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School of Biosciences and Biotechnology

Postgraduate

Introduction

The postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Biosciences and Biotechnology are by thesis only. These programmes emphasize exploration and appreciation of the living world based on the latest approach and focus on the national development of science, technology and industry. The programmes are supported by courses intending to give strong foundation and current perspectives in biosciences.

Research Areas and Degrees Offered

Research conducted at the School of Biosciences and Biotechnology focuses on priority areas of biosciences which include: Gene Structure and Function, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Animal Science, Structural Biology, Environmental Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology, Host-Microbe Interaction, Developmental Biology, Signal Transduction, Biology of Natural Products, Biology of Mammalian Cells and Fermentation Technology. Each field of research generates new knowledge and technology targeted towards the national development of biotechnology.

The degrees awarded are as follows:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Botany)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Genetics)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Microbiology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Zoology)
  • Master of Science (Biochemistry)
  • Master of Science (Molecular Biology)
  • Master of Science (Plant Biotechnology)
  • Master of Science (Microbiology)
  • Master of Science (Animal Science)
  • Master of Science (Plant Science)

 

Entry Requirements

Candidates applying for the postgraduate programmes must have the following qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy Programme

  1. Master of Science degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or any other universities approved by the Senate; or
  2. Other qualifications equivalent to a Master of Science and qualifications or experience approved by the Senate; or
  3. Currently following a Master of Science programme in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and endorsed by the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee for a change of status to a Doctor of Philosophy programme; or
  4. Degree in Science or other equivalent qualification with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.67 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or any other universities approved by the Senate.

Master of Science Programme

  1. Bachelor of Science degree with a good Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or any other universities approved by the Senate; or
  2. Doctor of Medicine from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or any other equivalent degree from any other universities approved by the Senate; or
  3. Other qualifications equivalent to a Bachelor of Science and other qualifications or experience approved by the Senate.

 

Programme Structure

Doctor of Philosophy

All candidates are required to register for Research Methodology (STPD6014) and Research Project every semester. Candidates are required to have meetings with their supervisors or supervisory committee for no less than 40 hours per semester for full time students and 20 hours per semester for part-time students. Candidates must submit a thesis upon completion of the research project.

Master of Science

Programmes offered by the School of Biosciences and Biotechnology are by thesis only. All candidates are required to register and pass 12 credit hours of courses. Candidates are required to register for Research Project every academic semester and submit a thesis upon completion of the research project.

The required 12 credit hours of courses should be made up of 8 credit hours of core courses and 4 credit hours of elective courses. Core courses include Research Methodology (STPD6014) offered by the Faculty and other courses offered by the School. Candidates may choose to register for any of the elective courses offered by the School to fulfill the elective requiremen

List of core courses

  • STPD6014    Research Methodology
  • STBP6244    Current Developments in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • STBP6254    Biotechnology Management

List of elective course

  • STBP6262    Bioinformatics
  • STBP6342    Bioprocess Technology
  • STBP6352    Molecular Phylogeny
  • STBP6362    Signalling and Regulation of Cellular Development
  • STBP6442    Cancer Cell Biology
  • STBP6452    Molecular Mechanism of Pathogenicity
  • STBP6662    Current Topics and Innovation in Plant Science

Candidates are required to schedule meetings with their supervisors or supervisory committee for no less than 26 hours per semester for full-time students and 13 hours per semester for part-time candidates.

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