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Course overview

Welcome to the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences (EGS) where we provide a world-class education within a research-intensive environment. Many of our academic staff are leading international researchers in their chosen fields, these include tropical ecology and conservation, various applications in spatial science, agroforestry and atmospheric science. Our research-led teaching style uses innovative techniques to equip students with the specific expertise necessary for a successful environmental career. Along with obtaining the transferable skills needed for independent and lifelong learning students will also gain a truly international university experience. Through research and teaching programmes we engage with a range of environmental organisations and government agencies in Malaysia, south-east Asia, Europe and Australia.  We also have active teaching and research links with our campuses in the UK and China. Fieldwork is central to the degree programme and as such we offer residential field courses to study terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems in some of the most incredible tropical locations and rainforests of the world. 

Vision: As part of its strategic plan, the School aims to:

  • “Become a leading centre for the creation and dissemination of environmental knowledge in Southeast Asia.
  • To play a leading role in sustainable natural resource management in South East
  • To maximise opportunities for international exchange for the benefit of both our students and staff.
  • To be inclusive, ensuring equality and diversity across all of our activities “

-Dr Matthew Ashfold, Head of The School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Why choose this course?

The School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences holds a huge amount of expertise within the various environmental science fields. There is a strong research culture both locally and internationally and excellent connections with industrial players. The school is proud to operate research-based teaching programmes which train students to be upcoming scientists in environmental science.


Typical core modules

  • Dissertation in Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science and Society
  • Global Environmental Processes
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • Introductory Geology
  • Natural Resources of Malaysia
  • Plant Science
  • The Ecology of Natural and Managed Ecosystems

Typical core modules

  • Global Environmental Change

Typical optional modules

  • Earth Observation
  • Environmental Field Course
  • Forest, Environment and Society
  • Tropical Water and Soil Sciences
  • Data Analysis Part 1 and 2
  • Patterns of Life
  • Site Investigation
  • Soil Science
  • Tourism and the Environment
  • Tropical Environmental Science Field Course

Typical core modules

  • Undergraduate Research Project

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Environmental Assessment
  • Advances in Earth Observation
  • Environmental Modelling
  • Environmental Policy and Economics
  • Environmental Pollution and Remediation
  • Introduction to Tropical Conservation Science
  • Landscape Ecology and Spatial Conservation Planning
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Wildlife Behaviour

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

BBC, including 2 science subjects preferably Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics or Physics; other science subjects may be considered on a case-by-case basis, excluding critical thinking and general studies.

IB Diploma

28 points with 5, 5, 4 at Higher Level (including specified grades in science subjects).


BBC+, including 2 science subjects preferably Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics or Physics; other science subjects may be considered on a case-by-case basis, excluding Pengajian Am.


1 As and 4 B3s, including 2 science subjects preferably Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics or Physics; other science subjects may be considered on a case-by-case basis, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.

SAM or other Australian Matriculations

ATAR 82 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects).

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

77% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects).

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

Advance Placement (AP) 4,4,3 including 2 relevant science subjects.
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 3.20 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 3.20 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 Science programme.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, applicants must have at least a credit (normally grade C) in mathematics at SPM/GCSE/IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained similar or equivalent grade at a higher level.

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 AS 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 2 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 Science is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Science. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, mathematics, critical thinking and study skills.

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 such as chemistry, ecology, computer programming or psychology.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Presentation
  • Essay
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical write-ups
  • Research project


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

How to apply


Malaysian studentsRM42,400 per year
International studentsRM49,500 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.


Graduates will be equipped with both the skills and confidence to find employment across a range of career options: environmental consultancy, conservation and research agencies, local authorities, government agencies, universities and industry. Many graduates go on to undertake postgraduate research degrees in environmentally related areas.

The University has an established Careers Advisory Service (CAS) that provides students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering 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 that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers or training opportunities. ‘Discovering Careers in Environmental Science’ (in collaboration with UNM Careers Advisory Service) is an event which aims to develop a better understanding of the requirements and expectations of employers across relevant industries. In addition, it serves as a platform for students to explore and gather information for internship and future careers and for them to be well prepared for the transition from university to the workplace. Industrial partners and EGS alumni regularly attend the programme to expose students to the career opportunities available in the environmental sciences field.

With a degree from the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences you will create a wide career path for yourself as a highly sought-after graduate by local and multinational employers. The skills and knowledge gained during your three years at University of Nottingham Malaysia can be applied in job roles such as an Environmental Consultant, Environmental Education Officer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Manager, Mineral Surveyors, Natural Conservation Officer, Horticulturist, Project Manager or Project Scientist. Fresh graduates can progress from junior executive positions to senior managers in their respective organizations. Having a postgraduate degree increases the salary range.

This content was last updated on 21 December 2023. 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.