BSc (Hons) Aquatic Science

January, May and September
Course Duration
3 Years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Approval Code
R/620/6/0002; 10/2024
Accreditation Code


Water covers more than 70% of the earth's surface. It is home to millions of aquatic species. And most importantly, it sustains human life. An invaluable resource must be managed responsibly and this programme was launched on this very basis. Addressing crucial issues in the aquatic ecosystem..., the programme equips students with the know-how to develop solutions for an ever-changing planet.

You can look forward to developing a solid foundation in the basic sciences such as – analytical chemistry, microbiology, structural chemistry and statistics before delving into the intensive study of environmental monitoring and assessment, aquatic biodiversity and taxonomy, principles in aquatic pollution and toxicology, among many others. You will also enjoy two different avenues of specialisation in your final year where you will opt for Aquatic Health and Management or Seafood Processing and Safety. Research is also an important component of the programme and you will have the opportunity to focus on ecosystem-based management, natural resources management, sustainable aquaculture, as well as impact of modernisation on natural ecosystems

Define yourself at UCSI and keep the world's most vital resource flowing.

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* This programme received a 100% graduate employability score in the Ministry of Higher Education’s Graduate Employability 2022. (Source:

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

UCSI Foundation in Science or equivalent in Malaysia

Minimum CGPA 2.00

​National Matriculation

Minimum CGPA 2.80, inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics

Minimum CGPA 2.00, inclusive of Grade Cs in:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics

Minimum Grade B in five (5) subjects, inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics

Minimum Grade D in any two (2) of these subjects:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
Australian High/Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) - SAM/AUSMAT/ SACE/ TEE/ NTCE/WACE

Minimum ATAR 60% or minimum 60% average five (5) subjects inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
Canadian Grade 12 – CPU/CIMP

Minimum average of 60% in 6 subjects inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum score of 26/42 from six (6) subjects, inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
Diploma/Advanced Diploma in related field

Minimum CGPA 2.00, inclusive of:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics/Mathematics
Other qualifications recognized by the Malaysian government

Admission: Case by case basis

English Language Requirements

For Local Students
SPM English language
Low B1
English language 1119/O-Level English/IGCSE
UEC English Language
Band 3

  • In the event that the English language requirements are not met, applicants will be required to take the Basic English and English Foundation for in-sessional academic enhancement concurrently with the programme.
For International Students
Score of 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
Pearson Test of English
Band 3
Low B1

  • International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00929) which helps them prepare for attaining a required band score. Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and/or the outcome of the English Placement Test. Exemptions from the University English Language requirements can be granted if the following corresponding requirements are fulfilled: i. Internal transfer applicants who have already fulfilled the University English Language requirements. ii. Applicants who have an academic qualification from a higher learning institution which uses the English Language as a medium of instruction. The applicants who have met the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirements may be advised by the Faculty to improve their proficiency by undertaking the additional English proficiency courses.

Courses Offered

Year 1
  • University Life
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 1
  • Chemistry 2
  • Microbiology
  • Structural Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1
  • Co-Operative Placement 1
Year 2
  • Religions in Malaysia/Business Law – Malaysian Perspective
  • Aquatic Biodiversity and Taxonomy
  • Current Topics in Aquatic Science
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Business Communication
  • Aquaculture Operation and System
  • Entrepreneurship for Applied Science
  • Aquatic Pollution and Toxicology
  • Statistics and its Applications
  • Research Methodology, Safety and Ethics
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2
  • Co-Operative Placement 2

MPU (select one)

  • Malaysian Experiential Tourism
  • Malaysian Ethnic Food
  • Business Law – Malaysian Perspective
Year 3

Aquatic Health and Management

  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 3
  • Aquatic Science Research Project 1
  • Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Recombinant Technology
  • Aquatic Science Research Project 2
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • Tools for Aquatic Resource Management
  • Aquatic Diseases and Diagnostics
  • Aquatic Science Research Project 3
  • Co-Operative Placement 3

Free elective (select 2)

  •  Strategic Management
  •  Seafood Industry
  •  Introduction to Internet Technologies
  •  Operation Management
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
For Malaysian students:
  1. Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisations (Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban)
  2. Philosophy and Contemporary Issues (Falsafah dan Isu Semasa)
For foreign students:
  1. Philosophy and Contemporary Issues
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3 (Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 3)

Career Opportunities


Often called marine biologists, aquatic biologists or aquatic ecologists, researchers study the creatures found in aquatic environments. They usually spend their time teaching, gathering data, and conducting experiments.


Use marine organisms to develop human medicines and other health aids.

Environmental Planners

These professionals work with governments, as well as builders and other private companies to ensure that development does not encroach on fragile aquatic and wetland environments.


They maintain exhibits at large public aquariums, while also teaching their colleagues and other interested people about aquariums and aquatic exhibits.


They help doctors take care of animals, and some of them specialise in the care of fish and other aquatic animals.

Fish and Game Warden

They monitor wilderness areas, manage native species, and ensure that hunters and fishermen comply with state and federal laws (as well as any additional local regulations).

Aquaculture Farmer

They raise fish and shellfish for a variety of uses such as food, bait, or breeding stock. Basic animal care, water quality maintenance, and personnel management duties may be a part of an aquaculture farmer’s responsibilities (both technician and management positions are available in the aquaculture industry).

Food Scientists/Quality Control Inspectors

ensure that products (seafood) meet standards of quality and safety.


Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 96,395

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 109,273

Note: This is an estimated fee, as different countries have different visa processing charges and administrative fees. For more information, kindly refer to your region’s counselor for the detailed fee breakdown.

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