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RGCB Masters Degree in Biotechnology 2024-2026

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In July 2019, RGCB launched a highly innovative two year MSc Program (four semesters) in Biotechnology with two unique specializations - Disease Biology, and Genetic Engineering. The MSc program of RGCB is affiliated to the Regional Centre for Biotechnology an “Institution of National Importance” providing education, training and research established by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO, a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris.

The MSc program at RGCB is unique, as the training is set in a vibrant research environment. It covers the fundamental fields of theories in Biotechnology, while focusing on laboratory exercises and industrial as well as research applications. This programme is expected to feed into the PhD programme of RGCB and other National Institutes in India and Abroad, encouraging the students to take up further studies that lead to a career in scientific research, development, innovation and teaching. The students are also introduced to the concepts of “Enterprise and Entrepreneurship”. This allows students who wish for a career beyond the laboratory in an existing biotechnology industry or for those who dream of starting a new biotechnology enterprise. Students get trained in a real business & technology development bio- incubator where startup companies function.


  1. All candidates must have a valid GAT-B score.
  2. Students with valid GAT-B score must also have 60% aggregate marks (or an equivalent grade point average) in Bachelor's degree in any branch of Science, Engineering, or Medicine are eligible to apply. Students from the SC, ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), and PWD categories shall be given a relaxation of 5% aggregate marks. Students in the final year of their qualifying degree program are also eligible to apply provided that they produce a proof of having secured the required marks in their undergraduate degree program at the time of admission. Also please upload the previous semester/year mark sheet of your Bachelor degree.
  3. The final selection of the students will be done based on the Rank/Score in the GAT-B examination and the cutoff mark fixed by RGCB for each category.
  4. RGCB MSc Biotechnology programme will be for two years inclusive of four semesters. We offer 20 seats for an academic year. Selected students are trained in various disciplines of core sciences in the first year. In the second year they will be offered two specializations
    1. Disease Biology
    2. Genetic Engineering

    Each stream has ten seats. A student can opt any of these specialisation. But if the students option goes beyond ten for a particular stream, the final allotment will be done based on the marks secured in the first two semesters.


  • Disease Biology
  • Genetic Engineering



RGCB Masters Degree in Biotechnology will be for two years inclusive of four semesters.


All Students admitted to the MSc program shall receive ₹ 6000 per month in the first year and ₹ 8000/- in the second year of the MSc program.


There shall be reservation of seats for students from the SC, ST, OBC, PWD and Economically backward categories as per the rules and regulations of the Government of India.

Documents required for MSc admission

Selected students should produce the following Certificates in person at RGCB, Office of Academic Affairs at the time of joining.

  1. TC & Conduct Certificate
  2. Migration certificate
  3. Birth Certificate
  4. Degree Semester Mark Sheet
  5. Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate
  6. Valid Reservation Certificate

RGCB Hostel facilities

RGCB student hostels offers twin, shared bedroom accommodation. Each bedroom is fully furnished and students have access to a shared en suite bathroom, shared laundry, TV lounge as well as common cooking and food storage facilities. Electricity and water are included in the utility charges. The maximum tenure in the hostel for MSc students is two years from the date of joining. Students can have their meals from the RGCB Cafeteria, which is open from 8 am to 9 pm Monday thru Saturdays, and from 9 am till 1 pm on Sundays.


Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB),
Thycaud Post, Poojappura,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 014, Kerala, India
+91-471-2529400 | 2347975 | 2348753

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Last Updated on: June 14, 2024
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