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Programme Name: Master of Science (Biotechnology)

Awarding Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Teaching Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Programme Name Master of Science (Biotechnology)
Final Award
Master of Science (Biotechnology)
Programme Code MSCB2
Professional or Statutory Body of Accreditation

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education

Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi Malaysia

Language(s) of Instructions
English
Mode of Study Conventional
Mode of operation Self-govern
Study Scheme Full Time 
Study Duration

Minimum: 1½ years

Maximum: 4 years

Type of Semester No. of Semesters No. of weeks per semester
Full Time Full Time
Normal 3 14

 

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Entry requirement of Master of Science (Biotechnology)- mixed mode:

 

University Entry Requirement

  1. A bachelor’s degree in the field or related fields with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the HEP Senate;

                          or

  1. A bachelor’s degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 and not meeting CGPA of 2.75, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment;

                         or

  • A bachelor’s degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting CGPA 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field and rigorous internal assessment.

 

 

Faculty Entry Requirement

 

Bachelor of Science (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Bioscience, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Genetics of equivalent) with CPA ≥ 3.0 will be considered for this programme.

English Language Requirement

 

  1. Student with TOEFL score if 60 and above can enroll at faculty

 

  1. Students with TOEFL score of 60 and below required to attend either:
  • Intensive English Programme (IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR – aligned test with the required score Or

 

  • Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108

 

  • Student with IELTS band 6.0 and above can enroll at faculty

 

  1. Student with band 5.5 and below are required to attend either:

 

  • Intensive English Programme (IEP) conducted by Language Academy (LA), UTM and pass IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 or pass CEFR-aligned test with the required score

                          or

  • Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) conducted by ELS Language Center and pass level 108

Below are program educational objectives (PEO) for graduates of Master of Science (Biotechnology):

PEO PEO Statement
PEO 1 Competent in applying advanced knowledge towards solving Biotechnology problems to meet local and global needs
PEO 2 Adaptable to changing situations with initiatives for career advancement through life-long learning
PEO 3 Holistic leader who adhere to standards of ethical conduct within professional and societal setting

Below are program learning outcomes for Master of Science (Biotechnology) program:

PLO PLO Statement

PLO 1

(KW)

Synthesize advanced knowledge, theories and concepts in biotechnology

PLO 2

(CG)

Produce innovative solutions to complex and current issues in biotechnology and related field.

PLO 3

(PS)

Use specific and advanced equipment in executing specialised Research Methodology to generate accurate and valid data

PLO 4

(IPS)

Collaborate effectively with different groups in learning and working communities

PLO 5

(CS)

Communicate effectively using appropriate media in delivering knowledge and ideas to the relevant communities

PLO 6

(DS)

Utilize a wide range of suitable digital technologies and appropriate software competently to enhance study and

research

PLO 7

(NS)

Evaluate numerical and graphical data using relevant software as well as qualitative and quantitative methods for research.

PLO 8

(LAR)

Demonstrate leadership skills, autonomy and responsibility in supervising and managing an organization.

PLO 9

(PRS)

Demonstrate self-advancement through continuous academic and professional development

PLO 10

(ENT)

Initiate entrepreneurial ventures in biotechnology and related field.

PLO 11

(ETS)

Practice adherence to biosafety guidelines, professional ethics and legal norms.

Keyword:

KW: Knowledge & Understanding

CG: Cognitive skills

PS: Practical skills

IPS: Interpersonal skills

CS: Communication skills

DS: Digital skills

NS: Numeracy skills

LAR: Leadership, autonomy and Responsibility

PRS: Personal skills

ENT: Enterpreneurship skills

ETS: Ethics & Proffesionalism skills

No. Classification Credit Hours Percentage
i. University General Course

 

3

 

7

ii.

Core Courses

12 29
ii. Elective Courses 6 914
ii.

Research Course (Dissertation)

21 50
 

Total

42 100

The course is offered in full-time mode and based on a 3 Semester Academic Year with several subjects being delivered and assessed in each semester. Assessment: Based on final examination, coursework and dissertation.

 

Award requirements:

To graduate, students should:

  • achieve a total of minimum 42 credit hours with minimum CPA of 3.00
  • complete and pass viva M.Sc Dissertation.

 

Course Category

Code

Course

Credit

University General Course
(3 Credits)

UXX 6XX3

(Choose 1 courses from the list given by School of Graduate Studies)

3

Core Courses
(12 Credits)

MSCB 1403

Research Methodology

3

MSCB 1113

Biochemistry and Microbial Physiology

3

MSCB 1813

Protein Engineering

3

MSCB 1523

Industrial Technology & Bioreactor Design

3

Elective Courses
(6 credit)

MSCB 1323

(Select any 6 credits)
Tissue Culture Approaches in Industrial Biotechnology

3

MSCB 1423

Halal Industry Regulations, Management and Practices

3

MSCB 1503

Agricultural Practices

3

MSCB 1203

Algae Biotechnology

3

MSCB 1223

Environmental Bioengineering

3

MSCB 1823

Bioinformatics

3

Research Course
(21 credit)

MSCB 1280

Research Proposal (pre-requisite Research Methodology)

3

MSCB XX80

Dissertation (pre-requisite Research Proposal)

18

TOTAL CREDIT

42

 

18. Mapping of Program Learning Outcomes to Course
  COURSES OFFERED Knowledge and understanding  Cognitive Skills Practical Skills Numeracy Skills Interpersonal Skills Communication Skills Digital Skills Leadership, Autonomy and Responsibility Personal Skills Entrepreneurial Skills Ethics and Professional skills
Code Courses

PLO1

KW

PLO2

CG

PLO3

PS

PLO7

NS

PLO4

IPS

PLO5

CS

PLO6

DS

PLO8

LAR

PLO9

PRS

PLO10

ENT

PLO11

ETS

University General Courses (Choose 1 from the list*)
UXXX 6XX3 University Elective                    
Core Courses -Compulsory
MSCB 1403 Research Methodology          
MSCB 1113 Biochemistry and Microbial Physiology                
MSCB 1813 Protein Engineering              
MSCB 1523 Industrial Technology & Bioreactor Design              
Elective Course (Choose only 6 credits)

MSCB 1323

 

Tissue Culture Approaches in Industrial Biotechnology              

MSCB 1423

 

Halal Industry Regulations, Management and Practices              

MSCB 1503

 

Agricultural Practices            

MSCB 1203

 

Algae Biotechnology              

MSCB 1223

 

Environmental Bioengineering              

MSCB 1823

 

Bioinformatics              
 Research Courses
MSCB 1280 Research Proposal            
MSCB XX80 Dissertation            

 

Key:

1. Technical Skills: PLO1, 2, 3 and 7

2. Generic Skills: PLO 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

 

 

* List of University General Courses

  1. UHMS 6013 – Seminar on Global Development
  2. UHMZ 6023 – Malaysian Society and Culture
  3. UHIS 6013 – Philosophy of Science and Civilization
  4. UHPS 6013 – Dynamics of Leadership
  5. UHLM 6013 – Malay Language for Post Graduates
  6. URTS 6013 – Environmental Ethics
  7. UECS 6013 – IT Project Management

Graduate of the program can work as:

  • Research officer – Research Institute, university and industries
  • Science Officer – Research Institute, university and industries
  • Academician (teacher, tutor, lecturer)
  • Research scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Sales executive for biotech product

or

They can further their education by doing a PhD programme in the related field of study.

MSCB Programme Workflow (2023/2024-1)

 

No

Activity

Week

Date

In charge/ Action taken by

1

Registration of new PG students

0

1-5 October 2023

Graduate Faculty

2

Meeting of students and briefing by Dean/ Deputy Dean of Academic

0

3 October  2023

TDA/ Coordinator/ Graduate Faculty/ Students

3

Deadline for academic staff to hand in titles of research to MSCB Program Coordinator

3

25 October 2023

Coordinator/ Academic Staff

4

Titles and name of supervisors will be announced to students

3

26 October 2023

Coordinator/ Graduate Faculty/

5

Students need to choose and decide their MSCB dissertation title concerning the agreement from the respective supervisor

4

31 October 2023

Graduate Faculty/ Coordinator/ Students

6

The coordinator will compile and announce supervisor-students names

4

2 November 2023

Graduate Faculty/ Coordinator

7

An official letter for an appointment of supervisor will be issued

5

8-9 November 2023

Graduate Faculty/ Coordinator/

8

Dateline for student to submit the first draft of a proposal to the Research Methodology Coordinator

To be confirmed

RM Coordinator

Attention:

  • New students, or
  • Those that still not have a supervisor
  • This workflow is a guideline based on the UYM Work schedule 2023/2024

MSCB Programme Work Schedule (2023/2024-1)

 

 

No

Activity

Week

Date

In charge/ Action taken by

1

Deadline for a student to submit a proposal to T05 PG academic office (att. to Mdm Farawahida)

7

19-23 November

Student/Supervisor

2

Faculty will appoint examiners for proposal assessment 

8

26-30 November  2023

Graduate Office Faculty/Supervisor/ Coordinator

3

Faculty will distribute proposals and proposal assessment form to respective examiners

9

 3-7 December 2023

Panel of Examiners/ Coordinator

4

Examiners will submit completed proposal assessment forms to the faculty 

10-11

10-21 December 2023

Panel of Examiner/Coordinator

5

Submission of Progress Report through GSMS System

11-14

17 December 2023- 11 January 2024 

Student/ Supervisor/ Graduate Office Faculty

6

Faculty will issue official letter: Proposal result and permission to start lab work

12-13

24 December – 4 Jan 202

Student/Supervisor/ Coordinator

Attention:

Guidelines above is based on the UTM Academic Calendar for:

  • MSCB students Semester 2 who already have supervisor(s) and project titles
  • Respective supervisors

 

Important notes:

  1. Students MUST submit their proposals before end of week 7 (23 November)
  2. Faculty will appoint examiners for each project (Week 8)
  3. Faculty will distribute the proposals and proposal assessment form to examiners during Week 9. The examiners have 2 weeks to assess the proposal ( Week 11-12)
  4. Proposal assessment forms should be submitted by the examiners to the Faculty (Mdm Farawahida) by end of Week 12
  5. If the proposal evaluation is below 60%, the student will be deemed to have failed. The proposal must be corrected within 2 weeks to ensure they pass Dissertation 1.

 

Before beginning labwork, students must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Attended the Lab Safety briefing
  2. Completed the Lab Safety Acknowledgement form with supervisor’s signature
  3. Completed the HIRARC form

WORKFLOW: DISSERTATION  (MSCB XX80)

 

No

Activity

Week

Date

In charge/ Action taken by

1

Submission Notice of Dissertation 

2

(Minimum time 

15-19 October 2023

Coordinator/Student

2

Submission of Progress Report through GSMS System

11-14

26-30 November  2023

Student/Supervisor/Graduate Office

3

Final date for Submission of Dissertation 

 14 March 2024

Student/Supervisor/Graduate Office

4

Mini-viva

To be confirmed

Student/Supervisor/Graduate Office

5

Submission of corrected version of the Dissertation – Hardcover

Depends on the Mini-viva result

Student/Supervisor/Graduate Office

6

Meeting of Faculty’s Postgraduate Committee on Examination Results

To be confirmed

Graduate Office

7

JKTS Meeting :Results Approval

To be confirmed

University level

IMPORTANT NOTES : 

ATTN : 

Guidelines is based on the UTM Academic Calendar

STUDENTS THAT ALREADY REGISTERED MSCB XX80 DISSERTATION

 

-Deadlines MUST be followed to ensure students could graduate on time.

-Please be reminded that the “Notice of Dissertation Submission” (form MS B-4) should be

handed in 3 months prior the thesis submission. The form can be obtained through PG office (Madam Farawahida)

Please allow 1-2 weeks for examiners to assess the thesis before the mini viva.

-For students who failed to submit their Dissertation for assessment by week 15-16 , they are still allowed to submit their thesis by 14 March 2024 to avoid additional fees charges for the coming semester, PROVIDED they have submitted the Notice of thesis submission. However, these students will not graduate on time (within three semesters).

 

At the end of the viva, the student will be given one of these recommendations, the candidate :

  1. will be awarded The Degree of Master (no corrections)
  2. will be awarded The Degree of Master subject to minor corrections (1 Month)
  3. will be awarded The Degree of Master subject to amendments and  corrections listed to the satisfaction of examiners (3 Months)
  4. will NOT be awarded The Degree of Master but is permitted to resubmit the thesis for further examination in a revised form after an additional period of study and research 
  5. failed and will NOT be awarded The Degree of Master

 

MSCB Programme SOP for Research Methodology Course and other subject with final exam (2023/2024-1)

 

 

No

Activity

Week

Date

In charge/ Action taken by

1

Quiz and Test 1 mark distribution to the students

7

19-23 November

Academic staff

2

Application for Course Withdrawal

6-9

12-30 November  2023

Students/PG office

3

Announcement for the Deadline of Course Withdrawal

9

 7 December 2023

PG office

4

Application for deferment for withdrawal of program

7-15

19 November 2023-

18 January 2024

Students/PG office

5

Announcement for the Deadline of Application for deferment or withdrawal of program

15

18 January 2024

PG office

6

Carry marks announcement to the students

15

14-18 January 2024

Academic staff

7

Revision Week

16

21-25 January 2024

Students

8

Final Examination

17-19

28 January – 15 Februrary 2024

Academic staff & students

 

NOTES : 

  1. Those that still not register Research Methodology (RM) course or failed RM course cannot register Research Proposal
  2. You cannot register RM course together with Research Proposal
  3. You cannot register Dissertation until you completed and passed entirely the courses and Research Proposal
  4. Those that fail Research Proposal cannot register Dissertation
  5. You cannot continue your lab work until you have register your Dissertation in the following semester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Science