Master of Science (Life Science) – Plant Systematics by Research

“The country has a big shortage of plant taxonomists. This is a research program that is designed to lay foundation for specialization in Plant Systematics and inculcate passion for Field Taxonomy.”

For whom?

The conservation world and the natural products industry have a big shortage of trained plant taxonomists. The course syllabus is designed in such a way that it imparts the theoretical knowledge along with extensive field and practical exposure. Young minds who have deep interest in plant life, enjoy trekking, have keen eyes to identify minute plant characteristics and are interested in molecular studies and evolutionary biology should apply for this program.


Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences / Agricultural Sciences


Charges will be as per University Norms for the Post Graduate Courses

Fellowships for meritorious students

A small number of full scholarship of Rs 10,000 pm is available for those selected through a competitive process.

Career opportunities

Students may acquire knowledge and skills suitable for a wide range of applications and careers in government organisations, industry, research centres, museums and botanical gardens, NGOs and field based conservation organizations in India and abroad. The course will help students who want to engage in Ph.D/ research in areas like taxonomy, molecular systematics, ecology, evolution, or applied conservation.

Duration and Credits of the Course

The minimum duration of Master of Science (Life Science) Plant Systematics by Research is 2 years program. This is a 75 credit program with 25 credits for course-work and 50 credits for project work (guided by mentors).

Focus of Coursework

  • Plant Systematics
  • Molecular Systematics
  • Statistics and Bioinformatics
  • Theory of Research Frontiers in Evolutionary Biology
  • Introduction to Conservation Biology

Online facility will be used for lectures. Class room will be used for discussions. Practical, assignment and field work will be given great deal of emphasis.

Focus of Field work

Field work will develop skills in plant systematics and understanding various dimensions of change in bio-diversity and the environment.

Board of Studies

Kamaljit Singh Bawa, distinguished Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA is the Chair of TDU, Board of Studies.

Facility @ TDU

National Herbarium of medicinal botanical of India, Raw Drug Repository, Ethno-Medicinal Garden with more than 1500 native medicinal plants, Nursery, Lab facilities, Library, Hostel, Canteen and WiFi.

Frequency of admission

Twice a year (August and December)

Competitive Selection Process

Selection will be based on:

  • Academic credentials
  • A short note spelling out the reasons for wanting to enroll in this program.
  • Previous achievements that the applicant feels proud of
  • Hobbies of the applicant
  • Two reference letters from faculty working in college/research institute who know you reasonably well.
  • Personal interview

How to Apply

Download the application form below.

Fill up the application form and send it to the address mentioned below along with Rs 500 /- through online transfer OR DD/ Cheque in the favour of “ITD-HST” General Fund” payable at Bangalore.


The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology
(A Karnataka State Private University)
74/2 Jarakabande Kaval, Post Attur, Yelahanka, Bengaluru
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