University of Madras, Chennai

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List of Courses Offered

Master of Science (MSc)

Master of Science (MSc)
Actuarial ScienceAdvanced Biochemistry
Analytical ChemistryAnatomy
Applied GeographyApplied Geology
Applied Plant ScienceBio-informatics
Biomedical GeneticsBiomedical Sciences
Computer ScienceCyber Forensics and Information Security
Electronics ScienceEnvironmental Science
Environmental ToxicologyGeology
Human Resource Development PsychologyIndustrial Microbiology
Inorganic ChemistryMathematics
Medical BiochemistryMicrobiology
Molecular BiologyNutrition & Dietetics and Applied Nutrition
Organic ChemistryPharmacology
Photonics and BiophotonicsPhysical Chemistry
Polymer ScienceSpatial Information Technology
StatisticsZoology (Special)

Master of Arts (MA)

Master of Arts (MA)
Ancient History and ArchaeologyAnthropology
Applied LinguisticsApplied Sanskrit


CommunicationContinuing Education Management
Corporate SociologyCriminology and Criminal Justice
Defence and Strategic StudiesEnglish
Folk MusicFrench-Translation
Historical StudiesIndian Music
Indian PhilosophyIntellectual Property Rights
Political SciencePublic Affairs
Public ManagementRhythmology
Tamil Literature and CultureTamil Studies


Continuing Education Management (Full Time/Part Time)Analytical Chemistry
Ancient History and ArchaeologyPublic Affairs (1 Year 2 – Semesters, Choice Based Programme)
Bio ChemistryBotany
Scientific InstrumentationSouth & Southeast Asian Studies
M.Phil Computer Science (1 year)Defence and Strategic Studies
M.Phil in Development EconomicsEducation (Full-Time)
M.Phil(Biomedical Sciences) and M.Phil. (Endocrinology) programmes are offered under choice based credit system (CBCSEnglish
French1 year M.Phil Geology (CBCS) Programme
HindiHistorical Studies
Indian Music(F.T and P.T)Inorganic Chemistry
Journalism and Communication 1982Kannada
MalayalamM.Phil(Mathematics) Full time
M.Phil., Organic ChemistryM.Phil – Environmental Toxicology – (Inter disciplinary)
PhilosophyPhysical Chemistry
M.Phil Professional Psychology (1996 to 2006)M.Phil Psychology (1976 to 1995 and since 2007)
Tamil StudiesComputational Linguistics
Tamil LiteratureTheoretical Physics
M. Phil. in Applied EconomicsApplied Geology
EconomicsIslamic Studies
PhysicsNeuro and Nanotoxicology
Political ScienceInternational Relations
Telugu(F.T and P.T)Public Administration
Physical Education & YogaCounselling Psychology


  • Travel and Tourism Management
  • Diploma Course in Arabic
  • Diploma Course in Urdu
  • Diploma / Certificate in Herbal Biotechnology
  • Diploma in Cyber Crime and Information Security (One year)
  • Diploma in Manuscript logy in Sanskrit
  • French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Kannada
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights
  • Malayalam
  • DCP (Diploma in Clinical Pathology)

P.G Diploma :

  • G. Diploma in English Skills and Knowledge Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Organizational Development and Management of Change (since 2009)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Manuscriptology & Editing
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Inscriptions & Cultural Studies.
  • G. Diploma in Stem Cell Biology & Tissue Engineering
  • Taxonomy Of Fungi
  • Ambedkar Thoughts
  • Functional Hindi and Translation
  • PG Diploma in GIS Management (Evening Programme)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Waste Management
  • One year Diploma in Developmental Disabilities
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Learning Disabilities (2006-2007)
  • G. Diploma in Yoga Therapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Folkloristics& Mass Media
  • G. Diploma in Immunotechnology
  • Taxonomy Of Algae
  • Spirituality and Counselling Eligibility : any Bachelor’s degree
  • Technical Writing
  • Peace and Communal Harmony
  • Sustainable Environmental Management
  • Green Energy Technology
  • Geo-informatics in Environmental Management


  • General
  • Special Education (Mental Retardation)


  • International Business
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Trade and Services
  • Master of Computer Applications (MCA)

Why Study in University of Madras

The University of Madras is a public state university in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Established in 1857, it is one of the oldest and premier universities in India. Madras University is the mother of almost all the old Universities of south India. The University area of jurisdiction has been confined to three districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. This is consequent to establishment of various universities in the State and demarcation of the University territories. This University has been growing from strength to strength while widening its teaching and research activities.

The University imparts both Under Graduate and Post Graduate Education through the Affiliated Institutions which are spread over the districts of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram. Apart from teaching, research activities in Arts, Humanities, Science, Management and Technology shpae the academic tenor of the University. A number of institutions affiliated to Madras University concentrate on research activities offeringe Ph.D., Programmes in their respective field of specialisation.

The University also offers teaching and research programmes in its four campuses. The 68 University Departments of study and research are spread over four campuses organised into 18 Schools each of which offer Post Graduate Courses in respective specialisation, part time and full time.

The first ever demand for higher education in Madras Presidency was given in a public address to Lord John Elphinstone, Governor of Madras, signed by 70,000 residents when the Governor in Council was contemplating "some effective and liberal measures for the establishment of an improved system of national education." This public petition, which was presented by the Advocate General Mr. George Norton on 11 November 1839, pressed the need for an English college in the city of Madras. Pursuant to this, Lord Elphinstone evolved a plan for the establishment of a central collegiate institution or a ‘university.’ This university had twin departments – a high school for the cultivation of English literature, regional language, philosophy and science, and a college for instruction in the higher branches of literature, philosophy and science.

The University Board was constituted in January 1840 with Mr. George Norton as its president. This was the precursor of the present Presidency College, Chennai. A systematic educational policy for India was formulated 14 years later by Wood's despatch, which pointed out the rationale for "creating a properly articulated system of education from the primary school to the University." The Dispatch recommended the establishment in the universities of Professorships "for the purposes of the delivery of lectures in various branches of learning including vernacular as well as classical languages." As a result, the University of Madras, organized on the model of the University of London, was incorporated on 5 September 1857 by an Act of the Legislative Council of India.

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