What will I learn?

This interdisciplinary program hopes to produce graduates who have sound knowledge of biological sciences with particular reference to its application to Biohealth Science discipline. The programme strives to assist the nation in addressing the requirement of human resource for the Biohealth Science various needs. Currently, both the public and the private sectors are working towards revolutionizing science and technology in the health industry, either from the service or the research aspects. Such progress needs skilled human force to fulfil the current market requirements. The programme aims to produce excellent graduates in a variety of health and medical fields.

There is a competitive entry into the programme since the programme accepts limited number of students yearly. Selection is based on availability of place and academic merit.

  1. To produce graduates with firm knowledge in biological sciences who are capable of applying the knowledge in various biohealth science-related fields
  2. To produce graduates equipped with applicable skills in essential biological techniques to develop and execute scientific research in biohealth sciences or other related fields such as biotechnology
  3. To produce highly competent Biohealth Science graduates who are well-suited to join and able to conduct scientific research in the pharmaceutical settings as well as in herbal industries
  4. To produce graduates who understood the causes and development of human diseases and other health-related problems, necessary in enabling the graduates to collaborate with other experts in healthcare
  5. To produce Biohealth Science graduates who qualify to further their studies:
  • At the post-graduate level in biohealth related fields in any local or international institutions of higher learning
  • As medical students in local institutions or abroad


  1. Possess the knowledge through comprehension of biological principles and concepts especially in biohealth sciences
  2. Apply necessary technical/practical skills to design, develop and finally to execute various projects and consultancies systematically in health related fields
  3. Carry out given responsibilities in a transparent manner to effectively enhance public awareness and knowledge in health-related issues as well as being able in appreciating inter-social relationships. To be a professional with good attitude, positive values as well as to behave ethically at work and when carrying out scientific research
  4. Clearly and effectively communicating information verbally or in writing as well as being able to work as a responsible team player. Also demonstrated leadership skills in various activities/group projects
  5. Adopt and apply suitable scientific methods in problem-solving and at work according to societal and industrial norms
  6. Efficiently manage information and continuously adapting current knowledge in biohealth science for lifelong learning
  7. Effectively plan and execute projects by demonstrating excellent resource management and entrepreneurial spirit

Career Opportunity

  • Lab Technologist.
  • Scientific Officer.
  • Research Scientist.
  • Forensic Scientist.
  • Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Researcher.
  • Insurance Company Underwriter.
  • Health Educators and Health Promotion Specialists.
  • Administrative Officers in government or its agencies.
  • Sales personnel in pharmaceutical and medical-related industries.
  • Careers in science journalism.
  • Entry into post-graduate study in health-related disciplines.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (3.5 years)

Tuition fees
USD $10,600 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020


University of Malaya

Jalan Universiti,


Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,

50603, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

National Higher School Certificate (or an Advanced Level equivalent) with the percentage of 80% and above or A Diploma from recognized Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00. Applicant may be required to undergo an interview session for certain selected programmes before being accepted by the respective faculties. Students must obtain: TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT) or 60 (IBT) and above or IELTS Band 5.0 - 6.5 and above.

For international students

Students must have the following requirements

  • National Higher School Certificate (or an Advanced Level equivalent) with the grade 80% and above or
  • A Diploma from recognized Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00.
  • Applicant may be required to undergo an interview session for certain selection programme before being accepted by the respective faculty.

(1) IELTS Academic - Band 6.0 >

(2) TOEFL - Score 550 (PBT) / 213 (CBT) / 80 (IBT)

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About this uni

UM is the only Malaysian university to be among the Top 100 in the world and the Top 1% of the world's universities.

  • Ranked 70th in the 2020 QS World University Ranking
  • Over 200 world-class programmes to choose from
  • UM’s alumni include former Malaysian Prime Ministers
  • 32 courses ranked in the QS World’s Top 200 Subject Rankings