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  • Master in Environmental Science (by Coursework)

MSc in Environmental Science

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The first semester starts this September 2018. To register please visit http://onlineips.usm.my/admission/ or to inquire, please email msc_env@usm.my.

Important dates for 2018:

Information updated on the 20 March 2018. The online application is open throughout the year.

Deadline for international student application: 15 June 2018
Deadline for local (Malaysian) student application: 31 July 2018
Student registration: 6 to 8 September 2018
The semester begins: 10 September 2018

The full coursework Master of Science in Environmental Science program is designed to develop your environmental scientific and analytical skills for a professional career in the government or private sectors. It is an interdisciplinary program that combines the natural and social sciences within a technology-based multidisciplinary framework.

To register please visit http://onlineips.usm.my/admission/ or to inquire, please email msc_env@usm.my

Career Prospects

By obtaining this Master's Degree, you widen your career opportunities. In the management field, you can be a policy advisor, environmental manager, or government officer. In business, you can be an environmental consultant or product manager. In research, you will be able to be an academic, environmental science specialist, or a researcher. This Master's degree will also allow you to proceed to a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in diverse fields such as in the Sciences, Engineering, Technology, or even Social Sciences.

The Program Structure

This Master program is a flexible program. Classes are held either online, at night or on weekends. Labs would be on the weekdays. Registration is open two times a year. You can register for the first or second semester.

To graduate, you would need to complete 40-unit courses, which cover core and elective courses, 27 and 20 units, respectively. You need to take all core courses (a total of 27 units), but you can choose the elective courses (a total of 13 units). A typical program would consist of two semesters; each semester would be 18 weeks or four months long. 

  Code   Core courses Unit

Semester 1

  IEA501   Atmospheric Science and Air Quality 3
  IEA518   Environmental Sampling Techniques 3
  IEG503   Hydrogeology and Watershed Management 3
  IEA505   *Research Project 4
      Elective courses  Unit
  IEA517   Environmental Law, Monitoring and Enforcement 3
  IEA506   Environmental Scientific Writing 4
  IEA515   Environmental Microbiology 3
      Core courses  Unit

Semester 2

  IEG502   Aquatic Ecotoxicology 3
  IEA504   Ecosystem Services 4
  IEK516   Sustainable Energy Resources 3
  IEA505   *Research Project 4
      Elective courses Unit
  IEA519   Environmental Issues 3
  IEA514   Applied Environmental Forensics 3
  IEG513   Environmental Disaster Management 4

*For the course IEA505 Research Project (8 units), it is a course that spans two semesters. For example, you can take this course in the second semester and continue the second half of the course in the first semester or vice versa.

Entry Requirement

Study Level Qualification



Amendment of Entry Requirement



> 2.75 

  1. Subject to additional conditions of the School

197th Senate

(18 June 2009)


2.50 - 2.74

  1. One year of research experience; or

  2. professional experience in the relevant field for one year; or

  3. one publication in the applied field; or

  4. grade B for major or elective courses; or

  5. grade B+ for the final year project.


2.00 - 2.49


  1. Five years of research experience; or 

  2. professional experience in the relevant field for five years; and

  3. one publication in the applied field; or

  4. grade B for major or elective courses; or

  5. grade B+ for the final year project.

English Requirement

Test or Requirement  Score or Band 
TOEFL by ETS (Internet-based Test); or Minimum score 80 
IELTS; or  Minimum band 6 
MUET; or  Minimum band 4 
The native language or the national language of the applicant is English Not applicable

Tuition Fees

Details  Program Fee  
Semester 1 Semester 2   Per Unit   
Local Students (Malaysian)  RM 5,300 RM 5,300   RM 265.00   
International Students  USD 2,000 USD 2,000   USD 100.00   

Prices for each semester, as shown above, are for a 20-unit semester. This price will change depending on the number of units registered. Note that other fees (e.g., registration, insurance, etc.) may apply.  

Email msc_env@usm.my to inquire.

Register at http://onlineips.usm.my/admission/.

Financial assistance

Information updated on the 11 July 2018.

Malaysian Students


Education loan

International Students


Info for International Students

Please visit the International Mobility and Collaboration Centre (IMCC) USM for visa information.

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