University Profile

Background

The Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering (FBME) in UTM is intent on championing biosciences, biomedical engineering and health science. Formerly known as the Faculty of Health Science and Biomedical Engineering,the faculty offers biosciences and biomedical engineering programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and a postgraduate programme inhealth science. The faculty is supported by three departments, namely, theDepartment of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering, the Department of Biosciences and Health Sciences, and the Department of Clinical Science.


Centre of Excellence for Medical Research / Centre of Healthcare Expert

Medical Implant Technology Group (MEDITEG)

MEDITEG was founded in August 2006 to champion research, development and commercialisation of medical implants and their related technologies. This research group believes strongly in the value of interdisciplinary pursuits in addressing needs within the medical industries and healthcare services. Our areas of interest include joint and dental biomechanics, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic fluid dynamics, prosthetics and orthotics, biomedical materials for tissue replacement, bone substitution, artificial organs and endosseous implants. MEDITEG is one of the most successful research groups in UTM with 25 research projects and a total approved grant of RM8,425,413. Our achievements include 52 patents pending, 36 copyrights, 53 publications and five awards.


Progressive Healthcare and Human Development Research Group (PH2D-RG)

The Progressive Healthcare and Human Development Research Group (PH2D-RG) is a multidisciplinary research group established on 22 June 2009. This group combines medical fields, engineering and education to create a solution for better healthcare and human development. Formerly known as the Clinical Engineering and Application Research Group (CLEANER Group) which was established in January 2007, the group’s initial project was the development of Early Intervention Support System children with Down’s syndrome. The first project was supported by Agilent Technologies Sdn Bhd and resulted in a patented prototype, and some journal and conference papers. In September 2007, the group also won the Malaysia Innovator Award 2007.This group currently has five research grants from MOSTI and MOHE with grants totalling about RM1 million. Its achievementsover the last two years include seven marketable prototypes, five patent applications and two copyrights, 13 national and international innovation awards and more than 40 international and national publications.


Computer Added Rehab Engineering (CARE)

This group is involved in the development of computer-based tools for the training and rehabilitation of persons with physical disabilities as well as mental retardation. The group works very closely with Taman Sinar Harapan in Johor Bahru which is a government institution for training the disabled. Among others, the group has developed computer-based tools for life skills training, tools for speech and stuttering therapy, soft key for the disabled to use computers and evaluation tools to assess physical disabilities.


Healthcare Programme Outline

FBME offers postgraduate programmes leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Rehabilitation and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Science recognised by MQA. The programmes are conducted in the research mode. The degrees offered are:

Master of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Technology) by Research

  • This programme is conducted by research within the required duration of 3-6 semesters (18-36 months) for full-time study or 4-8 semesters (2-4 years) for part-time study. All students are supervised by academic staff from the Graduate Faculty. Research focuses are in the areas of Motion Analysis, Rehabilitation Equipment Technology, Therapy Modalities, Exercise Therapy and Prescription, Assistive Technology, Disabilities and Rehabilitation Ergonomics. Other research areas are also considered with supervisor approval.

    Entry Qualifications

    A Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Physics, Health Sciences (related to Therapy and Rehabilitation), Sports Sciences or related fields with good honours from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or any other institution of higher learning recognised by the Senate or other qualifications equivalent to a bachelor degree and experience in the relevant field recognised by the Senate.

    Curriculum Requirement

    Research Thesis - Research Thesis must focus on rehabilitation technology problem solving and the research proposal must be approved by the supervisor from the faculty.

    Course Work - Student must pass university compulsory courses offered by the university during the semester.

    Programme Objectives

    The objectives of the Master of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Technology) programme are:
    • To produce graduates with the knowledge, skills and expertise in the field of rehabilitation technology
    • To produce graduates in the field of rehabilitation technology who are able to conduct research, apply critical thinking and further develop the health industry in this country
    • To train and produce graduates who are persistently enhancing their professionalism in the field of rehabilitation technology and are able to lead and disseminate knowledge to society effectively
    • To expand the field of rehabilitation technology and identify entrepreneurial opportunities


Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences) by Research

  • All candidates in this programme are required to complete their studies within a period not exceeding six years (12 semester) for full-time and eight years (16 semesters) for part-time students.The research progress is evaluated by the supervisor each semester. The research thesis focuses on the solution of certain aspects of research in the field of rehabilitation technology.

    Entry Qualifications
    A master degree in Rehabilitation Technology, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Physics, Health Sciences, Sport Sciences or related fields with good honours from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia or any other institution of higher learning recognised by the Senate or other qualifications equivalent to a master degree and experience in the relevant field recognised by the Senate.A candidate with lower qualifications may be considered if he can demonstrate sufficient academic background and appropriate experience.


    Curriculum Requirement

    Doctor of Philosophy (Health Science) by research consists of two requirements:

    Research Thesis –The research thesis focuses on rehabilitation technology problem solving and the research proposal must be approved by the supervisor from the faculty.

    Course Work - Students must pass compulsory courses offered by the university during the semester.


    Programme Objectives

    This programme aims to produce professionals with expertise in rehabilitation technology who can lead the aspects of research in this field.The goals are:
    • To produce graduates who have the knowledge, skills and expertise in the field of rehabilitation technology
    • To produce graduates in the field of rehabilitation technology who can defend the results of research, apply critical thinking and further develop the health industry in this country
    • To train and produce graduates who are constantly enhancing their profession in the field of rehabilitation technology and who can influence the dissemination of knowledge to effectively serve the community
    • To play a role in adopting rehabilitation technology for entrepreneurial opportunities




English Proficiency

All international students applying to UTM must have a TOEFL or IELTS score as follows:
• A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL, or
• A minimum overall band score of 6.0 in the IELTS test

However, a student with a score that does not meet the entry requirement can be accepted after attending and passing the Intensive English Course (IEC). IEC can be one or two semesters depending on the performance of the student.


Career Prospects

Biomedical engineering is a challenging career option with enormous opportunities.Biomedical engineers are employed in universities, industry, hospitals, research faculties of educational and medical institutions, teaching, and government regulatory agencies. They often serve a coordinating or interfacing function, using their background in both engineering and medical fields. In industry, they may create designs where an in-depth understanding of living systems and technology is essential. They may be involved in performance testing of new or proposed products. Government positions often involve product testing and safety as well as establishing safety standards for devices.

In a hospital, biomedical engineers may provide advice on the selection and use of medical equipment, as well as supervise its performance, testing and maintenance. They may also build customised devices for special healthcare or research needs. In research institutions, biomedical engineers supervise laboratories and equipment, and participate in or direct research activities in collaboration with other researchers with backgrounds such as medicine, physiology, and nursing. Some biomedical engineers are technical advisors for marketing departments of companies while others work in management positions.

The Faculty’s Current and Future International Collaboration


• Technical University Ilmenau – Double Degree Masters Programme in Biomedical Engineering
• Ruhr University Bochum, Germany – Joint Research on Ultrasound in Medicine
• Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen, Germany – Joint Research in Clinical Engineering and Science
• University Wonkwong, South Korea – Student Exchange and Joint Medical Research
• Delft University of Technology, Netherlands – Joint Research in Biomechanics and Biomaterial
• University of Laval, Canada – Student Exchange and Joint Research in Biomaterial
• Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia – Student Exchange and Joint Medical Research
• University of Toronto, Canada - Student Exchange and Joint Research in Biomaterial

Academic Facilities & Resources related to Healthcare Programmes

Facilities A new faculty building will be completed in 2012 and equipped with 80 laboratories for teaching and research activities. Some of the laboratories are:

• Biomedical Signal Processing Lab
• Basic Medical Diagnostic Lab
• Biomedical Communication Lab
• Biomedical Instrumentation Lab
• Modelling and Simulation
• Biomedical Automation Lab
• Tissue Culture and Biocompatibility Lab
• PBLand Cooperative Learning Lab
• Biocomputing Lab
• Medical Analysis and Simulation Lab
• Medical Ergonomics Lab
• DNA and Genetic Computing Lab
• Thermal Imaging Lab
• Biomedical Electronic Lab
• PCB Lab
• Hearing Diagnostic Lab

Support Services & Development Activities for Students Studying Healthcare Programmes

Student Support Services and Co-curricular Activities

The university and faculty provide a support system, access to facilities and counseling services to students in addition to existing services at the university. This service is open to all students, according to the times, rules and regulations determined by the parties concerned.


Support services available to students

UTM emphasises on student‐friendly policies and services. UTM has appropriate and adequate support services available to students. These physical, social, financial, recreational, and counselling and health services are readily available infrastructure that provides a comfortable campus life. Among the support services available are:

• Students’ activity management for societies and clubs
• Student financial aid
• Student health services
• Sports facilities
• Residential colleges
• Counselling and career service
• Student shuttle service
• Libraries and resource centres
• Language assistance service
• Immigration‐related services
• ICT facilities

There are also other units that provide support services to students, namely, the Sports Unit, School of Graduate Studies, International Students Centre (ISC), Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Sultanah Zanariah Library (PSZ), Centre for ICT (CICT), Asset and Construction Office (PHB) and Sultan Ismail Mosque (MSI).

Student health services are provided by the University’s Student Health Centre, a complete health centre for students, staff and the local community. The centre provides general medical services, accident treatment, minor surgery, temporary ward services, pharmaceutical services and a dental clinic. The centre is led by a director and supported by four full‐time medical officers, and several part-time medical officers and nurses. The centre opens from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on Saturday. The centre also provides 24‐hour emergency services. Further information can be found at http://web.utm.my/healthcentre/.

Students who require financial aid may refer to the Student Service and Facility Unit of the Office of Student Affairs. Several types of financial aid are available to those who are eligible. Generally, there are four categories of financial aid – scholarship, loan, one‐off grant, and loans from the university’s fund.

Sports and cultural activities are provided by the Sports Unit and Culture Unit. The Sports Unit caters to the sports and recreational needs of the entireuniversity community and promotes a healthy lifestyle among students and staff through activities such as an annual sporting event. Among the facilities available are a sportscomplex, open fields and courtyards, and multi‐purpose halls.

Graduate Attributes

Master Programme Outcomes

PO1 Ability to utilise and analyse acquired knowledge to develop methods of technology application to solve problems in the field of rehabilitation

PO2 Ability to integrate various skills in conducting systematic scientific research in the field of rehabilitation technology

PO3 Possess effective interaction with colleagues and the public in the implementation of research and dissemination of knowledge in the field

PO4 Capable of integrating professional values, ethics and teamwork effectively

PO5 Ability to develop self and embrace lifelong learning

PO6 Capable of identifying entrepreneurial opportunities to commercialise research



PhD Programme Outcomes


PO1: Using and analyzing the knowledge to determine the method of appropriate technology application tosolve problems in the field of rehabilitation.

PO2: Comparing and integrating various skills in a scientific research systematically in the field of rehabilitation technology.

PO3: Adopting effective interaction with colleagues and the public in the implementation of research and dissemination of knowledge in the field.

PO4: Applying the professional values, ethics and teamwork effectively.

PO5: Implementing self-development and able to influence society towards lifelong learning.

PO6: Suggesting entrepreneurial opportunities to commercialize research.


Words of Encouragement to Prospective International Students

Our postgraduate research programmes offer excellent training which will challenge your abilities and help you to develop skills which will benefit you in your future career. As a research student, you will work on an exciting and relevant project with a supervisor who is an expert and an enthusiast in the field. We welcome local and international applicants seeking full-time study as well as part-time students who may be juggling their academic studies with professional and family commitments. We look forward to you joining our postgraduate community and will seek to ensure that you enjoy not only your academic study but also other aspects of your life.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

For Malaysian students

• National Science Fellowship Scheme (NSF)
• MyBrain15
• Zamalah UTM
• PTPTN
• Financial Sponsorship from the Ministry of Higher Education
• Skim Latihan Akademik IPTA (SLAI) & Skim Latihan Akademi Bumiputera (SLAB)
• Hadiah Latihan Persekutuan
• Skim Latihan Tenaga Pengajar Teknikal (SLTP)
• Biasiswa Khas Tenaga Akademik IPTA


For International Students

• Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
• Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)
• Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP)
• Malaysian International Scholarship (MIS)

Achievements, Awards and Accreditation

• DrAzli Yahya,Norliyana Binti Burhanuddin,Silver Medal iENVEX2012, “Educating EDM Process - an Animation”

• Dr Azli Yahya, Nazriah Mahmud, Special Award from the Korean Inventors Association iENVEX2012, “A Novel Universal Gel Electrophoresis Container to Improve DNA Separation Time”

• Dr Dedy H.B. Wicaksono, Syazwani Abdul Jamil, Gold Medal iENVEX2012, “Low-cost Wax-patterned Cotton Fabrics for Cell Culture Applications”

• Dr Dedy H.B. Wicaksono, Yuen Aoi Chee, Azam Ahmad Bakir Syaidah Md Saleh,Silver Medal iENVEX2012, “Joint Bending Sensors Using Textile-based MEMS”

• Dr Dedy H.B. Wicaksono,Nik Nur Zuliyana Mohd Rajdi, Azam Ahmad Bakir, Syaidah Md Saleh, Silver Medal iENVEX2012, “Textile-based Inclinometer for Pelvic Tilt Measurement”

• Dr Nasrul Humaimi Mahmood, Radha Swathie Priya a/p Malon Marugan,Silver Medal iENVEX2012, “Low Cost Smart Electronic Chess Board for Competitive Tournament”

• Dr Azli Yahya, Gold Medal iENVEX2011, “Low Cost Gel Electrophoresis Unit with New Design Improvement”

• Dr Azli Yahya, Best Award iENVEX2011, “Low Cost Gel Electrophoresis Unit with New Design Improvement”

• Dr Azli Yahya, MOHE Grand Price iENVEX2011, “Low Cost Gel Electrophoresis Unit with New Design Improvement”

• Dr Dedy H.B. Wicaksono, Assoc Prof Dr F. Adibah Abdul Majid, Azadeh Nilghaz, Norsamsiah Muhammad, Syed Mustafa Syed Azman, Syazwani Abdul Jamil, Gold Award (INATEX) 2011, “Cloth-based Microfluidic Analytical Device Embedded in Sanitary Napkin for On-Site Urine Analysis”

• Nazirah Hanim Sharipudin, Nik Nur Zuliyana Mohd Rajdi, Gan Hong Seng, Azadeh Nilghaz, Dedy Hermawan Bagus Wicaksono, Bronze Prize iENVEX 2011, “Microfluidics Cloth-Based Analytical Devices (MCADS)”

• Isniza Ismail, Aqilah Leela T. Narayanan, Dedy Hermawan Bagus Wicaksono,2011 Arifin Wardiman Best Paper Award, “Comparison of Two Sagittal Pelvic Tilt Measurement Protocols using Newly Calibrated Novel Pelvic Sensor

• Associate Professor Dr-Ing Eko Supriyanto, Mohd Aminudin Jamlos,Gold and Special Award, Seoul International Invention Fair, Korea 2011, “Alzheimer early detector”

• Associate Professor Dr-Ing Eko Supriyanto,Bronze Seoul International Invention Fair Korea 2011, “OSCAR Tool”

• Associate Professor Dr-Ing Eko Supriyanto,Bronze Seoul International Invention Fair Korea 2011, “Integrated Remote Prenatal Monitor”

• Associate Professor Ir Dr Rafiq bin Abd Kadir, UTM's Best Research Award – 2009

• Associate Professor Ir Dr Rafiq bin Abd Kadir, UTM's Intellectual Property Award – 2009

• Associate Professor Ir Dr Rafiq bin Abd Kadir, Faculty's Best Research Award (Individual Category) – 2009

• Associate Professor Ir Dr Rafiq bin Abd Kadir, Faculty's Best Research Award (Group Category) – 2009

• Dr Malarvili Balakrishnan, Study Award 2011 on Controlling Infectious Disease for NAM member countries, The NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) by Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development

Contact Details


Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor, MALAYSIA.
Tel No : 607-5535476 / 012 -837347
Fax No : 607-5535430
Website : www.biomedical.utm.my
Email : azli@fke.utm.my