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Studying Engineering at the Top Private Universities in Malaysia

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Engineering as a career will always be in demand in Malaysia or globally. Engineers enjoy a high salary and increased chance of working overseas. Students should choose the best university in Malaysia to study engineering so that they can gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in their career.

Students after SPM or O-Levels who desire a career as an engineer in Malaysia can join the Engineering Diploma at a top private university in Malaysia before continuing on to Year 2 of the engineering degree for another 3 years.

Alternatively, students after SPM or O-Levels  can enter into the Foundation in Engineering or Foundation in Science programme for 1 year at a top private university in Malaysia before continuing on to any of the engineering degree programmes. Students after the external Pre-University Programme such as A-Levels, UEC, STPM, SAM, CPU, MUFY or AUSMAT may enter directly into the Engineering Degree programme with relevant results.

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Study Engineering at Top Private Universities in Malaysia

Mechanical Engineering Lab (Engineering) at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Mechanical Engineering Lab (Engineering) at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Engineers use computer technology and mathematical models to work out the solution to structural, or mechanical problems. In an engineering degree course in Malaysia, students will spend time in the laboratory or use computers to understand how to solve problems. You will also have the opportunity to apply your theory to real-life projects through case-studies and internships.

Engineering degrees are extremely varied and can focus on particular parts of the engineering industry or just a general overview of the technical processes. Whichever degree you choose to study, you will graduate with a host of transferable skills that will enable you to work in a variety of industries.

It is recommended for students to choose an engineering degree programme that is general rather than

Curtin University Sarawak is equipped with cutting edge engineering and science labs

Curtin University Sarawak is equipped with cutting edge engineering and science labs

specific so that their job prospects are wider. If you choose a course such as aerospace engineering, your job scope is only limited to the aerospace industry. A degree in mechanical engineering or mechatronic engineering would provide you the opportunity to work in the aerospace industry as well as other industries.

Engineering students will gain skills such as project management, analysis and your practical experience act as great foundations for careers in other industries. It isn’t uncommon to find top quality engineers in banking, politics and financial sectors. Many graduates do not work in the field that they graduate in. This is normal.

Mechanical Engineering lab at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Mechanical Engineering lab at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Before starting your career in engineering it is important to know which engineering field you would like to specialise in because of the variety of sectors within the engineering industry. If you are certain of what type of engineer you wish to become, you should study a degree which focuses specifically on that field of study.

If you are not sure, that is still alright as students after SPM or O-Levels can take the Foundation course at a reputable private university for one year. During that one year, you should talk to the seniors and lecturers to figure out which engineering field best fits you.

To enter into the Foundation in Engineering or Foundation in Science, students after SPM or O-Levels will

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need at least 5 credits including Maths and Physics (Chemistry for Chemical Engineering) and pass in BM and Sejarah. With 3 credits in SPM including Maths and a Science subject, students can join the Diploma in Engineering course before entering into Year 2 of the Degree course.

There are a wide variety of specialisations, and the more popular engineering fields in Malaysia are listed below for you to browse through.

Study at the Best Private Universities in Malaysia for Engineering

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

First introduced in 2007, SETARA focuses on the quality of the teaching; it also gives some power back to the students by involving appraisals by students who will audit lecturers on several points including punctuality and satisfaction on the delivery of subjects.

The MQA Rating System for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia for 2013 (SETARA ’13) is the fourth rating exercise undertaken at the institutional level for universities and university colleges in Malaysia

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), responsible for quality assurance of higher education for both public and private sectors, has released the results of its latest Discipline-based Rating System or D-SETARA. The new rating system is different from SETARA. The former categorises universities as a whole using a tier system based on the Malaysian Qualifications Framework whereas D-SETARA  assesses the quality of teaching and learning of a certain field of study only.

Top Engineering Programmes at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Heriot-Watt University is a new state-of-the-art campus strategically located in the modern city of Putrajaya

Heriot-Watt University is a new state-of-the-art campus strategically located in the modern city of Putrajaya

Malaysian students can obtain a top ranked UK degree at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Heriot-Watt University’s is ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Ranking – 22nd in the world for ‘International outlook’ while the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015  ranks them 41st in the UK and sixth in Scotland. Heriot-Watt University also moved up slightly from 369th to 352nd in the overall QS World University ranking and are 40th in the UK (up from 42nd).

Heriot-Watt University’s Ranking in the Guardian University Guide 2016 is 18th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland. It ranks Heriot-Watt University 3rd for Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 17th for Chemical Engineering, 2nd for Civil Engineering and 10th for Mechanical Engineering.

Heriot-Watt was ranked fourth in Scotland in the 2016 Complete University Guide and 37th in the UK. It ranks Heriot-Watt University 5th for Chemical Engineering, 9th for both Civil Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Students after SPM or O-Levels can enter the Foundation in Science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia for 1 year before continuing to any of the engineering programmes above. Click here for the entry requirements for the engineering programmes at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Top Engineering Programmes at Curtin University Sarawak

Curtin University Sarawak is rated 5 Star for Engineering in the D-SETARA ranking by MQA. Curtin

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

School of Engineering & Science at Curtin University Sarawak

University Sarawak’sengineering degrees are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). Curtin Sarawak is the largest international campus of Western Australia’s Curtin University and was the first foreign university campus to be set up in East Malaysia. Located in Miri, Sarawak, it offers students an international and cross-cultural learning environment in a unique Malaysian setting. It boasts a 1000-acre purpose-built garden campus with stylish architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. Additionally the university has IT linkages to allow students access to the Curtin resources at the main campus in Perth.

Students after SPM or O-Levels will enter into the Foundation in Engineering & Technology at Curtin University Sarawak before pursuing the above mentioned engineering degree programmes.

The Best Engineering Degree Programmes in Malaysia at Taylor’s University

Taylors University offers a conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

Taylors University offers a conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

Taylor’s University is a top ranked private university in Malaysia. Taylor’s University was voted the Most Popular Private College and / or University in Malaysia for two consecutive years (2008 and 2009), and is rated ‘Tier 5: Excellent‘ by the Ministry of Higher Education (MQA SETARA 2013). Taylor’s University is also ranked as one of the Top 250 universities in Asia by QS University Rankings: Asia 2015.

Taylor’s University’s School of Engineering offers comprehensive engineering programmes that are affordable yet with highly innovative training methods that rival some of the most prestigious foreign degrees. All these factors work towards enhancing the School’s reputation not just among Asian students but from across the world.

Taylor’s University School of Engineering is also an official collaborator in the ‘Conceiving – Designing – Implementing – Operating’ CDIO™ Initiative alongside famous institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California State University, the University of Sydney and University of Auckland. Taylor’s University is the first and only Malaysian University that has, thus far, been accepted into this initiative, which is an innovative education framework for producing the next generation of engineers.

A brief outline of some of the programmes on offer at Taylor’s University School of Engineering is listed below:

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  • Foundation in EngineeringStudents after SPM who are sure of taking the engineering degree programme may go for the 1 year Foundation in Engineering at Taylor’s University. As part of their course of study, students will be exposed to an innovative and technologically-driven programme that employs digital tools to enhance teaching and learning. If you are unsure of whether engineering or other science programmes, you should go for the Foundation in Science.
  • Foundation in Science: This is a flexible programme that exposes students to core principles in science, providing them with the knowledge and skills to pursue undergraduate programmes in engineering science or health science.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical Engineering: This programme is aimed at students who are keen to learn about the design and operation of processes basic to human survival – such as food, fuel, medicines, plastic etc – and the professional engineering skills needed to turn these chemical, biological and physical processes into safe and sustainable industrial practice.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering: Concerned with solving
    Taylor's University is a top ranked private university in Malaysia

    Taylor’s University is a top ranked private university in Malaysia

    practical problems using electrical science, Electronic Engineering is the handling of these electrical or optical signals while Electrical Engineering deals with the use of electricity as a source of energy. After completing one–two years of this 4-year programme at Taylor’s University, students have the option to transfer to several universities across the world, such as those in the UK or Australia.

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering: This field is the most broad-based of the engineering professions. Its exponents are involved at some stage in the conception, design, production, finance and marketing of all manufactured goods from the largest power station, space craft and car plant to the most delicate mechanisms required for scientific instruments; for example, heart valves and micro-surgery.

Top Engineering Programmes at UCSI University

State-of-the-art engineering labs at UCSI University

State-of-the-art engineering labs at UCSI University

UCSI University is rated 4 in the D-SETARA for Engineering while overall in the SETARA 2013 ranking, the university achieved a rating of 5 or Excellent.

UCSI University’s engineering degrees are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

After SPM or O-Levels, students may enter into the Foundation in Science at UCSI University before continuing on to the engineering degree programmes. With 3 credits in SPM, students may enter the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic engineering and then upon completion continue on to the degree with exemptions.

Top Engineering Programmes at Asia Pacific University (APU)

Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

Asia Pacific University’s engineering degrees are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). APU was announced as among the Highest Rated Universities in Malaysia, being rated at TIER 5 (EXCELLENT) under the SETARA 2011 Ratings by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), and has maintained this Excellent rating in the latest SETARA 2013 Ratings

Students with 5 relevant credits in SPM or O-Levels can enter the Foundation at Asia Pacific University for 1 year before continuing on into the 4-year engineering programmes. With at least 3 credits in SPM or O-Levels students may enter the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Asia Pacific University before continuing on to the degree programmes with exemptions.

Top Engineering Courses at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie purpose built campus

KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie purpose built campus

Engineering programmes at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie are designed to prepare graduates with everything necessary to face the new industrial economy around the globe.

With high quality programmes that adhere to the strict standards set by the Board of Engineers (BEM) Malaysia, students can expect a curriculum that is design-centric and trains them to hone their complex problem-solving skills.

Students will also experience valuable hands-on experience by participating in real-world projects, and have the opportunity to become a research assistant at an undergraduate level through our undergraduate research scheme.

With the goal of ensuring a holistic learning experience, KDU’s programme allows you to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and the ability to develop engineering applications which are required for a wide range of professional engineering careers and expected of leaders in business, engineering, industry and even in R & D. Students after SPM or O-Levels with 5 credits can enter the Foundation in Engineering at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie and then into the 4-year degree. With 3 credits in SPM or O-Levels students will enter into any of the engineering diplomas at KDU University College and then upon completion may continue on to the engineering degree with exemptions.

Affordable Engineering Courses at First City University College (Formerly known as KBU International College)

Top Ranked Engineering Courses at KDU Penang University College

Engineering Courses at HELP College of Arts & Technology

Accreditation of the Engineering Degrees by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

The engineering degree programmes at UCSI University are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia

The engineering degree programmes at UCSI University are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia

Undergraduate degrees from top private universities in Malaysia typically take four years to complete and give you a broad understanding of the subject field, as well as developing your theoretical and practical techniques which could be transferred to almost any industry. UK engineering bachelor degrees are 3 years in duration and the 4th year is the M.Eng. or Master in Engineering.

The engineering degree programmes from Curtin University Sarawak, Heriot-Watt University MalaysiaAsia Pacific University, Taylor’s UniversityUCSI University, and KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie are four years in duration and are accredited or pending accreditation by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). The engineering degrees are four years in duration because of the requirement by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) in order for graduates to become professional engineers.

UK Engineering undergraduate degrees are offered as BEng or MEng, with the latter taking four years of

Asia Pacific University offers electrical & electronic engineering and mechatronic engineering degree courses accredited by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

Asia Pacific University offers electrical & electronic engineering and mechatronic engineering degree courses accredited by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

full-time study. A BEng takes three years to complete and graduates are still able to find work without any problems. However, in order to become a professional engineer in Malaysia, a four-year engineering degree is required, therefore, graduates with a UK BEng degree will need to take a top-up and obtain the MEng.

For example, students can obtain a BEng from the engineering degrees at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia and continue on for another year to obtain the MEng. Therefore, will be allowed for registration with BEM.

Students who go for the 3-year engineering programmes at KDU University College Penang and First City University College (Formerly known as KBU International College ) obtain a BEng (Hons) degree and have no problems finding jobs and are pursuing successful careers.

In Australia, the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) is a four-year undergraduate course. All of Curtin University Sarawak’s engineering degree courses are four-years in duration and are accredited by the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM). The Institution of Engineers in Australia accredits degree courses and graduates of accredited courses are eligible for membership of the Institution. Even if you decide to work in an industry other than engineering, the skills and knowledge acquired within an engineering degree will be easily transferable.

Which Engineering field is the best for me to study in Malaysia?

Students should choose your engineering field by passion. Ask yourself, “What gets me excited? Projections

Communication Engineering Labs at KDU University College Penang

Communication Engineering Labs at KDU University College Penang

may show a future demand in certain engineering fields, but do you want to work very hard for the next four years in order to get a job in an area you don’t really like?

Students should identify your true interests. Do you like tinkering with devices? Mechanical engineering or mechatronic engineering are good choices for you. Are you passionate about solving the energy crisis? Then you might consider petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, or electrical engineering. And if you spend all your spare time writing code, computer science is an appropriate career path.

Choosing to study in an engineering field that you have passion in, will make you more likely to succeed as you would be willing to put in the hard work needed to be an expert in your field.

Don’t worry I know it is very difficult for you to give the answer so I am here to help you to know your interest in a particular engineering field of study. It’s very simple just give the answer of some question and then decide yourself that which branch do you like most or which branch suited to you according to your interest. We will discuss so that you can choose the best engineering field to study according to your interest.

What will a degree in Engineering cost at a top private university in Malaysia?

Obviously the course you choose and the university will all make a difference to how much the degree will

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cost in terms of tuition fees, and you should talk to your parents about how much they have set aside for your studies, as this will go a long way into funding your engineering study adventure.

As a general rule, and again, this depends on a lot of factors, you can expect a cost of around RM80,000 to RM180,000 total for the tuition fees for 4 years. You should be able to get help and advice on living arrangements from EduSpiral and the cost of living very much depends on which city you choose to study in.

Most universities will have on-campus accommodation and off-campus accommodation. It’s simply a case of looking into your options and your preferences.

As you can see, choosing engineering as your career means a lot of decisions to make, not only regarding the road you see your future career going down, in terms of the type of engineering you want to specialise in, but also the general things about studying abroad, such as the single most important one – which university?!

Studying engineering abroad will leave you with a precious degree, and also highly important life experience and confidence to match. This is probably one of the most important, and best, decisions you’ll make in your life, so make it wisely.

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