• Master of Health Research Ethics (MOHRE)
  • mohre@um.edu.my

Course Details

Degree awarded

  • MOHRE (Master of Health Research Ethics)

Programme duration

  • 1 year

Programme format

  • Coursework (full-time)

Programme courses

Through coursework and mentoring, students will develop proficiency in four core competencies:

  • understanding the ethical foundations of research and mechanisms for meaningful research ethics oversight;
  • critically reviewing, analyzing and mitigating ethical issues that arise in research;
  • teaching and training of others in the ethical aspects of research and its oversight; and
  • conducting scholarship in research ethics.

Core courses

Foundation of Research Ethics (3 credits)

Students will be introduced to research ethics history, theory, principles, laws and guidelines, respect for persons/informed consent, risks & benefits, privacy & confidentiality, justice and study design.

Research Ethics in Special Populations (3 credits)

The course will examine the ethical, legal and societal challenges associated with research involving children, pregnant women, people with mental health issues or incapacity, terminally ill patients, LGBT populations, sex workers, diverse cultures and religions, indigenous populations, prisoners, refugees and migrants, and military personnel. Socio-culturally relevant case studies will be used to help student think critically and creatively about issues and approaches to navigating anticipated and unanticipated challenges.

Responsible Conduct of Research (3 credits)

In this course, students will be taught on topics including falsification and fabrication of data; plagiarism; peer review and authorship; correction and retraction; conflicts of interest; selective reporting; mentor and trainee responsibilities; data management practices; collaboration, and mechanism to reduce and report misconduct.

Health Research Methods (3 credits)

The course is intended to expose students to the various approaches of heath research methods. Selected quantitative and qualitative studies will be introduced to enable the students to have a deeper understanding of research paradigms, designs and methodologies as well ethical issues across various study designs. In addition, this course is designed to provide knowledge and skills to students regarding the scientific process of health research including identifying a problem, articulating research questions, selecting appropriate research methods, and writing a health research ethics proposal.

Ethical Issues in Global Health Research and Clinical Trials (3 credits)

In this course, students will be introduced to the philosophical foundations of global health. Students will also learn social value, standard of care, fair subject and community selection, informed consent and community engagement, and collaborative partnerships to global health research and in the context of clinical trials.

Ethical Issues of Emerging Sciences (3 credits)

The course will explore ethics and policy issues related to vaccine research; research during epidemics; ancillary care obligations; HIV prevention and cure research; genetic and genomics research; biobanking; precision medicine; stem cell research; digital and online research; pragmatic clinical trials; and data ownership, access and use.

Practicum in Health Research Ethics (Field placement) (9 credits)

This practicum will give students an opportunity to integrate the knowledge they have acquired in the other courses and exercise them through working in the field; attaching to research ethics committee or conducting research with vulnerable populations.

Research Project (9 credits)

Students will learn about planning and conducting a research project that examines ethical issues.


Elective courses (Choose 2)

Good Clinical Practice (3 credits)

In this course, students will be introduced to the International Council for Hormonisation (ICH) Guideline and the Malaysian guideline for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the application of the ICH:GCP its principles when conducting health research particularly on clinical trials. The roles of various stakeholders in health research such as institutional review board, investigator, study coordinator and sponsor will be described explicitly. The requirements of valid informed consent and the skills needed in carrying out the process will be taught. Students will also learn the regulatory aspect related to clinical trials.

Ethics in Animal Research (3 credits)

In this course, students will be introduced to ethical practices towards animal handling in research. Students will be taught on basic husbandry of laboratory animals, how to preserve animal welfare including housing and enrichment, proper ethical procedures in laboratory animals and alternatives to animal experiments.

Healthcare Law and Ethics (3 credits)

In this course, students will learn legal and ethical principles that underpin various aspects of health research, which include autonomy, self-determination related to consent, capacity, confidentiality and privacy.

Ethics of Sustainability (3 credits)

This course will examine the role of science and ethics in sustainable development.

Class schedule
Please click HERE for information on the class schedule.

Malay Language
International students will be required to undergo a Malay Language course as an exit requirement prior to the completion of the MOHRE programme. 

Course fees
Citizen: RM40,000
Non-citizen: RM60,000

Programme start date
Every September/ October

Program Brochure

You can download the Master of Health Research Ethics brochure here.

UM facilities
For more information about UM and, its available services and facilities, go to https://study.um.edu.my/
You can download the University of Malaya Postgraduate Handbook here.

Last Update: 14/06/2022