Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What entry qualifications do I need to study Materials Engineering at UniMAP?

For candidates from the Ministry of Education Matriculation programs (or equivalent) category:

  • Passed satisfactorily in SPM examination or its equivalence
  • Obtained credit in Malay Language in SPM examination or its equivalence
  • Obtained at least 2.00 CGPA in the Ministry of Education Matriculation program or its equivalence
  • Has taken the Malaysian University English Test (MUET)

In addition, all candidates must fulfill both general university requirements as well as the specific requirements of the academic program chosen, namely, passing with at least a ‘C’ (or 2.00) two subjects of one of the following combinations:

  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Mathematics and Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Biology (options available for Material Engineering applicant only)

Candidates who do not take Physics at Matriculation level should have passed this subject at SPM level with at least a credit.

For candidates from the Malaysian STPM (or equivalent) category:

  • Passed satisfactorily in SPM examination or its equivalence
  • Obtained credit in Malay Language in SPM examination or its equivalence
  • Passed with at least a 'C' (or 2.00) in STPM General Studies
  • Has taken the Malaysian University English Test (MUET)

In addition, all candidates must fulfill both general university requirements as well as the specific requirements of the academic program chosen, namely, passing with at least a 'C' (or 2.00) two subjects of one of the following combinations:

  • (Mathematics T or Advanced Mathematics T) and Physics
  • (Mathematics T or Advanced Mathematics T) and Chemistry
  • (Mathematics T or Advanced Mathematics T) and Biology (options available for Material Engineering applicant only)

Candidates who do not take Physics at STPM level should have passed this subject at SPM level with at least a credit.

You can find the details from previous Academic Guide Book or click here.

Q: What areas can I specialize in within Materials Engineering?

Materials graduates are equipped to participate in a wide range of multidisciplinary development groups as well as specialized teams. Areas of interest may include: the development of environmentally sustainable materials and processes, engineering of new materials for application in super-computers or nano-devices; development of biomedical materials for drug delivery or prostheses; processing of extremely high purity materials eliminating impurities on a scale of part per billion; analysis of catastrophic failure of materials as a consultant or expert witness; engineering of thin-films only nanometers thick to create seemingly frictionless surfaces; fabrication of smart composite materials that detect their own failure; development of materials for use in deep space and the demanding entry and exit of the earth’s atmosphere.

These areas of interest are only the tip of the iceberg as new developments continually evolve in materials engineering. Our programs offers four broad areas of specialization at an undergraduate level: Ceramics, Materials, Physical Metallurgy or Process Metallurgy.

Ceramic Engineering is concerned with the application of scientific and engineering principles to the development, production and use of specialised technical ceramics (superconductors, bio-materials or piezoelectics), as well as everyday ceramic materials (glass, concrete, bricks or porcelain).

Materials Engineers develop new monolithic and composite materials, combining metals, ceramics and polymers on the microscopic scale. Materials can be designed to exhibit sought-after mechanical, chemical, thermal or electrical qualities. Performance in unique environments, from deep space to within the human body, can be optimized through materials design.

Metallurgical Engineering (Process or Physical) is concerned with the production and development of metallic materials, components and processing technologies for sustainability and commercial applications. The use of alloying and novel processing routes for tailor-made components with desired and exceptional properties is a skill sought after in today’s high tech environment. Metals are the most widely used materials in sophisticated engineering applications.