University of Nottingham Malaysia

Undergraduate Bioscience Courses in Malaysia

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The School of Biosciences at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus enjoys close teaching and research links with the department in the UK. Alongside a commitment to innovative teaching, the School of Biosciences is an internationally-recognised leader in several fields, including plant and food production, food quality and safety, nutrition, and environmental protection. The latest UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed the School’s top position in our research areas.

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, and we currently have an industrial partnership with Applied Agricultural Resources in which we are researching oil palm.

What is biosciences?

Rapid advances in technology and knowledge have a daily impact on our lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the environment in which we live. Biosciences at Nottingham encompasses a range of areas as diverse as the environment and its protection; the growth, development and reproduction of plants and animals; the production and preservation of agricultural and food commodities; food manufacture, health, nutrition and safety.

How you are taught

The course is comprised of taught modules and as part of your studies you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules in a range of years. This enables you to select topics that are of most interest to you.

Additionally, you will complete a year-long research project during your final year. The research project encourages and develops your critical thinking. You will conduct independent research – including a literature survey using the library with access to e-journals – and undertake data handling, analysis and interpretation. You will carry out your project under the supervision of a research-active member of academic staff, and benefit from the supportive environment we provide.

Our facilities

Students who enrol in a bioscience course at UNM will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and well-equipped laboratories necessary for hands-on experience and to conduct groundbreaking research. 

Our facilities include advanced research laboratories, specialised equipment, science labs, computer labs, bioinformatics resources, libraries, databases and collaborative spaces. 

UNM’s facilities are regularly maintained to ensure a stimulating and supportive learning environment.

Our faculty

Our faculty members are renowned experts in their respective fields. They have extensive experience in research, industry, and teaching. With their commitment to nurturing the next generation of scientists, students will receive a well-rounded education in and out of the classroom. 

Our faculty members are actively engaged in research, contributing to scientific advancements and pushing the boundaries of knowledge in biosciences.

Career prospects

A degree from the School of Biosciences opens the pathways to diverse career paths. 

Students who enrol and graduate from a bioscience course are well-equipped to pursue careers in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, healthcare organisations, environmental and conservation organisations, research and academic institutions and government agencies. 

The skills and knowledge acquired during their studies will enable them to be ready to take up roles such as, but not limited to, biotechnologists, healthcare professionals, research scientists, laboratory managers and educators. 


Can I pursue a career in research with a Bioscience degree?

Yes, a Bioscience degree prepares students for careers in many industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals industries, healthcare organisations, research institutions, environmental and conservation organisations, academic institutions and governmental agencies, all of which need individuals who are qualified in research. UNM’s bioscience courses emphasise research skills and provide hands-on experience through laboratory work and research projects. 

Are there research opportunities within the School of Biosciences? 

Students who enrol in the Biotechnology BSc (Hons) course will undertake an undergraduate research project in their third year. Students typically work under the supervision of their lecturers and professors.

Are scholarships or financial aid available for Biosciences students? 

Yes, the University of Nottingham Malaysia offers various scholarships and financial aid options for eligible students, including those pursuing bioscience courses. Students can explore the university’s scholarship opportunities and financial aid programmes for more information. 

Can I pursue a PhD directly after completing my undergraduate degree?

While it is possible to directly pursue a PhD after completing your undergraduate qualification, some research experience or a master’s degree is generally recommended before pursuing a PhD. This ensures a stronger foundation and research expertise in your chosen field. Postgraduate bioscience courses available at UNM include Biotechnology MSc and Biosciences MRes/MPhil/PhD

What are the entry requirements for the Biosciences programmes offered at UNM?

The specific entry requirements vary depending on the programmes and level of study. 

However, undergraduate Bioscience programmes in Malaysia generally require a relevant pre-university qualification. Students who have just completed secondary or high school can enrol in UNM’s Foundation in Science for a direct progression to degrees offered by the School of Biosciences.

Are there opportunities for international students to enrol in a bioscience course at UNM? 

Yes, UNM’s School of Biosciences welcomes international students and offers various programmes and support services to facilitate and smoothen their academic journey.

What is the difference between biological science and biology?

Biological science encompasses various disciplines within the field of biology, including molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, ecology, physiology, and more. Biology focuses specifically on the study of living organisms and their characteristics.


School of Biosciences
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:  +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:  +6 (03) 8924 8005 
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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

DULN001(B) (473520-K)

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