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UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute

– FAQs

How far is UMBI from the centre of Kuala Lumpur?

UMBI is located within the UKM Medical Centre in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. The UKMMC is a campus which houses the Faculty of Medicine and also the UKM teaching hospital. It is approximately 5km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre.

Getting there..

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

From the airport, the UMBI can be reached by taxi (using the KLIA taxi service) and it is a 1-hour journey to UMBI. It will cost about RM90.00 per journey. Tickets for the KLIA taxi service can be purchased from Limousine counters just before you enter the arrival hall.

From Kuala Lumpur

You can take RapidKL LRT from the Masjid Jamek Station and stop at the Bandar Tun Razak station . It will cost RM1.70 per journey. From the Bandar Tun Razak station, you may take a taxi which costs about RM5.00.

Monthly Living Expenses..

The daily living expenses depend on the needs and lifestyle of the individual. We estimated the cost of accommodation, food, local travel, living and other personal expenses for self-supporting single students to be a minimum of RM1,000.00 monthly.

Is there any accommodation provided by UMBI?

UMBI does not provide accommodation for students. However, there is a wide range of accommodation available nearby (within walking distance or a short trip by bus) in Bandar Tun Razak, Bandar Sri Permaisuri and Taman Midah area. Students will need to search for this type of accommodation upon arrival. Our management will be able to advise further upon arrival.

What are the fees for masters and PhD programmes?

The current tuition and other fees for masters and PhD programmes are provided in the table below. However the University reserves the right to make any amendments as it deem fit at anytime. For international students sponsored by their government, there will be a better chance for getting a place if the sponsor provides also a grant for their research project. For any enquiries, please contact UMBI Assistant Registrar, Mrs. Farliza Zakaria at +6 03 9145 9040 or you may visit the Centre for Graduate Management, UKM website .

Please refer to Duration of study & Fees

Does UMBI provide any financial assistance to students?

Currently, UMBI offers 2 types of financial assistance to students.

  1. The Research Grant Scheme
    1. Applicants are not necessarily a UKM student.
    2. Applications are open to all local candidates only
  2. Graduate Research Assistantship Scheme
    The offer for fully registered local and international students will be based upon approval of the candidate’s research project by the supervisor.
    Remuneration
    1. Master’s Programmes: RM1,800.00/month
    2. Doctoral Programmes: RM2,000.00/month

What does the postgraduate programme offered by UMBI?

The postgraduate programmes at UMBI are by research, and therefore students will be given a research project which will lead to the production of a thesis at the end of the study. There will be a mandatory course on research methodology and statistics. The scope of responsibilities includes preparation of research proposal, collection of samples if relevant, laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, thesis writing and dissemination of research result. Students will also be given the opportunity to present their findings (oral or poster) at local conferences. It is also mandatory for students to publish (1 paper for MSc and 2 for PhD candidates) their research work in journals before their viva (a letter of acceptance, including the corrections, by the journal editor will be adequate proof of publication)

Application for admission at UMBI

You can apply for post of research assistant at UMBI by sending your resume (CV), research proposal (optional), thesis abstract (for those with MSc), academic transcripts and relevant certificates to farlizaz@ppukm.ukm.edu.my”> farlizaz@ppukm.ukm.my . We will contact you for an interview. Places are limited and it very much depends on the availability of research grants for the projects. If you are selected, you will be given a 3-month probation period. At the end of the period, your supervisor (or team of supervisors) will decide whether you are suitable to proceed with your MSc/PhD. You also have a right to leave if you feel that the project does not suit you.

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