Department of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology

Master of Science (Coursework)

Degrees offered:

Introduction

The Conservation Biology Program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates an understanding of biological diversity with the economic and social dimensions of development. This program is collaboratively taught by staff from various departments and faculties who share a common interest in the conservation of nature and natural resources. The broad-based approach allows graduates to pursue a wide range of career options including consulting, policy research, planning, land management, research and teaching. It is also targeted at working professionals wishing to update or acquire new skills in the field of conservation biology.

Program Structure

The Master of Science program offered is a program based on coursework requiring 12 months (2 semesters). Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 credit hours, comprising 25 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of elective courses. Candidates are encouraged to expand their individual interest through research projects which commence in the first semester and are supervised by UKM academic staff together with experts/scientists from relevant institutes. Candidates are required to submit their Research Project Dissertation at the end of the second semester for examination.

Courses Offered:

  • STPD6014 Research Methodology
  • STAP6033 Biogeography
  • STAP6014 Natural Resources Prospecting
  • STAP6064 Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing
  • STAP6974 Research Project I
  • STAP6986 Research Project II
  • STAB6013 Conservation Biology
  • STAB6034 Population & Community Ecology
  • STAB6054 Conservation Ethics & Legislation
  • STAB6084 Natural Resource & Environmental Economics

Introduction

Entomology is a field of science specializing in all aspects of learning and studying of insects. Its importance to mankind cannot be denied in the highly sophisticated era and the borderless world that we live in. This is because man can easily move freely and quickly from place to place and unintentionally carry with them insects that are potential pests or act as a vector of disease in other countries. The effect of physical development that indirectly changes the ecosystem, landscape and habitat in which insects live in can contribute to the reduction of insect diversity, loss of insect species that are highly sensitive to habitat changes, and most importantly can make insects become crop pests or become the cause of annoyance. As such, it is the responsibility of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia to train and produce Master of Science (Entomology) graduates with knowledge and skills to solve problems related to or caused by insects.

The Master of Science (Entomology) Program by coursework is offered to candidates interested in pursuing their studies in Entomology full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). The program is designed in such as way that graduates have the opportunity to appreciate, understand and learn all aspects of insects especially those related to the role and contribution of insects to other related fields of sciences, ecosystem stability, mankind and the whole world. To achieve this target, students are required to take core and elective courses that are related to the study of insects. Additionally, they must also conduct a short research project. It is hoped that by taking these courses the graduates will be equipped with knowledge suited for Master of Science (Entomology) degree and will help them pursue careers as well as facilitate them to further their studies to Doctor of Philosophy level in the same or related fields.

Program Structure

The Master of Science program offered is a program based on coursework requiring 12 months (2 semesters). Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 credit hours, comprising 23 credit hours of core courses and 17 credit hours of elective courses. Candidates are encouraged to expand their individual interest through research projects which commence in the first semester and are supervised by UKM academic staff together with experts/scientists from relevant institutes. Candidates are required to submit their Research Project Dissertation at the end of the second semester for examination.

Courses Offered:

  • STPD6014 Research Methodology
  • STAP6974 Research Project I
  • STAP6986 Research Project II
  • STAB6614 Insect Systematic
  • STAB6624 Insect Ecology
  • STAB6633 Insect Morphology and Anatomy
  • STAB6644 Insect Pest Management
  • STAB6654 Insect Physiology
  • STAB6664 Medical and Urban Entomology
  • STAB6673 Molecular Entomology

Introduction

This program is carried out as an international level program with cooperation from the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), with the aim of providing theoretical expertise and pertinent practicals required for the sustainable management of plant genetic resources. Educational expertise of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia will be complemented by the vast experience of leading national research institutions such as Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research (MINT), and Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB), and their experienced staff will provide the relevant inputs in conducting this course. The strong collaborative element between the universities and the national research institutions will bring in flexibility and practicality in the approach to training, and consequently will ensure the success and also increase the relevance of the training.

Program Structure

The Master of Science program offered is a program based on coursework requiring 12 months (2 semesters). Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 unit hours, comprising 23 credit hours of core courses and 17 credit hours of elective courses. Candidates are encouraged to expand their individual interests through research projects which commence in the first semester and are supervised by UKM academic staff together with experts/scientists from relevant institutes. Candidates are required to submit their Research Project Dissertation at the end of the second semester for examination.

Courses Offered:
  • STPD6014 Research Methodology
  • STAP6043 Plant Diversity and Systematic
  • STAP6073 Environmental Management System
  • STAP6974 Research Project I
  • STAP6986 Research Project II
  • STAB6013 Conservation Biology
  • STAB6143 Economic Botany and Ethnobotany
  • STAB6903 Diversity of Plant Genetic Resources
  • STAB6914 Plant Breeding
  • STAB6924 Advanced Plant Biotechnology
  • STAB6033 Biogeography

Introduction

Systematic Botany is an important component in life sciences, dealing primarily with a science of arranging plants into natural groupings and the naming of these groups. Systematic principles aim to produce classification systems which best express the various degrees of overall similarity between the living organisms. Such systems are used in biology for the storage, retrieval and communication of information and for the making of reliable predictions and generalizations. They are based on as broad as a possible study of the variation of living organisms and aim to establish groups, the members of which possess the largest number of common features and exhibit, therefore the greatest overall similarity. This expertise will provide a basic service to biology, especially on identity, probably close relatives and characteristics of plants to those who require it, especially to those doing research in other areas of biology. Plant systematic will be able to provide an accurate name, expressing natural relationships. This will support other life sciences such as plant biotechnology, pharmaceutical, forestry, agriculture and environmental sciences.

This program aims to help enhance the expertise of our biologists with knowledge and basic expertise to be involved in systematic and taxonomic projects. This will contribute to the capacity building in this area especially in megadiversity countries of the tropics. It will also complement other interests such as ecology, system management, agriculture, environmental and development assessment, plant genetic resource management, natural resource exploration, environmental education. This one year course provides a stimulating approach to a wide range of modern taxonomic theory and practice, especially on taxonomic foundations, biodiversity assessment methodologies, economic and applied aspects such as ethnobotany, economic botany, natural resources and conservation, bioprospecting and Flora writing. It is therefore attractive not only to those intending to follow plant taxonomy or systematic professionally but also to those with interests in such areas as ethnobiology, plant ecology, dendrology, management of genetic resources, biodiversity and conservation biology.

Program Structure

The Master of Science program offered is a program based on coursework requiring 12 months (2 semesters). Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 unit hours, comprising 20 credit hours of core courses and 20 credits of elective courses and 10 credit hours of research. Candidates are encouraged to expand their individual interests through research projects which commence in the first semester and are supervised by UKM academic staff together with experts/scientists from relevant institutes. Candidates are required to submit their Research Project Dissertation at the end of the second semester for examination.

Courses Offered:
  • STPD6014 Research Methodology
  • STAP6033 Biogeography
  • STAP6043 Plant Systematic and Diversity
  • STAP6974 Research Project I
  • STAP6986 Research Project II
  • STAB6013 Conservation Biology
  • STAB6123 Taxonomic Data and Resource Management
  • STAB6134 Phylogeny, Diversity and Taxonomy of Cryptograms
  • STAB6143 Economic Botany and Ethnobotany
  • STAB6153 Plant Micromorphology and Anatomy
  • STAB6174 Principles and Methods of Phylogeny Reconstruction