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Study Guide: Engineering in Malaysia

You have come to the correct place if you're interested in Engineering. This guide will explain why and how you should study engineering in Malaysia, as well as your educational and professional options in the country.

Do you want to find the best engineering education for you and help to make the world a better place? Continue to read!


Engineering is a field that focuses on problem solutions. Engineering comprises a wide range of more specialised fields of engineering, each with a more specific emphasis on particular areas of applied mathematics, applied science, and application kinds. Our built environment and infrastructure, the devices we use to communicate, the processes that manufacture our medicines, have all been designed, assembled or managed by an engineer.

Engineering is a vast field that includes a variety of industries and applications. It can be challenging for students to decide amongst the different engineering fields and courses available. The major categories of engineering courses are listed below.

Types of Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Telecommunication Engineering

Marine Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Civil Engineering

Aeronautical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Entry Requirements to Study Engineering

These are the general entry requirements to pursue an engineering degree.  Entry requirements for some universities may be higher, so do make sure you check the details carefully.

  • A-Level: Minimum EEE/equivalent of 120 points including Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry

  • Australian Matriculation SAM/SACE International: Minimum ATAR 65 including Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry

  • Canadian Pre-University programmes: Minimum average of 60% in any 6 subjects including Advanced Functions, Calculus & Vectors and Physics/Chemistry

  • Foundation in Engineering or Matriculation programme: Pass with minimum CGPA of 3.00 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum 24 points in 6 subjects including Mathematics  and Physics/Chemistry

  • UEC: Pass with minimum B5 in including Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry

  • STPM: Minimum 2Cs with minimum CGPA of 2.00 including Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry

  • Diploma in Engineering: Minimum CGPA of 2.00


Pathways to Study Engineering

This is the general pathway to study engineering after completing your SPM or IGCSE.


Step 1: Complete STPM/UEC/Pre-university programme for 1-2 years. You can also opt to be enrolled in Diploma in Engineering for 2.5 years.

Step 2: Once you graduate with an engineering diploma, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Step 3: If you want to pursue an engineering degree, enrol in a 4-year degree programme.

Step 4: Once you've completed your degree, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Step 5: To gain the status of a professional engineer, you must have at least 3 years of practical working experience and pass a Professional Assessment Examination by the Board of Engineers Malaysia.

Note: In order to practise as a professional engineer in Malaysia, you will need to register with the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).


Subjects in Engineering Degree

In Malaysia, an engineering degree takes 4 years long, but some universities may offer 3-year degrees to complete and the total anticipated costs for a 4-year engineering degree might range from RM50,000 – RM190,000. 

  • Civil Engineering:

    • Civil Engineering Materials

    • Structural Mechanics

    • Surveying

    • Geotechnics

    • Environmental Engineering

    • Hydraulics

    • Coastal / Highway / Traffic Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering:

    • Thermodynamics

    • Process Engineering

    • Fluid Mechanics

    • Industrial Chemistry

    • Reaction Engineering

    • Plant Design

  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering:

    • Digital & Analogue Electronics

    • Signal Processing

    • Control Systems

    • Circuit Design

    • Computer Architecture,

    • Power Electronics

  • Mechanical Engineering

    • Thermodynamics

    • Fluid Mechanics

    • Solid Mechanics

    • Automatic Control & Instrumentation

    • Machine System Dynamics

You will also work on individual and group projects that will demand you to develop, build, and test a new product or technical solution. This allows you to obtain essential experience in constructing things and solving issues, which will be useful once you graduate and begin working as an engineer. In addition, you will be required to complete at least two months of industrial training to get industry experience.

Job Prospects with An Engineering Degree


We have extremely good news for all of you who are considering studying engineering: there will always be a need for engineers, not only in Malaysia, but all throughout the world. Here are just a few engineering-related occupations you can pursue once you enter the workforce.

  • Consulting Engineer

  • Construction Engineer

  • Geotechnical Engineer

  • Structural Engineer

  • Site Engineer

  • Urban Planning Engineer

  • Biochemical Engineer

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Petroleum Engineer

  • Process Engineer

  • Safety Engineer

  • Waste Management Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

  • Electronics Engineer

  • Telecommunications Engineer

  • Design Engineer

  • Control Engineer

  • Computer Engineer

  • Automotive Engineer

  • Industrial Machinery Engineer

  • Robotics Engineer

  • Manufacturing Engineer

  • Materials Engineer

  • Project Engineer


Universities to Study Engineering


Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Cloud Engineering
BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering


Monash University

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons)


Heriot Watt University

BEng (Hons) / MEng Civil Engineering
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering / MEng Chemical Engineering
BEng (Hons) / MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
BEng (Hons) / MEng Mechanical Engineering


University of Southampton Malaysia

MEng Mechanical Engineering
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering


MAHSA University

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Honours


SEGI University

B.Eng (Hons) Automotive Engineering (3+0)
B.Eng (Hons) Electronics and Electrical Engineering (3+0)
B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (3+0)


University of Nottingham

Software Engineering BSc (Hons)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)
Mechatronic Engineering MEng (Hons)


Taylor's University

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Hons)
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons)

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