Admission 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 course component contributed to 50% of the final grade, while the research project contributes to the remaining 50%.
  • 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.
  1. Full-time (Minimum 2 semesters (12 months) / Maximum 4 semesters (24 months))

The unit distribution for courses and research project is as follows:

* 40 credit units are required to complete the programme

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

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

The unit distribution for courses and research project is as follows:

* 40 credit units are required to complete the programme

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



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

This course is focused on materials characterization techniques from the theoretical aspect, instrumentation and applications.  This course covers thermal analysis (e.g. Thermogravimetry Analysis (TGA), Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)), surface analysis (e.g. Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES), Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS),  X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)), microstructural analysis (e.g. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)), molecular spectroscopy e.g. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, and phase analysis using X-Ray diffractometer (XRD). In this course, students will also perform several experimental analysis using selected equipment.

  • EBB 514 : Principle and Processing of Advanced Materials (3 credit units)

This course describes the interaction between processing, microstructure and properties of advanced metals, polymer and ceramics to fulfil integrated requirements and latest engineering applications.  Concept on materials development to satisfy specified application will be discussed.  Current status and outlook on nanomaterials is overviewed. 

  • EBB 515 : Materials Selection, Processing and Design (2 credit units)

This course is focused on the process of materials selection, processing and engineering design for a component. The role of materials selection, the relation between materials and processing with engineering design process will be explored through various case studies or class discussion, and learning technique of Problem Based Learning (PBL). The various aspects that influence selection of materials will be covered, such as cost, environmental impact, processing technology, as well as design of the component. Several typical processing techniques for engineering materials will also be covered, as well as exploring advanced processing techniques that are in line with the global engineering advances.

  • EBB 516 Biomaterials (3 credit units)

This course provides fundamental knowledge of topics in biomaterials, which is one of the advanced materials. Different classes of biomaterials and properties, processing and application of biomaterials in medicine (both medical and dental) will be covered in the first part of this course. This is followed by regenerative medicine which includes designing scaffolds for tissue engi-neering, selecting suitable cells and cell culture systems for tissue engineering, predict the biological responses to implanted biomaterials and describe the appropriate testing and regulation of biomaterials

  • EBB 522: Surface and Corrosion Engineering (3 credit units)

This course covers two parts, which are (1) Surface Engineering and (2) Corrosion Engineering. In the surface engineering section, the relationship of basic surface science with engineering applications will be discussed. Problems with surfaces and solutions which are commonly used will be described in conjunction with surface characterization techniques. Corrosion Engineering will cover the corrosion measurement and protection of other materials. Mostly will focus on the corrosion aspects of metals and their protection.

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

This course covers the basic knowledge of materials science, modern theory of solid, electrical and thermal conductivity of solids, magnetic properties and superconductivity, optical properties for electronic materials which include semiconductor materials, metal, dielectric materials and insulation. The applications of these electronic materials and working principle in electronic devices are generally discussed.

  • EKC 500: Science & Engineering Research Methodology (3 credit units)

This course aims to provide an introduction to the basic principles of research methodology which includes philosophy and conceptual framework, research methodology techniques and systematic data analysis approach for postgraduate students undergoing high quality research activities in science and engineering.



  • EBB555: Research Project (20 credit units)

This course relates to the research project on selected topic in Materials Engineering. Each student is given a title for an individual research project. Research activities include literature review, analysis of previous work, research experimental design and experimental set up, executing experimental work, collecting data, discussion, dissertation writing and oral presentation. In the oral presentation, the student is expected to produce a written report and to be defended in front of a panel of examiners.

For Further Information, please contact:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Raa Khimi Shuib
Deputy Dean of Research, Innovation & Industrial-Community Engagement
School of Materials & Mineral Resources Engineering,
USM Engineering Campus, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang, MALAYSIA

Phone: +604-5996103, +604-5996104,  Fax: +604-5996907