Degree Programmes

BS and MS degree programmes in Biotechnology

Biotechnology is one of Biology’s fastest growing areas, which has revolutionized a broad range of industries – from the food and chemicals sector to agriculture and medicine. The degree programme in this area includes courses that deliver in-depth and comprehensive training to students at different levels of the subject matter – from the intricate molecular biology of cells to the industrial production of valuable chemicals and bio-products. Core subjects include biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and genetics. The programme also includes courses on cutting-edge areas like next-generation sequencing, systems biology and synthetic biology.

The Biotechnology degree programmes have a relatively larger breadth of subjects, which corresponds to the diversity of applications within the field. For example, technologies like genetic engineering, metabolic engineering, stem cells technology, personalized medicine, bio-nanotechnology and synthetic biology, to name a few, have directly affected a variety of sectors and continue to do so. This includes medicine, agriculture, energy, livestock, agriculture, manufacturing, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

If you enjoy observing and studying life and nature and are interested in undertaking rigorous training in how you could use biological systems to engineer valuable products and develop solutions to tackle the most pressing problems we face in the world, this could be your choice.

MS degree programme in Bioinformatics

The field of biology in general is undergoing a major shift, thanks to some major technological advances. Instead of single ‘reductionist’ experiments by biologists, where they focus on individual molecules and their reactions, the trend is moving towards high-throughput experiments, which generate massive amounts of data. This phenomenon has enabled scientists to draw a more holistic ‘systems’ level understanding of biological processes. A simple analogy could be looking at an image or a map at a very high zoom-in level, compared to a zoomed out view of an entire space, which can be much more comprehensive and complete.

The surge in data over the past couple of decade has also brought in new problems into the field, which had to be solved. For example, the storage and analysis of this amount of data has not been possible without the help of computers. These computational needs along with other applications, which developed with time, like data visualization, statistical predictions, mathematical modelling and molecular dynamics simulations paved the way for a new area of specialization, which is broadly termed as bioinformatics. With a very high demand for computer science and engineering experts, the field has drawn lots of experts from fields outside biology.

Bioinformatics can be a breathtaking course for the ‘inter-disciplinarians’ out there. Students from biology (pre-medical) backgrounds who have knack for computer science, mathematics or statistics or students from physics and mathematics (pre-engineering) backgrounds who wish to apply their skills in biology and medicine, can find this a rewarding experience that unifies their college experience with their current interests.

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