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If I want to become a researcher after a Biotechnology degree, what are the options I have?

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RE: If I want to become a researcher after a Biotechnology degree, what are the options I have?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
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Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
  • Chandigarh
To become a researcher in biotechnology , one needs to have doctoral qualification in biotechnology. however specialized training in biotechnology commence after successfully completing plus two or equivalent examination in the science stream- physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology by taking admission in bachelor of engineering in biotechnology or bachelor of science -biotechnology. admission is through an entrance test. master of science in biotechnology is being offered by a large number pf universities with admission being through a written test. eligibility for joining the mater's degree biotechnology programme in the university is a bachelor's degree in biological/ physical/ agricultural / veterinary science or in engineering/ medicine or forestry/ fisheries.some of top institutes offering bachelor of technology in biotechnology -

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KHARAGPUR, MADRAS, GUWAHATI , ROORKEE
ANNA UNIVERSITY , CHENNAI
DELHI UNIVERSITY , DELHI
MANIPAL UNIVERSITY
VIT UNIVERSITY, VELLORE
UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI
COCHIN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY , KOCHI
WEST BENGAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY , KOLKATA
M.Sc biotechnology programmes at
UNIVERSITY OF ALLAHABAD
BANARAS HINU UNIVERSITY , VARANSI
DEVI AHILYA VISHWAVIDYALAYA, INDORE
GB PANT UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY, PANTNAGAR
GOA UNIVERSITY , GOA
GURU NANAK DEV UNIVERSITY , AMRITSAR
UNIVERSITY OF HYDERABAD
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY , NEW DELHI
MDS UNIVERSITY OF BARODA, VADODRA
UNIVERSITY OF MYSORE
PANJAB UNIVERSITY CHANDIGARH
PUNE UNIVERSITY
Research facilities are available at most of the above named universities and other premier scientific institutions across the country such as Indian council for Agricultural research , New Delhi etc.

RE: If I want to become a researcher after a Biotechnology degree, what are the options I have?

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
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PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Hello there


Thank you for choosing Mera career guide and writing to us. It is with immense pleasure, I can guide you through this considering that I am a Biotechnology graduate as well. To begin a research career, you need to have either completed a Masters in Biotechnology like the MTech or the MSc Biotech or should have completed a PhD in Biotechnology. Lots of students think, only a PhD can get you a research career and this assumption is totally wrong. However this is a slight difference between the type of research careers that you can pursue with a masters degree in biotech and a PhD degree in Biotech. I shall explain it in detail below.

1. MSc/ MTech Biotechnology: There is also an option to pursue research career with a masters in Biotech like the MSc or MTech. Generally students have two options three options to choose after this masters. One, a job at any biotech/pharma company, Two, further education like the PhD and three, work at Research and development (R&D) departments at industries involving manufacturing new medicines or life products. For example, a MSc Mtech Biotech graduate can work at the Research and development division at pharmaceuticals like Sun Pharma, Dr Reddy's lab or Glaxo Smithkline company at their research divisions. A minimum of Masters in Biotech degree is required to be qualified for research jobs at these corporate level. But the main criteria that to be noted here is, these graduates are often not allowed to design their own research proposal or protocol. They are required to follow what was designed by their seniors at the field, may be someone who holds a PhD or is already at a manager level. But a PhD graduate in Biotechnology can be allowed to design a own research protocol and carry their research, that is the difference.

2. PhD Biotechnology: As said above, a PhD candidate can design their own research experiment and carry the research with their sub-ordinates. And these sub-ordinates are the Masters degree holders in Biotech. To study a PhD, you can do the following
1. Complete 10th class
2. Complete 12th class
3. Pass a Bachelors in Biotechnology
4. Pass a Masters in Biotechnology
Remember until this point you are required to have a minimum of 60% or above in all the degree qualifications.
5. UGC-NET score for being eligible to apply for a PhD.
6. UGC-JRF score is required in case you are seeking monthly stipend through out the completing of your PhD.
You can consider the list of universities written by Counsellor Preethi Taneja in the previous post for applying PhD Biotechnology. Completing this PhD, you can conduct and set your own protocol for research either at universities or corporates.

All the best.

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