The postgraduate program of MS in Biotechnology (36 credits) started in Fall 2007. The course is so designed for creating highly competent biotechnologists to serve in the universities and other academic institutions, R&D organizations and biotech-related industries both in the public and private sectors of the country. With this academic background, the graduates will be able to pursue higher studies leading to Ph.D. both at home and abroad.

For the fulfillment of the MS degree requirement, a student needs to complete 36 credits out of which 6 credits are assigned to Research Project/Thesis.

So far, thirty-six students have graduated with MS degree in Biotechnology and at present, we have a total of seventy students pursuing the degree, who are at different stages (semesters) of their study.

MNS Department has an active collaboration with the University of Dhaka, ICDDR, B, BRAC ARDC, BIRDEM with excellent research and training facilities for research and project work of our MS Biotech students.


Course Requirements

The M.S. Biotech curriculum consists of core theory and lab courses and a wide variety of elective courses. In addition to these, a core course of 6 credits on a research project (thesis) on an indigenous biotech-related problem is also included in the curriculum. The minimum credit requirement for the MS degree is 36 with a breakdown as given below:

  • Core courses: 15 Credits
  • Elective courses: 15 Credits
  • Research project (thesis): 6 Credits
  • Total: 36 Credits

Each semester will concentrate on various fields of biotechnology so that at the completion of the MS degree the students will be acquainted with the science and techniques of biotechnology.

Core Courses

The students will be required to complete 15 credits distributed over 5 core courses. One of the core courses will be devoted to planting biotechnology keeping in mind that plant biotechnology has progressed a lot in our country. To teach students about the commercialization of biotechnological research products and dangers of pollution, core courses like environment biotechnology and industrial biotechnology are designed. Apart from these, another core course, animal biotechnology will be offered to acquaint students with the progress in this field with special reference to human biotechnology. Research project preparation needs good training on literature review, experimental design, and interpretation of results. Case studies will be included in this course.

Elective Courses

Students will be required to take 5 elective courses for a total of 15 credits.

List of Courses

Core Courses for the First Semester (9 credits):

  • BTC 501 Plant Biotechnology 3 Credits
  • BTC 503 Animal Tissue Culture Techniques and Applications 3 Credits
  • BTC 504 Fermentation and Industrial Biotechnology 3 Credits

Total 9 Credits

Core and Elective Courses for the Second Semester (9 Credits):

Core Courses

  • BTC 505 Environmental Biotechnology 3 Credits
  • BTC 506 Research Project Preparation 3 Credits

Subtotal 6 Credits

Elective Course (anyone)

  • BTC 510 Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Plant Genetic Manipulation 3 Credits
  • BTC 511 Commercial Production of Horticultural and Ornamental Plants 3 Credits
  • BTC 512 Sex, Flowers, and Biotechnology 3 Credits
  • BTC 513 Gene Function and Its Regulation 3 Credits
  • BTC 514 Gene Organization and Regulation 3 Credits
  • BTC 515 Structural and Functional Genomic Studies 3 Credits

Total 9 Credits

Elective Courses for the Third Semester (9 credits):

  • BTC 507 Biostatistics & Experimental Design (Theory and Lab) 3 Credits
  • BTC 509 Genomics (Bioinformatics) 3 Credits
  • BTC 517 Enzymology 3 Credits
  • BTC 518 Recombinant DNA Technology 3 Credits
  • BTC 519 Medical Biotechnology 3 Credits

Total 9 Credits

Core and Elective Courses for the Fourth Semester (9 credits):

  • BTC 550 Core CourseResearch Project (Thesis)Elective Course (anyone) 6 Credits
  • BTC 502 Plant Biotechnology (Lab) 3 Credits
  • BTC 508 Seminar 3 Credits
  • BTC 516 Special Studies 3 Credits
  • BTC 520 Cell Dynamics, Cell Cycle and Cell Death; Gene Mapping in Phages, and Bacteria 3 Credits
  • BTC 521 Genetically Modified (GM) Crops, Biosafety and Intellectual Property Rights 3 Credits

Subtotal 3 Credits

Total 9 Credits

NOTE: The courses and curriculum are subject to changes to keep pace with changing requirements of local, regional and global educational and business environments.

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