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About Post Graduate in Science
Post graduate degree in science is also known as M.Sc or Master of Science. MSc is a two-year duration postgraduate degree course offered by universities and colleges in various specialized Science fields such as Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences, Food Sciences, Life Sciences, and so on.
A Master of Science degree provides scientific as well as professional entry-level competency to students. The course offers advanced theoretical as well as practical knowledge to students in their chosen specialization. The MSc specialization opted by students is usually the one studied by them during graduation.
Science Eligibility Criteria
As indicated above, Science courses can be pursued at all – UG, PG and PhD levels. The eligibility criteria differs as per the course and branch chosen by a candidate. However, given below is a broad eligibility criteria for UG and PG Science courses for the reference of candidates:
PG level: Candidates should clear graduation preferably in the subject in which they wish to pursue their master’s with at least 50% – 60% aggregate marks.
Science Careers, Jobs & Companies
There are a wide variety of career prospects for students in both Science and non-Science areas. Job/ career prospects in the field of Science, however, depend on the course and specialization of a candidate. For instance, a student with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Physics can build his/her career in the fields of space & astronomy, healthcare, meteorology & geophysics, and so on. On the other hand, a student with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Chemistry can choose to become a chemical engineer, analytical chemist, forensic scientist, nanotechnologist, biotechnologist, etc.
Have a look at some of the popular job profiles of MSc degree holders below:
Research Scientist : A Research Scientist has the role of designing, undertaking and analysing information obtained from controlled lab-based experiments and investigations. As a Research Scientist a student can choose to work in a government lab, environmental organization, etc.
Junior Research Fellow : The job role of a Junior Research Fellow includes doing research, conducting research-related development activities, publishing scientific work and its results and so on. Along with JRF (Junior Research Fellowship), candidates are also usually involved pursuing a PhD programme.
Mathematician : A mathematician uses advanced theories and techniques of Mathematics to develop and understand mathematical principles and solve real-world problems in business, government, engineering, social sciences, etc.
Biochemist : A biochemist is a person who plays a key role in developing medicines to fight different diseases. As part of daily work, a biochemist analyses DNA, enzymes and other molecules to research the effects of drugs and food on biological processes.
Food & Drug Inspector : The main job of a food and drug inspector is to ensure that products are safe for human consumption. A food and drug inspector, also known as quality control inspector, examines food or pharmaceuticals at different stages of manufacturing process and ensures that quality standards are being met.
Chemical Analyst : A chemical analyst is a professional who collects information about the composition of chemical substances, and processes as well as communicates this information via the mediums of science, engineering and mathematics. Sometimes a chemical analyst also documents and publishes his/ her findings in industry journals.
Teacher : An MSc graduate can also choose to be a teacher in his/ her respective Science subject. However, for the same candidates need to pursue BEd after their post-graduation.