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Master of Applied Sciences

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Nilai University’s Master of Applied Sciences is a full research programme designed to develop the research capability and scholarly practice of those who aspire to become researchers in the fields of applied sciences. This programme provides an opportunity for candidates to extend their development beyond scholarly understanding and practice to include the capacity to conduct research within an area of interest in the field of applied sciences. The programmme is intended for students who have a first degree in applied sciences  or related fields e.g. biotechnology, botany, zoology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and agriculture, who are engaged in, or moving towards, leadership roles within their professional sectors.
Nilai University’s School of Applied Sciences specialises in various fields of Biotechnology. We offer a well-established curriculum, backed by a highly qualified team of academics, who possess multidisciplinary research strengths in the following fields, but not limited to:
  • Air quality 
  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Antioxidant research
  • Bioresource technology
  • Ceramic composites
  • Environmental biotechnology 
  • Enzymology
  • Fibre optics system
  • Green technology
  • Herbal medicine
  • Microbial antibiotic/metal resistance
  • Molecular biology
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Plant physiology and nutrition
  • Plant tissue culture
  • Polymer research
  • Science education
  • Other related fields
Duration of Study
Min. 2 - 5 years (full time)
Min. 2 - 5 years (part time)
Intake Periods
Entry Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree (CGPA 2.75) in a related field.
Bachelor’s Degree (CGPA 2.50 - 2.75) in a related field (subject to rigorous assessment).
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field  (CGPA below 2.50) AND 5 years of working experience.

For other qualifications, please consult our programme counsellors.
*English requirements may apply to International Students.



The Master of Applied Sciences programme encompasses the following five phases:


Phase I – Pre-requisite Core Course (3 credit hours)

- Research Methodology and Statistics (Only for students who do not have sufficient knowledge or background on research methodology and statistics).

Phase II - Preliminary Research

This represents the first part of the Master's thesis project and forms the basis on which students build their proposal and eventually their project.

Phase III - Proposal Defence

Each student must publicly present and defend his/her research proposals.

The student is only allowed to continue with his/her research to Phase IV on passing of the defence of his/her proposal.

Phase IV - Thesis Preparation

The student proceeds to his/her data collection, data analysis and report writing.

Phase V - Viva Voce

After completion and submission of the thesis, the student is required to attend a Viva Voce to orally defend his/her thesis.