A branch of engineering that focuses on civil infrastructures such as buildings, roads, or bridges, civil engineering is one of the most popular courses in Malaysia, with competitive salary plus other benefits once you enter the working world. For those who are realistic, logical, and detail-oriented, this might be the career for you. Check out the six best places where you can study civil engineering in Malaysia:
University of Malaya (UM)
The number one university in Malaysia, UM is one of the top choices among aspiring civil engineers. The oldest university in the country is currently offering two undergraduate courses in civil engineering, namely Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Environmental). Both courses are offered full-time with a yearly intake (domestic application deadline is normally in April). The entire course costs around RM 8,550 each. The courses require you to have STPM or a recognized diploma with a minimum CGPA of 3.00. You’ll also be required to undergo an interview session.
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
UPM currently offers one full-time undergraduate course, Bachelor of Civil Engineering. September is the start date for the course, with a domestic application deadline in April or May every year. The fee for the entire course may range from RM 6,000 to RM 10,000. The course has been recognised by the Engineering Accreditation Council Malaysia (EAC), and requires you to pass your STPM with a minimum C Grade (CGPA 2.00) and an MUET certification to be eligible for the course.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Another popular choice if you prefer to go to public universities is UTM, with its main campus based in Skudai, Johor. UTM currently offers a full-time and part-time undergraduate course in civil engineering, which requires a minimum of four years to a maximum of six years of study.
The full-time course is available only at its main campus, while the part-time course is available at its School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) in Kuala Lumpur. There are two start dates for the course, one in February and one in September. The entry requirement is similar to UM and UPM.
Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
One of the best engineering schools in the country, UTP has some of the nation’s brightest minds studying on its campus. Attracting many bright international students as well, UTP is a highly recognised and respected institution. A UTP graduate can look forward to working with Petronas upon graduation, which offers a competitive salary and other perks. UTP currently offers a full-time undergraduate course in civil engineering. The cost for the entire course is around RM 70,325. You can also look out for Petronas scholarships.
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
IUKL currently offers two full-time undergraduate courses in civil engineering; the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Water and Wastewater. Each of the courses could cost around RM 60,000 and above (for the entire cost), with a starting date in March.
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
For those who want to study at an international university, the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus offers a full-time undergraduate course in civil engineering. The start date is in September, and the course costs around RM 45,700 per year.
As a civil engineer in Malaysia, you get to build the nation for a better future. You have the ability and the opportunity to influence the government and the higher-ups through your projects, be part of something bigger than you are and work in close collaboration with firms or government bodies that run multi-billion dollar worth of projects. If all of these sound enticing to you, explore more engineering courses in Malaysia and the opportunities they offer.