Madurai Kamaraj University

(University with Potential for Excellence)

M.Sc. - Genomics

(Course offered by

School of Biological Sciences,

Madurai Kamaraj University)



Genomics is an important discipline in biological, biomedical, industrial and agricultural sciences and provides the global information on genetic factors and the genomic processes which in turn are related to the phenotype of organisms. Genomics also involves a series of unbiased assays and approaches to understand the complexity and diversity of genomes. Genomics approaches are expected to provide solutions in biomedical research by creating possibilities to new therapies for genetic and pathogen borne diseases. Because of its immediate and considerable impact on global health, there is demand for highly qualified and trained manpower in the field of Genomics.

Therefore, Post-Graduate course “M.Sc. Genomics” had been started from the Academic year 2002 onwards in the School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University. M.Sc Genomics is the first of its kind in the country and is being well recognized at national and international level. The outgoing students of M.Sc., Genomics were highly successful in finding the right opportunities. Ninety percentage of the M.Sc. Genomics students pursue their higher education through Ph.D., and the remaining take job in academic institutes or biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

M.Sc. course on “Genomics” was initiated as a part of the “Centre with Potential for Excellence in Genomic Sciences” programme of Xth plan initiatives of the University Grants Commission. By considering the national level recognition and demand for the course, UGC supported this programme in the XIth plan period also. The Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, came forward to up-grade the PG and research programmes in School of Biological Sciences through the DBT-MKU Interdisciplinary Life Science Programme for Advanced Research and Education (DBT-MKU-IPLS). Thus the M.Sc. Genomics programme has been upgraded. (This upgradation includes: i) increase in the number of students admitted to the course, ii) upgradation of laboratory, instrumentation and class room facility to accommodate the increased student intake, and iii) establishment of state-of-the art core equipment facility for the education and research in the focused area of the programme, “Disease Diagnostics and Therapeutics”. This upgradation is financially supported by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.

Students with high academic standards in Bachelors degree are selected through a national level entrance test conducted by the University. This course pattern with an orientation towards basic and applied research in Genomic Sciences which provide opportunity to the students with an ambition of becoming scientists of international standard. The students joining this course are taught fundamental subjects as well as the basic and applied aspects of Genomics in the initial two years.


Every year, call for the admission of M.Sc.Genomics will be advertised during December second week through leading national newspapers and in the following websites of Madurai Kamaraj University and School of Biological Sciences (,  &,

Candidates who have successfully completed Bachelor degree in any branch of Life Sciences (Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Genetics or equivalent), Physical and Chemical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry), Medicine, Veterinary and Agriculture from any recognized Indian or Foreign University, with 55% marks or equivalent are eligible to apply for the Integrated M.Sc. – Ph.D. in Genomics course. Students with B.Tech. Degrees in Biotechnology, Computer Science, Information Technology and Bioinformatics, with Biology at +2 levels are also eligible.


Students with high academic standards in Bachelors degree will be selected through a national level entrance test conducted by the University in the month of March. This screening test will be conducted at 8 different centers across the country. Among the applicants, the candidates will be short-listed based on their score in the national level screening test. The short-listed candidates will be further screened by interview / seminar / discussion held at Madurai Kamaraj University during the second week of May. Thus the selection of candidates is based on their score in the national level screening test and their performance in the interview. The selection list will be published in June and the course will commence in July every year.

Every year, a maximum of 20 students will be admitted for the integrated M.Sc.- Ph.D., in Genomics. Among these 20 seats, 40% of seats are reserved for students from other states. The remaining 60% of the seats are allotted to the students from Tamil Nadu following the Tamil Nadu Government’s reservation policy.


The M.Sc. Genomics course would be conducted under CBCS system (please refer CBCS guidelines of the University). The course Coordinator and the Departmental council decide all about the course structure and implementation. The core papers will be offered during the first three semesters as major papers. The elective papers will be offered in any semester depending on the workload of the teachers and the number of other papers stipulated during that period.  The existing semester-wise course allotment is as follows:

Semester – I
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Microbiology & Biochemistry  
Biophysics and Computations 
Lab in Molecular Biology and Genetics
Lab in Microbiology and Biochemistry
Semester – II
Gene cloning & Biotechnology (Recombinant DNA Technology)
Microbial Genomics
Lab in Gene cloning & Biotechnology (Recombinant DNA Technology)
Lab in Immunology

Semester – III
Human Genomics
Plant Genomics
Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Lab in Genomics and Proteomics
Lab in Computer Application and Bioinformatics
Semester - IV
Project work in Genomics
Seminar & Comprehensive viva-voce
Elective Courses:
Cell Biology
Computational Biology
Molecular and Cellular Physiology      
Genomics of Biodiversity 
Computational Genomics
Industrial biotechnology

The course structure and syllabus of M.Sc. Genomics, which were approved by the Department Council of School of Biological Sciences and Academic council and Senate of Madurai Kamaraj University, are adopted and implemented for the first two years of the integrated M.Sc. – Ph.D. Genomics course. Additional elective courses could be offered in modern areas like Metagenomics, Cellular Genomics, Genomic Medicine, Molecular Diagnostics, Pharmacogenomics, Epigenomics, Therapeutics, etc.


On receipt of intimation of provisional selection, candidates should pay the prescribed fees.  Selected candidates who do not pay their fees within the time specified on the admission intimation will forfeit the seats offered. Any fees and excess fee once paid will not be refunded or adjusted or transferred under any circumstances. The fee structure of the Madurai Kamaraj University would be followed as below:

  1. Tuition fees Rs.1,200/-  (per year) or (Rs. 650/- per semester)          
  2. Laboratory fees Rs. 4,000/-   (per semester)  
  3. Special fees (per year) as follows:
  1. Library   Rs.150/-
  2. Magazine   Rs.  50/-
  3. World University Service   Rs.  10/- 
  4. Games   Rs.120/-
  5. Student Aid Fund Rs.  10/-
  6. Examination Stationary Rs.  90/-   
  7. Identity Card  Rs.  25/-
  8. Youth Activities   Rs.  35/-
  9. Admission fee  Rs.  55/-
  10. Caution Deposit Rs.350/-
  11. Infrastructure Facilities   Rs.  90/-
  12. Computer & internet utility fee Rs.600/-


For Details please contact:

Dr. M. Hussain Munavar
Centre for Excellence in Genomic Sciences
School of Biological Sciences
Madurai Kamaraj University
Madurai 625 021

Phone: 0452-2458212, 2458210