PhD in Biotechnology | Kathmandu University

PhD in Biotechnology is a program of Kathmandu University, School of Science and Engineering. The total duration of this course is 3-5 years. Department of Biotechnology is the authentic body for conducting this program. Biotechnology is that branch of science which uses technology to examine the living beings at its molecular level, explore the genetic codes that govern biological process and manipulate it for the benefit of living beings. Biotechnology is not the mere subject but the integration of different scientific fields. With the rapid development in this field, new concepts such as bioinformatics, proteomics, microarrays, etc. have become the area of research. PhD in biotechnology is one of the highest and prestigious degrees where the students analyze the different aspects of the biotechnology from the research perspective. PhD degree needs lot of dedication, hard work and ability to think out box capacity. Apart from depth academic knowledge students should be well acquainted with scientific equipment and statistical tools necessary for effective research work.

Fee structure:

It takes around Rs. 6, 30,000 to complete the PhD study.

List of PhD in Biotechnology Colleges

Below is the list of colleges for PhD in Biotechnology program under Kathmandu University in Nepal.

Objectives of PhD in Biotechnology

The key objectives of PhD in Biotechnology are as follows:

  • To train and prepare students in such a way that they develop qualities in them to be able to commence and complete a unique and innovative research work.
  • To help students develop research capacity in carrying various research work in public and private sector and also in national and international level for multinational companies and reputed international organizations.
  • To produce highly capable researchers, innovators, tutors and consultants in the field of biotechnology for the economic transformation of Nepal.
  • To train and prepare researchers of the outstanding quality so that they can work both as a team and independently in wide range of core areas of this field.

Admission Requirements in PhD in Biotechnology


  • The candidates must have 17 years of formal education.
  • The candidates must have M.Sc. degree with 50% marks in aggregate or a CGPA of at least 3 or B grade.
  • Students with 16 years of formal education are also eligible provided by fulfilling all the requirement of the department of biotechnology. 

Admission requirement:

  • Application is first collected and then eligible candidates are called for Interview/ test.
  • The interview/ test/ presentation are aimed at testing capacity of students.            

Scope and Career Prospects

Biotechnology is one of the rapidly growing fields of science and technology. Inventions and developments in the field of biotechnology have been associated with life of people and improving their standard of living. The PhD graduates can get jobs in the industries related to chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages and plant and animal biotechnology. There are other options such as working in forensics, disease and diagnostic therapy, education and environmental protection bodies, etc. The graduates can also work in core research positions in different national and international organizations working in the field of biotechnology. There are various nongovernmental organizations working in the field of agriculture, plants and animals, where PhD graduates can get the senior level jobs. One can also develop the careers in the academic sectors as a teachers and professors teaching students in colleges and universities. Moreover, students also have another option of going abroad and working there as the biotechnologist.

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