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Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

INSTITUTION PROFILE

Nestled amidst lush greenery in the tropical island of Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) offers more than a myriad of world-wide recognised research-oriented postgraduate courses for discerning students. Established in 1969, USM today is a research university with a high reputation for providing excellent postgraduate programmes. It is fast gaining international recognition which is evident from the numerous international awards and prizes garnered by its researchers since the last decade.

MISSION

To lead and innovate in achieving excellence at the international level through:

  • advancing and disseminating knowledge and truth;
  • instilling qualities that stress academic excellence and professionalism;
  • developing holistic individuals; and
  • providing a strong commitment towards the society’s aspiration, the country’s vision, and universal aspirations

USM has three campuses with the Main Campus located in the island of Penang, the Engineering Campus in the mainland of Penang and the Health campus in Kelantan, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Officially chosen as the first university to be conferred the APEX status by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, USM is poised to deliver the highest quality of postgraduate education for local and international students. The concept plan - Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow - is gearing USM towards becoming an excellent centre for sustainable education and research.

Enroute to becoming the top research university, USM will have a satellite campus - sains@usm (Science and Art Innovation Space), a new excellence centre consisting of an integrated research community for incubation, nurturing scientific and artistic research and commercial development.

Postgraduate studies are offered by the following Schools/Institutes, grouped according to disciplines of study:

Medical, Dental & Health Sciences

  • School of Medical Sciences
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Dental Sciences
  • Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI)
  • Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM)

Pure Sciences

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Chemical Sciences
  • School of Physics
  • School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Distance Education
  • Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS)

Applied Sciences

  • School of Industrial Technology
  • School of Housing, Building & Planning
  • School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Computer Sciences

Pure Arts

  • Centre for Languages and Translation
  • Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Distance Education

Applied Arts

  • Centre for Policy Research and International Studies
  • School of Arts
  • Women’s Development Research Centre
  • Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia
  • Graduate School of Business
  • School of Management
  • School of Communication
  • School of Educational Studies

Engineering

  • School of Aerospace Engineering
  • School of Chemical Engineering
  • School of Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Civil Engineering
  • River Engineering & Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC)
  • School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • School of Materials & Mineral Resources Engineering

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

Medical, Dental And Health Sciences

School of Medical Sciences
Programmes offered:

  • Master of Medicine – by coursework in the following fields of specialisations:
    - Internal Medicine
    - Radiology
    - Paediatrics
    - Psychiatry
    - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    - Otorhinolaryngology
    - Orthopaedics
    - Opthalmology
    - Anaesthesiology
    - Emergency Medicine
    - Family Medicine
    - Surgery
  • Master of Surgery – by coursework in the following fields of specialisations:
    - Neurosurgery
    - Plastic Surgery
  • Master of Pathology – by coursework in the following fields of specialisations:
    - Anatomic Pathology
    - Clinical Immunology
    - Haematology
    - Chemical Pathology
    - Medical Microbiology
    - Medical Genetics
  • Master of Community Medicine – by coursework in the following fields of specialisations:
    - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    - Occupational Health
    - Family Health
    - Health Education
    - Health Management
    - Environmental Health
  • Advanced Master of Medicine – by coursework - Neurology
  • Master of Sports Science - by coursework
  • Master of Public Health - by coursework
  • Master of Science (Medical Education) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Medical Statistics) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Clinical Anatomy) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science And Doctor Of Philosophy - by research

Research Thrust Areas
- Anatomy
- Chemical Pathology
- Medical Education
- Immunology
- Community Medicine
- Medical Human Genetic
- Medical Microbiology
- Clinical Science-Ophthalmology
- Clinical Science-Orthopaedic
- Neurosciences
- Reconstructive Sciences
- Clinical Science-Haematology
- Clinical Science-Orthornolaryngology

School of Health Sciences
Programmes offered:

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy - by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Biomedicine
    - Forensic Sciences
    - Interdisciplinary Health
    - Health Informatics
    - Environmental & Occupational Health
    - Nutrition
    - Nursing
    - Medical Radiation

School of Dental Sciences

  • Master of Community Medicine (Oral Health) - mixed mode
  • Master of Science And Doctor Of Philosophy - by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Community Dentistry
    - Restorative Dentistry
    - Oral Biology
    - Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Master of Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery - mixed mode
  • Master of Restorative Dentistry (Conservative) - mixed mode
  • Master of Restorative Dentistry (Periodontics) - mixed mode
  • Master of Restorative Dentistry (Prosthodontics) - mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Medical Research) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Oral Science) – mixed mode

Advanced Medical and Dental Institute

  • Master of Science (Medical research) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Oral Science) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Health Toxicology) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Transfusion Science) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy - by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Cancer Immunology
    - Autoimmunity
    - Lymphocyte Development
    - Cellular Therapy of Cancer
    - Hospital Infection Control
    - Mechanisms of Antibiotics Resistance
    - Gastrointestinal Pathology
    - Molecular Haematology
    - Tumour Genomics and Proteomics
    - Transfusion Medicine
    - Transfusion Science
    - Viral Oncogenes
    - Bioinformatics
    - Molecular Biology
    - Microbiology
    - Clinical Sciences

Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine
Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
Research Thrust Areas:
- Molecular Medicine

Pure Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Aquatic Biology
    - Applied Entomology
    - Zoology
    - Biotechnology
    - Environmental Biology
    - Microbiology
    - Plant Pathology
    - Botany
    - Parasitology
    - Marine & Coastal Biology

School of Chemical Sciences

  • Master of Science (Chemical Instrumentation) - mixed mode
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Organic Chemistry
    - Physical Chemistry
    - Inorganic Chemistry
    - Industrial Chemistry
    - Analytical Chemistry

School of Physics

  • Master of Science (Applied Geophysics) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Solid State Physics) – by coursework
  • Master of Science (Medical Physics) – by coursework
  • Master of Science (Radiation Science) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Astronomy
    - Biophysics and Atmospheric Sciences
    - Medical Physics
    - Solid State Physics
    - Geophysics
    - X-Ray Crystallography
    - Remote Sensing and Image Processing
    - Applied Physics
    - Energy Studies
    - Theoretical Physics (Applied Optics, Condensed Matter, Particle Physics)
    - Engineering Physics

School of Mathematical Sciences

  • Master of Science (Statistics) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Mathematics) - mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Teaching Of Mathematics) – by coursework
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy - by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Coding Theory
    - Complex Analysis
    - Computational Intelligence (Genetic Algorithms, Neural Networks)
    - Computer Aided Geometric Design
    - Econometrics
    - Environmental and Ecosystem Modelling
    - Functional Analysis
    - Graph Theory
    - Group Theory
    - Industrial Statistics
    - Medical Statistics
    - Moufang Loops
    - Number Theory
    - Numerical Analysis
    - Operations Research
    - Parallel Numerical Algorithms
    - Signal Processing
    - Stochastic Processes

School of Distance Education

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Physics
    - Biology
    - Chemistry
    - Mathematics
    - Environmental Science

Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (Cemacs)

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Study on Mangrove Ecosystems
    - Marine Pollution & Toxicology
    - Marine Culture
    - Coral Reef Ecosystems
    - Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Applied Sciences

School of Industrial Technology

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Food Technology
    - Bioresource, Paper and Coating Technology
    - Environmental Technology

School of Housing, Building & Planning

  • Master of Science (Building Technology) – by coursework
  • Master of Science (Housing) – by coursework
  • Master of Science (Landscape Architecture) – by coursework
  • Master of Science (Planning) – by coursework
  • Master of Science (Tourism Development) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Project Management) – by coursework
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Building Technology
    - Project Management
    - Architecture
    - Landscape Architecture
    - Interior Design
    - Housing
    - Quantity Surveying
    - Urban and Regional Planning
    - Tourism Development

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Pharmacy) – mixed mode
  • Master of Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy) – by coursework
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Pharmaceutical Technology
    - Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    - Physiology
    - Pharmacology
    - Clinical Pharmacy
    - Social and Administrative Pharmacy

School of Computer Sciences

  • Master of Science (Computer Science) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Information Technology Technopreneurship) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas through Seven Research & Development Groups:
    - Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering
    - Health Informatics
    - Computational Linguistics
    - Computer Networks
    - Parallel and Distributed Processing
    - Information System/Information Technology
    - Multimedia Systems

Pure Arts

School of Languages, Literacies and Translation

  • Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - English Language
    - TESL
    - CALL
    - ESP
    - LSP
    - Education Technology
    - Malay Language
    - Linguistics
    - Terminology
    - Translation
    - Interpretation

Centre for Archaeological Research Malaysia

  • Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Palaeolithic Culture
    - Neolitic Culture
    - Metal Age
    - Archaeohistory
    - Ethnoarchaeology
    - Science in Archaeology

School of Humanities

  • Master of Arts (Linguistics & English Language) – mixed mode
  • Master of Arts (Malay Language) – mixed mode
  • Master of Arts (Literature) – mixed mode
  • Master of Arts (Translation Studies) – mixed mode
  • Master of Arts (Southeast Asian History) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Geographic Information Science) – mixed mode
  • Master of Arts (Hadith) – mixed mode
  • Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Malay Linguistics/ Translation & Interpretation
    - English Language & Literature Studies
    - Geography
    - Literature
    - Islamic Studies
    - History
    - Islamic Civilization & Asian Civilization
    - Philosophy

School of Social Sciences

  • Master of Social Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Anthropology and Sociology
    - Economics
    - Development Planning and Management
    - Political Science
    - Social Work
    - Psychology
  • Master of Economic Management [MEM] – by coursework
  • Master of Public Administration [MPA] – by coursework
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) – mixed mode
  • Master of International and Diplomacy Studies (European Studies) – mixed mode
  • Master of Social Science (Islamic Development Management) – mixed mode
  • Master of Social Science (Asian Studies) – mixed mode
  • Master of International and Diplomacy Studies (European Studies) – mixed mode

School of Distance Education

  • Master of Arts, Master of Social Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Distance Education
    - Geography
    - Literature
    - History
    - Economics
    - Management
    - Political Science
    - Anthropology / Sociology

Applied Arts

Centre for Policy Research and International Studies

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy - by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Poverty Studies and Microfinance
    - Ethnicity and National Identity
    - Political Economy
    - Development Economics & Finance
    - Development Sociology
    - International and Area Studies
    - Public-Private Partnership Policies
    - Local Government Studies
    - Social and Physical Planning
    - Impact Studies of Public Institutions & Policies

School of Arts

  • Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Drama & Theatre
    - Fine Arts
    - Design
    - Music
  • Master of Arts (Music Pedagogy and Performance) – mixed mode
  • Master of Arts (Visual Arts and Design) – mixed mode

Women’s Development Research

  • Master of Social Science (Gender Studies) – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Sustainable Development
    - Economic and Social Development
    - Policy and Law
    - Health
    - Family
    - Media and Culture
  • Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Sustainable Development
    - Economic and Social Development
    - Policy and Law
    - Health
    - Family
    - Media and Culture

Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia

  • Master of Instructional Multimedia – by coursework
  • Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Instructional Design and Technology
    - ICT in Education
    - Management and Utilisation of Instructional Technology
    - Performance Technology

Graduate School of Business

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – by coursework and online mode
  • Master of Business Administration - International Business (MBA-IB)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) – by coursework

School of Management

  • Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Enterprise Governance
    - Financial Market-based Research
    - Consumer Market-based Research
    - Leadership and Work Values
    - Technology Management
    - Internationalisation

School of Communication

  • Master of Communication (Screen Studies) – by coursework
  • Master of Communication (Science And Environmental Journalism)– by coursework
  • Master of Arts (Communication) – mixed mode
  • Master of Arts And Doctor Of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Communication
    - Journalism
    - Public Relations
    - Advertising
    - Film and Broadcasting
    - Media and Cultural Studies
    - Human Communication

School of Educational Studies

  • Master of Education – by coursework
  • Doctor of Education – by coursework
  • Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Science and Mathematics Education
    - Curriculum and Instruction
    - Educational Psychology, Psycometric and Counselling
    - Professional Educational, Leaderships and Policy Studies
    - Multimedia Education and Information Technology
    - Social and Philosophy of Education
    - Language Education and Literacy
    - Social Studies Education

Engineering

School of Aerospace Engineering

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Aeronautics
    - Astronautics and Satellite Technology

School of Chemical Engineering

  • Master of Science (Chemical Engineering) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Separation Processes
    - Reaction Engineering
    - Catalysis
    - Membrane Processes
    - Petroleum and Gas Processing
    - Energy / Renewable Energy
    - Bioprocess Engineering
    - Fermentation Processes
    - Enzyme Technology
    - Process Control and Dynamics
    - Safety and Hazard Analysis
    - Environmental Monitoring and Control Technologies
    - Waste Material Utilisation to Value Added Products
    - Modeling and Optimisation
    - Treatment of Solid, Gas, Wastewater and Toxic Materials
    - Artificial Intelligent Application in Process Development
    - Plant Cell and Tissue Culture

School of Mechanical Engineering

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Applied Mechanics
    - Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
    - Manufacturing System

School of Civil Engineering

  • Master of Science (Environmental Engineering) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Structural Engineering) - mixed mode
  • Master of Science (Sustainable River Management) - mixed mode
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Environmental Engineering
    - Geotechnical Engineering
    - Water Resources Engineering
    - Highway and Transportation Engineering
    - Structural Engineering
    - Geomatic Engineering and Management

River Engineering & Urban Drainage Research Centre

  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - River Management
    - Hydroinformatics
    - Urban Drainage Management
    - Environmental Hydraulics Management

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

  • Master of Science (Electronic Systems Design Engineering) – by coursework / mixed mode
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Communication
    - Control and Automation
    - Power Systems and Electrical Machine
    - RF and Microwave
    - Computer Engineering
    - Microelectronics
    - Control, Robotics and Automation

School of Materials & Mineral Resources Engineering

  • Master of Science (Materials Engineering) – mixed mode
  • Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy – by research
    Research Thrust Areas:
    - Materials and New Technology
    - Mining and Mineral Processing
    - Polymer Engineering
    - Materials Engineering

ACADEMIC FACILITIES & RESOURCES

The facilities that USM provides for its students are delineated below:

  • Warm and cozy cafeterias, as well as a well-designed pavilion.
  • An impressive Museum filled with world-class displays and a stateof-the-art Art Gallery with fine art pieces.
  • Lecture theatres and halls to facilitate classroom learning and teaching.
  • Banks, bookshop, pharmacy, a post office and retail outlets to facilitate the needs of students
  • An outstanding research library with over one million items and an extensive network of electronic databases and internet access.
  • Students’ residences that accommodate their stay in the campus.
  • Sports Centre that is equipped with indoor and outdoor facilities that cater to students’ sporting events and games.

Student Support Services & Student Development Activities

USM provides various services for its students such as hostel accommodation, counseling/motivational guidance, sports and recreational amenities like soccer fields, 8-lane synthetic running track, an Astroturf hockey stadium and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Cultural events/activities are organised at the Cultural Hall to foster closer bonds between students. There are also various clubs and societies that cater to a wide array of interests. These include the Political Science Society, Computer Science Club, Indian Cultural Club, Navigator Society, Astronomy Club, Debating and Public Speaking Club, and Mass Communication Club, to name a few.

APPLICATION

Malaysian Citizens
Application to pursue a postgraduate degree programme has to be made on prescribed forms obtainable at the Institute of Postgraduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Minden, Penang by enclosing a self-addressed envelope measuring 28cm x 40cm with a RM1.20 stamp and a Postal or Money Order for RM10.00 made payable to “UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA”.

Completed forms from Malaysian applicants and the necessary supporting documents must be submitted together with a Postal/ Money Order for RM60.00 being payment for processing fees made payable to “UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA”.

A payment of RM70.00 (Application Form & Processing Fee) will be imposed for applications (downloaded from IPS’s Website). Payment in the form of a Postal/Money Order of RM70.00 should be made payable to “UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA”.

International Applicants
Forms can be requested in writing. Completed forms from applicants must be submitted together with a Bank Draft for US$35.00 or RM130.00 made payable to “UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA”. (Payment for Application Form and Processing Fee).

Time of Application
Candidates pursuing coursework and mix-mode degree programmes will be accepted for registration once a year, i.e. at the commencement of the university’s academic year which normally starts at the end of June. Applications for these programmes must be submitted to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies before the closing date as mentioned in the advertisement (for local applicants). Overseas applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as possible to facilitate the Immigration process.

Online Application
Online application forms and procedures can be downloaded from www.ips.usm.my.

Application Period
Research mode programmes are conducted throughout the year and there is no closing date for applications.

Applications for coursework and mixed mode programmes are open once a year through advertisement in local newspapers.

FINANCIAL AID

USM provides a few financial aid schemes for local and foreign students who are registered to pursue their higher degrees at this university. Apart from this, other local and international agencies also offer various scholarships under specific programmes to both local and international students who study at USM.

Students who are privately funded must provide certification of their financial ability to support their entire period of candidature. (A minimum of RM9000 (US$3000) per year to cover food, accommodation, books, etc). This document must be submitted when applying for admission to this university.

Financial Support - Scholarships and Loans
From University Sains Malaysia

  • USM Fellowship
  • USM Graduate (Teaching) Assistant
  • The Vice-Chancellor’s Award

From Other Agencies
Local Students

  • The Khazanah Watan Scholarship
  • NSF - National Science Foundation
  • The PTPTN Education Loan Scheme

International Students

  • The Khazanah Asia Scholarship
  • Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP)
  • Islamic Development Bank Scholarship (IDB)
  • TWAS-USM

Research Incentives and Grants

  • Research University Postgraduate Research Grant Scheme (USM-RU-PGRS)
  • IPS Graduate Research Fund

Address :
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Science University of Malaysia
11800 USM
Pulau Pinang
Tel : 604- 657 5613
Fax : 604-653 3328
Email : Click here to email
Website : http://www.usm.my
Contact Person :
Mazula Sabudin
(Principal Assistant Registrar)

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Courses Available

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  • Education (Teacher Training & Education Sciences)
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Arts & Design
  • Audio-visual Techniques & Media Production
  • Humanities
  • Languages (National language & other languages)
  • Social Sciences
  • Communication & Broadcasting
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Science (Life Science/Physical Science/Applied Science)
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Computing & IT
  • Engineering & Engineering Trades
  • Manufacturing & Processing
  • Architecture & Building
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery & Veterinary
  • Medicine & Healthcare
  • Medical Diagnostic & Treatment Technology
  • Social Services
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Personal Services (Domestic services/Beauty services/sports)