The NMIMS (Deemed to be University) introduced M.Sc.-Ph.D. programmes in Biological Sciences and Chemical Sciences in July 2007. The salient feature of these programmes is the emphasis being laid on the overall development of laboratory skills of a research student coupled with an expansion of his/her knowledge base through an interdisciplinary course work comprising lectures and practicals in the first year of the course and subsequently fine tuning these skills in a particular area of specialization. While the research student will have ample opportunity to acquire hands-on training on modern, sophisticated instruments/equipment wherever necessary, he/she will also be able to benefit from the expertise of one or more supervisors, wherever needed.
The M.Sc. course work in the first two years extends over six trimesters. After the M.Sc. course work the students will commence the Ph.D. program subject to passing of a qualifying test. The qualifying test involves assessment of the research aptitude of the students by the Research and Recognition Committee (RRC). Each student then undertakes research in a specialized area on a topic to be decided by the student in consultation with the Research Supervisor(s) following approval from the Research and Recognition Committee (RRC). The duration of the research project would be minimum 3 years.
A total of 5 seats are available for the Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. program in Biological Sciences
The course lays emphasis on the overall development of laboratory skills of a research student coupled with an expansion of his/her knowledge base through an interdisciplinary course work. The course work comprises of lectures and practicals in the first year and subsequently fine tuning these skills in a particular area of specialization.
The course is reviewed regularly in consultation with our Board of Studies, which comprises of experts from academia, research institutions and industry from all over India. Thus, the course is tailor made to fulfill the requirements needed to keep pace with the current developments in scientific research.
While the research student will have ample opportunity to acquire hands-on training on modern, sophisticated instruments/equipment wherever necessary, he/she will also be able to benefit from the expertise of one or more supervisors, wherever needed.
In the first year, along with the permanent faculties, the regular lectures are also conducted by visiting faculties who are experts in their respective fields. Apart from the course work, the Faculty also conducts Guest lectures by eminent academicians and scientists, paper presentations (Journal Club), Doctoral Committee Meetings to ensure learner centric environment.
A Research and Recognition Committee (RRC), under the Chairmanship of the Honorable Pro-VC, has recently been established to oversee the quality of research being carried at the School, and to advise the School on measures to improve courses of studies at the post-graduate level and Doctoral level. In addition, methods like quiz, discussions, tutorials, Industry visits etc. are also used by the faculty to benefit the students.
For the M. Sc.-Ph.D. integrated program in Biological Sciences, a candidate must have passed the three year B.Sc. examination of any recognized University and scored not less than 50% in any one of the following subjects:
Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology and Life Sciences
Students who satisfy the requirements of the two stage selection process will be considered for admission to the integrated courses.
Based on the performance in Stages 1 and 2, a composite merit list will be prepared as per criteria laid down by the University.
Trimester - I
Paper I: Genes and Genomics, Paper II: Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Trimester - II
Paper I: Cell Biology and Stem Cells, Paper II: Recombinant DNA Technology
Trimester - III
Paper I: Proteins and Proteomics, Paper II: Metabolism and Metabolomics
Trimester - IV
Paper I: Molecular Oncology and Molecular Medicine, Paper II: Clinical Immunology
Trimester - V
Paper I: Bioanalytical Chemistry, Paper II: Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
Trimester - VI
Paper I : Methods in Applied Sciences, Paper II: Research Methodology and IPR
During the course work the students will be required to have a minimum attendance of 80% for lectures, practicals and seminars, separately. The students will be evaluated through trimester end exams and through continuous internal assessment.
Internal assessment will be on the basis of fortnightly tests based on Theory. Practical work will be evaluated each week during the course of the regular practicals. Seminars will be evaluated weekly. The grade will be awarded at the end of the year on the basis of Cumulative Grade Point Average.
During the research project, the progress of the work will be evaluated by a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The progress of the work will be evaluated on the basis of the presentation made by the student in a TAC meeting every six months. The students will be allowed to start writing their thesis only after getting the permission from the TAC following their last DC meeting (generally 5th or 6th).
Thesis can be submitted to the University only after two articles have been published/accepted for publication in National/International peer reviewed Journals.