A two-year postgraduate programme in Science, the Master of Science or MSc is offered in variety of fields, ranging from the vanilla courses in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology to niche options such as microbiology, biotechnology, applied physics, operational research, anthropology, geology, and food and nutrition. Admission is based on undergraduate results (BSc/ B.Tech/ B.E) and most institutes also conduct entrance tests. Hence, it’s best to inquire with individual institutes on the available courses and admission criteria. Generally, a niche master’s is a good option for those who have a clear interest in a particular field, as it boosts career opportunities. For example, an MSc in Environmental Studies provides basic knowledge about the field through modules introducing students to environmental science, development, sustainability, conservation and management of urban ecosystems, and pollution and health. In the final year students can opt for electives ranging from global environmental issues and environmental policies and politics to environmental law and economics. The course also involves dissertation based on a field study or organizational attachment. Hence, it prepares the student to take up the subject professionally.