M.Sc. (Ag.) in Plant Physiology


The course covers, the physiological and molecular mechanisms of growth and development in plants from seed to seed. It imparts knowledge on seed germination, seed dormancy, seed quality, growth and maturation. Students will gain insights into latest developments in the field of water relations and mineral nutrition, carbon nitrogen metabolism, photosynthesis and role of plant hormones in regulating the physiological processes. In addition, the students will be given practical hands-on-training about the use of high throughput equipments available in the Department to measure various physiological traits to draw conclusions on crop yield and quality. The students will be exposed on different innovative technologies viz., developing nutrio-hormonal consortia to mitigate abiotic stresses, manage physiological and nutritional disorders and enhance productivity and quality of major crops.

Why this programme?

Study Programme

Masters degree in Plant Physiology enhances knowledge and training in all aspects of plant function and physiology, including processes such as photosynthesis and respiration. Due consideration is also given to plant nutrition, hormone functions and related subjects include Plant Breeding, Plant Biotechnology and Statistics. The curriculum has been designed by following the ICAR guidelines.  

Colleges offering

Master programme in Plant Physiology is offered by the Department of Crop Physiology under the Directorate of Crop Management, TNAU, Coimbatore campus.

Application and Admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of Plant Physiology? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures. If you doubt whether admission is possible, feel welcome to apply online. The Admission Committee will check your admissibility.

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Master’s in Plant Physiology course

Master Courses

After admission the students undergo a set of courses that help them understand the basics of Plant Physiology as per the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with a total credit load of 70 credits, of which 30 credits are exclusively earmarked for their Thesis Research.

Master’s thesis research

After completing the courses in the first year, the students start their thesis research. Each student is assigned to an experienced faculty, approved by the Dean of School of Post-Graduate Studies, who would guide the student on his/ her choice of research topic.


Research training

The students are exposed to several scientific events like training, seminar, symposia and conferences. Many are encouraged to have training or take up a part of their research objectives at other institutes for a couple of months, either in India or abroad.

Student Experiences

The courses of Plant Physiology were designed well covering all the aspects from molecular level to whole plant level. We had a great exposure on understanding the basis of physiological and biochemical process occurring in plants. Little did we know that even slight change in environment could create huge imbalance in plant’s physiological processes. We are grateful for the instruments and laboratory facilities available in the department. We can effectively use them for our thesis work and can contribute something significant to the scientific knowledge.


M.Sc. in Plant Physiology


We were really pleased with the quality and content of the course. We gained in-depth knowledge about the physiological functioning of plants and the response of plants to abiotic stress conditions, its mechanisms, signaling pathway and molecular adaptations of plants. We learnt about the handling of instruments and had a good opportunity on doing the practical experiments which will be very useful during our research work. We felt that both theoretical and practical teachings were relevant to each other. We really enjoyed learning this course and it was really effective. We feel confident that we can apply this knowledge in our research work.

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Student Alumni Experiences

The conveyance from an undergraduate student to an Assistant Professor was not that easy. But Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and Department of Crop Physiology nourished me to attain the acceleration to reach the terminal destination. A group of distinguished Professors guided and escorted me by all means to strengthen my skills as well as personality. Some of the great memories of friendship, brotherhood and immense flow of wisdom from greatest minds of the country in the rustic beautiful campus of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University are something which I can never forget. Thanks to almighty and my faculties for I have got an opportunity to see the world and work for will. Presently am working for Vanavarayar Institute of Agriculture as Assistant Professor. Good luck to all students of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.


I really enjoyed all the physiology courses. I thought it was well planned and layed out, easy for me to follow. The research work load was just enough, so we have enough time to plan our thesis research work in prior. Our Department is one of the best in teaching and research among Indian Agricultural Universities that offer Crop Physiology degree programmes. As a Crop Physiology PG student at TNAU, I learned subject knowledge, research skills, teamwork spirit, teaching skill and punctuality. Also I had good field exposure during research of PG and learned how to manage the field oriented problems. I am grateful to my course teachers and research guide. Presently am working as Assistant Professor for Thanthai Roever Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development, Perambalur. Thank you.


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