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Is this programme for you?

The BioPolicy PGD aims to provide science, technology and medical graduates with an inter-disciplinary education to tackle real-world problems in industry, academia, media and policy making.


Are you someone with a science, technology or medical background who wants to have an impact beyond the laboratory or clinical setting?


Do you want to use your technical training in non-traditional ways and to engage with society?


Do you want to acquire the tools to make evidence-informed policy recommendations and the skills to communicate these recommendations?


Do you want to understand and contribute to the policy making process?


  • Duration  - One year
  • Course location - The coursework for the BioPolicy PGD will be based at the IBAB campus in Bengaluru. Internships may be at IBAB, at Takshashila, or elsewhere
  • Accommodation - There will be shared hostel accommodation for those who wish to avail of it.
  • Fee Structure - 
  • Tuition fee : ₹ 1,20,000; payable in two installments (1 July 2019 and 1 January 2020)
  • Hostel and mess fees : ₹ 4000/month; payable in two installments (1 July 2019 and 1 January 2020). Note: Mess compulsory if staying in the hostel.
  • Curriculum - The curriculum includes a combination of coursework at IBAB, online courses (at Takshashila) and internships (at IBAB, at Takshashila or elsewhere). The programme will wrap up with poster presentations at IBAB, judged by external experts.
    It is recommended that students bring their own laptops.
  • Placements - Although the organizers do not guarantee placements, the partnering institutions will do their utmost to facilitate placement for the graduates of the BioPolicyPGD course. We believe that the following organizations would value the unique skillset that graduates of this programme will have: Government agencies looking for consultants, NGOs, academia, industry, media houses, funding bodies, philanthropic organizations, consulting organizations, science journals, analytics companies, pharmaceutical companies, etc.


Public Policy Analysis Concepts

CP 1

Economic Reasoning and Public Policy

CP 2

Linux and Python

BP 1

Biostatistics and R

BP 2

Data visualization

BP 3

Evidence informed policy

BP 4

Research for science and policy

BP 5

Introduction to Ethnography for policy

BP 6

Introduction to Intellectual Property 

BP 7

Scientific writing and communication

BP 8

Effective Communication for Public Policy

CP 3

Data privacy and ethics

W 1

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