MS IN Genetics


MS in Genetics degree program is designed to provide a practical coverage of modern genetics directing on the organization, inheritance, expression and evolution of genes in organisms extending from bacteria to human. It is an important branch of biology that helps to unleash the information encrypted in DNA, inheritance and helps to find out how to avoid hereditary diseases, explore evolution and study biodiversity/variation in living organisms by studying DNA and genes and their interactions. It has plenty of practical applications like understanding the genetic basis behind the human genetic disorders; better understanding of evolution of species, forensics, legal implications and genetic enhancement of abilities. The trained manpower in this field is the need of time all over the world. The students get their jobs in academics, clinical research institutes, pharmaceutical industry, diagnostics, research laboratories, hospitals and as self-employed in genetic counseling practices etc.

Program Objectives

  • To exhibit and apply a depth and breadth of understanding and knowledge of genetics and genomics core concepts and principles.
  • To study relations among genes, environmental factors and their roles in health and disease.
  • To enable students to successfully manage and analyze genetic counseling cases.
  • To develop capabilities in students to critically assess genetic literature and information.

Admission Eligibility Criteria

  • 16-year education i.e., BS/MSc in Zoology/Biology/Botany/ BS in Biotechnology/ Microbiology/Biochemistry/ Environmental Sciences/Bioinformatics/Forestry, Agriculture, Public health or in related sciences /MBBS/DVM or equivalent with at least 1st Division in annual system or at least CGPA 2.50 out of 4 in semester system.
  • A candidate is required to pass the VU Admission/Entry Test with at least 50% marks.

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  • Limited seats are available on merit basis.
  • Only local students are eligible for admission as it is not available in overseas mode.

Course Exemption

Course(s) exemption is not allowed.


It is a two-year duration program spread over four semesters. Each semester has at least 18 weeks duration.
Degree Completion Duration

Courses of Study

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Note: Maximum 12 credit hours are allowed in a semester.

Deficiency Courses

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, Quizzes, Graded Discussion Boards (GDBs), 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.

Award of Degree

For the award of MS in Genetics 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.

Fee Structure

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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.