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Master of Science (Biotechnology)

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.

Master of Science (Biotechnology)

Session 2017/2018

(50 CREDITS)

1. Program Core Courses (14 CREDITS)

Course Code

Course Name

Credits

SOC7001

Research Methodology in Biotechnology

3

SOC7003

Microbial Technology and Production

3

SOC7004

Plant and Animal Breeding

3

SOC7005

Diagnostic and Therapeutic

3

SOC7006

Current Issues and Technology in Biotechnology

2

2. Program Elective Courses (6 CREDITS)

Course Code

Course Name

Credits

SOC7007

Environmental Biotechnology

3

SOC7008

Principles of Bioprocess Engineering

3

SOC7009

Biotechnology in Food Production

3

3. Research (30 CREDITS)

Course Code

Course Name

Credits

SOC7002

Dissertation

30


SOC7001 Research Methodology
At the end of this course, students will be equipped with philosophy, perspective and research methodology in biotechnology. Students will learn the techniques and processes involved in planning, conducting, analyzing, publishing and presentation of research results. In addition, students will be exposed to a variety of ethical issues in research. This course will provide an overview on the use of basic statistics in design and implementation of research. In addition, this course will introduce the concept and application of bioinformatics in biotechnology research.

Assessment Methods
Continuous Assessment: 100%

Medium of Introduction
English

Transferable Skills:-

SOC 7002 Dissertation
The student selects one project topic and carries out the research project specified by the supervisor. A project proposal including literature review, objectives, methodology & experimental design and estimated budget, has to be presented to the supervisor before project begins. The experimental work and thesis writing is conducted in Semester 2 (15 credits) and semester 3 (15 credits) and Semester 3 (15 credits). The competed thesis must be submitted at the end of Semester 3 for examination by the external and internal examiner.

 Assessment Methods
Thesis examination by external and internal examiners: 100%

Medium of Instruction
English

Transferable Skills
Laboratory Practical Skills

SOC 7003 Microbial Production and Technologies
Introduction to microbial technologies, Biochemical transformation via microbial cell catalyst, Utilization of microbial cells as agent of bioremediation, Synthesis of novel via microbial production, Microbes as bio factories.

Assessment Methods
Continuous Assessment: 60%
Final Examination: 40%

Medium of Instruction
English

Transferable Skills:-

SOC 7004 Plant and Animal Improvements
The course will present a comprehensive overview on current approaches and technologies involved will also be discussed. Fundamentals on the concepts involved will also be discussed. Students will also be exposed to topics related too biosecurity, biosafety and ethical related to these technologies.

Assessment Methods
Continuous Assessment: 50%
Final Examination: 50%

Medium of Instruction
English

Transferable Skills

  1. Theoretical skills related to plant and animal biotechnologies.
  2. Skills in data gathering and analysis.
  3. Skills in scientific and critical thinking.

SOC 7005 Diagnostics and Therapeutics
This course aims to provide a critical overview and understanding of biotechnological application relevant to the improvement of human health. Topics to be covered include molecular techniques in disease prevention, diagnostics, disease outbreak investigations, vaccine production, current treatment of genetic disorders through gene therapy, epigenetics in medicine as well as discourses on the legal, ethical and socio-economic impacts of biotechnology on human health improvement.

Assessment Methods
Continuous Assessment: 50%
Final examination: 50%

Medium of Instruction
English

Transferable Skills:-

 
SOC 7006 Current Issues and Technologies in Biotechnologies
Technical staff of scientific companies and scientists from within and upside the university will be invited to give seminars including simple hands-on demonstration practical on current technologies for biotechnologies research. The topics will be selected based on current needs of the students and the industries.

Assessment Methods
Continuous Assessment: 100%
Grade notification via notice board, on line notification via SpectrUM.

Medium of Instruction
English

Transferable Skills:-

SOC 7007 Environmental Biotechnology
Introduction to traditional and state-of-art technologies in environmental management and waste minimization for a clean environment; ecological concepts and the role of microorganisms and biological systems; techniques in waste analysis. Technologies in liquid, solid and toxic waste management. Climate change; carbon and nitrogen sequestration; alternative and renewable energy sources.

Assessment Methods
Continuous Assessment: 50%
Final examination: 50% 

Medium of Instruction
English

Transferable Skills:-

SOC 7008 Principles in Bioprocess Engineering

The course will cover important concepts in bioprocess engineering, focusing on applications in biological systems. Topics like dimensionless numbers, mass balance, kinetics and energetics, aeration and mixing, mode of operation, sterilization and separation are introduced.

Assessment Methods
Continuous Assessment: 50% (Test)
Final examination: 50% (Theory)

Medium of Instruction
English

Transferable Skills:-

SOC 7009 Biotechnology in Food Production
Introduction to traditional and state-of-art technologies in food production. The role of microorganism and biological systems in traditional food production. Technologies for enched production of plant and animal products. Technologies for production of value-added-nutritional and nutraceutical food products for well-being of human kind.

 Assessment Methods
Continuous Assessment: 50%
Final examination: 50%

Medium of Instruction|
English

Transferable Skills:-

Language Requirement
 For international students, candidates are required to have TOEFL results at least 550 or IELTS at least  Band 5.5
Entry Requirement

Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree with Honors 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 servants

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

Fees
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Last Update: November 20, 2017

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