Biotechnology is a science of harnessing the useful characteristics of biological processes and enabling them with wide and diverse applications. It has large, highly profitable, modern industrial outlets of great value to society e.g., DNA recombinant technology, most revolutionary branch of the modern science and have a profound impact on medicine, contributing to the diagnostics and cure of hereditary defects and serious disease and the development of new biopharmaceutical drugs and vaccines for human and animal use. It also deals with the modification of microorganisms, plants and farm animals for improved and tailored food production and to increased opportunities for environmental remediation and protection. The field is further exemplified with the industrial production of enzymes like proteases, amylases, celluloses and lipases, industrial manufacturing plants for milk and milk products, alcohols, organic acids, antibiotics, vitamins, growth promoting factors and monoclonal antibodies. Graduates of MS Biotechnology usually get employment in pharmaceutical and food industries of Pakistan. Opportunities are available in clinical laboratories, research and teaching Institutions.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES (PEOs)

  PEO-1The MS Biotechnologist will utilize and apply knowledge of biotechnology and laboratory experience to provide quality product and serve bio- based industry especially biotechnological industries.
  PEO-2The graduates will contribute competently by applying biological and technical approaches in professional career and can explore business opportunities in the bio-based industry.
  PEO-3The graduates will identify and analyze the biological research questions use biotechnological approaches towards the solutions of the problems.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES (PLOs)

  PLO-1Cognitive Knowledge

Understand the principles and practices of biotechnology.

  PLO-2Information and Computer Literacy

Be up to date with the current scientific literature, computer programs and web information related to biotechnology.

  PLO-3Experimental Skills

Be trained in technical skills in biotechnology.

  PLO-4Critical Thinking

Think and solve problems in the field of biotechnology.

  PLO-5Scientific Communication

Communicate effectively with biotech and other interdisciplinary professionals.

  PLO-6Professional attitude

Work within the interdisciplinary framework.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • 16 years qualification BS (4 years) or M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, other related subjects, or medical graduates (MBBS/DVM/BDS) or Pharm D. with the minimum GPA of 2.0 or equivalent.
  • MAJU Admission Test/NTS GAT
  • Interview

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

For MS Biotechnology degree, it is required to successfully complete 30 credit hours with minimum CGPA of 2.5 on scale of 4.0. Completion of defined Research. The course details are mentioned below:

AREACr. Hrs.
Core Courses12
Electives12
Research Thesis06

DURATION

MS Biotechnology is two years program comprising of 4 semesters. Each year is comprised of a Fall and a Spring semester. The maximum duration to complete MS in Biotechnology is 4 years.

Core Courses (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Course TitleCourse CodeCr. Hrs.
Research Methods in BiotechnologyBT50103
Advances in Cell and Molecular BiologyBI50603
Techniques in BiotechnologyBI50303
BiostatisticsBI50203

Elective Courses (12 Cr. Hrs.)

Course TitleCourse CodeCr. Hrs.
Advances in DNA Recombinant TechnologyBT50203
Advances in GenomicsBT50403
BioinformaticsBI50103
Microbial BiotechnologyBT51103
Cancer BiologyBT51203
Advances in Health BiotechnologyBT51303
Protein Engineering and Enzyme TechnologyBT51503
Metabolic Engineering and BiofuelsBT51603
Advances in Protein ChemistryBT51703
Advances in Molecular DiagnosticsBT51803
Biochemical PharmacologyBT51903
Advances in Plant Tissue CultureBT52003
Advances in ProteomicsBI50113
Synthetic BiologyBT52203
Advances in Environmental BiotechnologyBT52303
BioentrepreneurshipBI60303
Genomic MedicineBI50153

Research Thesis/Project (06 Cr. Hrs.)

Course TitleCourse CodeCr. Hrs.
Research Thesis-IBT50503
Research Thesis-IIBI50703

SCHEME OF STUDIES

Semester 1

Course TitleCourse CodeCr. Hrs.
Research Methods in BiotechnologyBT50103
Advances in Cell and Molecular BiologyBT50603
BiostatisticsBI50203

Semester 2

Course TitleCourse CodeCr. Hrs.
Techniques in BiotechnologyBT50303
Electives-IXXXXXX3
Electives-IIXXXXXX3

Semester 3

Course TitleCourse CodeCr. Hrs.
Research Thesis-IBT50503
Electives-IIIXXXXXX3

Semester 4

Course TitleCourse CodeCr. Hrs.
Research Thesis-IIBT50703
Electives-IVXXXXXX3