SCMM Programmes of Study

(A) Programme of Study


(I)     Direct Admission to Ph.D. Programme in "Molecular Medicine" :


This programme is mainly to encourage fresh medical graduates with interest in basic sciences and willing to pursue research as a career. However, exceptionally qualified/experienced researchers from other biological streams may also apply for the programme. Preference will be given to medical graduates.


(II)    Pre-Ph.D Programme in "Molecular Medicine" :


Category-I: (Through JNU Entrance Test)

Category-II (NET Qualified candidates)


(III)    Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D Programme in "Molecular Medicine":


The overall benefit of the integrated M.Sc.-Ph. D. course will be in retaining the trained post-graduate students for Ph. D, who are already experienced in this specific area of molecular medicine related to disease and drugs. This course will reduce the overall time taken for completion of a Ph. D program because it is expected that majority of them may extend their M. Sc. research project into the Ph. D. program.


Admission procedure:


Candidates will be selected through a combined JNU entrance examination followed by an interview of short listed candidates. The admission procedure will be as laid down by Academic Committee from time to time and the existing Special committee of SCMM will oversee the program.




i. The course work leading to the award of an M.Sc degree in Molecular Medicine shall be for a period of four semesters (two Monsoon Semesters and two Winter Semesters) with a compulsory requirement for submission of a research-based dissertation at the end of the Winter Semester of the 2nd year. A student desirous of continuing to the Ph.D. program in Molecular Medicine will be eligible for enrolment for the Ph.D. program provided he/she has secured a minimum CGPA of 6.5 in M.Sc. (CGPA 6.0 in case of SC/ST candidates). These students will be offered provisional Ph. D. admission. After successful completion of pre-Ph. D course-work, defending their synopsis (5th semester) and securing 6.5 CGPA in the course work, the students will be confirmed to be included in the Ph. D. programme.


ii. A Student, who successfully completes the first two years of the M.Sc.-Ph.D. integrated program (M.Sc. phase), would be allowed to leave with a M.Sc. degree if he/she wishes to do so.

iii. The total duration of the M.Sc-Ph.D course will be 2+4 years (+1 year extension if required).


Credit Requirements:


A student will need to have a minimum of 65 credits including 10 credits for the dissertation at the end of two years in order to be eligible for the award of the M.Sc. degree. A student who secures a CGPA of 6.5 at the end of 4 semesters will be eligible to register for the Ph.D. program without fresh application through entrance test.


Credit Distribution:


First Semester: 19 Credits (including practical)

Second Semester: 19 Credits (including practical)

Third Semester: 12 Credits

Fourth Semester: 15 Credits

One credit = At least sixteen lectures per semester.


(B) Eligibility for Admission for PhD Programme


(i) Direct Admission to Ph.D. Programme:


Only those candidates shall be considered for Direct Admission to the Ph.D. programme, who have either --


(a) Obtained MBBS or BVSc degree (during 2009 or later) from a recognized University/Institution with one year experience or obtained MD /MVSc/M.Pharm. degree (during 2010 or later; experience is not essential).




(b) Obtained 2 years M.Phil degree from a recognized University/Institution with minimum Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 6.00 in 10 point scale/comparable standard where the grading is based on system other than the 10 point scale. The candidates who have obtained M.Phil. degree from a University/Institution where the M.Phil dissertation is not graded or grading is not based on 10 point scale, are required to forward a copy of their M.Phil. dissertation alongwith the Application Form for the purpose of assessment of their credentials;




(c) Minimum 2 years research experience in reputed institutions with at least one first authored research publication(s) in peer reviewed journals (PubMed; NOT review articles or popular articles or papers in the proceedings). In addition, they should have obtained Master's Degree with FGPA of 6.00 in the 10 point scale/comparable standard or equivalent percentage.


(ii) Pre-Ph.D Programme in Molecular Medicine:


Category-I: (Through JNU Entrance Test)


Master's degrees or Equivalent from recognized University /Institution in any branch of Biological Sciences / Chemical Sciences / MBBS/ BVSc/ B.Pharm with at least 55% marks.


Category-II (NET Qualified candidates):


Master's degrees or Equivalent from recognized University /Institution in any branch of Biological Sciences / Chemical Sciences / MBBS/ BVSc/ B.Pharm with at least 55% marks; who have qualified for Junior Research Fellowship through CSIR/UGC/ICMR National Eligibility Test (NET) examination are eligible to apply separately in the prescribed from under this category. Candidates have to appear for an interview and their selection will depend on their performance in the interview. Candidates who have appeared at the CSIR/UGC/CSIR NET examination but results awaited may also apply under this category. However, such candidates will be eligible for the interview provided they submit the CSIR/UGC/ICMR JRF qualifying certificate during interview.


Selected students/candidates will have to take up a two semesters Pre-Ph.D. Course work. A CGPA of 6.5 is mandatory for subsequent registration to the Ph.D. Programme.


(iii) Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D Programme in "Molecular Medicine":


Bachelor's degree in any branch of Basic or Applied Sciences (including MBBS and BVSc.) from recognized Universities and Institutes with at least 55% marks.