Bose Institute has an established Ph.D. programme in physical sciences, life sciences and interdisciplinary sciences. The institute has conducted path-breaking research in the fields of plant sciences, structural biology, molecular biology, biomedical sciences and biotechnology. Many of our alumni have become reputed experts in their fields. The institute also runs a vibrant integrated M.Sc. - Ph.D. programme. 

Details about research in life sciences can be found on the individual faculty pages in the following research programmes: (i) basic and applied microbiology, (ii) computational biology, (iii) molecular medicine, (iv) plant functional biology of stress responses for improvement and exploring plant genetic resources , (v) structural studies and biophysical problems, (vi) systems biology, (vii) complex systems, and, (viii) systems and synthetic biology

Course objectives
The integrated M.Sc. - Ph.D. course in life sciences was formulated as a combination of two-year (four semesters) post-graduate M.Sc. curriculum and Ph.D. programme of approximately four years duration to impart high-quality research training with expertise in the broader areas of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Biophysical Chemistry, and Computational & Systems Biology. One of the major objectives of the programme is to motivate young students to choose a career in basic sciences and its application to relevant fields. 

Course highlights
The scientists of Bose Institute and of other leading Institutes in Kolkata and across the country will teach and mentor the students for a research career in modern biology. Students will get extensive exposure to theory and experimental aspects of modern biology as well as computational techniques of modern biology. They will be encouraged to participate in the institutional seminars, journal club seminars and interactive sessions and other institutional scientific activities. All necessary institutional facilities including library and Internet facilities will be available for use by the students during the course. The duration of this course shall be approximately 2 + 4 = 6  academic years. 

Fellowship:
During M.Sc. course all students will be offered a fellowship of Rs. 12000/- per month. The fellowship will be discontinued if a student fails to secure 60% marks in a particular semester and will remain so till he/she secures 60% or above marks in any of the subsequent semesters. The fellowship during Ph. D. will be in accordance with the rules of Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

Eligibility: 
Students in integrated PhD in life sciences are admitted annually through an entrance exam and an interview conducted at the Institute. Applicants should have a minimum CGPA of 6 on a 10 point scale or 60% marks in overall percentage as well as in the major subject or percentage equivalent converted from CGPI/CPI in B. Sc. / B.E. / B.Tech.