General Overview of The Programme
The M.Sc. Biology programme offers a research intensive opportunity for students to customise their specialisation across a wide range of elective courses such as biophysics, biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, computational and mathematical biology, behaviour, ecology and evolutionary biology. Guidance and assistance is offered by the Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) in identifying individual specialisations for students.
In the first year, students attend mandatory and various elective lectures which will help them streamline their academic interests. Additionally, they will take up short research projects of their choice which will harness their research capabilities.
In the second year, students pursue their thesis research in an identified area of specialisation within or outside the university (in academia or industry). The university is in communication with industries to work collaboratively with various student trainees. This enables greater access and mobility for students, opening up possibilities for their careers.
Notes from Faculty Members
The research intensive and customizable M.Sc. Biology Programme at Ashoka provides various flavours of a PhD programme within 2 years, allowing students to utilise their skills in both academic and industry spaces going forward.
Kasturi Mitra, Associate Professor of Biology, M.Sc. Biology co-ordinator
The Master’s in Biology at Ashoka is a unique initiative. It opens up possibilities for students to start their long-term career in an area of their interests during the programme itself. Be in academia, industry or other organisations where they can contribute their might and at the same time pursue a career with interests, motivation and satisfaction.
L. S. Shashidhara, Visiting Professor of Biology (Honorary), Ashoka University
Voices of the Students
Having no formal experience in Biology after 10th standard, I was initially sceptical about joining as a masters student in Biology. However, the multidisciplinary approaches of the department enable thorough engagement with scientific questions. This makes me feel included and provides opportunities to explore the concepts associated with Biology from a quantitative perspective. Additionally the student support mechanism of this programme is phenomenal because of the exceptionally approachable and passionate professors.
Yogesh Pratap, M.Sc. Biology 2022-2024
The exciting aspects I discovered in the Ashoka masters programme include the opportunity to autonomously choose the subject I wanted to explore, the distinctive teaching style, and collaboration in courses with Ph.D. students who have somewhat more experience than us. As an Ashoka student, the standout features I discovered are the interdisciplinary academic approach, the diversity of peers, and the highly experienced faculties across disciplines.
Ajith D, M.Sc. Biology 2022-2024