MS Biology

Overview

Department of Biology offers an MS Programme with two streams of specialization: Molecular & Cell Biology and Bioinformatics. These programmes comprise of a modern curriculum including Molecular & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Signaling, Genetics and Genomics, Advanced Methods in Biology and Computational Biology for MCB stream; and Biostatistics, Computational Biology, Topics in System Biology, Advanced Methods in Biology, Protein Informatics and Computational Genomics for the Bioinformatics stream. In addition to these courses there is a list of elective courses for the both streams. Didactic as well as problem-based learning approaches including seminars will be employed for imparting theoretical knowledge to students while hands-on training in experimental aspects will be carried out in state-of the-art labs. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue independent research that is supervised by top-notch faculty members that are engaged in basic as well as translational research. For their research work, students will have an extensive menu of topics to choose from which include: Structural biology, antiviral drug discovery, vaccine research, Cancer research, cell cycle, stem cells, cell signaling, epigenetics, plant disease resistance, regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, genome evolution, computational biology and virology. Students may also design research projects in other (or newly emerging) areas after consulting with the relevant faculty members who have expertise in those areas.

The programmes are designed to not only expose students to recent advancements in Molecular & Cellular biology and Bioinformatics but to also instill in them the ability to critically review and evaluate scientific literature. Our MS graduates are expected to find jobs in academic institutions and corporations within Pakistan and abroad; those wanting to further their education will be able to secure admission in PhD Programmes in LUMS or other top-tier universities on fully-funded scholarships.

* The medium of instruction at LUMS is English for all degree programmes offered. Assessments are accepted in English only.

Structure

To graduate, students must obtain a total of 30 credit hours from which 24 are to be derived from courses and 6 from thesis research or additional courses/review in case of non-thesis option. The “Thesis” option is encouraged for the students who are keen to pursue their PhD degree. Students may also choose the “Non-Thesis” option; such students will be required to take additional courses and must write a review paper.

Molecular and Cell Biology Stream

Fall (Year 1) Credits Spring (Year 1) Credits
Advanced Methods in Biology 3 Advanced Biochemistry 3
Computational Biology 3 Cell Signaling 3
Advanced Molecular & Cell Biology 3 Genetics and Genomics 3
  9   9
Fall (Year 2) Credits Spring (Year 2) Credits
Elective 1 3 Elective 2 3
Thesis I/ Literature Review (non-thesis)* 3 Thesis II/ Literature Review (non-thesis)* 3
  6   6

Bioinformatics Stream

Fall (Year 1) Credits Spring (Year 1) Credits
Advanced Methods in Biology 3 Advanced Biochemistry 3
Computational Biology 3 Cell Signaling 3
Biostatistics 3 Genetics and Genomics 3
  9   9
Fall (Year 2) Credits Spring (Year 2) Credits
Elective 1 3 Elective 2 3
Thesis I/ Literature Review (non-thesis)* 3 Thesis II/ Elective 3(non-thesis)*  3
  6   6

* Students pursuing MS (non-thesis) option will have to take a Literature Review course supervised by a Faculty and write a review paper
**MS (non-thesis) must enroll in an elective course

Important Dates

MS (Computer Science / Electrical Engineering / Mathematics / Physics / Biology / Chemistry)

ActivityDate
Online Application Deadline (PST)
01 Apr 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
02 Apr 2020
Online Application Deadline (PST) -- LUMS UG Continuing Students
01 Apr 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents - LUMS UG Continuing Students
02 Apr 2020
LGAT & SBASSE Subject Test for MS/PhD
12 Apr 2020
Deadline to take GRE
12 Apr 2020
Admission decisions
01 Jul 2020 to 31 Jul 2020
Notes: 

The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting www.lums.edu.pk periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme.

The Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) offers MS Programme in Biology of two years’ duration.

Admission is purely merit-based and rests solely on the following criteria:

  1. Academic record;
  2. Performance in the Admission Tests;
  3. Completed and submitted application form and supporting documents by the stipulated deadline;
  4. Interview Performance (if called)

Note:

This is the minimum criteria that applicants need to fulfil in order to be eligible to apply. Fulfilment of this criteria does not guarantee admission to LUMS.

Academic Requirements for Fall 2020 Admissions

A minimum of 16 years of education is required for applying to the MS Programme in Biology.

Applicants are expected to have obtained their Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree from the National or Foreign institutions that are accredited or recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. Applicants who have obtained their degrees from institutions that are not listed with the HEC, Pakistan, will be required to obtain an Equivalence Certificate from the HEC. For further information, please visit: www.hec.gov.pk.

As a minimum academic performance, all applicants must have a CGPA of at least 2.4 (on a scale of 4) or at least 60% marks in all university-level degrees (i.e. 4 years Bachelor’s degree or 2 years BSc. degree and 2 years MSc. degree). Applicants with professional degrees (including, MBBS, BDS, Pharm-B) must have Second Division or above in order to be considered eligible for the MS Programme.

Applicants applying to the MS Programme in Biology must have their Bachelor’s (or Master's) degree in any one of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Other closely related discipline

Applicants may also have the following degrees:

  • MBBS
  • BDS
  • Pharm-D

Note:

Applicants completing their last degree by June 30, 2020 are also eligible to apply for MS Programme if they are meeting all minimum admission requirements at the time of submission of application.

Please note applicants need to provide the final official transcript by June 30, 2020 or they will not be considered for admission in MS programme.

Admission Eligibility Criteria for LUMS SBASSE Continuing Students

BS - MS Programme

LUMS BS students graduating in 2020 from SBASSE with a Subject CGPA (SCGPA) of ≥ 3.0 in their BS degree are eligible to apply.

Following are the application categories:

  1. SBASSE students who have obtained a Subject CGPA (SCGPA) of ≥ 3.0 in their BS degree are exempted from the LUMS Graduate Admissions Test (LGAT) and LUMS SBASSE Subject Test.
    The application submission deadline for this category of students is April 01, 2020. Please note that the exemption from the LGAT and LUMS Subject test will only be granted if the SCGPA ≥ 3.0 requirement is met at the time of application submission.
    Please visit the following link to apply for this program: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk
  2. SBASSE students who have obtained a Subject CGPA (SCGPA) of ≥ 3.0 (at the time of application submission) in their BS degree applying across departments will be required to take the SBASSE Subject Test in the subject they want to pursue their MS in.
    The application submission deadline for this category of students is April 01, 2020. The LUMS Graduate Admissions Test (LGAT) is waived off for this category of students but they must successfully register for LUMS SBASSE Subject Test through LUMS Online admission system on or before April 01, 2020.

​Please note that the exemption from the LGAT will only be granted if the SCGPA ≥ 3.0 requirement is met at the time of application submission.

Note:

SBASSE students with a SCGPA of < 3.0 must take LGAT and SBASSE Subject Tests. They are expected to apply through the regular admission process. The application submission deadline for this category of students is April 01, 2020.

Please visit the following link to apply https://admissions.lums.edu.pk.

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

a. Local Applicants

Applicants to the MS Programme in Biology are required to take following two (2) admissions tests in order to be considered for Fall 2020 admission:

  1. LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT); and
  2. LUMS SBASSE Subject Test in Biology

Please visit the following link to apply https://admissions.lums.edu.pk.

Exemption for applicants who have taken Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Tests

  • Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examination GRE (General) (through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA) during the last two (2) years (i.e. after April 01, 2018) and obtained an aggregate score of 300 in the quantitative and verbal sections may choose not to take the LGAT.
  • Applicants who have taken the GRE Subject Test in Biology or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA) during the last two (2) years (i.e. after April 01, 2018) and obtained a score at the 60th percentile or above may choose not to take the SBASSE Subject Test in Biology.

b. International Applicants

Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take following two (2) admissions tests in order to be considered for Fall 2020 admission:

  1. GRE - General Test; and
  2. GRE - Subject Test in Biology or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

For GRE registration, please visit www.ets.org.

GRE scores must be reported to LUMS officially from the testing agency. The college code for reporting GRE (General) and GRE Subject Test scores to LUMS is 0679.

Note:

  • LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT) is comprised of Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical sections.
  • The LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT) and the SBASSE Subject Test in Biology for Fall 2020 admission will be held ONLY ONCE on April 12, 2020.
  • LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test Scores will be valid only for One (1) academic year.
  • The LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test scores will be used for application evaluation, hence will not be disclosed to applicants.

Subject Test Guidelines:

Please visit the following link; Subject Test Guidelines

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before April 01, 2020; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at http://admissions.lums.edu.pk. In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before April 02, 2020.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 1200 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of Rs. 1000 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • The application processing fee of $81 for International applicants (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).
  • The application processing and LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of $89 for International applicants (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes).

Payment Procedure

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher.  For further details regarding Fee payment options Click here

Proof of Payment

A stamped copy of the payment voucher or a confirmation email of an online banking transaction constitutes proof of payment. Applicants are required to send a copy of payment proof along with all other required supporting documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline.

Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope before sending it to the LUMS Office of Admissions. Applications or documents received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.
 

Interview Performance

Shortlisted applicants may be called for an interview.

FAQs

Please visit the following link for the minimum eligibility criteria; https://admission.lums.edu.pk/graduate-programmes

Test Registration Cards and instructions will be posted to the applicants' secure online application account and an email message will alert applicants that the Test Registration Card has been posted. It will be posted on applicants' online account one week before the test date.

You should submit all your transcripts latest by the document submission deadline. Copy of your degree can be submitted later.

Yes, financial aid is available on need basis.

You should apply for financial aid while submitting your online application. The application form for the financial assistance is within the online admission application.

The recommendation letters can be from a faculty member who has had a reasonable opportunity to evaluate you academically.

If an applicant is unable to view his/her Test Registration Card despite completing all the requirements then he/she can write to us at helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk.

You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your online application.

Applications submitted after the deadlines are not accepted.

After the successful submission of the online application form you will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher. Please print the fee voucher for making payments at Allied Bank Branches throughout Pakistan. The voucher can be paid:

  • In cash by presenting the payment voucher along with the requisite amount at any Allied Bank branch throughout Pakistan.

It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. No changes can be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

In truly exceptional circumstances the Graduate Programme Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case to case basis.

Final Admission decision will be communicated through an official letter; however, you can check your application status through your online account. Regretfully, we are unable to provide information regarding your application status by telephone or e-mail.

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

A Foreign national who is not of Pakistani origin and does not have a Pakistani passport/NICOP/CNIC is eligible to apply to LUMS under its International Student Programme. Applicants holding dual nationality out of which one is Pakistani are not eligible to apply through LUMS International Student Programme.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.
HEC is responsible for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standards as well as providing accrediting academic degrees, development of new institutions, and uplift of existing institutions in Pakistan.

LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for International students.

Admission in LUMS MS Programme is purely merit based and there are no quotas.