Syllabus for M.Sc Zoology


M.Sc. Zoology or Master of Science in Zoology is a Postgraduate Degree course for duration of 2 years (4 semesters). Zoology is the study of animals. It is a branch of Science that deals with structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals. It is scientific study of animals both living and extinct and their interaction with the ecosystems

To pursue M.Sc. in Zoology students should have passed B.Sc Zoology or equivalent with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university.  

In the page below we have gathered the common Syllabus for M.Sc. Zoology which is followed by the Universities and Colleges in India. There might be variations in M.Sc. Zoology Syllabus based upon Universities and Colleges 

M.Sc Zoology Syllabus – Semester I 

Subjects of Study
1Structure and Functions of Non Chordates
2Ecological theories and applications
3Genetics and Genetic Engineering
4Tissue Structure Function and Chemistry
5Parasites and Immunity
6Laboratory course


M.Sc Zoology Syllabus – Semester II

Subjects of Study
1Structure and Functions of  Chordates
2Comparative Animal Physiology
3Endocrinology and Neuroscience
4Cell and Receptor Biology
5Biochemistry and Molecular biology
6Laboratory course


M.Sc Zoology Syllabus – Semester III

Subjects of Study
1Taxonomy and Biodiversity
2Evolution and Animal Behaviour
3Development and Differentiation
4Laboratory course
5Elective I Theory
6Elective I Practical


M.Sc Zoology Syllabus – Semester IV

Subjects of Study
1Conservation Biology and Wildlife
2Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Instrumentation
3Biotechnology and Applications
4Laboratory course (1 module)
5Elective II Theory
6Elective II Practical
7. Seminar and Dissertation or Review


After completing the M.Sc. in Zoology one can go for higher degree M.Phil or PhD in  Zoology. There are numerous job opportunities for candidates with M.Sc Zoology degree such as Zoologist, Wildlife conservationist, Zoology Faculty, Research Associate, Junior scientific officer, etc. in Government as well as in private sector organizations.