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Dip. Engineering (Materials Science)
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Approval Code N/527/4/0001; 04/2018
Classification Diploma
Subject Area Engineering (Materials Science)
Course Mode Full Time
Course Duration 2 years 4 months
Course Location UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
Intakes January, May and September
Materials have become part and parcel of our everyday lives. They exist in various forms; semiconductors in computer chips; light materials in aerospace applications; biomaterials in artificial organs or bone replacements; catalyst substrates in energy industries; and optical materials in communications systems, among others. Suffice to say, it is no exaggeration that the revolution of today’s technologies largely depend on the development of new and innovative materials.

Materials science emphasises the relationship between synthesis and processing of materials, the structure (of materials) at atomic scales and their macroscopic properties. Material properties can be tailored by manipulating its composition and structure through synthesis and processing.

The programme is designed to build a strong foundation of knowledge that incorporates the elements of applied physics and chemistry at the introductory level in year 1. At a later stage, students will be exposed to metallurgy, polymer science, ceramics and composites, and will be trained to handle various instruments and tools for characterisation and analysis through practical sessions and cooperative placements.

The Students are required to undergo industrial training under UCSI University’s cooperative placement programme at the end of year 2. This allows students to be exposed to and prepared themselves for a real-life working environment

Professional Recognition

Malaysian Qualifications Agency

Qualifications Academic Requirements
SPM/ O-Levels Minimum 3 credits inclusive of Mathematics and Science/Technical/Vocational (Pass is required for English)
UEC Minimum 3 credits inclusive of Mathematics and Science/Technical/Vocational (Pass is required for English)
WAEC/NECO Minimum 3 C’s; inclusive of Mathematics and Science
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency *Minimum overall average of 50% (inclusive of Mathematics and Science)
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to SPM/O-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency *Minimum overall average of 50% (inclusive of Mathematics and Science)
Certificates from Polytechnics from relevant field Minimum 50% average

Upon successful completion of the diploma programme, students will gain up to 30% of credit transfer of the total credits, depending on the chosen degree programme.
Note / Legend   Discretion is given to Head of School to deal with other borderline Academic Requirements.
English Requirements
  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM/UEC level; or MUET Band 5; or a score of 196 (computer-based) / 525 (writing-based) / 69-70 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or Band 5.5 in IELTS.
  • In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.
* International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the English Enrichment Programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.
Note / Legend Discretion is given to the Head of School to decide on applicants whose academic results are borderline to the entry requirements.

SPM Credit – 'A+' to 'C'
O-Level – 'A' to 'C'
UEC Credit – 'A1' to 'B6'
STPM principal – 'A' to 'C'
'A' Levels principal – 'A' to 'E'
The understanding of materials properties, processing and application of materials enables our Material Science graduates to contribute positively in the areas of research, design and development.

Upon graduation, our graduates can employ their strong technical knowledge and analytical skills across industries - including consulting - around the world. The growing manufacturing sector places great demand for more Material Science specialists who have the right expertise and knowledge. As such, graduates in this niche field have an added advantage over their peers in careers related to design and development of materials for technology advancement; testing and control of quality of different materials; exploration and application of new materials in the industry; improvement and enhancement of the characteristics of materials; investigate and prevent material failure as well as to meet design requirements.
Year 1
  • Mathematics I
  • Material Science
  • Computer Applications
  • Engineering Principles
  • Mathematics II
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Engineering Design
  • Principles of Metal Extraction
  • Tools of the Trade
Year 2
  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Polymer Science & Composites
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Principles of Electrical Technology
  • Metal Forming and Joining Techniques
  • Processing Iron & Steel
  • Non-Ferrous Metals and Powder Metallurgy
  • Ceramics and Glasses
  • Project A
  • Cooperative Placement
Year 3
  • Corrosion
  • Semiconductor Materials
  • Failure Analysis and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Occupational Safety, Health & Environment
  • Project B
General courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
U1   –   For Malaysian students:
  1. Malaysian Studies

        –   For Foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2
U2   –   Entrepreneurship

U3   –   Malaysian Eco-Tourism/ Malaysian Traditional Food

U4   –   Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 to 2

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