Integrated MSc

UGPG Course

NISER offers a 5-year integrated M.Sc. Programme in basic sciences after 10+2 years of schooling (or equivalent). At present the institute has four major schools, namely Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. After successful completion of the academic requirements students are awarded a Master of Science degree in one of the four subjects: biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics. The programme has a balanced semester-based course structure with a flexible seamless curricula which emphasize interdisciplinary nature of science in the 21st century and promote exploration, innovation and research. Normally, selected students will be accepted in the school of their choice, subject to availability of seats. At the end of the first year, a student will have an opportunity to change to another school, subject to availability of a seat in that school.

The curriculum for the first two semesters (first year) is common to all students and specialization begins from the third semester. The core courses in the subject of specialization provide strong foundations in both theoretical and experimental aspects of the discipline. Even after specialization in second year, students are required to go through a certain number of courses in other desciplines. All students are required to go through a small number of compulsory courses in humanities, technical communication, history of science, environmental and energy sciences.

The fourth year of the integrated M.Sc. Programme is devoted to advanced courses in various sub-disciplines. In the fifth year every student will undertake a guided research project. The outcome of the investigation will be reported in the form of a thesis. Throughout the five-year programme, students will be encouraged to take up summer projects and visit reputed national laboratories and universities. Eminent scientists from India and abroad will be regularly invited to give colloquia/seminars and interact with the students. In short the curricula are designed to ensure depth in the area of specialization together with breadth of exposure and intellectual enrichment and to prepare the students for high level professional research and development career in national laboratories, universities and industry.

The academic session for fresh students generally begins in August every year.

Course Name Course No Course Type Credit Semester
Biology I (Science of Life) B101 3 I
Biology Laboratory I B141 2 I
Biology II (Cellular and Genetic basis of life) B102 3 II
Biology Laboratory II B142 2 II
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Course Name: Biology I (Science of Life)
Course No: B101
Course Type:
Credit: 3
Semester: I
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Course Name: Biology Laboratory I
Course No: B141
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: I
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Course Name: Biology II (Cellular and Genetic basis of life)
Course No: B102
Course Type:
Credit: 3
Semester: II
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Course Name: Biology Laboratory II
Course No: B142
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: II
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Course Name Course No Course Type Credit Semester
Microbiology B201 4 III
Biochemistry B202 4 III
Biophysics and Biostatistics B203 4 III
laboratory (Microbiology) B241 2 III
Laboratory (Biochemistry) B242 2 III
Out of Stream Elective **** 4 III
Laboratory (Genetics) B244 2 IV
Laboratory (Cell Biology) B243 2 IV
Ecology B206 4 IV
Genetics B205 4 IV
Cell Biology B204 4 IV
Out of Stream Elective **** 4 IV
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Course Name: Microbiology
Course No: B201
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: III
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Course Name: Biochemistry
Course No: B202
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: III
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Course Name: Biophysics and Biostatistics
Course No: B203
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: III
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Course Name: laboratory (Microbiology)
Course No: B241
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: III
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Course Name: Laboratory (Biochemistry)
Course No: B242
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: III
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Course Name: Out of Stream Elective
Course No: ****
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: III
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Course Name: Laboratory (Genetics)
Course No: B244
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: IV
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Course Name: Laboratory (Cell Biology)
Course No: B243
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: IV
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Course Name: Ecology
Course No: B206
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: IV
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Course Name: Genetics
Course No: B205
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: IV
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Course Name: Cell Biology
Course No: B204
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: IV
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Course Name: Out of Stream Elective
Course No: ****
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: IV
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Course Name: Physiology I (Animal)
Course No: B301
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: V
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Course Name: Out of Stream Elective
Course No: ****
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: V
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Course Name: Elective I (Principles of Drug Design)
Course No: B351
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: V
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Course Name: Laboratory (Plat Physiology)
Course No: B342
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: V
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Course Name: Laboratory (Animal Physiology)
Course No: B341
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: V
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Course Name: Neurobiology
Course No: B303
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: V
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Course Name: Physiology II (Plant)
Course No: B302
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: V
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Course Name: Out of Stream Elective
Course No: ****
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: VI
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Course Name: Elective II / Elective III
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: VI
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Course Name: Laboratory (Immunology)
Course No: B344
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: VI
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Course Name: Laboratory (Molecular Biology)
Course No: B343
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: VI
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Course Name: Structural Biology
Course No: B306
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VI
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Course Name: Immunology
Course No: B305
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VI
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Course Name: Molecular Biology
Course No: B304
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VI
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Course Name: Developmental Biology
Course No: B402
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VI
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Course Name Course No Course Type Credit Semester
Genetic Engineering B401 4 VII
Laboratory (Genetic Engineering) B441 2 VII
Laboratory (Developmental Biology) B442 2 VII
Elective IV B*** 4 VII
Elective V B*** 4 VII
Elective VII / Elective VIII B*** 4 VIII
Elective VI / Elective VIII B*** 4 VIII
Laboratory (Bioinformatics) B443 2 VIII
Evolutionary Biology B404 4 VIII
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology B403 4 VIII
Biology Project B499 6 VIII
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Course Name: Genetic Engineering
Course No: B401
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VII
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Course Name: Laboratory (Genetic Engineering)
Course No: B441
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: VII
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Course Name: Laboratory (Developmental Biology)
Course No: B442
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: VII
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Course Name: Elective IV
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VII
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Course Name: Elective V
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VII
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Course Name: Elective VII / Elective VIII
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VIII
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Course Name: Elective VI / Elective VIII
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VIII
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Course Name: Laboratory (Bioinformatics)
Course No: B443
Course Type:
Credit: 2
Semester: VIII
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Course Name: Evolutionary Biology
Course No: B404
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VIII
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Course Name: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Course No: B403
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: VIII
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Course Name: Biology Project
Course No: B499
Course Type:
Credit: 6
Semester: VIII
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Course Name Course No Course Type Credit Semester
Elective IX B*** 4 IX
Elective X B*** 4 IX
Biology Project B599 16 IX
Elective XI B*** 4 X
Elective XII B*** 4 X
Biology Discussion B599 16 X
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Course Name: Elective IX
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: IX
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Course Name: Elective X
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: IX
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Course Name: Biology Project
Course No: B599
Course Type:
Credit: 16
Semester: IX
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Course Name: Elective XI
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: X
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Course Name: Elective XII
Course No: B***
Course Type:
Credit: 4
Semester: X
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Course Name: Biology Discussion
Course No: B599
Course Type:
Credit: 16
Semester: X
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