Integrated PhD Program in Biological Sciences

The Centre for Ecological Sciences, through the Division of Biological Sciences, admits students with a B.Sc degree, for an Integrated PhD Program. This mode of entrance to IISc is very competitive and is ideal for students who are highly motivated to pursue research soon after their Bachelor’s degree. During the first two years, students take a number of core and elective courses that expose them to a wide array of basic as well as advanced topics in biological sciences. As a part of the course work, during the first year of the program, students are required to do short term research projects in three/four research labs in different departments of the Biological Sciences division. This brief stint in each lab provides first-hand experience of the nature of research work, lab ambience and the work culture of those labs. Most students typically select the laboratory and supervisor they want to work with by the end of the first year.

All formalities are conducted through the regular IISc Admission process. Please visit IISc admissions page for the online application procedure, which will contain advertisement, information on application submission, exam and interview dates. All students who meet a certain cut-off in the entrance exam are called for the interview. The interviews are conducted by a panel of faculty from all departments of the Biological Sciences division.