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Master of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

Offered by: Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

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Exam BodyHeriot-Watt University
Course Duration4 years
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)54,000
FacultySchool of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS)
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyEngineering & Engineering Trades
Course Description

The programme covers the main civil engineering disciplines of Structures, Geotechnics, Water Engineering, and Highway Engineering, and provides students with the key skills and knowledge required to become chartered civil or structural engineers.

After graduation, students are equipped to work for engineering consultants, contractors or government at management level. The core curriculum includes instruction in all main subject areas, concentrating on analysis and materials behaviour, with increasing focus on design and management in the specialisation years. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the personal development of students within a professional environment.


Course content

First Year

Note that the below course structure is subject to developmental change.

Mandatory September

  • Mechanics A
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together A
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1

Mandatory January

  • Mechanics B
  • Building Services Technology
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together B
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Second Year

Mandatory September

  • Analysis of Determinate Structures
  • Hydraulics & Hydrology A
  • Surveying and GIS
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3

Mandatory January

  • Design Studies A-Problem Solving
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Stress Analysis and Element Strength
  • Statistics for Science

Third Year

Mandatory September

  • Geology and Soil Properties
  • Indeterminate Structures
  • Design of Steel Elements
  • Transport Design, Infrastructure and Society

Mandatory January

  • Design of Concrete Elements
  • Environmental Technology and Management
  • Geotechnics A - Introduction to Soil Mechanics
  • Hydraulics & Hydrology B

Fourth Year

Optional September

  • Structural Element Design
  • Highway Engineering
  • Dissertation 1 (Civil Engineering Programme)
  • Finite Element Method Linear Analysis
  • Geotechnics B- Geotechnical Applications

Optional January

  • Plastic Analysis of Structures
  • Civil Engineering Design Project
  • Dissertation 1 (Civil Engineering Programme)
  • Urban Drainage and Water Supply
  • Foundation Engineering


Fifth Year

Mandatory September

  • Civil Engineering Professional Design Project

Optional September

  • Dissertation 1 (Civil Engineering Programme)
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Stability and Dynamics
  • Project Management: Theory and Practice

Optional January

  • Dissertation 1 (Civil Engineering Programme)
  • Finite Element Method Nonlinear Analysis
  • River Flow and Flood Modelling
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability
  • Urban Drainage and Water Supply
  • Construction Financial Management
  • Project Management: Strategic Issues
Entry Requirements
  • A-Level/STPM: BBC including B in Mathematics and Physics.
  • UEC: 15 points or less including A2 in Mathematics and Physics (5 subjects not less than B grade).
  • WACE: ATAR 75 including 65% in Mathematics Method/Specialist and Physics.
  • SACE: ATAR 75 including 15.0 in Mathematics Method/Specialist and Physics.
  • Canada Year 12 High School Diploma: 75% including 70% in Mathematics and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 26 points including 5 in SL Physics and Mathematics AA (or 5 in HL Mathematics AI).
  • Matriculation/ Foundation: CGPA 3.0 including B in Mathematics and Physics.
  • Diploma: A diploma in related field – Engineering with CGPA 3.0 including B in Mathematics and Physics.
  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Science: Grade C average including C in Mathematics, Physics and English.
  • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 8.0 including 8.0 in Mathematics and Physics.
  • Year 12 State Board High School Examination (India): 75% including 75% in Mathematics and Physics.
  • Senior High School Graduation Certificate (China): 80% including 80% in Mathematics and Physics.

We strongly urge all prospective students to submit their applications. Our students comprise of individuals with a wide array of qualifications. The most comprehensive way for us to assess eligibility is by receiving a completed application comprising of academic qualification.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

If you do not have IELTS 6.0, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.

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Career Prospects

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects. They design and oversee construction projects such as urban drainage systems, roads, bridges, buildings and airports. All civil and structural engineering programmes are supported by the civil engineering industry advisory committee, which includes representatives from major multi-national employers offering advice, guidance and work placement opportunities.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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