The Integrated Master of Science in Life Sciences is an innovative reconfiguration of the traditional Biology degree.

With a commitment to learning through experimentation, the degree unfolds through individual research projects in the lab in frontier areas of the life sciences. Here students have the rare opportunity to assist in faculty research. And this is the only degree in India that offers students at the Masters level hands-on access to advanced equipment, at our Centres for Excellence in Imaging, Flow Cytometry, In Silico Technology, and Nanotechnology Research and Applications. With an emphasis on both industry and academia, the five-year degree trains students in theory and laboratory work and empowers them to be independent and informed researchers.

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Programme Outcomes

Students of the Integrated Master of Life Sciences will:

  • Gain a sound understanding of modern concepts in Life Sciences, ranging from the level of molecules to the ecosystem
  • Have hands-on access to advanced research equipment in Flow Cytometry, Imaging, Nanotechnology and In Silico Technology
  • Learn how to frame research questions, plan and conduct scientific experiments, use basic and advanced equipment, and analyse the results
  • Undertake advanced research in an area of their interest, and complete a Masters thesis that explores it

Course Structure

All incoming Undergraduates at Ahmedabad University start with the Foundation programme, an interdisciplinary course that covers fields from Mathematics to Literature through project-based learning.

All courses in the degree include a laboratory component.

Core

The Integrated Master of Sciences degree consists of 16 core courses, which lay foundations for students’ future work and introduce them to the fundamentals of Life Sciences. The core courses are:

Microbiology
Immunology
Biophysics
Biochemistry (1 and 2)
Genetics
Human Physiology
Cell biology
Molecular Biology
Developmental Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Bioinformatics
Plant Sciences
Research Methodology
Ecology
Recombinant DNA Technology
Discipline Electives

Discipline electives allow students to specialise in certain areas of interest to them. Sample electives include:

Advanced Biochemistry
Flow Cytometry
Microscopy and Imaging
Nanobiotechnology
Human Protozoan Parasites
Cancer Biology
Master Thesis

As a culmination of the their coursework, students complete a Masters thesis, which is an opportunity to carry out in-depth Life Sciences research in an area of their interest.

Exit Policy

Students have the option of exiting the programme after four years with a Bachelor of Sciences (Honours) in Life Sciences.

Sample Course Structure
Semester 1 2 3 4 5 6
I Foundation Programme GER (Communications 1)
II GER (Introductory Biology) GER (Chemistry) GER (Social science/humanities/Performing and visual arts) GER (Mathematics) GER (Communications 2) Practicals
III Genetics/Evolution Biochemistry GER (Environmental Science) GER (Ethics) Free Elective Practicals
IV Molecular biology Cell Biology GER (Statistics) Free Elective Practicals
V Microbiology Bioinformatics GER (Social Science/Humanities/Performing and Visual arts) Discipline Elective Free Elective Practicals
VI Development Biology (Masters) Physiology Discipline Elective Free Elective Practicals Plant Sciences
VII Research Methodology Ecology Discipline Elective Free Elective Discipline Elective Evolutionary biology (Masters)
VIII Biophysics
(Masters)

Recombinant DNA Technology
(Masters)
Project Discipline Elective Discipline Elective
IX Immunology Biochemistry 2 Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Free Elective Practicals
X Masters Thesis

Faculty

Faculty Spotlight

“A cigarette butt? A half-eaten sandwich? A stain on the wall? Can these objects tell the story of a crime scene? What do we learn from them about who might have been present, when it occurred or how a violent act was committed?”

These are some of the questions you encounter in Professor Ritesh Shukla’s forensic biology course.

In addition to designing fictional crime scenes, Professor Shukla is improving our capacity for investigating real ones. He is working on a project funded by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of the Indian Government’s Department of Science and Technology. The objective is to develop a detection kit for onsite identification of bodily fluids, particularly blood. The combined benefit of his kit and novel procedure would be the ability for blood detection forensics to be carried out at the scene, reducing the time involved. Such a test would be ground-breaking for forensic science in India.

Career Pathways

The Integrated Master of Sciences provides rigorous training in the lab and in the classroom. Graduates gain a thorough grounding in theory and acquire the hands-on experience necessary to carry out advanced research. This prepares them equally well for industry and academia. They have the skills to find work in research laboratories in the country and internationally, in pharmaceuticals, biotech and other fields. They are prepared to undertake studies at the PhD level in various fields of Biology. Graduates have gone on for further study in India and internationally in the UK and Australia.

Eligibility

The Integrated Master of Science in Life Sciences is open to anyone who has taken Biology in class 12.
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