MS IN Zoology


The Department of Biology offers MS program in Zoology which has been designed to address the future challenges to our World and preparing the graduates to help in identifying and suggesting solutions for either stopping or at least slowing down the process of rapid change taking place. The program aims to develop researchers to serve in universities, Institutes for ecology, environmental agencies, healthcare, molecular biology, conservation & forest management, climate change, scientific publishing, public education (zoos, museums, nature reserves, scientific societies etc.), biomedical sciences, diagnosing genetic disorders, National Institute of Oceanography, Wildlife Conservation and Management, Public and Private Sectors, Forensic Department, Environmental Institutions and Pathological Laboratories.

Program Objectives

  • To equip students with skills in various disciplines ranging from molecular biology, through physiology and neurobiology, to the study of populations in both an ecological and evolutionary framework.
  • To develop the spirit to conserve resources and love for nature.
  • To train students with the techniques to conduct field work - document biodiversity, water quality, soil profile etc. through research based projects and faculty research.

Admission Eligibility Criteria

  • 16-year education i.e., BS/MSc in Zoology/Biology, BS in Biotechnology / Microbiology / Environmental Sciences / Bioinformatics / Biochemistry / 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 M. Phil in Zoology 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.