What will I learn?

These programmes provide a comprehensive training in research on specific subject areas through exploration and experimentation. One or more supervisors are assigned to the student whose role is to assist the student to define the research topic and to provide guidance in the development of the research project. On completion of the research the candidate is required to submit a thesis on his research findings for examination.

Institute of Biological Sciences

  • Animal Embryology Breeding and
  • Plant Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Genetics and Breeding
  • Ecophysiology and Biochemistry
  • Plant Physiology
  • Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plants
  • Plant Taxonomy
  • Immunology
  • Population Ecology of Agricultural Insect
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Pests
  • Molecular Biology
  • Phytochemistry and Pharmacology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Weed Ecology and Management
  • Plant Bacteriology

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

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

Tuition fees
RM32,065.00 (US$ 7,487) 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 should possess one of following:

Bachelor of Science with Hons (CGPA 3.00 and above) or its equivalent in related field, or

Bachelor of Science or its equivalent in related field with

  • A minimum of one (1) year of relevant working experience in the related field, or
  • Proof of publication in a related field; or

Professional qualification from a recognised professional body or other qualifications as approved by Senate.

English Language Requirements:

International students are required to attend and pass a basic course in Bahasa Melayu before the degree can be conferred. If they intend to write their dissertation/thesis in English they must possess at least band 6 IELTS or a score of 550 TOEFL if they had obtained their Bachelor’s degree from a university in which the medium of instruction is other than English.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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