The Master’s degree Programme in Life Sciences is offered as a Regular On-Campus programme. The classroom teaching is done by IGNOU faculty and eminent experts invited from different institutions who are especially involved in this programme. Theory classes as well as the practicals are held in School of Sciences, at IGNOU Headquarter, Maidangarhi, New Delhi
- To provide quality education in Life Sciences at post-graduate level and to enable the learners to take certification of Master’s degree in Life Sciences,
- To provide an in-depth knowledge and hands-on training to science graduate in the area of Life Sciences and enable them to specialise in one of the branches of Life Sciences that would be offered as elective courses,
- To provide the learners opportunities of continuing education and professional development,
- To widen the scope of the learners for careers in different sectors of employment,
- To enable the students to avail career opportunities in teaching, industry and research e.g. M. Phil/ Ph. D. programmes.
A student, who wants to do the Master’s degree Programme in Life Sciences, has to earn 72 credits to complete the programme which is offered in a semester mode. There are 4 semesters and a student has to earn 18 credits per semester. The minimum duration of the programme is 2 years. However, a student can complete the programme in a maximum time of 4 years.
There is a common curriculum for semesters 1, 2 and 3, whereas in semester 4, the students will be given the option of specializing in one area from different areas of Life Sciences that would be on offer at that time.
In each of the first three semesters- 1, 2 and 3, the student has to complete 12 credits worth of theory courses and 6 credits worth of lab work.In semester 4, students will have to opt for a specialisation package of elective courses worth 9 credits. They will also be required to do a dissertation and seminars worth 9 credits based on their specialization package.
The seats for specialisation streams will be equally divided. The students will be allocated a specialisation stream according to their merit in the M.Sc. 1st and 2nd semester examinations.
Total Programme Credits: 72 (18 credits per semester)
Evaluation Methodology: Theory courses 30 per cent continuous assessment & 70% Term End Examination: Lab Courses 70 per cent continuous assessment & 30 per cent Term-End Examination
Syllabus for Entrance Examination