubaneswar is not that impressive. Although the overall placement at this IIT is quite decent and the placement rate is around 90% with an average CTC of 11.4 LPA. But the placement statistics for the M.Sc courses are not good. Only a few teaching institutes visit the campus during the placement drive recruiting students mainly from courses like Mathematics and Physics, etc. The department of Atmosphere and Sciences at IIT Bhubaneswar is still developing and there is a shortage of faculty members in this department but there are visiting faculties from the different institutes.Read more
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Ques. Is joint MSc and PhD in atmospheric sciences good at IIT Bhubaneswar? Also, what are its prospects outside India?

● Top Answer By Abhijeet Singh on 14 Aug 20

Ans. To pursue a joint MSc.-Ph.D. degree in atmospheric sciences from IIT Bhubaneswar a student is required to have at least 60% in aggregate in his or her undergraduate degree in a relevant stream from a recognized university. A joint MSc.- Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences is not a very popular subject among the students and the department is still developing. The School of Earth, Ocean, and Climate Sciences at IIT Bhubaneswar have well-experienced faculty members. It also invites professors from other premier institutes like the University of Ontario and University of Massachusetts. This subject is mainly research-oriented. Topics like Meteorology, Aerosol Properties, and impacts, Urban Heat Island Effects, etc. are studied under the subject of Atmospheric Sciences. Regarding placements, Atmospheric Sciences might not provide you with opportunities from private sectors, but the Government, Ministry of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences recruit students for various Scientific posts and Contractual posts. For example, the National Centre for Antarctic Ocean and Research (NCAOR) recruits students of atmospheric sciences. Students also opt for higher education.Read more
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