BSc (Hons) Applied Microbiology

January, May and September
Course Duration
3 Years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Approval Code
Accreditation Code
MQA/PA 14527


A microbiologist is a scientist who studies microscopic life forms and processes. This includes study of the growth, interactions and characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites and their vectors. Microbiology essentially... overlaps with other areas of biology such as genetics, molecular biology and immunology. Careers in this field are aplenty as you could venture a rewarding career in healthcare, environment, food and beverage, petroleum, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, forensic science, research, and the academia. As one of the pioneers in teaching applied sciences in Malaysia, the Faculty of Applied Sciences has a reputation of producing quality graduates with over 80% of its lecturers at PhD holders. With over 4,500 companies as internship partners, the University is certainly your launchpad towards global careers. 

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Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

UCSI Foundation in Science or equivalent in Malaysia

Minimum CGPA 2.00 and Possess SPM with 3 credits inclusive of Mathematics and one science subject


Minimum CGPA of 2.0 and THREE credits in SPM/O-Level inclusive of Maths and ONE Science subject


Minimum CGPA of 2.0 in any two subjects and THREE credits in SPM/O-Level inclusive of Maths and ONE Science subject


Minimum grade B in FIVE subjects inclusive of Chemistry, Biology, Physics/Mathematics, and PASS SPM or equivalent


Minimum Grade C (GPA of 2.0) in any two subjects, and THREE credits in O-Level inclusive of Mathematics and ONE Science subject

Australian High/Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) - SAM/AUSMAT/ SACE/ TEE/ NTCE/WACE

Minimum ATAR of 60% or minimum average of 60% in FIVE subjects inclusive of Chemistry, Biology, Physics/Mathematics, and PASS SPM or equivalent

Canadian Grade 12 – CPU/CIMP

Minimum average of 60% in SIX subjects inclusive of Chemistry, Biology, Physics/Mathematics, and PASS SPM or equivalent

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum score of 26/42 from SIX subjects inclusive of Chemistry, Biology, Physics/Mathematics, and PASS SPM or equivalent

Diploma/Advanced Diploma

Minimum CGPA of 2.0 or equivalent

Other qualifications will be accessed on case-by-case basis.

*Additional Requirement: FIVE Cs in SPM or equivalent; THREE Cs of which must be in Biology/Physics/Maths/Chemistry/English

Note / Legend:

Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

SPM – Credit (A+ – C)
UEC – Credit (A1 – B6)
O-Level – min. Credit (A1 – C6)
WACE – min. Credit (A1 – C6)
STPM – min. Principal – ‘C’ grade (GPA 2.00)
A-Level – min. Principal – ‘E’ grade (GPA 2.00)
SAM/CPU – min. Pass – 50%

English Language Requirements

For Local Students

SPM English language
UEC English Language
Band 3
SPM Eng 1119/ O-Level English/ IGCSE

  • In the event that the English language requirements are not met, applicants will be required to take the Basic English and English Foundation for in-sessional academic enhancement concurrently with the programme.

For International Students

Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
Pearson Test of English
Band 3

  • International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00929). Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and/or the outcome of the English Placement Test.

Courses Offered

Year 1
  • Hubungan Etnik/Pengajian Malaysia
  • TITAS/BM Komunikasi 3
  • University Life
  • Chemistry For Applied Sciences
  • Biomolecular Structure and Function
  • Fundamental Techniques in Applied Sciences
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • IP rights and Biosafety
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1
  • Co-Operative Placement 1
Year 2
  • Immunology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioeconomy and Commercialization
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biocatalyst and Biosensors
  • Tools in Genetic Engineering
  • Responsible Conduct of Research / Business Law – Malaysian Perspective
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2
  • Co-Operative Placement 2
Year 3
  • Food Microbiology
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Current Topics in Microbiology
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 3
  • Co-Operative Placement 3
  • Applied Microbiology Research Project 1
  • Applied Microbiology Research Project 2
  • Applied Microbiology Research Project 3

Elective A (Choose one)

  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Programming

Elective B (Choose two)

  • Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Biomaterials
  • Food Safety and Quality System
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
For Malaysian students:
  1. Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisations
  2. Philosophy and Contemporary Issues
For foreign students:
  1. Philosophy and Contemporary Issues
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3

Career Opportunities

  • Science officer
  • Research officer
  • Quality Control Officer
  • Laboratory Executive/Quality Controller
  • Food manufacturer Healthcare Personnel
  • Academician/Environment Manager
  •  R&D Scientist
  • Clinical trials coordinator
  • Biomedical product marketing
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Water authorities
  • Environmental management
  • Biomedical personnel
  • Biotechnologist
  • Science journalist
  • Process control specialist

Tuition Fees

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 89, 840

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 102, 050

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