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Ten Degrees You Didn't Know Are Offered In Malaysia

by on September 10, 2015 | Top Stories

If you’re bored with conventional degrees or are looking for an unusual way to start off your career, one of these degrees could be a real attention-grabber and conversation-starter on your CV when you graduate.

Colleges and universities offer new courses from time to time to meet the changing demands of the industry. While some are spin-offs from conventional degrees, there are also courses that are a little more unusual.

A quick look at other unusual degrees around the world show courses in brewing and distilling, puppetry, ethical hacking, surf science and even circus performance. OK, so maybe we don’t have modules on Harry Potter in our education degrees here but we still have some pretty unusual courses lined up.

Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) in Cloud Computing Technology 

LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology

This could be one degree where it pays to have your head in the clouds. Cloud computing is the technology of storing and accessing data and programmes over the Internet instead of using a hard drive attached to a computer. With all that space in the clouds, there will be a need for could computing experts to manage them all. You will learn about Computer Systems, Information Systems, Mathematics for Computing, JAVA Programming, Data Communication, C++ Programming, Multimedia Technology, and others.

Possible careers: Cloud Engineer, Security Engineer, Technical Consultant, Security Analyst

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Paramedic Science 

Asia Metropolitan University (AMU)

Interested in being a life saver? If you can imagine yourself in an intense, fast-paced setting dealing with accidents or other medical emergencies, then read on. AMU is the pioneer university accredited in producing paramedics. You will be trained as a skilled professional in the field of pre-hospital care and emergency response. Besides Malaysia, students at AMU have received pre-hospital training in countries such as Australia and India. Some of the modules you will study are: Paramedic Sciences, Aviation Medicine, Ambulance Operation, and Health Sciences.

Possible careers: Paramedic, Paramedic Officer, Paramedic Instructor

Bachelor of Science in Culinology

Taylor’s University

If you think this is just another culinary course, think again – you’ll be studying subjects like Cell Biology and Organic Chemistry. Yup, you heard right. The curriculum of the Culinologyâ programme focuses on four core areas: culinary arts, food science, food technology, and research and development. You will study the latest technology in culinary and food science, and work on innovative and creative approaches in food product development. Other subjects to expect: Hygiene & Sanitation, Culinary Practice, Food Science & Nutrition, Food Product Development, Patisserie & Baking, Food Microbiology, Human Nutrition, and (you’ll love this one) Psycho-Sociology of Food & Eating Habits.

Possible careers: Corporate Executive Chef, Culinary Research Technologist, Food Quality Manager, Formulation Chef, Hygiene Consultant, Product Assurance/Development Manager

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Aquatic Science 

UCSI University

We all know that about two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered with water, but how many of us believe that everyone deserves a sustainable and adequate supply of clean, safe water? And that wildlife and all other aquatic life need an adequate supply of clean water too?

Aquatic science helps us understand the aquatic ecosystem; and foster and sustain healthy aquatic environments which allow us to maintain and manage its unlimited valuable resource. It also involves the study and development of solutions to a broad range of environmental issues.

Subjects you will study include: Ecology & Sustainability, Statistics & its Applications, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Aquatic Biodiversity & Taxonomy, Entrepreneurship for Applied Science, Conservation & Management of Aquatic Resources, Principles in Aquaculture & Aquaculture Engineering, Aquatic Pollution & Toxicology, Molecular Cell Biology, Recombinant Technology, Water and Wastewater Engineering, and many more.

Possible careers: Researcher, Biotechnologist, Environmental Planner, Aquarist, Fish and Game Warden, Aquaculture Farmer

Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) 

Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia

Does studying about our planet rock your world? OK, so geology isn’t just about rocks – it’s about understanding the history of our planet predicting how events and processes of the past might influence the future. Geology studies the Earth’s processes, materials and history. Applied geology uses the various fields of geology to solve economic, engineering, water-supply, or environmental problems.

You will study subjects like: Fundamentals of Geology, Foundations of Physics, Geoscience Communication, Evolving Earth Systems and Palaeontology, Geoscience, Environment and Society, Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Geophysics for Mineral Exploration, Geological Field Mapping, and others.

Possible careers: Geologist, Environmental Geologist, Engineering Geologist, Petroleum Geologist, Researcher

Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hons) 

Management & Science University (MSU)

Are you interested in holistic concepts of the ancient system of traditional medicine? Are you fascinated by traditional and complementary medicine practices? Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) looks at the big picture (and not just the tongue) – how do we fit into our environment and how are we influenced by different external factors and changes such as the seasons?

Affiliated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Universities in China, this programme employs an interdisciplinary approach combining biomedical sciences with traditional and complementary medicine practices and is taught by highly experienced practitioners. You will study subjects like: Basic Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Bio-ethics and Nursing, Diagnostic of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Science of Prescription, Chinese Material Medica, Internal Medicine of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Chinese Tuina, Medical Qigong, and more.

Possible careers: TCM Practitioner, Acupuncturist, TCM Researcher, Chinese Medicine Herbalist

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience 

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)

Have you ever wondered why we do the things we do? Cognitive neuroscience is the study of human thought, and how it relates to the biological functions of the brain and nervous system. In short, it’s about what makes us tick (or tock?). You need to be prepared to do a lot of research in this course – the plus side is that in the second year, you have the option of spending a semester or two in the UK campus (your chance to find out what makes people over there tick!).

Subjects that will challenge your brain in this course include: Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Biological Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, Personality and Individual Differences, Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Psychology of Digital Technology.

Possible careers: Psychologist, Cognitive Neuroscientists, Researcher

Bachelor of Science (Hons) CGI and Digital Effects 

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

Have you always been fascinated by visual effects, 3D modelling and animation? Do you enjoy technology, computers and creating graphics? If your answer is ‘yes’, this could be the perfect course for you.

So what’s in store for a student in CGI and Digital Effects? In the first year, you will study digital compositing (image manipulation, colour matching, rotoscoping, tracking) using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. You will also learn digital and traditional animation of characters that will introduce you to the 3D world. You will also experience 3D modelling, lighting and rendering which will be taught using Maya. The possibilities are virtually limitless!

Possible careers: CGI Artist, Visual Effects Artist, Storyboard Artist, 3D Animator, Game Designer, Art Director, Layout Designer

Bachelor of Music (Hons) Professional Music 

International College of Music (ICOM)

Perhaps Beethoven said it best when he said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” So if you are searching for the highest form of wisdom, look no further. This bachelor’s degree is offered in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton, UK and introduces a broad based route focusing on four core areas demanded of professional musicians in the industry – music performance, music arranging, music production, and music business.

Besides performance practice, you will study Music Arranging, Survey of Music History, Entertainment Law, Business of Music Publishing, Recording Techniques, Commercial Composition, Music and Sound Design for Visuals, and others.

Possible careers: Performer, Song Writer, Music Arranger, Music Composer, Music Director, Music Producer, Music Educator, Studio Manager, Audio Engineer, Artist Manager, Concert Promoter

Diploma in Molecular Gastronomy 

Malaysian Institute of Baking

The last course featured here isn’t a degree but a diploma – but how could we resist a course about molecular gastronomy? The name itself conjures images of delicious food served in a laboratory, but is that what it’s really about?

It won’t be wrong to sat that this is a course that encourages you to play with your food. Molecular gastronomy is a sub-discipline of Food Science that investigates the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that take place during cooking. Students will learn about the social, artistic and technical aspects of this discipline. Subjects include: Molecular Gastronomy, Food Hygiene and Safety at Work, Baking and Cooking Science, Kitchen Design and Ergonomics, Asian Cuisine, European Cuisine, Cost Accounting, Operations Management, and more.

Possible careers: Cook, Taste Tester, Food Writer, Food Photographer

Note: The degree programmes featured in this article were selected from private higher educational institutions only. However, we are sure that there are many more lesser known, but no less intriguing degrees offered at public universities.

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