The major in Life Sciences is offered as part of a five year Integrated Master of Science in Life Sciences programme. It is a distinctive programme which introduces students to modern concepts in biology ranging from molecules to ecosystems. The major introduces students to the basic areas of biology as cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and later in certain specialised branches of biology such as cancer biology, nanotechnology, research methodology, recombinant DNA technology and bioinformatics. The laboratory courses will introduce students to research methods in biology and the 18 months long Masters thesis will help them to continue their research in an area of their interest. Students wanting to pursue their career in industry can substitute their credits with an extended industry internship or an industry project. Through the interdisciplinary approach, they will be able to think even outside biology and try to solve a problem from different angles and to become well-rounded scientists.
The major aims to generate curiosity about learning and scientific reasoning through laboratory work where the student will get hands-on experience to accompany the knowledge they gain from the lectures in class. The objectives of the major are as follows:
On completing the Integrated Master of Science in Life Sciences programme, students will be able to:
The Integrated Master of science in Life sciences will provide an excellent training to pursue a career in research both in academia and industries. Students not interested in research will be guided for other career opportunities like entrepreneurship, NGOs, scientific writing and also in software programming or analytics.
|Offered by||School of Arts and Sciences|
|Programme||Integrated Master of Science|
|Degree||Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (Dual Degree)|
|Minimum Programme Credits||180|
|Minimum Major Credits||120|
|Life Sciences is also offered as a MINOR|
All students entering the undergraduate programme complete our common core, The Foundation Programme, in the first year. The Foundation Programme is designed around four Studios, each of three credits. They are:
Democracy and Justice
Environment and Climate Change
The studios deliver interdisciplinary learning around six domains:
Data Science, Communication, Behaviour, Constitution & Civilisation, Materials, and Biology & Life.
|Humanities & Languages GER|
|Social Sciences GER|
|Biological & Life Sciences GER: Introductory Biology|
|Mathematical & Physical Sciences GER: Data Science|
|Performance & Visual Arts GER|
|GER Elective 1: Communication I|
|GER Elective 2: Communication II|
|GER Elective 3: Introduction to Statistics|
|GER Elective 4: Any course at the university outside the major|
|GER Elective 5: Any course at the university outside the major|
|Introductory Biology Laboratory|
|Recombinant DNA Technology|
|Microscopy and Imaging|
|Recombinant DNA Technology|
|Human Protozoan Parasites|
|Computational Structural Biology|
|Brain and Behavior|
|Fundamentals of Environmental Studies|
|Master’s Thesis/Capstone Project||24|
Free Electives provide flexibility to students to customise their education at the University.
All students will complete 30 hours of engagement with society to develop a sense of engagement, concern, build problem solving skills, and understand the role of an engaged member of a society. This will be done through a mandatory course, Engagement with Society, that would be a graduation requirement. This course can be taken anytime during the stay at the University but it is advised that the student engage with the courses during the first two years at the University. The 30 hours of volunteer work may be completed during one semester or during the Winter or Summer Break.
Note: Most courses have a laboratory/workshop course attached to it to provide hands-on learning. Some courses are exclusively laboratory/project-based courses.