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Master of Health Research Ethics

Please go to mohre.um.edu.my for more details about the course and available scholarship.

There is an increase of research activities related to health in Malaysia and in the Southeast Asia. However, the awareness of ethics in research involving human subjects is lacking, which increase the potential of imposing harms to the research subjects.

The Master of Health Research Ethics (MOHRE) degree program at the University of Malaya (UM), developed in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University is the first of its kind in Malaysia and one of the few in Southeast Asia. The programme is tailored to Malaysian and the Southeast Asian context to prepare graduates to engage thoughtfully and skillfully with a wide range of pressing ethical challenges in international biomedical and social science research, and contribute to the enhancement of research ethics committees, policies, training programs and practices.

Who Should Join

  • Academicians with interest in research ethics
  • Institutional Review Board or Research Ethics Committee members and managers
  • Clinical trial coordinators
  • Researchers with interest in bioethics
  • Research institution managers and officers

At the completion of the programme, graduates will:

  1. understand the concept of research ethics and apply them to ensure responsible conduct of research.
  2. have the skills and attitudes to solve research ethical issues when conducting or governing research.
  3. be able to work with stakeholders in advancing ethical conduct of research in an institution.

Graduates of the programme will have the opportunity to explore careers related to health research ethics such as ethics institutional review board member, university academician or lecturer, researcher in health institutions, manager of clinical research centres, lawyer in law firms, officer in bioethics institutions, editorial member in publishing body, executive in ethics accreditation body and policy developer in the government agency.

This programme imposes a theory, practical skills and research learning experience. Various courses are integrated which correspond to these three elements. The core subjects accumulate to 36 credits from the total of 42 credits overall. This is in line with the design of the programme as tabulated in the following Table:

Core Modules (36 Credits)

Core Courses (27 Credits)

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit

1

MQB7001

Research Methods

3

2

MQF7003

Foundations of Research Ethics

3

3

MQF7004

Research Ethics in Special Populations

3

4

MQF7005

Responsible Conduct of Research

3

5

MQF7006

Ethical Issues in Global Health Research and Clinical Trials

3

6

MQF7007

Ethical Issues of Emerging Sciences

3

7

MQF7008

Practicum in Health Research Ethics

9

Research Project (9 Credits)

No.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit

1

MQF7002

Research Project

9

TOTAL

36

Elective Module (6 Credits)

Elective Courses (6 Credits) (Choose 2 Only)

NO.

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDIT

1

MQF7009

Good Clinical Practice

3

2

MQF7010

Ethics in Animal Research

3

3

MQF7011

Healthcare Law and Ethics

3

4

SQE7006

Ethics of Sustainability

3

TOTAL

6

GRAND TOTAL

42

A non-Malaysian applicant whose degree is from a university or institution of higher learning where the medium of instruction for that degree is not the English language shall be required:

(a). To obtain a score of 600 for a paper-based total (PBT); a score of 250 for a computer-based total (CBT) or a score of 100 for an internet-based total (IBT) for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
(b). To obtain a band of 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic).

The entry requirements for this program are:

  • A Bachelor’s degree related to health research ethics with CGPA of at least 3.0 and above or equivalent; 
    AND
  • Passed the entrance assessment set by the faculty (shortlisted candidates with be interviewed)


All applications should be submitted online via the application portal of the UM Institute of Graduate Studies (https://pgadmission.um.edu.my/). Applicants should also submit the 
Supplementary Application Form together with the relevant documents and email to mohre@um.edu.my.

Once a year in the month of September

Fee Structure for Citizen 
Fee Structure for Non- Citizen 

Scholarship and Support

This programme is supported by the Fogarty International Centre of the United States National Institute of Health, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University.

The scholarship covers:

  • Course fee
  • Textbook & study material
  • Research project support
  • Project travel support
  • *Additional support for international students on travel expenses, accommodation and daily expenses

Individuals who are interested in applying for a scholarship will need to write a statement on how the scholarship would be useful to you and why you are deserving of it (maximum 300 words). Applicants should also provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume and email all these documents to mohre@um.edu.my. Only complete applications will be considered.

Last Updated: 31/07/2019