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Course overview

Civil Engineering MEng (Hons) is one of the courses available under the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

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.  By joining this course you’ll learn about structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, surveying and construction management. We work with local engineering professionals who assist with site visits and guest speaker lectures. You’ll get the opportunity to work towards becoming a professional/chartered engineer and be able to get work experience with well-known civil engineering companies.

Why choose this course?

Students choosing this programme will be equipped to embark on a career in civil engineering or other disciplines that require numerate problem-solving skills. Some key sectors our graduates enter include civil engineering, consultancy, contracting, civil engineering management, finance and surveying. The programme was ranked 9th in the UK for civil engineering in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020.


Typical core modules

  • Geotechnics 1
  • Group Design Project
  • Hydraulics 1
  • Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineering 1 
  • Portfolio of Civil Engineering Studies
  • Structural Analysis 1

Typical core modules

  • Advanced Mathematical Methods for Civil Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Materials
  • Geotechnics 2
  • Hydraulics 2
  • Portfolio for Civil Engineering Studies 2 
  • Steel Design Project
  • Structural Analysis 2

Typical core modules

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Project
  • Geotechnics 3
  • Hydraulics Design 
  • Industrial Training
  • Structural Concrete Design

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Properties of Concrete
  • Applied Construction Project Management
  • Railway Technology 

Typical core modules

  • Group Design Project
  • Investigative Project

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Structural Design
  • Dynamics and Wind Engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Modelling
  • Materials for Highways and Railways
  • Sedimentation and Erosion Engineering
  • Sustainable Construction and Life Cycle Analysis

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

A Level BBB, including Mathematics and Physics, excluding critical thinking and general studies.
IB Diploma 30 points with 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level, including specific subjects in mathematics and Physics.
STPM BBB, including Mathematics and Physics, excluding Pengajian Am.
UEC 2 As including Mathematics and Physics, and grade B3 in 3 further academic subjects, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.
SAM or other Australian Matriculations
ATAR 86 including specific subjects in mathematics and Physics.
Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

79% average based on 6 subjects, including Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors and relevant science subjects. Consideration to be made based on relevant individual grades if specific subjects are required.

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University’s requirements.

Advance Placement (AP) 4, 4, 4, including AP Calculus and AP Physics. 
Diploma - Other Institutions Acceptance to the second year is on a case-by-case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.30 out of 4.0 and above, including good grades in relevant subjects. Previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme.
Foundation - Other Institutions Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.30 out of 4.0 and above, including good grades in relevant subjects. Previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme.
University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation Successful completion of the Foundation in Engineering programme.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we are also reviewing and accepting grades based on the minimum acceptable (and those who are holding grades with near misses). The only way for us to fully determine eligibility is through the submission of a completed application.

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)


80 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking)

PTE (Academic):

65 (with no less than 59 in each element)

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C

GCE A Level English Language or English Literature:

grade C


CEFR level B2

GCSE O-Level:

grade C / 4

IGCSE (first language):

grade C / 4

IGCSE (second language):

grade B / 6


Band 4


grade B3

IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level):

4 points

IB English B (Higher Level):

4 points

IB English B (Standard Level):

5 points

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.

Foundation progression options

The Foundation in Engineering is a 1+4 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Engineering. Modules on the programme aim to improve language and study skills as well as enhance understanding of mathematics and the physical sciences.

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway from thermal science or chemistry to electricity and magnetism.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Practical classes
  • Field trips
  • Supervision
  • Lab sessions
  • Computer labs

How you will be assessed

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


Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about applying for undergraduate courses.

How to apply


Malaysian studentsRM50,400 per year
International studentsRM61,100 per year

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 engineers are required worldwide for design, construction and management positions. Our Civil Engineering degree offers a great platform for a career in various professional disciplines including Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Highway and Transportation Engineering, Construction Project Management & Surveying and Geospatial Engineering. Some graduates have progressed to postgraduate levels and/or obtained PhD degree both locally and overseas with some alumni currently employed as postdoctoral researchers and academics at universities worldwide. Many of our graduates move into managerial positions and/or achieve Professional/Chartered Engineer status during their working career. Our Engineering courses give students the opportunity to study abroad for 12 months, either at our UK or China campus or at a University within the Universitas 21 group. The latter includes The University of Auckland (New Zealand), British Columbia (Canada), Hong Kong (China), Melbourne (Australia), Singapore and Tennessee (United States).

The department offers career advice through personal tutorial programme and industrial training programme. You will also be benefited from the department's links with practising civil engineers and other professionals. In addition, there are various opportunities and activities for students to engage with our alumni, industrial partners, guest lecturers, industrial visits and career events organised by the department. The university has an established Careers Advisory Service (CAS) that provides students with essential resources and guidance for career choices and offers 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.

Our Civil Engineering degree offers a great platform for a career in various professional disciplines including Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Highway and Transportation Engineering, Construction Project Management & Surveying and Geospatial Engineering. 

Our graduates will be equipped and ready to embark on a career in civil engineering, or other disciplines that require numerate problem-solving graduates. Typical career paths of our graduates can be broadly broken down into two distinct groups:

  1. Consultancy: Design Engineer
  2. Construction: Site Engineer
  3. Other: Building Information Modelling Engineer, Sales Engineer, Construction Safety and Health Officer, Forensic Engineer, Product Testing Engineer, Offshore Structural Engineer, etc.

Frequently asked questions

The Civil Engineering MEng (Hons) is an undergraduate degree programme that provides students with the knowledge and skills to apply physical and scientific principles for the design, development and maintenance of constructed infrastructures.

For admission to UNM, students are required to have a minimum of BBB, including in mathematics and physics, in A Level or STPM. Successful completion of UNM’s Foundation in Engineering is another route for students to gain direct admission to this degree programme.

Civil engineering degree holders in Malaysia have a wider range of career options. They can work as civil engineers in industries such as construction, water resources, transportation, environmental engineering and more. They can also work in project management, research and development, consulting and academia.

Yes, UNM offers financial assistance and scholarships to students based on merit and need. In addition to UNM’s offerings, students can also explore external funding opportunities such as government scholarships, industry sponsorships and research grants.

No. UNM’s civil engineering degree is a full-time course.

Yes, students will have to undergo practical training or internships as part of their course. This provides them with hands-on experience in the field that will help them understand engineering principles in real life.

Students can choose to work with engineering firms, construction companies, government agencies or research labs. These opportunities will also help students build a network of professional acquaintances in the field and thus, enhance their career prospects.

This content was last updated on 14 May 2024. 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.