M.Sc. in Biotechnology


Genetic engineering has revolutionised biotechnology in the past three decades. India has witnessed a rapid growth in the biotechnology sector with a prominent presence in Recombinant Vaccines, Biosimilars and Transgenic Cotton. With numerous comparative advantages in terms of research development (R &D) facilities, knowledge, skills and cost effectiveness, the biotechnology industry in India has immense potential to emerge as a global key player. In the recent past, there has been a considerable investment and input, in manpower development, in biotechnology R &D and in the Biotech industry.

To cater to this increasing need for trained professionals, St. Xavier's College began the MSc- Biotechnology programme affiliated to the University of Mumbai from the academic year 2007-08. In June 2010, St Xavier’s College was granted academic autonomy and the MSc -Biotechnology programme came under the umbrella of academic autonomy from the academic year 2012-13. The Masters degree will be awarded by the University of Mumbai.

We have a two year M. Sc. Biotechnology degree programme with an intake of 30 students per year.

The programme is structured as a 4-semester credit based system with Continuous Internal Assessment and End semester evaluations.

Who are eligible to apply for admissions to the M.Sc. Biotechnology course:

Candidates passing B.Sc. Biotechnology Degree examination of Mumbai University or any other University recognized as equivalent thereto, with at least six units in Biotechnology (i.e. minimum required for majoring in the subject)  


Candidates passing with three units in Biotechnology at the B.Sc Degree examinations in combination with three units of any other major subject at the B.Sc. Degree.

Selection Process

Admission to the course will be purely merit based in accordance with the marks obtained in Biotechnology at the B.Sc Degree examinations.

The College has introduced an ONLINE application system for admissions to the M.Sc. course in Biotechnology.  All candidates applying for admission to St. Xavier’s College - Autonomous are expected to apply through the online application system on the homepage of the website www.xaviers.edu which will be activated in May 2015 till one week after the declaration of the B.Sc. results by the Mumbai University.

The Last date for submission of online application forms for admission to the College and dates for display of merit lists will be put up on “homepage” of our website www.xaviers.edu. 

At the time of admissions the candidate must submit the Degree Marksheets in original and two attested copies of the same and one attested copy of other relevant documents as mentioned below:

a)   Degree Marksheets – (Original + 2 attested copies)

b)   Baptism Certificate (For the Minority community - Christians)

c)   Caste Certificate (for reserved category)

d)   Documentary Evidence regarding special category.


The College is a Catholic Minority College, administered under the Provisions of the Indian Constitution, to promote the welfare of the Minority community and to extend its services to all other communities in India, so as to contribute to the harmony and integration of Indian society. 50% of seats are reserved for Catholic Minority students. There is also reservation of seats as given below:

Reservation of Seats: (As per the directives given in the University of Mumbai Circular No.Spl.Cell/(68)/218/2005 dated 3rd June, 2005. )

Sr. No.


No. of Seats





Management Quota – 15%


Only for those the College is obliged to





Minority: 50% seats of the balance 85% seats. 



General 25% seats of the balance 85% seats.



 Reserved Category : (SC/ST/DT(A) / NT(B) /NT(C) /NT/(D)/OBC/SBC ) Visually/Physically Challenged and     **Special Category


** The Special category is for the wards of transferred State/Central Government and Private Sector employees, Defence Personnel, Ex-Servicemen, Freedom fighters; for students who have met with an accident and also for award winners at the District/State/National Level in Sports or Cultural activities.  


1.    Provisional Eligibility Certificate:

Students passing the Degree Examinations other than Mumbai University or from a Foreign University have to apply for a provisional eligibility certificate issued by the University of Mumbai at the time of admissions through the College. The duly filled in forms are required to be returned to the College with an attested copy of the Degree marksheets and a passport size photograph along with a prescribed fee of Rs.320/- for eligibility and Rs.500/- (towards verification of documents) total Rs.820/-.  The duly filled in application form will then be forwarded to the University of Mumbai for issue of the Provisional Eligibility Certificate.

a)      Degree Marksheet.

b)      Pass Certificate 

c)      Migration Certificate

2.  Students passing the Degree Examinations from Mumbai University will be required to submit the Transfer Certificate issued by their respective Colleges.  This needs to be submitted after completion of the admissions process to the College.   


The total fees, including deposit and laboratory fees as sanctioned by the management board, St. Xavier’s College – Autonomous are as follows:

 However the fees for the year 2015-2016 are likely to be upgraded

M.Sc. Part I (for candidates passing B.Sc. Degree from Mumbai University)

Rs.49,890/- (approx.)

M.Sc. Part I (for candidates passing B.Sc. Degree from Other Universities)

Rs.50,610/- (approx)

M.Sc. Part II

Rs. 48,415/- (approx.)


The scholarship ‘The Anjanee-John Scholarship for a Deserving Student to Pursue the Master’s Programme in Biotechnology’ is available for a financially deserving student who has secured admission through the college for the M.Sc course in Biotechnology. The scholarship of Rs. 18,000/- will be awarded irrespective of gender, linguistic background, religion, community, economic category or any other differentiating factor for the M.Sc part I course. An approximately similar amount will be awarded in the second year following consistent performance and attendance. The student should apply for the scholarship at the time of admission.

List of Courses: 

Semester 1 - 4 Theory courses (100 marks each) and corresponding Practical courses (50 marks each)

MS.BTS.1.01  Biomolecules

MS.BTS.1.02  Immunology

MS.BTS.1.03  Genomes and Transcription

MS.BTS.1.04  Membrane Studies and Cell cycle regulation

Semester 2 - 4 Theory courses (100 marks each) and corresponding Practical courses (50 marks each inclusive of internal group projects)

MS.BTS.2.01  Metabolism and Plant cell culture          

MS.BTS.2.02  Clinical Immunology                      

MS.BTS.2.03  Molecular Biology    

MS.BTS.2.04  Advanced Analytical Techniques                

Semester 3- 4 Theory courses (100 marks each) and corresponding Practical courses (50 marks each inclusive of internal group projects)

MS.BTS.3.01  Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

MS.BTS.3.02  Animal Cell Biotechnology

MS.BTS.3.03  Bioprocess Technology

MS.BTS.3.04  Environmental Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Rights

Semester 4- 2 Theory courses (100 marks each), corresponding practical course (100 marks) and Research Project (4-5 months- 300 marks each)

MS.BTS.4.01  Drug Designing and Nanotechnology

MS.BTS.4.02  Entrepreneurship

In Semester 4, the students have to do a research project for a period of 5 months at various research centres /National institutes like BARC, NIRRH, TIFR, NCL Pune, ACTREC, NIO Goa and others. The project is evaluated on the basis of the dissertation submitted, a presentation and viva-voce.

Scheme of Assessment

Theory Courses: 2 Continuous Internal Assessment and 1 End semester evaluation per course per semester.

Practical Courses: 1 Continuous Internal Assessment and 1 End semester evaluation per course per semester.

 Evaluation of the semester 4 project is based on the dissertation submitted, a presentation and viva-voce.

Other features of the Department:


The Department is well equipped for teaching Modern Biology. We also have a Common Instrumentation Facility with sophisticated instruments to carry out teaching, as well as research, in the biological sciences .The Department has an independent Bioinformatics Lab for the students and an in-house Library facility. 

Extracurricular activities:

Students organise “Palindrome”, an annual intercollegiate fest and the publishing of the annual magazine of the department, also known as Palindrome.

Every year an industrial visit is organised, for the Semester I students, to different biotechnology-related industries in different parts of India

Students are also taken to St Xavier’s Villa at Khandala – our Human Development Resource Centre, for their annual seminar, where they present research papers on various aspects of current trends in Biotechnology.


Dr. Ms. Vivien Amonkar, HOD, Department of Microbiology and PG Department of Biotechnology

Regular Faculty (their specific fields of expertise):

Ms Norine D’Souza: (Bioinformatics and Proteomics)

Dr. Shiney Peter:  (Cell Biology and Cell culture)

Dr. Biswaprasun Chatterjee (Molecular Biology and Fermentation)

Visiting Faculty:

The department aims at preparing technically and conceptually sound biotechnology students. The department therefore organises lectures by experts from the industry as well as research institutes, on current trends in the biosciences, on a regular basis.

Progression of Students: Batch 2012-14

Students are involved in Ph.D. Programmes eg.ICT, NCL-Pune, NIRRH , or employment eg TCS, Labocon ,Aldnor Health Services , Sahaj Anand Tech, Surat , NIO, Goa, Indoco Remedies , Goa, COGNIZENT .