Master of Philosophy

 by School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (SBEHS) offers the following three master programmes by research mode:

  1. Master of Philosophy (Biosciences)
  2. Master of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Technology)
  3. Master of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering)
  4. Master of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering-Double Degree)*

*Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Technical University Ilmenau (TUIL) Germany have started an International Double Degree programme in Biomedical Engineering. The student will be awarded with 2 certificates, which are Master in Engineering (Biomedical) from UTM and/or Master in Biomedical Engineering (MSc) from TUIL. The students are required to spend at least 7 months at the partner university. Limited scholarships from German’s government are available for selected students.

Programme Features

The above three Masters by research programmes are offered as full-time. A student will carry out research in any one of the areas of research chosen. Each research project is supervised by a lecturer of the Graduate Faculty. A Graduate Faculty member is an academic staff who has a doctoral degree qualification or an academic staff who holds an academic post of at least associate professor and is involved directly or indirectly in the post-graduate programmes. Co-supervisors may also come from a related industry.


Master of Philosophy – Programme Flowchart by Academic Office

This programme flowchart can be used as a guideline for students to ensure that they are well informed on action items which need to be fulfilled during their active semester. This is also to avoid any late subject registration at the beginning of every semester and to assist all students with their research timeline towards graduate on time (GOT).

General Information

1.   Awarding Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
2.   Teaching Institution Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
3.   Programme Name Master of Philosophy

(Biomedical Engineering)

Master of Philosophy

(Biomedical Engineering-Double Degree)

Master of Philosophy

(Rehabilitation Technology)

4.   Final Award Master of Philosophy

(Biomedical Engineering)

Master of Philosophy

(Biomedical Engineering-Double Degree)

Master of Philosophy

(Rehabilitation Technology)

5.   Programme Code MMBE



6.   Professional or Statutory Body of Accreditation Malaysian Qualification Agency Engineering Accreditation Council
7.    Language(s) of Instruction English
8.   Mode of Study (Conventional, distance learning, etc) Conventional (Coursework)
9.   Mode of operation (Franchise, self-govern, etc) Self-governing
10. Study Scheme (Full Time/Part Time) Full Time
11. Study Duration Minimum: 1.5 years
Maximum: 4 years

Entry Requirements

Master of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Computer), Bachelor of Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry), Bachelor of Medicine with CPA ≥3.0 will be considered for this programme; OR
  • Bachelor of Engineering with CPA < 3.0 and one year working experience in areas related to Medical Engineering


Master of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Technology)

  • Bachelor Degree in any field of Allied Health Sciences, related to Therapy and Rehabilitation, Sports Science, engineering field such as Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related disciplines with good honour from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or other institutions of higher education approved by the Senate; or
  • A student candidate with lower qualifications will be considered if the candidate is proven to have adequate academic background and appropriate working experience

Award Requirements

 Assessment is done by examining first assessment reports (research proposal), second assessment report (mini-viva), each semester’s progress reports, and thesis examination (viva-voce).

All students registered for MPhil programmes must undergo the first assessment by presenting their research proposal (after completed General Elective University Course and Research Methodology Course), and the second assessment (mini-viva) by presenting their on-going research’s progress in regards to their research proposal. Students who opted for the double degree programme must undergo the first assessment at their home university and only the second assessment at their partner university. To be inaugurated by any degree, all students must undergo thesis examination which can be done at least two-months after the second assessment. The first assessment and the second assessment are scheduled according to the student’s appropriate semester of study as described below:

Task Full Time
First  Year Assessment Semester 1 or 2
 Mini Viva Semester 2 or 3
Progress Report Week 12 (Every semester)

Students who are submitting the final draft of their thesis should send in the Notice of Thesis Submission to the Faculty at least 3 months prior to the date of submitting their thesis.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the university compulsory course, research students may be required to attend lectures related to their research fields. The courses to be taken shall be determined by the respective department graduate committee from time to time. As part of their training, students are required to present in seminars and conferences, as well as producing technical reports or papers for publications in proceedings or journals.

Thesis Submission Requirements

Notice of Thesis Submission (NHT)

Students who are submitting the final draft of their thesis should send in the Notice of Thesis Submission to the Faculty at least three (3) months prior to the date of submitting their thesis. Notice of Thesis Submission valid period is for one (1) year from the date of JAPSU approval  


A master by research candidate may submit his/her thesis for viva-voce provided that he/she has produced at least one (1) accepted or published publication from the journal article, conference proceeding or book chapter