There are a large number of masters programmes being offered by more than 100 universities and academic institutions across the country. It has now become necessary to pursue masters course before one can think of a job or research options in life sciences. Getting a good institute/university largely depends upon ones level of preparation which ultimately decides the future of students.
Some of the leading institutions for MSc Courses include IITs, JNU, DU, MKU, BHU, Hyderabad University, TIFR, IISERs etc. Apart from regular M.Sc. Programmes, some of the institutions also offer Integrated PhD Programmes that may be pursued by those who are willing to choose a career in research. For some of the courses such as M.Sc. Biotechnology, a common entrance test is conducted by JNU for more than 30 universities across India. Similarly for all IITs, NITs, IISERs a common entrance IIT-JAM is preferred, while many universities conduct their own exams for various courses such as Biochemical Technology in MKU, Forensic Science in DU, Biomedical Sciences at ACBR, Plant Molecular Biology in DU, Genetics at DU. Jamia Milia Islamia offers MSc in Clinical Research, Jamia Hamdard in MSc Toxicology and M.Sc. Human Physiology courses. For all such courses, preparation based on understanding of all basic subjects in life science is required.