M.Phil. in Life Sciences

Jawaharlal Nehru University
In New Delhi

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New Delhi
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi , 110067, Delhi, India
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New Delhi
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi , 110067, Delhi, India
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Course programme

M.Phil. in Life Sciences

A student registered for an M.Phil./Ph.D.program in Life Sciences has to take pre--Ph. D. courses for the initial two semesters. For subsequent registration to the Ph. D. program, the student has to secure a minimum CGPA of 6.5 (for SC/ST and physically challenged students, the minimum CGPA requirement is 6.0) in those courses. At the end of two initial semesters, the student, in consultation with the supervisor, has to submit a synopsis of the research proposal and defend it in an open seminar. Based on the above criteria, the Special Committee of the School approves the enrollment of the student to the Ph. D. program. After sufficient amount of the research work is carried out by the student and with due approval by the supervisor, the student can submit the Ph.D. thesis. Although Ph.D. thesis can be submitted upon completion of at least 2 years of research work, normally it is between 2 to 4 years from the date of confirmation to the Ph.D. program. Under special situations, a student may apply, for consideration by the Special Committee, for an extension of one more year (5th year) to submit the Ph.D. thesis, provided the research work has been examined and recommended by an expert committee including the supervisor for this purpose. In case a student opts for an M.Phil. degree or obtains a CGPA between 6.5 and 6.0 for candidates belonging to the general category and 6.0 to 5.5 for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/PH category, the student has to carry out research work under the guidance of a designated supervisor for two semesters and submit an M.Phil. dissertation. The M.Phil./Ph.D. degrees are awarded on the basis of evaluation and recommendation of the thesis by one/two external examiners respectively from within the country followed by successful oral defense of the research work by the candidate.

Under the clause 9(a) of the Ordinance relating to the award of degree of Doctor of Philosophy, no candidate is permitted to submit his/her thesis for Ph.D. degree unless he/she has pursued a course of research at the University for not less than two years after his/her admission has been confirmed. However, with respect to candidates who had discontinued after obtaining their M.Phil. and who are readmitted by the School, the period for which such candidates had discontinued shall not be counted while calculating the period of six years as above. Under the clause 9(b), The Committee for Advanced Studies and Research on the recommendation of the School may however, subsequently accept the request of candidate whose name has been removed from the rolls of the University under sub clause (a) above to get re-enrolled and become eligible for submission of his/her thesis, provided that he/she submits his/her thesis within one year from the date of his/her enrolment.

List of courses offered in M.Phil./Ph.D.

Semester-I (Total credits: 14)

Compulsory courses

Course No.

Course Title


LS 601 Fundamental of Modern Life Sciences 3 KCU*
LS 602 Theoretical Foundation for Experiments 2 RPS*

Optional courses (Any three)

Course No.

Course Title


LS 621 Advances in Human Genetics 3 RNK
LS 622 Eukaryotic Gene Expression II 3 SKG*, KN
LS 623 Functional Genomics 3 KN*, SKG
LS 624 Advanced Animal Developmental Biology 3 SS*, SKG
LS 625 RNA Biology 3 PKY
LS 626 Molecular Biophysics 3 AKS*, SGN
LS 627 Current concepts in Immunology 3 NP
LS 628 General and Applied Microbiology 3 AKJ*, JP
LS 630 Topics in Neuroscience 3 BNM*, DS, SKJ
LS 631 Topics in Photobiology 3 BCT
LS 632 Topics in Radiation and Cancer Biology 3 RPS*, NM, ABT
LS 634 Cell Signalling 3 PCR*, SS, AB
LS 635 Physiology and Molecular Biology of Stress 3 AP*, AN
LS 636 Plant Pathogen Interaction 3 AN*, SC

LS 651 Seminar 1
LS 652 Term Paper/Review Article 1
M.Phil. dissertation 8

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