Master of Science (Research)


Research areas

The Department of Earth Sciences and Environmental conducts research in various fields of study in environmental sciences, geology and marine sciences. These include air and water pollution, land use and its control, forest fires and forest ecology, pesticide resistivity, environment health and security, biological monitoring and environmental impact assessment, geology and engineering geophysics, basin analysis, petroleum geology, environmental geology, economic geology and industrial minerals, geotourism and conservation geology, regional geology, remote sensing and GIS, coral reef ecology and mangroves, invertebrate diversity, fishes, microbes, vulnerable seaweed phenomenon, climatic weather patterns related to El Nino and La Nina, geochemistry, heavy metals and radionuclides, remote sensing applications and GIS for monitoring coastal changes.


Degrees offered:

  • Master of Science (Geology)
  • Master of Science (Ocean Sciences)
  • Master of Science (Environmental Sciences)


Entry requirements

  1. Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA ≥ 2.75 from University or any higher learning institution recognised by the Senate; or
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Science or other qualifications equivalent with CGPA 2.50 – 2.74, subject to minimum of one year working experience in related field; or
  3. Fulfil other requirements prescribed by the programme (where applicable); and
  4. Fulfil requirements of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA);
  5. An international student shall obtain minimum results of TOEFL (550)/ IELTS (5.5 / MUET (band 3). (An international student who comes from a country where English is the official language, or who has obtained academic qualifications from any institution of higher learning that uses English as the medium of instruction may be exempted from the requirement for  TOEFL / IELTS / MUET)

An international student who obtained academic qualifications but do not fulfils English language proficiency requirements shall attend the Intensive English Programme for one year (maximum period). Candidates who did not meet the minimum requirements as specified by the programme will be given  “Fail and Dismiss” status.


Program Structure

Each student of this program is required to register and pass 10 credit hours of courses including the  core course STPD6014 Research Methodology as well as thesis registration for every semester until graduation. Students must schedule a meeting with the Supervisor or the Supervisory Committee for not less than 26 hours of meetings per semester for full-time students and 13 hours of meetings per semester for part-time students. The research output is written as a thesis.

Students must meet the graduation requirements set by the faculty.

Students must publish at least two (1) papers in the Web of Science (WOS) indexed journal in the field of Master of Science research with the Supervisor or the Supervisory Committee