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Updated on 31 Jan, 2024

MSc in Life Science (MSc LS)

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 5 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 5,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


 i) BSc (3 yrs) Degree after 10+2 with Major/Honours in Life Sciences and any other related life science discipline/Biosciences/Botany/ Zoology


BSc General/Pass degree with Life sciences/Biosciences with Botany and Zoology (equal weightage)as two of the three main Subjects.

ii) At least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade for General candidates and 45% marks for SC/ST candidates.

Note: Programme fee of  Rs. 5000 is per semester plus other charges (lab, registration, library, caution money charges as decided by the university from time to time)

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

Programme Objectives

  • 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.

Programme Structure

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

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[Updated on 11-Jul-2024]