Molecular Biology is a branch of science which explores cellular structures, characteristics and pays special attention to the molecules which control cell activities and growth etc. The field of molecular biology bridges biology & chemistry particularly genetics & biochemistry. There is hardly any area in biological advancement that is not influenced by molecular biology techniques. The students will get the opportunity to conduct a specific research project during the MS degree. This degree can serve as a link for candidates pursuing higher education towards Ph.D. The graduates will be able to work in organizations like pharmaceutics, diagnostic laboratories, biologics production units, biosecurity & biosafety departments, accreditation labs, teaching as well as research organizations.
To train students in modern molecular biological techniques useful in research & development.
To focus on perceptible research that will provide solutions to the daily life problems in areas of agriculture, health, industry and environment etc.
To equip students with scientific, legal and intellectual property matters.
To produce qualified researchers, innovators, trainers and consultants in the domain of molecular biology.
Admission Eligibility Criteria
The 16-year education i.e. BS/MSc in Molecular Biology/ Biotechnology/ Genetics/ Biological Sciences or equivalent with at least 1st Division in annual system or at least CGPA 2.50 out of 4 in semester system.
Candidates having less than CGPA 2.50 out of 4 or 1st division will be eligible for admission after successful completion of “Zero Semester”.
Each candidate is required to pass the VU Entry Test with minimum 50% marks.
Only local students are eligible for admission as it is not available in overseas mode.
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Course(s) exemption is not allowed.
It is a two-year full time study program spread over four semesters. Each semester has at least 18 weeks duration for teaching and examinations etc.
Courses of Study
MS level course(s) are offered to only those students who have qualified its respective pre-requisite course(s). For detail about MS in Molecular Biology program course, visit link below:
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If the schedule of courses pursued by a candidate does not provide adequate background for the degree course, which he/she intends to take up, he/she is required to qualify the deficiency course(s) during his/her initial semester(s) prescribed by the University. Credit hours for deficiency courses are not counted towards calculation of CGPA and award of degree.
Assessment of Study Progress
The students’ study progress evaluation mechanism is based on continuous assessment throughout the semester by giving assignments, academic papers, seminars, mid-term and final term examinations.
The students are required to submit a Research Thesis worth 6-credit hours. Topic of the thesis must be decided after consultation with the supervisor. The research can be conducted in VU own laboratories at i.e. VKHI01: Karachi, VLHR03: Lahore, VMTN01: Multan, and VRWP01: Rawalpindi or any other designated lab by the university. Thesis will be submitted as per VU approved format.
Award of Degree:
For the award of MS in Biotechnology degree, a student is required to complete at least 24-credit hour course work and 6 credit hours thesis research with minimum CGPA of 2.50 out of 4.
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The courses may be revised time to time as a result of continuous review to bring them at par with courses from being taught at top-class foreign universities. While reviewing the courses, needs of local industry and job market are also given full consideration.
The University reserves the right to change fee structure from time to time.