2 Years Master of Science Programmes

The Institute offers two-year M.Sc. programmes in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics and Applied Statistics and Informatics. Notable features of the M.Sc. programmes at this Institute are, a broad-based curriculum and course-credit system. Each course is designed as one semester course, carrying certain credits. The evaluation is based on continuous assessment throughout the semester by means of tests and quizzes. The semester-end examination is comprehensive, covering the entire course.

At the beginning of the second year, each student is assigned a two-semester project. The student is required to survey the available literature and carry out experimental/ theoretical/ computational / field work on a research level problem and submit reports in two stages. Another feature of the curriculum is the availability of courses in Engineering disciplines (including Computer Science and Engineering) and Humanities and Social Sciences. Outlines of the M.Sc. Curricula are given under the section on respective departments.

M.Sc. - Ph.D. Dual Degree Programme

The Institute also offers 7 year M.Sc.- Ph.D dual degree programmes in Environmental Science and Engineering and Operations Research, through JAM.

Financial Support for M.Sc.-Ph.D Dual Degree: Teaching Assistantship (TAship) will be provided subject to the fulfillment of academic criteria and satisfactory research progress. TAship will be provided for a maximum period of 7 years as follows:

  1. ₹6,000/- p.m. : from 1st to 4th Semester
  2. ₹31,000/- p.m. : from 5th to 8th Semester
  3. ₹35,000/- p.m. : from 9th to 14th Semester

Students who qualify the national level JRF exams conducted by UGC, CSIR, GATE, DBT and ICMR can avail of these fellowships from the commencement of Semester V. The merit-cum-means scholarships of Rs.1000/- per month along with the benefit of free tuition are awarded every year by the Institute to a maximum of 25% of students of the B.Tech., Dual Degree, five-year Integrated M.Sc. and two-year M.Sc. programmes. Another 10% of these students get the benefit of free tuition.

In addition to the above, there are several scholarships available to students joining the 2-year M.Sc. programme, on the basis of merit and merit-cum-means, instituted by private trusts and various government and semi-government organizations. The details are given in the section on respective departments. Free mess facilities for Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe students: The facilities of free mess (only basic menu) and a pocket allowance of Rs.250/- per month will be granted to eligible SC/ST students of this Institute pursuing 2-year M.Sc. programme applying Means test (income test), subject to certain conditions.
For more information and details about scholarships, see: http://www.iitb.ac.in/newacadhome/scholar.jsp

Department Profiles

Department of Biosciences & Bioengineering

Path-breaking developments in the application of engineering and technology to the biological and biomedical sciences, through Biotechnology and Biomedical engineering prompted the Institute to look for new initiatives that will further strengthen the bio-related activities in the Institute. A Senate committee addressed this issue and suggested the setting up of a School of Biosciences and Bioengineering for consolidating bio-related activities being pursued in various Science and Engineering departments in the institute. As a result of these initiatives, the School of Biosciences and Bioengineering was formally launched on March 26th 2001. The School was given the status of a Department in June 2009

The vision of the Department is to be hailed as a Centre of Excellence with an intense focus on teaching and research in the areas of molecular, structural, computational biology, biomedical engineering and bioprocess technology towards making an impact on healthcare through New Knowledge, Processes, Products and Protocols.

The programmes offered by the Department are (a) M.Sc. in Biotechnology (with financial support from DBT), (b) M.Tech in Biomedical Engineering, and (c) Ph.D. Some of the major facilities for teaching and research in Biotechnology include-Animal Cell culture facility, Radiotracer facility, HPLC, FPLC, Spectrophotometer, CD Spectrometer, Fluorimeter, PCR thermocycler, High speed and Ultracentrifuge, AFM, SPR, MALDI-TOF, X-ray diffractometer, Confocal microscopy and facilities for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research.

The Masters programme consists of four semesters and is structured such that students have course work for all four semesters including four laboratory practical courses and the M.Sc. research project in the last two semesters. All the students admitted to M.Sc. Biotechnology programme are given a scholarship of 3000/- p.m. by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

The M.Sc.-Ph.D. dual degree programme is in abeyance from academic year 2016-17 onward. However, M. Sc. Biotechnology students in the department, who wish to continue for a Ph. D. degree can do so if they have a CGPA above 8.5 (over four-semester) and identify a faculty member who is willing to guide them for the Ph D degree.

For more details, please visit http://www.bio.iitb.ac.in/

Centre for Enviromental Science and Engineering

The Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE) at IIT Bombay was established in 1977. Since inception, CESE has been offering M.Tech. and Ph.D. programmes that are interdisciplinary in nature and consist of course work followed by a research project. CESE is currently comprised of 10 core faculty members with multi-disciplinary backgrounds and a strong focus on teaching and research. Approximately 360 M.Tech. and 95 Ph.D. students have graduated from CESE.

CESE has ongoing research in the fields of Aerosols and Air Quality, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Biotechnology, Clean Technology, Environmental Systems Modelling and Optimization, Environmental Impact Assessment, Uncertainty Modelling, Flood Management, Climate Change Impact Assessment, Municipal/Industrial/Hazardous Waste Management. CESE has strong linkages established with leading industries, academic institutions and national & international agencies through sponsored research projects, consultancy and collaborations. Research projects are currently funded by renowned agencies such as MHRD, CPCB, SPCB, MNES, DBT, MoEF, MoES, ISRO, CSIR, DST, GMB, AICTE and international agencies like WB and EU, The research activities of CESE are supported by excellent experimental and computational facilities, competent and dedicated technical staffs and high quality students. CESE is also actively engaged in a variety of outreach programmes including organizing workshops, conferences and Continuing Education Programmes (CEP) courses, which regularly attract participants from academia, industries and governmental and non-governmental sectors.

The mandate of CESE is to provide manpower trained in addressing environmental issues at the national and international levels by encouraging research activities focused on developing innovative technologies for mitigating environmental problems and adopting unique approaches for environmental monitoring to facilitate sustainable economic growth in India.

CESE started a dual-degree M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme from July 2010 for admitting students with a degree of Bachelor of Science. The core theory and laboratory courses provide a holistic knowledge of the discipline and students may choose electives to specialize in the areas of their choice. The dual-degree M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme aims at imparting strong foundation and research skills to dedicated, bright and talented science graduates. The graduating students will have excellent job opportunities in industries, regulatory agencies, banking and commercial establishments as well as developmental agencies and consultancy firms. The Institute teaching assistantship is made available for all the selected students in the programme.

For more details, please visit http://www.cese.iitb.ac.in/

Department of Chemistry

Department offers academic programmes like 4-year B.S. (admissions through JEE), 2-year M.Sc. (admissions through JAM*), and Ph.D. degrees. The department has 36 faculty members, 20 postdoctoral researchers, 250 Ph.D. students and 110 M.Sc. students. The areas of research include single molecule imaging and dynamics, structural biochemistry, design, synthesis and targeting of novel gene-targeting drugs, asymmetric synthesis and catalysis, new synthetic routes and novel applications for organometallic/coordination compounds for semiconducting, catalytic, medicinal and material applications, new bio-inorganic compounds with unconventional and phototherapeutic attributes, polymers and biomaterials for optoelectronic and electrochemical sensing applications, biologically active organic compounds with varied medicinal applications, novel materials with superconducting, photofunctional, catalytic and photosensing properties,bio-molecular chemistry of membranes,peptides, photosensory biology, photomedicine, organized thin films, theoretical and computational chemistry,statistical mechanics, systems biology, nano chemistry, biomolecular thermodynamics, protein folding and ultrafast spectroscopy/dynamics.

Findings from the investigations in the above mentioned areas are reported in about 200+ publications per year in most prestigious journals and have been recognized through many fellowships of INSA, IASc., NASI and SS Bhatnagar, Swarna Jayanti and other awards.

The research facilities available in the department include: several FTIR and UV spectrophotometers, GC and HPLCs, CHN-analyser, spectropolarimeter, spectrofluorimeter, TGA/DTA, cyclic voltameter, Faraday magnetic susceptibility balance, powder and single crystal X-Ray diffractometers, 400MHz NMR,femtosecond fluorescence upconversion, QTOF mass spectrometers, peptidesequencer, nano-second/pico-second time resolved ultra-fast setup, high performance computingcluster with packages such as GAUSSIAN and GROMOS are also available within the department.

In addition to institute scholarships, two Dr.Burjor Godrej merit scholarships of Rs.5000 per month, six Dr. Burjor Godrej merit-cum-means scholarships of Rs. 2000 per month and ten Prof. M V Pandya merit-cum-means scholarships of Rs.1000 per month are available to students admitted to M.Sc. chemistry programmes at IIT Bombay. There are book grants and other meritorious awards.

*Highly meritorious 2-year M.Sc. students will have an option to continue on to our Ph.D. programme subject to meeting suitable selection criteria.

For more details, please visit https://www.chem.iitb.ac.in/

Department of Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences offers academic programmes leading to M.Sc. (Applied Geology), M.Sc. (Applied Geophysics), M.Tech (Geo-Exploration), M.Tech (Petroleum Geoscience) and Doctoral degrees. The annual intake of students is 34 in M.Sc. (Applied Geology), 20 in M.Sc.(Applied Geophysics), 38 in both M.Tech programmes and 15 in the Ph.D. programme. Currently, the Department has 20 faculty members, 48 research scholars, 45 M.Tech. students and 90 M.Sc. students.

The two year M.Sc. programmes in Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics build a strong theoretical and practical framework in Earth Sciences to enable students to tackle routine work in industry as well as to take up research in challenging new areas.

The Applied Geology programme involves advanced courses in several fields of applied geosciences such as economic geology, geological and geochemical exploration, geochemistry, engineering geology, environmental geology, climate geology, mineralogy, mining geology, petrology, palaeontology, petroleum geology, ore petrology, remote sensing, sedimentology, structural geology, etc. Equal emphasis is placed on practical training in field-based skills and laboratory studies. There are two educational field programmes in the 2nd and 4th semesters, respectively, apart from the practical industry training in mining and petroleum related industries at the end of the 2nd semester. A home paper project in the last semester provides an opportunity to students to explore their research capabilities.

The Applied Geophysics programme offers students with a strong background in Physics and Mathematics an opportunity to study the physics, structure and composition of the earth and explore its natural resources. The programme offers an advanced and specialized training for professional work in exploration, research and education.

The programme is designed to build theoretical knowledge in Geophysical fields, provide strong foundation in basic geology, develop mathematical modeling and interpretational skills through applied work in laboratories and develop the ability to carry out independent field measurements. The programme offers a blend of courses on Exploration for Petroleum, Mineral and Groundwater resources and Solid Earth Geophysics including Earthquake Seismology, Exploration Seismology, Gravity, Magnetic, Electrical and Electromagnetic methods apart from supplementary subjects such as Geophysical Signal Processing, Mathematical Physics, Programming and Geology. The programme includes two-week geological field training and a two-week visit to ONGC for training in 3-D seismic data acquisition, processing and interpretation.

On completion of the programme, students can either go for higher studies or get placements in the leading industries/ organizations in the petroleum, applications software, mining and groundwater sectors. The students have been recruited by the organizations viz., Shell India Pvt. Ltd., British Gas India Pvt. Ltd., Reliance Industries Ltd, Cairn Energy India Pvt. Ltd., Schlumberger Services India Ltd, UCIL, ONGC, GSI, GSWB and ACC.

The major areas of research in the Department include Active tectonics, Fluid and melt inclusion research, Earthquake Seismology, Electromagnetism, Geochemistry, Geomagnetic field modeling, Geothermics, Geostatistics, GPS Geodesy, Gravity and Magnetics, Geodynamics, Geochronology, Igneous petrology, Isotope geology, Metamorphic petrology, Micropaleontology, Mineralogy, Ore petrology, Organic Geochemistry, Petroleum geology, Remote sensing, Rock physics & engineering, Sedimentology, Seismic modeling & Inversion, Structural Geology, Thermo Chronology and Volcanology. Research work carried out in the Department leads to above 50 research publications per year in reputed journals.

The Department supports well-equipped laboratories that aid in teaching and research activities. Some of the major research facilities available are X-ray diffractometer, SEM-EDAX, UV-Visible spectrophotometer, FTIR, Differential GPS, VNIR-TIR Spectro radiometer, Laser Raman Spectrometer, ICP-AES, AAS, EPMA, Transmitted and reflected microscopes, Cathodo-luminescence microscope, Heating and freezing stage for fluid inclusion study, Triaxial, tensile and shear strength equipments, Blast vibration monitors, Tape extensiometer, Magnetic susceptibility systems, Sandbox deformation rigs, Raman spectrometer, Noble (Ar-Ar) gas mass spectrometer, Broadband seismographs, Fluxgate and Proton precession magnetometers, Gravity meter, Fission Track, Rock eval pyrolysis, EPMA, Electrical resistivity, VLF-EM and Magneto telluric equipments, Computational facilities, Softwares for data processing, Modeling and interpretation, 3D seismic and well log data sets.

Besides the departmental infrastructure, students and faculty have access to various facilities of other departments and centres.

For more details, please visit https://www.geos.iitb.ac.in/

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research [IEOR]

The M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree (Operations Research) was launched by the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) Programme at IIT Bombay in July 2009. IEOR at IIT Bombay has been offering Ph.D, programme for B.Tech, M.Tech and M.Sc. (Operations Research/ Statistics/ Mathematics) students. It also offers M.Tech programme for B.Tech students. The M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree (OR) programme offers a direct entry to doctoral studies which provides students an early start to research for a doctoral degree.

Students joining the M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree (OR) are selected through JAM exam (MA or MS papers). The minimum educational qualification for admission is Bachelor's degree with either Mathematics or Statistics as a subject for at least two years or four semesters.

Students in the dual degree in M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree (OR) programme have an opportunity to work in interdisciplinary areas including engineering, computing and analysis, with an exposure to a range of application areas. Students in the Ph.D. stage often collaborate with researchers from other universities, research labs, government organisations and private companies, at both national and international fronts. Financial support is available to attend workshops and conferences relevant to the area of research.

The course-work in the dual degree M.Sc.-Ph.D. (OR) programme includes compulsory courses that are exclusive to this programme. The first year courses introduce students to various models, their computational aspects, decision making paradigms and basic concepts of IEOR, including applications to engineering and service systems. In their second year students build upon the first year course work and select advanced courses on topics of their interests. Laboratory courses to strengthen the computational and computer-based modeling skills are an integral part of the curriculum. The first two years of course work is counted towards M.Sc. (Operations Research) degree, followed by research work of about four years towards the Ph.D. degree. As a part of Ph.D. requirements, students take an IEOR Ph.D. level course and a project before starting work on their Ph.D. thesis. Students are required to take Ph.D. Qualifying exams during their third year.

The discipline of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) concentrates on the efficient operation of systems and optimal utilisation of resources. Concepts and results from the discipline are increasingly important in almost all sectors of the economy: industry, transport, service, agriculture, education, communication, etc. With present day technology, various types of data, including the transactional type, are available relatively easily and designing appropriate decision making algorithms for managing complex systems is becoming a realistic goal, sought by competitive and forward looking organisations in both private and public sector. Simultaneously, theoretical knowledge is necessary to provide a deep insight into the tradeoffs in decision making. IEOR at IIT Bombay conducts research to address both these needs.

IEOR offers a blend of theory, modeling and applications, drawing from traditional as well as modern areas of operations research, together with a systems view derived from long-standing principles of industrial engineering. IEOR is unique in its contemporary flavor, with specialized courses in Integer Programming, Game Theory, Markov Decision Processes, Services Management, Supply Chain Management, Financial Engineering, Knowledge-based systems, Neural Networks, System Dynamics to name a few.

At the same time, it is equally strong in fundamentals of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with up-to-date courses in Optimisation Techniques, Probability Theory, Stochastic Models and Simulation. It has state-of-the-art computing hardware and software (both commercial and academic) facilities. In addition, students can avail IIT Bombay's well equipped library and other research facilities. IEOR at IIT Bombay has excellent faculty members drawn from various backgrounds who work on a variety of projects both theoretical and applied.

For more details, please visit http://www.ieor.iitb.ac.in/

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers two Masters programmes - M.Sc. in Mathematics and M.Sc. in Applied Statistics and Informatics. Both programmes offer students considerable freedom in the choice of courses in their second year with elective courses in pure and applied mathematics and statistics as options.

The M.Sc. Mathematics programme allows students to acquire a broad mathematical education, especially suitable for careers in research and teaching. More recently, graduating students have also been increasingly absorbed in the industrial and service sectors as the demand for mathematical skills rises.

The M.Sc. Applied Statistics and Informatics programme has been specially designed for students aspiring to professions that demand skills and techniques in Statistics and Computer Science. The course structure offers a unique blend of courses in computer science, statistics and mathematics. The programme has been highly successful in placing its graduating students in prestigious Indian and multinational companies.

Students may also benefit from exposure to the active research pursued in many areas of mathematics and statistics in the department, and also from the individual and institutional contacts between the department and other educational, research and industrial organizations, both within and outside the country.

In addition to the merit-cum-means and other scholarships given by the Institute, the top two students in the Applied Statistics and Informatics programme are given a scholarship of Rs. 1,200/- a month by Pfizer Limited. The top two students (on the basis of Cumulative Performance up to and including the first three semesters) in the M.Sc. (Mathematics) as well as M.Sc. (Applied Statistics and Informatics) receive the Dr. P. V. Sukhatme Memorial Award that includes a cash prize and citation.

For more details, please visit http://www.math.iitb.ac.in/

Department of Physics

Department of Physics, IIT Bombay offers a 2-year M.Sc. programme and a 4-year dual degree programme in M.Sc. (Physics)-M.Tech. (Material Science) with a specialization in Nanoscience and Technology (offered jointly by the Department of Physics and the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science). A very vibrant and active Ph.D. programme, in which about 100 research students are currently enrolled, is a highlight of the department. The department also offers a 4-year B.Tech. programme in Engineering Physics and a 5-year B.Tech.-M.Tech. Dual Degree in Engineering Physics with specialization in Nanoscience.

The Department consists of about 35 faculty members who are involved in dynamic research programmes at the frontiers of condensed matter physics, statistical physics, photonics, nuclear physics and high energy physics; both theoretical as well as experimental. The department has well equipped laboratories to carry out experimental research in various thrust areas such as magnetic and superconducting materials, semiconductor thin films, multilayers and nanostructures, ultrafast processes and nonlinear optics and nuclear structure and reaction studies. Some of the facilities of the department include sputtering, laser ablation and Langmuir-Blodgett facilities for thin film preparation, low temperature measurements and femto and nano second lasers. In view of the current interest of the Department in nanoscience and technology, state of the art facilities such as high resolution x-ray diffractometer, low energy electron diffraction and scanning probe microscope have been setup. A versatile Surface Analysis Instrument consisting of Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis-Scanning Auger Nanoprobe, Atomic Force Microscopy has been setup in the department as a central facility of the institute. The department has undertaken many R & D projects from various sponsoring agencies. It is also involved in several international collaborations and industrial consultancy projects. The research work carried out in the department appears in the form of over 100 research publications per year in reputed journals and in a large number of presentations by the faculty and Ph.D. students at national and international forums.

The M.Sc. programme has been designed to make the foundations of Physics strong in our students. The curriculum includes substantial basic preparation in Mathematical Physics, Classical, Quantum and Statistical Mechanics, Electromagnetic theory in addition to courses in Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear Physics and Quantum Electronics. This is complemented by an intensive laboratory programme, including laboratory courses in Electronics and Computer Programming. Specialization in specific areas of Physics is offered through elective courses such as Elementary Particle Physics, Applied Solid State Physics, Applied Nuclear Physics and Photonics. An avenue into contemporary research is provided through a one year M.Sc. Project with individual supervision from faculty members. Our research laboratories and computational facilities help in acquainting the students with methodologies of modern day research and play a very crucial role in shaping them as future scientists. Efforts are also made to continuously review the scope and content of our teaching programme to keep it in tune with the modern developments both in experimental as well as theoretical physics. Some of the recent additions to the M.Sc. curricula are Methods in analytical techniques, Methods in experimental nuclear and particle physics, Nonlinear dynamics, Nanophysics and advanced simulation techniques in Physics.

For more details, please visit http://www.phy.iitb.ac.in/

Fees, Deposits and Hostel Rent

(This fee structure is for Academic year 2017-18. The revised fee structure, if any, for the Academic year 2020-21 will be announced shortly)

Sr. No. Fee Details Amount in (INR / ₹) for GEN/OBC Amount in (INR / ₹) for SC/ST/PWD
With Hostel Without Hostel With Hostel Without Hostel
1 Admission Fee and other one-time payments 7600 7600 7600 7600
2 Tuition Fee and other semester Fees 22000 12500 17000 7500
3 Deposits 3000 3000 3000 3000
4 Total 32600 23100 27600 18100
*Note: In addition to the above, students are required to pay a semester mess advance of Rs. 20,000/-.