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USM Industrial Master: Earn your Master in your workplace


  • To be the feeder into USM PhD and other doctoral degree programmes.
  • To stimulate and encourage graduates of calibre who are in the job market to pursue their education at a higher level then what they possess now.
  • To meet the national need of a highly trained manpower to further develop the national economy.
  • To increase the enrolment of quality candidates at USM with CGPA of 3.00 and higher, many of whom are already in the job market.
  • To increase research and consultancy cooperation between USM and industry.

Target Group

Qualified graduates, the general public and public sector staff to pursue a full

time research or mixed mode Master Degree at USM.

Fields of Studies

  • Science and Technology
  • Social Science/Professional Arts:

Priority will be given to research that lead to innovation, economic development, increase in the quality of life guided by related fields in the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA).

Fields in Social Science/Professional Arts


Strategic/Tourism/ Health Tourism/Eco-tourism/International Business/Marketing/ Operation / Int. Operation/ Supply Chain Management/ Logistic & Transportation/ Hospitality/ International Trading/ Small and Medium Industry/ Entrepreneurship/Int. Entrepreneurship/Insurance / Sports


Economics/ Planning & Development/Islamic/International Accounting/ Auditing/ International Accounting/ Actuarial Science


International Finance/ Islamic Finance/Islamic Banking/Islamic Wealth Management




1.Malaysian citizens.
2.Age: 35 years or younger when applying.
3.Has a Bachelor Degree or equivalent qualification recognized by the government with CGPA of at least 2.75.
4.Has an acceptance letter into a Master programme or is already enrolled in one as a full time student.
5.Not sponsored by any other scholarship granting body. 


Funding: Based Upon MyMaster

1.Tuition only, up to a maximum of RM10,000.
2.Payment made directly to USM.
3.Thesis preparation allowance provided that there are remainders from 1
 i.  Research mode: RM3,000.00
 ii.  Mixed mode: RM1,500.00


Funding by Industry

1.Research Mode: Cost of research.
2.Mixed Mode:

 i.  Cost of course delivery (To be paid to the USM School/Centre running  the course).

 ii.  Cost of research.


•Similar to MOHE’s Industrial PhD, except for the sending of the signed MOU for validation by MOHE marking the release of funds to USM and the beginning of candidature.
•However, an MOU is still needed so that IP issues are mutually agreed upon and the rights of publication are respected.

Study while working? Join our USM Industrial PhD

Target Group

  • Executives involved in research , development & innovation & are responsible for increasing competitiveness of the  industry.
  • Not inclusive of government agencies, government research institutes & GLC companies. ( Government  linked )

Terms and Conditions for Application:

-Candidate is selected after thorough discussion and agreement between IPT and Industry

-Open to all citizens of Malaysia currently employed by an Industry.
-Applicant must already have a Master or equivalent, recognized by the University
-Applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree ( First Class Honours /CGPA >3.67 ) in related fields.


Memorandum of Understanding between (MOU) IPT and Industry

– Should spell out the interest of both IPT and industry in agreement.

-Memorandum of Understanding between IPS and Industry AND respective candidates information will then be presented to the Bahagian Biasiswa, of Ministry if Higher Education Malaysia for processing.


Please make sure that 4 copies of your thesis are in colour.

 Thank you for your co-operation

Announcement to All International Students

If you intend to go abroad for official or personal reasons, kindly ensure that you obtain the endorsement from your Supervisor and your Dean.

You will need to send the letter stating clearly the reasons for leaving, with their endorsements to IPS who will then channel you application Vice-Chancellor through IPS.

Thank you for your co-operation.


Alternative Method of PhD Thesis Examination (Research Mode)

 Check out our website for more info:

IPS in action

Ms Hani Soraya Ahmad and Ms Ranjetha Pancharam will represent the Institute of Postgraduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia in the REXPO Education Malaysia Exposition in Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The event which is to be held on 26th and 27th March 2011 will enable USM to reach potential students in Vietnam and provide them with a new exposure about studying in USM.

Furthermore, Prof Roshada Hashim, Encik Abdul Hamid Majid and Encik Mohd Zulkarnain Mohd Tajulariffin will join the UKEC-GRADUAN CAREER FAIR to be held on 27 March 2011 in London, United Kingdom. The event organized by GRADUAN in a joint-collaboration with the United Kingdom Executive Council (UKEC) and the Malaysian Students’ Department in London will serve as a platform for graduates in UK to explore and consider pursuing their postgraduate degree  in USM. UKEC is an official umbrella body representing approximately 11,000 Malaysian students in United Kingdom and Eire. The fair which will be held at University College of London (UCL) is an ideal way to reach top Malaysian graduates studying or working across the world.

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