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M.Sc Biotechnology (DBT Supported)

Program Overview and Application Procedure

M.Sc. Biotechnology is a structured two-year undergraduate program with the strong interdisciplinary research base in biological sciences as well as various techniques applied to living cells. M.Sc. Biotechnology is one of the most demanding courses sought in the current era. Graduates in this discipline are trained with an analytical mindset to obtain valued solutions to harness the quality of life through major advances in agriculture, environment, health and medicine.

Institute of Advanced Research (IAR), Gandhinagar is one of the renowned universities offering Master’s degree programs in Biotechnology and allied subjects. As you may be aware, IAR is only one of the two universities in Gujarat selected by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to offer MSc (Biotechnology) program sponsored by them. Admissions into this program are through an entrance examination to be conducted by the DBT.

IAR also offers MSc in Microbiology/Industrial Biotechnology/Molecular Medicine/Environment Science & Technology. Graduates from this program are all at top-ranking universities and research institutions in India and abroad. Admissions are now open for the MSc Biotechnology, DBT (Department of Biotechnology) supported program. Details for admission and eligibility criteria are briefly mentioned below.

Details of the admission procedure for the program is as follows:

Sr. No M.Sc. Specialisation Number of Seats Category Fees Website Link
1 DBT Sponsored M.Sc. (Biotechnology) 10* + 10#           DBT Supported (Reservation policy and norms as per Government of India) * 12,500 per semester (Admitted through DBT-GATB)   # 45,000 per semester (Admitted through IAR rules & regulations) https://rcb.res.in/GATB/       
* Studentship support of INR 5000/- per month will be provided for a candidate who takes admission through DBT.
Eligibility: B.Sc. in any Biological and allied subjects or B.Sc. in Chemistry, Life sciences and Pharmaceutical sciences with biology as a subject.

Important dates for admission procedure:

  • Submission of admission application by candidates: 20th October to 27th October 2020
  • Release of the first merit list online on the University website: 31st October 2020.
  • Last date for admission confirmation of selected candidates & fees payment: 5th November 2020.
  • The second round of merit list and admission process for vacant seats: 6th -10th November 2020.

Closure of admission process: 25th November 2020.Link for application for admission in MSc Biotechnology (DBT supported) at IAR, Gandhinagar: https://form.jotform.com/202931246711045


  • B.Sc. in any Biological and allied subjects.
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry, Life sciences and Pharmaceutical sciences with biology as a subject.

Selection process

The admission is based on merit.

After the Program

Higher studies

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in India or abroad


  • Scientific Officer: in Scientific Laboratories etc.
  • Government Jobs in the biology domain.
  • Academic job opportunities in colleges and universities include lecturers, research scientist, junior research fellows, lab managers and skilled technician.
  • In Industry with interest in biopharma or biotechnological production as R&D, managerial or marketing positions.

Structure of Program

Total Program Credits: 84

Semester – I Total Credits: 23

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Developmental Biology 3
2 Advanced Biochemistry 3
3 Bioinformatics 3
4 Molecular Biology 3
5 Cell biology 3
6 Ecology and Environment Science 3
7 Laboratory -1 (Micro, Biochem, r-DNA, Mol Bio, Cell Bio)

Semester – II Total Credits: 21

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 rDNA technology 3
2 Immunology 3
3 Genetics 3
4 Tools and Techniques 3
5 Biostatics (STAT 801) or Applied Microbiology 3
6 Seminar 1
7 Laboratory -2

Semester – III Total Credits: 20

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Plant Biotechnology 3
2 Animal Biotechnology 3
3 Genomics and proteomics 3
4 Bioethics, Biosafety and IPR 3
5 Medical Microbiology or Industrial Microbiology 3
6 Laboratory – 3

Semester – IV Total Credits: 20

S. No. Subject Credits
Theory Practical
1 Dissertation (PRJ 802)
2 Bio entrepreneurship 3 1
3 Industrial Visit (IND 801)