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Biophysics: Institutes, PG courses, research opportunities and job roles

Suha Roy
Suha Roy
Posted on 28 May 2022
14:02 PM
Biophysics applies theories of Physics to understand how biological systems work.

Biophysics applies theories of Physics to understand how biological systems work. Source: Shutterstock.

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You can study Biophysics if you have Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Class XII
AIIMS Delhi, Calcutta University and Delhi offer courses and research facilities

Do you get fascinated by Physics despite having a degree in medicine or biological sciences? You can pursue Biophysics in higher studies to take a deep look into life's complexities and physics's laws of simplicity. A degree in this interdisciplinary field would help you find opportunities in a lot of sectors like healthcare, forensics, nanotechnology and academia.

What is Biophysics

It is a combined field of science that applies theories of Physics to understand how the biological system works. In other words, Biophysics explores the mechanics behind biological processes to solve age-old human problems. It involves the knowledge of Maths, Chemistry, Engineering, Pharmacology and Materials Sciences.

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Studying Biophysics:

  • You need to clear your Class XII board exams with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology as compulsory subjects.
  • After that, you need to pursue an MBBS degree or a BPharm, BSc or BTech degree.
  • You can specialise in Biophysics at the master’s level after completing MBBS, BPharm, BSc or BTech courses.
  • After completing your postgraduation you can pursue PhD, MPhil and research opportunities that are available in India.

Some institutes offering courses in Biophysics:

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi

Course: MSc Biophysics.

  • Duration: Two years.
  • Admission: Through an entrance exam that’s held in July every year.
  • Eligibility: You need to possess one of the following qualifications as well as at least 60% aggregate in the qualifying exams:
  1. BPharm.
  2. Bachelor of Physio-therapy (four-and-a-half-year course).
  3. BSc degree (with duration of minimum three years) in any subject.

Course: MD Biophysics

  • Duration: Three years.
  • Eligibility: You need to complete your MBBS or BDS or BVSc degree.
  • Admission: Depends on your INI CET rank.

Course: PhD Biophysics.

  • Duration: Three to five years.
  • Eligibility: You need to clear the NET cut-off and should secure at least 60% marks in your bachelor’s and master's degree exams.
  • Admission: Through an entrance test, followed by a personal interview.

University of Delhi, Delhi

  • Course: MSc in Biophysics
  • Duration: Two years.
  • Admission: Entrance-based.
  • Eligibility: You need a minimum of 55% marks in the last qualifying examination of the following courses:
  1. Bachelor’s degree under the 10+2+3 pattern of education in Physical, Biological, Agricultural, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences or equivalent.
  2. Four-year BSc/BE/BTech of Pharmacy/Engineering/Technology.
  3. MBBS/BDS or equivalent.

Course: PhD in Biophysics.

  • Duration: Three to five years.
  • Eligibility: You need to clear the NET cut-off and should secure at least 60% aggregate in your bachelor’s as well as master's exams.
  • Admission: Through an entrance exam based on the master’s syllabus
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University of Calcutta, West Bengal

Course: MSc in Biophysics & Molecular Biology.

  • Duration: Two years.
  • Eligibility: You need to pass your BSc (Hons) exam in Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Physiology, Biochemistry or Microbiology with at least 55% marks in the honours subject and at least 60% marks in each of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology in the Plus-Two level.
  • Admission: Merit-based.

Course: PhD in Biophysics

  • Duration: Three to five years.
  • Eligibility: You need to clear the NET cut-off and should secure at least 60% aggregate in your bachelor’s and master's exams.
  • Admission: Through an entrance exam, followed by a personal interview.

Panjab University, Chandigarh

Course: BSc in Biophysics.

  • Duration: Three years.
  • Eligibility:
  1. A candidate should have passed the Class XII board exams with at least 50% marks with English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Biology from any recognised board.
  2. Based on PU-CET (UG), Common Entrance Test conducted by the Panjab University.
  3. Academics: 25%.
  4. PU-CET (UG): 75%
  • Admission: Through PUCET entrance test.

Course: MSc in Biophysics

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility:
  1. BSc (Hons) Biophysics, Panjab University, Chandigarh or any other University considered equivalent.
  2. Bachelor of Science in any other subject (such as BSc Medical, Non-medical, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics)
  3. Based on CET-PG:
  4. Academics: 40%.
  5. PU-CET (UG): 60%.
  • Admission: Through CET-PG entrance test.

Course: Doctor of Philosophy in Biophysics.

  • Duration: Three to five years.
  • Eligibility: You need to clear the NET cut-off and have at least 60% aggregate in your bachelor’s and master's exams.
  • Admission: Through an entrance exam based on the master’s syllabus.

Job roles after studying Biophysics:

  • Biotechnologist: They develop new research procedures, collect and study samples, monitor experiments and analyse results. Their research aims at improving human life.
  • Artificial intelligence designer: AI designers coming from Biophysics background play a major role in medical treatment and drug discovery. With the help of AI, they use photons to discover cancer cells.
  • Medical technology developer: Their work includes improving the mechanism and enhancing the accuracy efficiency of lab tests. They evaluate new biological or chemical agents, prototype a medical device and conduct trials.
  • Geneticist: They work on chromosome organisation and dynamics. They also work on DNA metabolism using technologies like microscopy, spectroscopy and electrophysiology, developed by physicists.
  • Bioinformaticist: They create software to manage and interpret genome sequences, proteome, transcriptome. They apply computational skills on biological and genomic data to analyse and retrieve information.

Medical physics researcher: They work on better treatment options, radiations and safety of medical instruments. They have a big role in providing accurate treatment to patients and updating healthcare facilities.

Last updated on 28 May 2022
14:02 PM
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