What will I learn?

The first session of the biological sciences at University of Malaya started in May 1959 and since then transformed from the humble two departments to the multidisciplinary Institute of today. The changes within the biological sciences reflect current global trends in research evolving away from basic disciplines of botany and zoology. Nevertheless, the Institute is still documenting and unravelling the rich biodiversity available in our tropical ecosystems. This is because fundamental sciences form the baseline for biotechnology and information science. The Institute ‘s philosophy is to keep up with the latest advances in Science and at the same time not losing sight of the need for basic studies on our rich biodiversity. More changes are to be expected within the next few years to ensure that the study of biological sciences in the University of Malaya is geared to meet future challenges. Currently the Institute has 98 academic staff, 134 support staff and 341 postgraduate students in the Institute, making it the largest institute within the University.

Course Structure

The Master of Science (Biotechnology) Programme was established in 1989 to train graduates from various disciplines ranging from biological sciences, chemical engineering and related medical sciences, for a career in the emerging field of biotechnology. The programme has been fine-tuned over the years to focus on the various new technologies that will enhance biotechnology research in Malaysia. The programme consists of coursework (one semester) followed by research project (two semesters). Laboratory sessions form an important part of the programme.

The programme aims to broaden the knowledge and understanding of the current technologies and processes in the biotechnology industry.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 semesters (minimum); 8 semesters (maximum))

Tuition fees
RM32,515.00 (US$ 7,592) 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

Preference will be given to applicants having a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA 3.0 and above or its equivalent. A band 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic); or A score of 550 paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

For international students

Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree with Honours CGPA 3.0 and above or equivalent in the relevant field.

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree of CGPA 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

A. Having relevant work experience; or

B. Produce publications in related fields; or

C. is a recipient of a scholarship; or

D. is a graduate of the University of Malaya; or

E. is a government servant

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree of CGPA 2.5 to 2.69 may be considered if they meet at least two of the criteria in (1) (A) to (E) above

English Language requirement

Candidates are required to have TOEFL results at least 550; 80 (IBT) or IELTS at least Band 5.5.

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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