Master of Applied Sciences (By Research)

JPT/BPP(R/545/7/0071)04/28, (MQA/FA8119)
Duration of Study
Full time: Min. 2 - 3 years / Part time: Min. 3 - 5 years
Intake Period

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 fields include any areas of Agricultural Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Bioresource Technology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Food Science, Health Science, Herbal Medicine, Microbiology, Mathematics, Materials Science and Physics. 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.

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Master of Applied Sciences (By Research)

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6, MQF) in a related field with a minimum CGPA of 2.75
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Level 6, MQF) with CGPA of 2.50 - 2.75, can be accepted subject to a rigorous internal assessment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with CGPA below 2.50 can be accepted subject to a minimum 5 years of working experience in the relevant field.

English Language Requirements (for international student)*

TOEFL 550 (PBT) / 79 (iBT)
Pearson 36


Programme Module

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.


Nilai University offers scholarships for students from various backgrounds, with the goal of helping students grow to be well-rounded and ambitious individuals and allowing them to reach their goals through quality education. We achieve this by combining academic excellence with a growth mindset for life-long learning.