Master of Science in Bio-Statistics and Demography

The two years (full-time) Master degree course is designed to provide high level of understanding in Bio-statistics and Demography including an in-depth knowledge of the linkages between statistics and various socio-economic, health and environmental factors. This course provides foundation to graduate students and prepare them to apply the concept of bio-statistics in various aspects related to population.

Eligibility

Admission to this course is open to all candidates having B.A./B.Sc. Degree (passed/appearing) in Bio-statistics or Health Statistics or Mathematics or Statistics or having B.A./B.Sc. degree with two full papers on Mathematics or Statistics from a recognized university in India or abroad with a minimum of 55% of aggregate marks/equivalent grade in all subjects. Eligible foreign candidates can also apply for admission provided they secure financial support from any out side agency. Candidate who have already passed the qualifying examinations and those who have already appeared/shall be appearing in the final qualifying examinations are eligible to apply. However, admission of the candidate will be cancelled if he/she fails to furnish the final examination result by 30th September on the year of admission. The upper age limit of applicant is 25 years as on 30thJune. Marks and age will be relaxed for candidates belonging to reserved categories and female candidates as per GOI rule only.
Eligibility for admission can be relaxed by the admission committee in exemplary conditions. The Institute reserves the right to decide the number of seats to be filled in. The Institute also reserves the right to change/alter certain rules at any time.

Selection Criteria

The selection will be made on the basis of an Online Test. The Online Entrance Test will comprise objective type questions of multiple choices. The syllabus of Entrance Test will consist of basic General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, English Grammar, Population, Health and Statistics/Mathematics. The test venue will be notified in the Admit Card. Admission test will not be conducted for the foreign candidates and the admission will be offered directly if the foreign candidates fulfil the eligibility criteria of the Institute.

No. of Seats

50 Seats with Government of India Fellowship.

Duration

Two years (Full-Time)

Reservation

Reservation for SC/ST/OBC/PWD & female candidates will be considered as per the Government of India norms only.

Fellowship

Each selected Indian student will be awarded a Government of India fellowship @ Rs.5000/- per month.

Course Content

The course structure for M.Sc. in Bio statics and Demography is designed as per UGC Credit Based Choice System and covers the following topics

SEMESTER I COURSE TITLE No. of credits
MBD-F1 Basics of Human Biology NC
MBD-C1 Introduction to Demography 3
MBD-C2 Demographic Methods I 4
MBD-C3 Introduction to Bio statistics & Epidemiology 4
MBD-E1.1 Healthcare Systems and Policies 3
MBD-E1.2 Basic concepts of Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology 3
  SEMESTER CREDITS 14
SEMESTER II COURSE TITLE No. of credits
MBD-C4 Demographic Methods II 4
MBD-C5 Epidemiological Methods 4
MBD-C6 Research Methodology 4
MBD-E2.1 Historical Demography 23
MBD-E2.2 Spatial Demography 3
MBD-E3.1 Urbanization, Space and Planning 3
MBD-E3.2 Large-scale Sample Surveys 3
MBD-F2 Application of Statistical and Demographic Packages I 3 *
MBD-V1 Viva-voce 2
  SEMESTER CREDITS 20
SEMESTER III COURSE TITLE No. of credits
MBD-C7 Sampling Techniques in Health & Demographic Surveys 4
MBD-C8 Applied Multivariate Analysis 4
MBD-E4.1 Concepts and Measures of Global Health 3
MBD-E4.2 Population Ageing and Health Transition 3
MBD-E5.1 Gender, Development and Health 3
MBD-E5.2 Population and Sustainable Development 3
MBD-C9 Application of Statistical and Demographic Packages II 4
MBD-C10 Demographic Models and Indirect Methods of Estimation 3
  SEMESTER CREDITS 21
SEMESTER IV COURSE TITLE No. of credits
MBD-C11 Survival Analysis 4
MBD-C12 Methods in Clinical Trials 4
MBD-E6.1 Health Economics and Financing 3
MBD-E6.2 Operations Research 3
MBD-E6.3 Monitoring and Evaluation 3
MBD-S1 Seminar Series S *
MBD-D Dissertation 10$
MBD-V2 Viva-voce 2
  SEMESTER CREDITS 23
  TOTAL CREDITS 78

* Not counted for calculating the final grade F – Foundation course, C – Core course, E– Elective course, S- Skill enhancement course, V-Viva voce, D – Dissertation.

  • Semester I: One elective may be opted; i.e. E1.1/E1.2
  • Semester II: Two electives may be opted from each group, i.e. E2.1/E2.2 & E3.1/E3.2
  • Semester III: Two electives may be opted from each group; i.e. E4.1/E4.2 & E5.1/E5.2
  • Semester IV: One elective may be opted; i.e. E6.1/E6.2/6.3

Core courses: 72%; Elective courses: 28% Core papers cannot be changed. Elective paper can be changed if the student fails in an elective paper and submits his/her request for a change in writing.$ Evaluation procedure for dissertation (weights): Guide - 0.25, Presentation & Defense – 0.25, Content – 0.50. The grade for ‘presentation & defense must also be given independently by each member, and submitted to the controller of examinations independently. For content, the director may appoint a three-member committee for each dissertation. The three members should independently evaluate the dissertation and independently submit the grades to the controller of examinations.

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