Degrees offered -

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


  • M.Sc. students are admitted on the basis of an all India entrance examination (50% of the seats) and the merit list of B. Sc. (Hons) Botany of the University of Delhi (50% of the seats).The advertisement for admissions appears in leading newspapers and on the website of the University of Delhi in the month of April. Applicants are required to register online to take the admission test.
  • M. Phil. students are admitted on the basis of Interview by duly constituted M. Phil committee.The advertisement for admission appears on the website of the University of Delhi in the month of July.
  • Ph. D. students are admitted on the basis of either having a national fellowship or an interview for the award of non-NET UGC fellowships

M. Sc. Botany


Semester I (Core Courses)

  • BOT 101 (Cell and Molecular Biology)
  • BOT 102 (Genetics and Cytogenetics)
  • BOT 103 (Physiology and Biochemistry)
  • BOT 104 (Recombinant DNA Technology and Proteomics)

Semester II (Core Courses)

  • BOT 201 (Developmental Biology)
  • BOT 202 (Systematic, Evolution and Environmental Science)
  • BOT 203 (Plant Biotechnology and Resource Utilization)
  • BOT 204 (Pathogens and Pests of Crop Plats)

Semester III (Optional courses)

  • BOT 301 (Algae, Environment & Human Welfare)
  • BOT 302 (Microbes and Microbial Technology)
  • BOT 303 (Advances in Archegoniatae)
  • BOT 304 (Principles of Ecology)
  • BOT 305 (Evolutionary Biology)
  • BOT 306 (Bioinformatics, Computational Biology& Biostatistics)
  • BOT 307 (Genomics and Proteomics)
  • BOT 308 (Immunology)

Semester IV (Optional courses plus BOT 409)

  • BOT 401: In Vitro Technologies and Industrial Applications
  • BOT 402: Reproductive Biology of Flowering Plants
  • BOT 403: Molecular Interactions of Plants with Symbionts, Pathogens and Pests
  • BOT 404: Advanced Genetics and Plants Breeding
  • BOT 405: Agricultural Ecology – Principles and Applications
  • BOT 406: Advanced Plant Systematics
  • BOT 407: Contemporary Concepts and Methods in Cell Biology
  • BOT 408: Topics in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
  • BOT 409: Dissertation (compuslory)


M. Phil.


I—Course work(one semester)

Course Title

  • 1A Topics in Physiology of Plant Growth and Development
  • 2A Topics in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • 3A Topics in Ultrastructure and Cell Biology
  • 4A Contemporary Plant Anatomy
  • 5A Current trends in Angiosperm Embryology
  • 6A Topics in Experimental Embryology
  • 7A Topics in Plant Pathology
  • 8A Population Biology
  • 9A Ecological Adaptations
  • 10A Evolutionary Cytology
  • 11A Advanced Bryology 1B to 11B Research Method Courses (Corresponding to Course No. 1A to 11A)


Ph. D. Course Work (one semester)


I—Paper 1

Review of Literature based dissertation of the subject area of research 75 marks Viva-voce and presentation 75 marks

II—Paper 2

Techniques and methodology: The examination will be based on courses taken

  • GR1-2 Theory 15 + Practical 15
  • GR3-6 Theory 40 + 20 and Practical 60
  • GR1 Effective communication, writing and biostatistics
  • GR2 Instrumentation
  • GR3 Methods for field biology (systematics, evolution, ecology and reproductive biology)
  • GR4 Methods for molecular techniques and tissue culture
  • GR5 Methods for physiology and biochemistry
  • GR6 Methods for microbiology and plant parasite interactions
  • Practical Laboratory instruction associated with GR3-6