Institute of Genetic Engineering (IGE)

First College in West Bengal started Biotechnology and Genetics courses

M.SC in Biotechnology


Duration : 4 Semesters (2 Years)

Total Credit : 96 Credits

(Modified syllabus of M.Sc in General Biotechnology proposed by Biotechnology Consortium India Limited- Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India)

M.Sc Degree Course in Biotechnology

Course Details


The program provides a strong theoretical and practical knowledge of key areas of Biotechnology and its applications. There is a research module to help students survey literature, analyze data and make critical assessments of scientific reports, papers or research proposals, and to plan their own research program.

The course in total is worth 87 credit points in 4 semesters.


The main target group is that of Graduates (BSc) in the Biological Sciences who wish to pursue a career in Biotechnology either in industry or academia. The program may also be suitable for those with BSc in Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food & Nutrition and BTech in Biotechnology, who have a strong interest in Biotechnology.

Theoretical Papers : 17 Papers (Marks = 1700)

Total Credit 51

Practical / Project Papers : 18 Papers (Marks = 1800)

Total Credit 36

Total Credit in 4 Semesters = 51 + 36 = 87

3 credit (Theory) means 4 lecture hours per week or 42 lectures per semester per paper

2 credit (Lab.) means at least 40 hours of lab work per semester per paper

MSc : Biotechnology Syllabus


Code Course Title Contact Hrs./wk Credit
A Theory L- T -P
MSBT-101 Biochemistry 3-0-0 3
MSBT-102 Laboratory techniques 3-0-0 3
MSBT-103 Cell and Molecular Biology 3-0-0 3
MSBT-104 Biostatistics 3-0-0 3
MSBT-105 Microbiology 3-0-0 3
B Practical
MSBT-191 Biochemistry & Analytical Techniques Lab 0-0-6 3
MSBT-192 Microbiology Lab 0-0-6 3
MSBT-193 Cell Biology Lab 0-0-6 2
MSBT-181 Seminar 2
Semester Total 24


Code Course Title Contact Hrs./wk Credit
A Theory L- T -P
MSBT-201 Plant and Animal Biotechnology 3-0-0 3
MSBT-202 Bioprocessess Technology 3-0-0 3
MSBT-203 Immunology 3-0-0 3
MSBT-204 Recombinant DNA Technology 3-0-0 3
MSBT-205 Bioinformatics 3-0-0 3
MSBT-206 Choice based courses
(from MOOCS basket)
B Practical
MSBT-291 Recombinant DNA Technology Lab 0-0-6 3
MSBT-292 Immunology Lab 0-0-6 3
MSBT-281 Seminar 1
Semester Total 24


Code Course Title Contact Hrs./wk Credit
Theory L- T -P
MSBT-301 Food Biotechnology 3-0-0 3
MSBT-302 Environmental BioTechnology 3-0-0 3
MSBT-303 Genomics and proteomics 3-0-0 3
MSBT-304 IPR Biosafety and Bioethics 3-0-0 3
Elective (Choice From Basket) 3-0-0 3
(Choice from MOOCSBasket ) 2
B Practical
MSBT-391 Applied Bioinformatics Lab 0-0-6 3
MSBT-392 Bioprocess Lab 0-0-6 3
MSBT-381 Project Proposal/seminar 1
Semester Total 24


Code Course Title Contact Hrs./wk Credit
B Project L- T -P
MSBT491 Project work 3 22
MSBT492 Journal Club 3 1
MSBT493 Industry and Lab visit 3 3 1
Semester Total 24

List of Suggested Electives

List of Suggested Electives:

  1. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  2. Microbial Biotechnology
  3. Agricultural Biotechnology
  4. Environmental Biotechnology

^Any two 1.5 credit courses can be taken up to make one 3 credit course.

Kindly visit the link - “Electives” on the main page for the contents of electives