Student Development Unit

The Student Research Training Unit is home to a variety of support services specially designed to assist postgraduate students develop and enhance their research, communication and writing skills. The unit organizes seminars, workshops and short courses on a regular basis to UM postgraduates to assist them during their PhD and Master research journey. These activities are delivered by experienced and dedicated academic staff with excellent track records in research and student supervision.  

Upskill Programme

The Upskill Programme consists of a set of intensive courses provided to all UM postgraduate candidates to equip them with the essential knowledge and crucial skills they may need throughout their research journey from the beginning to the completion of their study and beyond. 

Speakers invited to conduct the programme include experienced academic staff of University of Malaya, speakers from other universities in Malaysia as well as from abroad.

The objectives of the courses offered in the upskill programme are to:

 Provide candidates with basic knowledge before embarking on their research and writing up.
 Help candidates develop ideas in making their research more inventive and innovative
 Provide a platform for candidates to exchange ideas and share knowledge with one another
 Assist candidates in developing better skills in writing and publishing their research findings in reputable journals 
 Prepare candidates with good skills and knowledge before they begin their experience in the working environment

CONTENT OF THE UPSKILL PROGRAMME 

The Upskill Programme is designed to assist candidates reach the milestones in the development of their research. Our comprehensive range of seminars and workshops under this programme comprises of three modules. 

Module 1-The seminars and workshops in this module are designed for candidates who are at the beginning stage of their research writing. Some of the topics covered in Module 1 are:

 Writing the Research Proposal 
 Writing the Literature Review
 Determining the Research Design & Process
 Constructing the Theoretical/Conceptual Framework

Module 2-
The seminars and workshops in this module are designed for candidates who are at the middle stage of their research writing. Some of the topics covered in Module 2 are:

 Qualitative/Quantitative Research 
 Data Analysis using SPSS / AMOS / NVivo
 Academic Writing
 Publishing in ISI journals

Module 3-The seminars and workshops in this module are designed for candidates who are at the final stage of their research writing. Some of the topics covered in Module 3 are:

 Presentation Skills
 Preparing for the Viva Voce

In addition to the regularly scheduled seminars and workshops offered in Modules 1, 2 and 3, we also provide other courses to help candidates improve their personal development skills such as:

 Communication Skills 
 Critical Thinking Skills 
 Stress Management
 Time Management.

UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA THREE-MINUTE THESIS (UM3MT)

The UM3MT is an annual communication competition, designed for PhD candidates to showcase their academic and research communication skills through a three-minute presentation. 

The competition is held at both the faculty and university levels, involving all areas of studies from Science and Technology to Social Sciences and Humanities. During that short specified time of 3 minutes, participants must concisely explain their research in a language that is comprehensible for a lay audience with the aid of a single projected PowerPoint slide. Judged by a panel of non-specialist personalities, the presentation must meet three criteria of scoring - communication style, comprehension and audience engagement.

UPSKILL PROGRAMME REGISTRATION

Registration for the Upskill Programme is done online and the announcements for course registration will be sent to all UM Master’s and PhD candidates through the UM SISWAMaiL and candidates may register accordingly. 

Last Update: March 30, 2017