MSc Materials Engineering by Mixed Mode

Admission MSc Materials Engineering by Mixed Mode

  • The School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia offers a postgraduate Master of Science (Materials Engineering) by Mixed Mode degree programme.
  • The mode is a combination of coursework and research project (dissertation).
  • The coursework component contributed to 40% of the final grade, while the research project contributes to the remaining 60%.
  • The Mixed Mode programme covers in-depth topics related to materials development, processes, and properties; at the same time, it provides a platform to develop students’ the research skills.

Application form is available via the website:

General Admission Requirements

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Programme Structure & Requirements

  • Will only be taught in English
  • A candidate has to fulfil 40 credit units to graduate. The programme is divided into coursework and research project spread into two semesters (12 months for full-time) and four semester (24 months for part-time).
  • The minimum grade for passing a course is C+ or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.33.  To graduate, candidates have to obtain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00 and above.
  • The candidates are required to conduct a research project and pass the dissertation.
  • Full-time (Minimum 2 semesters (12 months) / Maximum 4 semesters (24 months))

The unit distribution for coursework (core and elective courses) and research project is as follows:

*Select 2 elective courses (6 unit) in Semester 1 dan dan 23 unit (Research Project) to complete 40 units for the programme

Note: NC (not yet complete)- The couse will be completed during long vacation (KSCP)

(ii)Part-time (Minimum 4 semesters (24 months) / Maximum 8 semesters (48 months))

The unit distribution for coursework (core and elective courses) and research project is as follows:

*Elective package 1 – select 2 courses from this package

** Elective package 2 – select 2 courses from this package



  • EBB 511 : Materials Characterization Techniques (3 credit units)

This course is on materials characterization techniques from the theoretical, instrumentation and application aspects. It covers four main topics: microstructural analysis, thermal analysis, spectroscopy analysis, phases and surface analysis.

  • EBB 512 : Phase Diagrams & Equilibria (3 credit units)

This course will cover the principle of phase equilibria, the effect of temperature in stability, thermodynamic, and kinetic aspects of equilibria. The course will also focus on binary and ternary phase diagram systems and, finally, the determination and application of phase diagrams.

  • EBB 513 : Quality Management (3 credit units)

This course will cover the total quality and quality management, customer satisfaction, strategic planning, quality culture, empowerment, leadership and change, team building and training, quality tools and statistical process control, problem solving and decision making, benchmarking, and just-in-time.

  • EBB 551 : Materials Laboratory (2 credit units)

Hands-on experience with equipment normally used for characterization studies. For example, scanning electron Microscope, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-rays diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, infra red spectrophotometry, molecular spectroscopy, and thermal analysis.


  • EBB 521: Industrial Heat Treatment (3 credit units)

This course is intended to provide students with knowledge on the importance, principles, and procedures of heat treatment of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Issues including the selection of furnace, effects of different heat treatment and their controlling parameters on microstructure and metal properties will be discussed.

  • EBB 522: Corrosions and Protection (3 credit units)

This course covers two main objectives: The corrosion of metals and their protection from corrosion. The topics include the modern theory of corrosion, basic and advanced corrosion testing, and basic and advanced corrosion protection.

  • EBB 523: Ceramic Processing (3 credit units)

This course is intended to equip students with practical knowledge on the use of various common raw materials and synthetic powders. It will also discuss processing techniques which involve materials preparation, forming, drying, firing, and glazing. Characteristics and properties of ceramics will also be discussed.

  • EBB 524: Composite Materials (3 credit units)

This course is intended to provide students with knowledge on principles of polymer, metal, and ceramic matrix composite materials. A full range of issues will be discussed, from the processing of composite materials to the theory which underlies composite properties and their applications.

  • EBB 525: Electronic Materials & Optical Devices (3 credit units)

This course covers the applications of materials in the electronic and optoelectronic industries, mostly in conductor, semiconductor, and instrumentation industries which use superconductor, ferroelectric, and magnetic materials. The subjects related to nanomaterials for solar cells, sensors, and various optical devices will also be covered.

  • EBB 526: Electronic Packaging (3 credit units)

This course is intended to introduce the subject of integrated circuit (IC) packaging, IC package assembly, and board assembly process. An overview of materials in electronic packaging will also be discussed including interconnect materials (solder, solder paste, flux, wire), encapsulant, thermal interface materials and substrate, quality, and reliability in electronic packaging.



  • EBB555: Research Project (23 credit units)

This course offers further understanding on selected topic in Materials Engineering. Each student will be given a title for an individual research project. The Research Project includes literature review, analysis of previous work, research experimental design, experimental set up, execution of experimental work, data collection, discussion, dissertation writing, and oral presentation. For the oral presentation, the student is expected to produce a written report and to defend it in front of a panel of examiners.

For Further Information, please contact:

Prof. Ir. Dr. Mariatti Jaafar@ Mustapha
Deputy Dean of Research, Innovation & Industrial-Community Engagement
School of Materials & Mineral Resources Engineering,
USM Engineering Campus, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang, MALAYSIA

Phone: +604-5996126, +604-5996103,  Fax: +604-5941011