University of Nottingham Malaysia

Research in Biosciences

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At the Malaysia Campus our portfolio is rapidly expanding with new environmental science programmes and research exploring the use of underutilised plants. Our presence in Malaysia is enabling us to conduct major research projects into the uses of tropical plants.

Research in biosciences

Within the School of Biosciences research activities are focused on biotechnology for the improvement of plants and crops for food, non-food and medicinal uses. We also believe that industry–academic collaboration is important because it provides facilities for high-profile biotechnology research for students and also links students directly to potential employers. We currently have an industrial partnership with Applied Agricultural Resources – an internationally recognised premier centre in plantation crop research – in which we are researching oil palm, with a focus on genetic improvement through modern molecular techniques. This collaboration has resulted in a new, state-of-the-art biotechnology research centre alongside the Malaysia Campus.

We have also recently opened the Centre of Post-harvest Biotechnology in conjunction with biosciences staff in the UK. The centre was established to facilitate research in our key priority area of Global Food Security.

Our bioscience research studies focus on the development of biotechnology for the production, improvement and conservation of plants and their products for mankind’s needs. We use traditional and molecular approaches in plant/crop improvement programmes for economic crops such as oil palm, and for underutilised and novel crops, which have potential to augment food supplies and to provide additional revenue in developing countries.

Also: Taught Postgraduate courses in biosciences

We are proud to offer you Biosciences research programmes that are designed to foster intellectual curiosity, innovation, and scientific discovery. Discover our MRes, MPhil and PhD programmes in Biosciences that are tailored to provide an enriching academic experience for students who are passionate about life sciences and contributing to the forefront of scientific knowledge. 



What can I expect if I enrol in bioscience research studies? 

Students who embark on bioscience research in their postgraduate studies can expect to investigate living organisms, their biology and related processes to advance scientific knowledge. You will have the opportunity to research fields like genetics, microbiology, ecology and more. 

What do biosciences researchers do? 

Biosciences researchers are scientists and professionals dedicated to the study of life sciences. Biosciences researchers:

  • Conduct scientific investigations

  • Generate new knowledge

  • Hypothesise and test 

  • Collect and analyse data

  • Publish research findings

  • Advance scientific disciplines

  • Apply research to real-world issues

  • Develop innovative technologies

  • Collaborate with peers

  • Teach and mentor to pass on knowledge

  • Contribute to scientific policy

  • Promote ethical research practices

  • Seek funding and grants

  • Stay current with research trends

Why should you consider undertaking bioscience research studies? 

Bioscience research studies are crucial for understanding and solving complex biological challenges and advancing medical science. It is also an opportunity to address environmental issues such as biodiversity loss and climate change. 

Where can I work with experience in research in biosciences? 

Graduates can pursue careers in academia, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, healthcare, environmental organisations and government agencies. 

What is the difference between a Master’s and PhD in Bioscience Research? 

A Master’s programme typically involves coursework and a research project, while a PhD programme is more research-intensive, with students having to complete a dissertation. 

How long does it take to complete a Bioscience Research PhD programme? 

PhD programmes usually take 3 to 4 years to complete full-time, depending on the research and individual progress. Part-time students may take 6 to 8 years to complete the programme. 

Are there scholarships or funding opportunities for students who plan to enrol in Bioscience Research programmes at UNM? 

Yes, UNM offers scholarships, grants, and research assistantships to support bioscience research postgraduate students. 

Can international students apply for UNM’s Bioscience Research postgraduate programmes?

Yes, UNM welcomes international students for postgraduate bioscience research programmes. More details are available on our international students page



School of Biosciences
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:  +6 (03) 8924 8000  
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Selangor Darul Ehsan

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