Research mode programmes offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy emphasise on inter- and multidisciplinary research areas in pharmacy including, but not limited to, drug discovery, pharmaceutical product development, pharmacy education and quality management of medicine. These research-oriented programmes are, by nature, laboratory-based, a combination of laboratory- and survey-based, or survey-based in various areas of pharmacy such as:
Drug and Herbal Development: focuses on the identification of chemical leads from natural products for specific therapeutic efficacy leading to the development of new drug candidates against complex and challenging drug targets prior to clinical trials and evaluation of herbs and their products for quality, safety and efficacy as therapeutic agents.
Drug Delivery Technology: focuses on contemporary drug delivery issues in order to build rational strategies to drug design resulting in advanced drug delivery. These include acquiring knowledge of the physicochemical properties of traditional and biotechnology-based drug moieties as well as understanding the mechanisms of cellular uptake and transport across biological membranes.
Quality Management of Medicine (QMM): focuses on patterns of drug usage, efficacy of treatment regimens, adverse drug reaction reporting, health awareness, patient education, pharmacoeconomics, national medicines policy and its implementation.
How do I apply?
Please use our online system (Join UKM) to submit an application. Fill out the online application form and enclose the following documents – your academic transcripts, certificates, and research proposal. Your application will then be checked by our postgraduate committee; and you will be notified of the result within 14 working days. You can enrol anytime throughout the year, but preferably at the start of a semester. This is because regardless of the time of enrolment, you will still have to pay the tuition fee for a full semester.
How do I find a supervisor?
This depends on your research interests. Officially we have only two research-based programmes ‘Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)’ and ‘Master of Science (MSc)’; but under their umbrellas you can go into a variety of research areas. We have a diverse team of experts tackling different aspects of drug-related research spanning drug discovery, pharmacology, and drug delivery: https://www.ukm.my/farmasi/research/.
Have a look at our academic staff directory and a list of postgraduate opportunities available at our faculty. Please contact potential supervisors before you submit a formal application. A good start would be to email them an expression of interest.
Can I still apply if I don’t meet the English language requirements?
We can make you a conditional offer if you meet our other entry requirements. If you obtained your bachelor’s (or master’s) degree from an academic institution using English as the medium of instruction, you are eligible for exemption from our English language requirements. Enclose with your application a supporting letter from your alma mater.
What are the tuition fees?
You can find tables listing the per-semester tuition fees for the PhD and MSc programmes in the links below:
Are there scholarships available for me?
UKM offers internal scholarships to eligible local students:
You can also try and get an outside scholarship e.g., MyBrain. If your supervisor has adequate funding, they may be able to pay you monthly stipends while you work on your research project.
What is the structure of the programme?
You will be working full-time (or part-time) to complete a research project under the mentorship of a supervisor (or a team of supervisors). Additionally, you will be required to complete a faculty-run course on research methodology. International students will be also asked to take a course on the Malay language.
Does the faculty run a PRP training (academia) programme?
Yes, we offer a hybrid MSc-PRP programme that allows students to obtain an MSc degree and complete their PRP training in ~2 years. The structure of the programme is almost identical to that of a non-hybrid MSc programme. Enrolling in the programme means that in addition to undertaking a research project, you will also need to:
When you get in touch with potential supervisors, let them know your intention to enrol in the PRP-MSc programme, so that they can:
Use Join UKM to apply for the MSc-PRP programme. The system does not have a separate option for ‘MSc-PRP’. So, in your application form, select ‘Master of Science (MSc)’.
What are the accommodation options around the Kuala Lumpur campus?
You can get help from our postgraduate society finding accommodation near the campus. There are plenty of privately owned apartments around the campus.