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Master of Science (Forensic Science) and Doctor of Philosophy by research are offered to produce more forensic professionals specializing in the various fields of forensic science. They also provide opportunities for lifelong learning and assist the efforts to profesionalised experts in forensic science with advance academic degrees in line with the advancement of forensic sciences and technologies as well as meeting elevated standard of forensic science services.

To cater for the needs of the students with different undergraduate background, a wide range of forensic sciences fields including criminology, forensic drug analysis, forensic anthropology, forensic document examination, forensic fire invesitgation, DNA profiling, forensic toxicology, and phyiscal evidence are offered. In general, the study involves literature review, proposal presentation, planning and conducting experimental works, research progress presentation, preparation and submission of research articles, and finally submission of thesis for examination.


Corresponding to the mission of School of Health Sciences, the Master of Science (Forensic Science) and the Doctor of Philosophy provide exemplary forensic science research experience with the aims to

  1. nurture intellectual and professional forensic science graduates.
  2. produce forensic science graduates who are responsible and possess high ethical standards.
  3. transform knowledge to develop and sustain social well-being.


Please visit the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS) website at www.ips.usm.my for online application.


Programme Qualification CGPA Academic Grade Requirement
Master Bachelor Degree 3.00 and above Subject to additional requirement(s) by the School
2.75 – 2.99

1. Research experience (minimum 6 month)


2. Grade A- for final year project


3. Subject to additional requirement(s) by the School

Doctor of Philosophy Master Degree (Coursework or Mixed Mode) 3.00 and above Subject to additional requirement(s) by the School
2.75 – 2.99

1. Research experience (minimum 5 years)


2. Professional experience in related field (minimum 5 years)


3. Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceedings) in the field applied


4. Grade B for major/elective courses


5. Subject to additional requirement(s) by the School

Master Degree (Research Mode)   Subject to additional requirement(s) by the School

* Foreign Student has to produce English proficiency result as follows:

  • TOEFL paper based (minimum score 550) or
  • TOEFL computer based (minimum score 213) or
  • TOEFL Internet-based (minimum score 80) or
  • IELTS (skor minimum Band 6)


Mode Master Doctor of Philosophy
Full Time Min. 2 semester / Max. 6 semester Min. 4 semester / Max. 10 semester
Part Time Min. 4 semester / Max. 12 semester Min. 6 semester / Max. 15 semester


  Registration Fees Tuition Fees Personal Bond Examination Fees
Malaysian RM340.00

RM4100/Semester (Full Time)

RM3525/Semester (Part Time)


RM100.00 (PhD)

RM750.00 (MSc)

International RM910.00

RM6150.00/Semester (Full Time)

RM5600.00/Semester (Part Time


RM1500.00 (PhD)

RM1000.00 (MSc)



Forensic Psychology

Forensic Chemistry

Forensic Biology

Forensic Anthropology

Environmental Forensic

Forensic Document Examination

DNA Profiling

Forensic Toxicology

Forensic Drug Analysis

Physical Evidence

Fire Investigation

Forensic Food Analysis


No. Name Research Interest and Expertise
  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamad Hadzri Yaacob Electrochemistry, Environmental Sample Characterisation, Voltammetry and Polarography
  Assoc. Prof. PT Jayaprakash Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Entomology, Forensic Diatomology, Crime Scene Management
  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zafarina Zainuddin Forensic DNA markers, Population Genetics and Species Identification
  Dr. Affizal Ahmad Forensic Psychology, Mental Health
  Dr. Nik Fakhuruddin Nik Hassan Spectrochemical Methods, Chemical Imaging and Profiling of Fingermarks , Persistence of Latent Fingermarks, Novel Method for Development of Latent Fingermarks
  Dr. Ahmad Fahmi Lim Abdullah Forensic Drug Analysis, Enhancement of Crime Scene Stains and Marks, Chromatography
  Dr. Noor Zuhartini Md Muslim Analytical Chemistry, Optical Biosensor, Environmental Sample Analysis
  Dr. Geshina Ayu Mat Saat Crime Prevention and Intervention, Profiling, Trauma, Psychometrics
  Dr. Dzulkiflee Ismail Chemometrics, Forensic Pattern Recognition, Document Examination
  Dr. Wan Nur Syuhaila Mat Desa Fire Investigation &Fire Debris Analysis, Illicit Drugs Profiling, Chromatography, Multivariate Analysis
  Dr. Nur Haslindawaty Abd Rashid Forensic DNA Markers, Population Genetics and Species Identification
  Dr. Helmi Mohd Hadi Pritam Forensic Anthropology, Facial Reconstruction, Facial mapping, Photo & Video Editing, Psychology of Identification, Geometric Morphometrics
  Dr. Edinur Hisham Atan Human Ancestry, Identity and Health
  Dr. Chang Kah Haw Gunshot Residue Analysis, Chemical Profiling of Forensic Evidence, Chromatography

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