What will I learn?

Phytochemistry is the study of the chemistry of substances found in plants. Higher plants have evolved to produce a diverse range of low-molecular-weight compounds, described as secondary metabolites that can be used as food and feed additives, flavours, fragrances, cosmetics, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. Over the last century plants immense chemodiversity have produced an extraordinarily diverse range of such compounds and are increasingly providing leads for drug development and other applications. Phytochemical techniques and other relevant enabling technologies have also evolved and have made tremendous inroads into the fundamental understanding of the complex secondary metabolisms and biological functions of the compounds as well as their potential uses. By definition, phytochemistry research encompasses all aspects of pure and applied plant chemistry, plant biochemistry, plant molecular biology and related interdisciplinary aspects. Currently, projects within the program at LHS focus mainly on the discovery of novel bioactive molecules from plants and other natural resources towards various therapeutic targets such as inflammation, cancer, diabetes mellitus and Alzheimers disease. Selected cell- and enzyme-based bioassays as well as zebra fish model assays are employed for biological activity screening while animal studies are pursued collaboratively with strategic partners. State-of-the-art chromatographic and spectroscopic technologies are the main enabling tools in the bio activity-guided isolation and chemical characterisation of the secondary metabolites.

Which department am I in?

Institute of Bioscience

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of two years and a maximum of five years)

Tuition fees
1st semester: RM 7,212.50; 2nd-4th semesters: RM 5,262.50; 5th-6th semesters: RM 4,700; 7th and subsequent semesters: RM 5,200; Cost for max 4 years: RM 42,800; Cost for max 5 years: RM 53,200
Start date

Expected February, September 2022


Universiti Putra Malaysia



43400, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The applicant should possess: a Master Degree (with coursework) in a relevant field with a minimum grade average of B, or a Master Degree with thesis in a relevant field, or an outstanding Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.750 (such an applicant may apply direct admission even without a Master Degree). Admission into the programme is subject to any other requirement specified by the Faculty/Institute. An applicant from a local public university who is in the final semester of his undergraduate study programme may be considered for provisional admission provided his current CGPA or its equivalent satisfies the graduate programme admission requirements. English Language Requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Band 6.0; Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL), Paper Based - 550; 400 for Band 4.0 only for Malay language, Arabic, Chinese Literature, internet-based test (IBT)- 79-80.

For international students

The applicant should possess:

A Master Degree (by coursework) in a relevant field with a minimum grade average of B, or

A Master Degree by research in a relevant field.

For applicants with one of the following

550 for the TOEFL Paper-based Test (Academic Version); or

Band 6.0 for IELTS (Academic Training); or

79-80 for TOEFL Internet-based Test (Academic Version); or

Level 109 for CIEP at ELS Language Centre; or

Any English Language Test which is equivalent to B2 in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)


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