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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.  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.


Core Modules

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

Core Modules

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

Core Modules

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Project
  • Geotechnics 3
  • Hydraulics Design and Experimentation
  • Industrial Training (MEng only)
  • Investigative Project (BEng only)
  • Structural Concrete Design

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Properties of Concrete
  • Applied Construction Project Management
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering

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
  • Highway and Pavement Design
  • Railway Technology
  • 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 2022 entry.

A Level BBB, including mathematics and either chemistry or 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 B+B+B+, including mathematics and either chemistry or physics, excluding Pengajian Am
UEC 2 As including mathematics and either chemistry or 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 form 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 also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision. 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)


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

GCE A Level English Language & Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language & Literature:

grade C

PTE (Academic):

65 (with no less than 59 in each element)


grade B+
1119 (GCE O): grade C

GCSE O Level:

grade C

IGCSE (first language):

grade C

IGCSE (second language):

grade B


grade B3


Band 4

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):

4 points

IB English B HL:

4 points

IB English B SL:

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.

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. Nottingham University MEng courses are designed to produce graduates with leadership pot and Malaysia, respectively. Our BEng courses can be used as a stepping-stone to chartered status though some of our students choose to enter careers beyond this field. The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research). Our Engineering courses give students the opportunity to study abroad for 12 months, either at one of our UK or China campuses 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 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.

Typical career paths of civil engineering can be broadly broken down into two distinct groups:
Consultancy: Design Engineer
Construction: Site Engineer

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. Other job titles include Building Information Modelling Engineer, Sales Engineer, Construction Safety and Health Officer, Forensic Engineer, Product Testing Engineer, Offshore Structural Engineer, etc.

This content was last updated on 17 January 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.