MS Biology


Department of Biology offers an MS Program with two streams of specialization: Molecular & Cell Biology and Bioinformatics. These programs 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 programs 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 Programs 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.


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. This “Thesis” option is encouraged for those students who are keen to pursue their PhD degree afterwards. Students not wanting to carry out research work may also choose the “Non-Thesis” option; such students will still need to accumulate 30 credits to graduate. Students opting for the “Non-Thesis” option will be required to take additional courses which must also include writing a review paper.

Advance Molecular & Cell Biology 3 Advance Biochemistry 3
Advance Methods in Biology 4 Computational Biology 3
Fundamentals of Molecular Techniques 3 Mechanisms of Transcription 4
    Literature in MCB (Seminars) 1
  10   11
Genetics and Genomics 3 Thesis 3
Literature Review (non-thesis*)/Thesis 3    
Electives** (non-thesis) 3    
  9   3

* 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)

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

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

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2018 Admissions

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme. Meeting this criteria does not guarantee 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 application form along with all supporting documents
  4. Interview Performance (if applicable)

Academic Requirements for Fall 2018 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 Masters) degree from national or foreign institutions that are accredited or recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

Applicants applying to the MS Programme in Biology must have their Bachelor’s (or Masters) 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.

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 who have obtained their degrees from institutions that are not listed with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, will be required to obtain an equivalence certificate from HEC. For further information please visit:

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions


Foreign nationals are required to take the GRE General Test as well as the GRE Subject Test in Biology or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA. GRE (General) and GRE Subject test taken on or after April 08, 2013 will be considered valid. The deadline to take GRE (General) and GRE Subject Test is April 08, 2018. For further information; please visit


Please also note that 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.

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions


Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before March 20, 2018; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before March 21, 2018.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of  $71 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes)

Payment Procedure

International applicants are required to make a payment for the Application Processing Fee through a Bank Draft drawn in favour of Lahore University of Management Sciences. For further details regarding Fee payment options  Click here

Proof of Payment

Applicants are required to send original Bank Draft along with all other required documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline. Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope containing their supporting documents before sending it to the LUMS Admissions Office.

Interview performance

Short listed applicants may be requested to appear for an interview.


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.

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

It's important for us to get a complete and accurate picture of your academic history. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

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

Candidates holding only a Bachelor’s degree of less than four years’ duration will be required to produce an equivalence certificate of completion of 16 years of education issued by the HEC.

HEC is Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission, an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.

HEC is now 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.

The HEC has also facilitated in the development of higher educational system in the country with a primary purpose of upgrading the universities and colleges in the country to stand as the focal points of the high learning of education, research, and development.

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.

The International applicants are required to pay their fees in Pakistani Rupees through a bank draft made in favor of Lahore University of Management Sciences to be issued by their home country’s bank as per amount mentioned on their Tuition/Hostel Fees Vouchers. No other mode of payment will be acceptable.

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

Applications submitted after the deadlines are not accepted.

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 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.

Lahore University of Management Sciences has always welcomed international students. Hospitality has been embedded in the culture of Pakistan. You will not be a foreigner in Pakistan. You will experience both modernism and tradition as it is one of the safest and most stable countries in the region.

The medium of instructions is English and the environment is very supportive for international students.

In order to study at LUMS, foreign nationals must obtain a “Study Visa” from the Pakistani Embassy/Consulate working in their country. The Pakistani Embassy/Consulate will only issue a study visa for students’ stay at LUMS upon receipt of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan’s “No Objection Certificate” and Clearance from the Ministry of Interior, Pakistan.

For the issuance of Visa, students must submit the following documents to the LUMS Admissions Office through postal mail/ courier service by the stipulated deadline. These documents are mandatory for the processing of visa application:

I.Signed copy of Admission Offer Letter

II.Payment of Tuition/Hostel dues through a bank Draft (if any)

III.Completely filled “Student’s Information Sheet” for the issuance of NOC from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. 

a.       Note: No Objection Certificate (NOC) is issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan; which is a mandatory requirement for LUMS enrollment and Visa processing.

IV.Three (3) copies of completely filled and duly signed “Visa Form” (all pages) to get necessary visa clearance from the Ministry of Interior, Pakistan.

a.       Note: Please carefully read instructions given in the Visa application form and send it to LUMS through courier service by the due deadline. Form is available on the Ministry of Interior’s website ( ). The form must be duly filled in with contacts/addresses of the applicant both in Home country and Pakistan.

V.Six (6) Original Photographs

VI.Complete copy of Passport

VII.Any other document required by the MOI for the issuance of Visa

VIII.Academic Records-Certified Photocopies of:

IX.Secondary School (O levels/ 10th Grade or any Equivalent Degree)

X.Post Secondary (A Levels/ IB/ American High School or any equivalent degree)

XI.All academic transcripts/certificates (Secondary, Post Secondary, Bachelors, Masters or any other qualification)

XII.Copy of certificate of provisional grade point average

XIII.Copy of English Proficiency Certificate

XIV.Nomination/Recommendation Letter from University

XV.Copy of Medical Certificate