Academic Programmes

SBT offers both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Biotechnology.

M.Sc. (Biotechnology)

The students are admitted to the M.Sc. program on the basis of an All-India entrance examination conducted by JNU on behalf of 34 universities (where M.Sc. in Biotechnology program is supported by DBT) of the country. It has been hailed as one of the most promising Master's programme offered in the country. The programme is supported by DBT and the total current intake of students at the SBT is 31.


In addition to the theory courses, the programme places particular emphasis on practical training. The M.Sc. students undertake a 2-semester research project work to orient them towards research in diverse areas of Biotechnology. Students also participate in seminars to enhance their communication and comprehension skills.

Ph.D. (Biotechnology)

The competitive and vibrant Ph.D. programme in basic and applied biotechnology embarks on creating a strong academic research foundation in the following cutting-edge areas of Biotechnology:

• Molecular biology and Genetic engineering
• Molecular biology of infectious diseases
• Immunology
• Protein Engineering, Protein stability, conformation and folding
• Biochemical engineering, optimization of recombinant protein production and Metabolic Engineering
• Transcription control and gene regulation in prokaryotic and mammalian systems
• Structural biology and bioinformatics
• Molecular basis of human viral diseases 
• Molecular Cell biology
• Cancer cell biology: Diagnostics and vaccines


The students secure admission to the Ph.D. program of the School after qualifying an All-India entrance examination and viva-voce. Students having qualified for Junior Research Fellowship of UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR are shortlisted directly for interview. Students having 2 years of post M.Sc. research experience/M.Phil degree with publications are considered for direct admission after qualifying in an interview. The total number of students presently registered in the Ph.D. program is 55. There are currently 16 faculty members in the School of Biotechnology. The mission of our multi- and inter-disciplinary doctoral programme is to train outstanding students in basic and applied research. Students have numerous opportunities to pursue active research projects and gain experience working with state-of-the-art instrumentation. This experience is invaluable for the intellectual development of the students and in their subsequent search for faculty and scientist positions in the Universities, Research Institutes and the Biotechnology industry both in India and abroad.

Extramural Research Funding


The faculty members have continuously been able to attract extramural funding from different scientific agencies and biotechnology industry for running various research projects. This has also contributed immensely in building up adequate infrastructure for advanced research.