MSc Biotechnology With Business Management

January, May and September
Course Duration
Minimum 1.5 Years of Full Time study
Minimum 2 Years of Part Time study
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full-time / Part-time
Approval Code
R2/421/7/0019; 08/2024
Accreditation Code
A 9903


This coursework-based programme offers graduate students a winning proposition: scientific excellence and the business acumen to stand out in today’s competitive Biotechnology sector. Tailor made for industry professionals who are charting their next career move, the programme substitutes a higher degree of scientific specialisation... – a hallmark trait of its mono-disciplinary counterpart – with a business management focus that is offered in partnership with UCSI University’s Faculty of Business and Information Science, one of Malaysia’s foremost private business schools.

As a graduate student, you will complement your abiding interests in science with the market sense to translate research outcomes into business opportunities. With your finger on the industry’s pulse, you will see the true value of scientific solutions and you will make the correct calls when it comes to costing and investment. You will be able to tell whether a new discovery is a fleeting fad or a genuine innovation. And when change comes to the industry, you won’t just adapt and follow. You’ll be ahead of things.

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About the Programme

Teaching and Learning Features

This programme aims at providing students an interesting and stimulating learning experience via various teaching-learning techniques and assessment strategies. Besides theoretical knowledge, it is important for Master students to demonstrate an ability to operate and maintain scientific equipment, to have good practical skills to conduct basic guided research and laboratory work and also analyze, synthesize and integrate knowledge and information. Hence, students must carry out extensive relevant laboratory practicals in the subjects as well as undertake an intensive research project. For the research project, students are required to design and conduct research/survey in the area of Biotechnology and propose a way to bring the final product into the market. Thus, students need to write a business proposal at the end of the project, which includes budgeting, expenditure estimations, capital investments, profits and losses, and sales and market demands. This would enable students to understand their research objectives, the timeline and time management of their studies, and major project milestones. Successful completion of the research project would be the key factor in accomplishing this degree.

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process. Depending on their subjects, some students would have a formal summative assessment. But most of them would be assessed continuously throughout the subject. Continuous assessment in the form of assignments require students to be self-directed to learn through oral presentations, written reports, case studies, critical analysis on published scientific data, mini projects (individual or team), seminars and class discussions. Through various learning instructional media and technologies, students learn to identify to take advantage of the unique opportunities and challenges inherent in the assignments to broaden their knowledge and to inculcate life-long learning. Critical analysis of case studies and data interpretation exercises are amongst the most applicable techniques to help students envision real-world Biotechnology challenges to apply theories learnt throughout their studies. In addition, students would also acquire relevant communication, leadership and team-work skills to pursue their career.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

​Bachelor’s Degree

  1. A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) in a related field with a minimum CGPA of 2.75, or its equivalent, as accepted by the HEP Senate; OR
  2. A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) in a related field with at least CGPA of 2.50 and has not achieved CGPA 2.75, or its equivalent can be accepted subject to a rigorous internal assessment; OR
  3.  A Bachelor’s degree (Level 6, MQF) in related field but has not achieved CGPA of 2.50, or its equivalent can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years’ working experience in the relevant field.

English Language Requirements

  • A minimum score of 5.5 in IELTS OR
  • Band 3 in MUET OR
  • A minimum score of 46 in TOEFL iBT OR
  • A minimum score of 51 in Pearson Test of English OR
  • A minimum score of 160 in Cambridge English Qualification and Tests OR
  • An undergraduate degree with English as its medium of instruction
Note: Candidates who fail to fulfil the above criteria may be required to take an English Proficiency Course at the University.

Courses Offered

Semester 1
  • Research Methodology for Scientists
  • Academic Communication
  • Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics*

Major Electives (select one)

  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Marketing Management
  • Information Technology for Managers
  • Business Policy and Strategic Management
Semester 2
  • Current Topics in Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology*
  • Master Research Project Planning and Proposal Presentation

Major Electives (select one)

  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Marketing Management
  • Information Technology for Managers
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management and Policy
  • Business Policy and Strategic Management
Semester 3
  • Research Project for Biotechnology with Business Management*
Semester 4

Free Electives (select one)

  • Experimental Biotechnology – Method and Instrumental Design and Analysis*
  • Trends in Medical Biotechnology*
  • Advances in Agricultural Biotechnology*
  • Applied Bioprocessing*
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Perspectives of Commercial Biotechnology

Major Electives (select two)

  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business and Management
  • Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Financial Management and Policy
  • Information Technology for Managers
  • Blue Ocean Strategy

* courses with lab

Career Opportunities

This programme promotes and nurtures lifelong scholarship and deep learning for career and personal advancements, thus, enhancing employability and other inter-alia skills essential to handle the daily challenges in the ever-growing realms of Biotechnology. Overall, postgraduates can embark into their career-choices in biotechnology that is related to medicine, health, food and beverage, wine, agriculture, chemical and environmental industries or be an entrepreneur upon completion of this programme.


Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 36,760

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 51,425

Note: This is an estimated fee, as different countries have different visa processing charges and administrative fees. For more information, kindly refer to your region’s counselor for the detailed fee breakdown.

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