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UTM strategy to increase the number of postgraduate students is one of the BOS approach as to reduce the competition with other universities in number of undergraduates intake. It was also based on the fact that being one of the five research universities in the country, UTM is expected to focus in doing impactful research, commercialization of value-driven research products, producing innovative technologies with strong entrepreneurial mindset driven by first class mentality. Postgraduate students will involve a lot in research and development; and their scholarly contributions and thus will help towards positioning the university to stand tall among others renowned institutions.

As at November 2011, UTM has the highest number of postgraduate students in engineering and technology in Malaysia and as at November 2012, UTM also has the highest number of PhD students among all the higher learning institutions in Malaysia numbering at 4,447.