Master of Science in Life Sciences


This postgraduate research programme will provide students with the opportunity to conduct original research, which extends the frontiers of knowledge in a specialised area of their choice in Life Sciences.

The programme provides advanced knowledge of, and training in, research methods that will enable students to apply knowledge and skills as researchers, practitioners and administrators in many fields of life sciences and assist them in obtaining employment in the healthcare and biopharmaceutical industry.

The MSc in Life Sciences is offered in partnership with Lancaster University, UK. On successful completion of the programme, the graduates will be awarded two certificates, making them graduates of both Sunway University and Lancaster University.

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Rolling Intake
2 Years (full-time)
3 Years (part-time)
Career Prospects
  • Biochemist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Healthcare manager
  • Immunologist
  • Laboratory manager
  • Lecturer/Science educator
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physiologist
  • Product Specialist
  • Research scientist
  • Sales manager
  • Quality control specialist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Conservation scientist
Estimated Total Course Fee
  • RM45,700
    for Malaysian students
  • USD10,796
    for international students
International students must pay their fees in RM equivalent. The USD here is just an indicative/estimation and subject to the prevalent exchange rate

Programme Structure

The MSc in Life Sciences consists of one taught module and one thesis. Students will be required to complete one taught module, namely Research Methodology, before they proceed to writing the thesis. By undergoing this module, candidates will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research successfully towards the Master’s degree.

Research Methodology

Students will learn about current approaches to research design, data analysis and scientific writing. At the end of this module, candidates will be expected to formulate and submit a proposal for research in an area of their interest or specialisation. Candidates will also develop the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct research  successfully.


Production of thesis is based on students’ original research throughout the candidature. The MSc is awarded based on the successful completion of a thesis. The thesis should demonstrate proficiency, criticality and mastery in the subject or chosen area of research.

Areas of Research

The School has a dedicated team of Supervisors with expertise in areas of research including (but not limited to):

Cancer biology and therapeutics
Cell biology
Ecology and conservation
Infectious diseases
Molecular biology and genetics
Neurodegenerative diseases
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Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

A Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences (e.g. Medical Biotech, Biomedicine, etc) or a related field; with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent


An APEL.A Certificate (APEL T-7) (Recognition of Prior Learning) (Click on this link for further information on APEL.A)

Other Qualifications

Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis and subject to the approval and acceptance by University Senate.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.0
  • TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based)
  • PTE Academic 50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)

Application Procedure

A) Applicants will be required to submit the following completed and signed documents:

  • Sunway Postgraduate application form 
  • One (1) passport-sized photograph
  • Research statement: The statement should briefly describe the research question that the applicant has discussed with his/her future PhD supervisor
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Scholarship application form (if any)

B) The following true copies of documents must be certified:

  • Passport (all pages including blank pages - for international students)/Identity card (for Malaysian students)
  • English Language Qualification (IELTS/TOEFL/MUET/others) - for international students
  • Academic qualifications/results (Certificates and complete transcripts) (Degree/master’s degree/others)
  • International applicants must provide certified copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class

C) Two (2) reference letters

Documents will be processed once the application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. We will notify you of our final decision as soon as an appropriate supervisory team has been identified.

Research Proposal

The research proposal should comprise between 1,000 and 1,500 words (excluding references), and covers the following structure:

  1. An appropriate title for the research project (designated supervisor if known)
  2. Introduction and justification of the study, which includes:
    • Research background
    • Problem statement
    • Research objective(s)
    • Research question(s)/hypothesis
  3. Literature review
  4. Research methodology
  5. Proposed research schedule
  6. List of references


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Contact Information

For more information, please email:

Programme Leader
Assoc. Prof. Dr Yow Yoon Yen
Email: @email

Programme Administrator  
Natalina Malar Aseervadam 
Email: @email

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarship Available

Eligibility Criteria for Bursary or Scholarship


Programme: Master by Research and PhD  
Mode of study: Full-time  
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: 30% tuition fee waiver 
  • PhD: 50% tuition fee waiver 

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the Master by Research or PhD programmes


Programme: Master by Research and PhD  
Mode of study: Full-time  
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: 60% tuition fee waiver 
  • PhD: 100% tuition fee waiver 

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the Master by Research or PhD programmes. CGPA >= 3.5 or Merit (or equivalent)


Programme: Master by Research and PhD  
Mode of study: Full-time  
Financial Support:

  • Master by Research: Not eligible
  • PhD: 100% tuition fee waiver including registration and resource fees. Cost of living allowance of RM3,000 per month for 36 months

Award Criteria: Sunway graduates who are meeting the entry requirement for the PhD programmes.  
CGPA >= 3.5 or Merit (or equivalent). One (1) published journal article indexed in WOS/Scopus as first or corresponding author. Eligible applicants will be interviewed, and Studentship awards will be given on a competitive basis

*Bursary is only offered to Sunway graduates from Sunway Education Group higher education institutions.  
**Scholarship is open to Sunway and non-Sunway graduates


For more information about the scholarships and financial aid, please visit the SEG Scholarships website.

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