MSc. in Life Science


8.1.1.    Admissions to the above courses will begin only after the declaration of the B.Sc. Degree results of the University of Mumbai sometime in the second or third week of June.

8.1.2.    The College has introduced an ONLINE application system for the above mentioned First Year post-graduate M.Sc. Part-I courses.  All candidates applying for admission are expected to apply through the online application system on the homepage of the website

8.1.3.    The Online Application fee of Rs. 250 is to be paid by demand draft in favour of “St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai” payable in Mumbai. 

8.1.4.    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 the “homepage” of our website after the declaration of the B.Sc. Degree results of Mumbai University.

8.1.5.    Eligibility Certificate: Students passing the B.Sc. Degree from Universities other than Mumbai University and seeking admissions to First Year M.Sc. Courses are required to apply for a Provisional Eligibility Certificate through the College at the time of admission.  The application form, available at the College Office, duly filled in should be submitted with an attested copy of the B.Sc. Degree marksheet and a passport size photograph along with the prescribed fees of Rs.320 & Rs.500 (for verification of documents) to the College Office.  Once admission is granted, for confirmation of the eligibility, students should submit to the College Office, before the close of the First Semester, the Passing Certificate and the Migration Certificate all in originals.

8.1.6.    Total No. of Seats: 20seats each for Botany, Life Science, Microbiology and Geology.

8.1.7.    Fees: including deposit and laboratory fees, as sanctioned by the Management Board, St. Xavier’s College - Autonomous:

                     M.Sc. Part I  :   Rs.14,933     (approx.)

                     M.Sc. Part II :   Rs.13,342     (approx.)



8.1.8.    Reservation of Seats: Table 8.1 shows this distribution, as per the directives given in the University of Mumbai Circular No.Spl.Cell/(68)/218/2005 dated 3rd June, 2005.

Table 8.1

Sr. No.


% of Seats





Management Quota

15% : Only for those the College is obliged to





Christian Minority - 50%

43% : (On the balance seats of 85%)


General Category - 25%

21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)


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

21% : (On the balance seats of 85%)


8.1.9.    Note: Special Category refers**  to:    Wards of Transferred State / Central Govt. and Pvt. Sector employees, employees of Defence Dept. / ex-servicemen.    Wards of Freedom Fighters, physically handicapped candidates, and students who have met with accidents.    Award Winners at the District / State / National Levels in Sports or Cultural Activities.

8.1.10.  Eligibility Certificate: Students passing the B.Sc. Degree from other Universities i.e. other than Mumbai University are required to apply for a Provisional Eligibility Certificate issued by the University of Mumbai through the College at the time of admission.  The duly filled-in application form available at the College Office should be submitted with an attested copy of the B.Sc. Degree Marksheet, along with the prescribed fees, to the college office.  



8.2.1.    Introduction:

The department of Life Sciences & Biochemistry offers two post graduate programmes:

8.2.2.    MSc. (By Papers) in Applied Medical Science:    Life Science is a vast subject that is structured to engage a student in multiple avenues of biology. The applied sciences draw from the fundamentals that are taught in the programme and focus attention on the medical field. This acts as a launch pad for careers in diverse fields, ranging from purely academic endeavour such as research and teaching to entrepreneurship, law, science writing etc.  The programme is designed to strengthen and enhance a student’s understanding and knowledge of Biology by exposure, over a two year period, to several fields such as Cell Biology, Physiology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology etc in mainstream biology and allied fields such as Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Pharmacology, Forensics etc. This allows students to make more informed choices when planning a career.    The programme will be conducted by the eleven faculty of the department using a blended learning approach which includes classical classroom teaching, self-study, experiential learning, seminars, presentations, field visits etc As part of their training, every student will have to work on a research project in the second year and submit a dissertation on it. The students are also strongly encouraged to complete summer internships to complement the programme.    In addition, the college is considering the option of permitting students to complete one semester in a Foreign University (from a list provided by the college) and transfer the credits accrued into our programme. This will provide an exposure to an alternate and global educational system for a meaningful period adding merit and invaluable experience.

8.2.3.    MSc. (By Research) in Life Science:

There are two research guides for a PG programme in the department. Interested candidates may approach the department for further details.

8.2.4.    Eligibility Criteria:    Graduates in Botany, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Life Science, Microbiology, Zoology from the University of Mumbai are all eligible.    Graduates in any of the above-mentioned disciplines from another Indian University are eligible, but will have to submit a provisional eligibility certificate.    Process of Selection: Applicants will be selected on the basis of the TYBSc marks/grades + interview.

8.2.5.    Syllabi per Semester:

Semester I

MS.LSC.1.01  Genetics and Evolution

MS.LSC.1.02 Scientific Comm., Research Methodology, IPR and Entrepreneurship 

MS.LSC.1.03  Biochemistry

MS.LSC.1.04  Basic Mathematics and Biostatistics

Semester II

MS.LSC.2.01   Cell Biology

MS.LSC.2.02   Human Physiology - I

MS.LSC.2.03   Immunology

MS.LSC.2.04   Microbial Diseases

 Semester III    

M.LSC.3.01   Clinical Microbiology & Public Health

M.LSC.3.02   Human Physiology - II

M.LSC.3.03   Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Technology

M.LSC.3.04   Analytical Techniques

Semester IV

M.LSC.4.01   Human Genetics

M.LSC.4.02   Pharmacology and Neutraceuticals

M.LSC.4.03   Lab Management and Routine Diagnostics

M.LSC.4.04   Applied Biology

8.2.6.    Scheme of Evaluation:      Internal 40%: 2 internal tests each for 20% of the  total marks Tests / Quizzes / MCQs / Assignments / Essays / Case studies / Presentations / Projects/Surveys      External 60%: 1 Examination for 2 hours at the end of each semester

8.2.7.    Facilities in the Department:    The Department of Life Science is recognized by the University of Mumbai for MSc (by Research) and PhD, with research guides for both.    Hence all equipment and requirements for MSc (by Papers) are available.    Other activities for this course: Seminars and Presentations, Research Projects, Internships / Industrial Visits.