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-1 The 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-2 The graduates will contribute competently by applying biological and technical approaches in professional career and can explore business opportunities in the bio-based industry.
  PEO-3 The graduates will identify and analyze the biological research questions use biotechnological approaches towards the solutions of the problems.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES (PLOs)

  PLO-1 Cognitive Knowledge

Understand the principles and practices of biotechnology.

  PLO-2 Information and Computer Literacy

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

  PLO-3 Experimental Skills

Be trained in technical skills in biotechnology.

  PLO-4 Critical Thinking

Think and solve problems in the field of biotechnology.

  PLO-5 Scientific Communication

Communicate effectively with biotech and other interdisciplinary professionals.

  PLO-6 Professional 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:

AREA Cr. Hrs.
Core Courses 06
Electives 18
Research Thesis 06

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 (06 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Course Code Cr. Hrs.
Research Methods in Biotechnology BT5010 3
Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology BI5060 3

Elective Courses (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Course Code Cr. Hrs.
Advances in DNA Recombinant Technology BT5020 3
Techniques in Biotechnology BT5030 3
Advances in Genomics BT5040 3
Advanced Bioinformatics BI5010 3
Advanced Biostatistics BI5020 3
Microbial Biotechnology BT5110 3
Cancer Biology BT5120 3
Advances in Health Biotechnology BT5130 3
Protein Engineering and Enzyme Technology BT5150 3
Metabolic Engineering and Biofuels BT5160 3
Advances in Protein Chemistry BT5170 3
Advances in Molecular Diagnostics BT5180 3
Biochemical Pharmacology BT5190 3
Advances in Plant Tissue Culture BT5200 3
Advances in Proteomics BI5011 3
Synthetic Biology BT5220 3
BAdvances in Environmental Biotechnology BT5230 3
Bioentrepreneurship BI6030 3
Genomic Medicine BI5015 3

Research Thesis/Project (06 Cr. Hrs.)

Course Title Course Code Cr. Hrs.
Research Thesis-I BT5050 3
Research Thesis-II BI5070 3

SCHEME OF STUDIES

Semester 1

Course Title Course Code Cr. Hrs.
Research Methods in Biotechnology BT5010 3
Advances in Cell and Molecular Biology BT5060 3
Elective-I XXXXXX 3

Semester 2

Course Title Course Code Cr. Hrs.
Electives-II XXXXXX 3
Electives-III XXXXXX 3
Electives-IV XXXXXX 3

Semester 3

Course Title Course Code Cr. Hrs.
Research Thesis-I BT5050 3
Electives-V XXXXXX 3

Semester 4

Course Title Course Code Cr. Hrs.
Research Thesis-II BT5070 3
Electives-VI XXXXXX 3
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