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.


Selection Process

Admission to the course will be purely merit based in accordance with the marks obtained in Biotechnology at the T.Y.B.Sc. examination. Applications for the course will be available Online.


Reservation of Seats

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B.Sc. Biotechnology (3-year integrated course) degree examination of Mumbai University or any other University recognized as equivalent thereto, with at least 6 units in Biotech (i.e. minimum required for majoring in the subject)  

OR With three units in Biotechnology at the T.Y.B.Sc in combination with three units of any other major subject at the T.Y.B.Sc



The total fees, including deposit and laboratory fees, as sanctioned by the Management Board, St. Xavier’s College:

M.Sc. Part I     :    Rs.55,806  (approx.)

M.Sc. Part II    :    Rs.51,499  (approx.)


Syllabi per Semester

Semester I

MS. BTS. 1.01: Biomolecules

MS. BTS. 1.02: Immunology

MS. BTS. 1.03: Molecular Biology - I

MS. BTS. 1.04: Membrane Studies and Cell Cycle Regulation

Note:  4 Theory courses (100 marks each)

           4 practical courses (50 marks each)


Semester II

MS. BTS. 2.01: Metabolism and Plant Cell Culture

MS. BTS. 2.02: Clinical Immunology

MS. BTS. 2.03: Molecular Biology - II

MS. BTS. 2.04: Advanced Analytical Techniques

Note:  4 Theory courses (100 marks each)

           4 practical courses (50 marks each)


Semester III

Ms. BTS. 3.01: Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

MS. BTS. 3.02 Applications of Biotechnology

MS. BTS. 3.03 Bioprocess Technology

MS. BTS. 3.04 Environmental Biotechnology and IPR

Note:  4 Theory courses (100 marks each)

           4 practical courses (50 marks each)


Semester IV

MS. BTS. 4.01 Drug Designing and Nanotechnology

MS. BTS. 4.02 Entrepreneurship and Research Methodology

Note: 1) Two Theory courses (100 marks each)

  2) Two Practical courses (50 marks each)

  3) Research Project (4 months, 300 marks each) at research centres / National institutes like BARC, NIRRH, TIFR, NCL Pune, et al. The project is evaluated on the basis of the dissertation submitted, a presentation and viva-voce.


Scheme of Examination

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.


Facilities of the Department

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


Extracurricular Activities

  • Students organise “Palindrome”, an intercollegiate fest and the publishing of the 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.

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