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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

Every day we rely on aspects of civil engineering to enable us to live our lives. As a civil engineer you must be socially aware and interested in working with people to solve problems and meet challenges. Whether it is building the French Millau Bridge, The London Eye, the Petronas Towers or life-saving water treatment plants in developing countries, civil engineering is the core discipline that enables projects such as these to happen. Civil engineers deal with design, construction, and the management of projects to help improve the world we live in. This course will provide you with the technical knowledge and experience needed to develop these skills. It will equip you with a range of transferable skills giving an ideal combination for a leading career in civil engineering.


Why choose this course?

At the University of Nottingham Malaysia, you will follow the same high-quality degree curriculum that has helped civil engineering at UNM to be consistently rated among the top civil engineering schools in the UK. We have strong links with both with the UK school and industry professionals at Masters level allowing us to deliver world-class teaching that reflects the research interests of our academic staff. This ensures programme content represents state-of-the-art research and up to date developments along with enabling MSc students to work on projects that contribute to the ongoing research in the faculty.


Professional accreditation MSc (technical)

Accredited by the: 

  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Institute of Highway Engineers
  • Joint Board of Moderators of the Institution of Civil Engineers

On behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

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Course content

The course consists of 120 credits of core and optional taught modules along with a 60-credit major individual research-based project. In addition to the core modules, you will be able to choose from a number of optional modules to create a more generalised path of study for the award of MSc Civil Engineering or to augment your degree a specific area of interest. Following the successful completion of the taught modules, the major individual project is undertaken over the summer term.

Typical core modules

  • Research Project
  • Research Project Literature Review
  • Research Project Organisation and Planning

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Structural Design
  • Civil Engineering Research Project Preparation
  • Dynamic and Wind Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics
  • Highway and Pavement Design
  • Railway Technology
  • Spatial Data Acquisition
  • Sustainable Construction and Life Cycle Analysis
  • Tall Building Group Design Project

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in civil engineering or a related discipline. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

IELTS (Academic):

6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)


79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in reading, 20 in Speaking)

PTE (Academic):

65 (with no less than 59 in each element)
MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Supervision
  • Lab sessions
  • Computer labs

In addition to lectures, some modules have lab sessions, some have workshops and some drop in sessions. Each module is run with the aim of providing best learning experience for students and module objectives are achieved by devising the most appropriate delivery and assessment methods.

How you will be assessed

  • Group coursework
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Poster presentation

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.


Malaysian studentsRM54,900 per programme
International studentsRM59,900 per programme


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


Civil Engineering is one of the most versatile engineering specialisations. A Master's degree from the University of Nottingham Malaysia will equip you well with advanced knowledge for a more specialised career in civil engineering. Graduates go on to work in roles such as construction engineer, geotechnical engineer, structural engineer and transportation engineer.

The university has an established Careers Advisory Service (CAS) that provide students with essential resources and guidance for career choices and offer many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our Careers Advisory Service will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills. As well as providing essential resources and guidance, they will also assist you with job/course applications, facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers or training opportunities. Within the department, you will have a personal tutor to offer general guidance and support. You will also benefit from links with practicing civil engineers and other professionals.

The course provides a blend of academic study and development of practical and professional skills to prepare students for the future challenges of working in a multidisciplinary environment. Graduates of this course are highly sought-after and enter a range of careers related to the field of civil engineering.

This content was last updated on 23 March 2022. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.