FST Postgraduate


The development in technology for in situ tests have been very rapid for the last one decades especially in the field of civil engineering and environmental industries. Many testing methods and material characterization have been introduced which include the geophysical engineering and environmental techniques. The effectiveness, accuracy and fast as well as relatively low operational cost have made geophysical techniques become important tools in engineering site investigations and in environmental monitoring works. There are various geophysical techniques that can be used to obtain many engineering parameters of material below surface and this field requires skilled and experienced geophysicists to interpret geophysical data collected from the field.

This programme is designed to provide students with specialist training into all aspects of Applied Geophysics, from the basic physical principles through practical applications to state of the art technical geophysical innovations. The main thrust of the course is towards Engineering and Environmental Geophysics industries. The broad-based approach allows graduates to pursue their career options including consulting, research and teaching as well as to prepare themselves for further studies at higher levels. It is also targeted at working professionals wishing to update their knowledge or acquire new skills in the field of engineering and environmental geophysics

Course Work & Full Time

Minimum 2 semesters (1 year)

Maximum 4 semesters (2 years)


Intake – 2 times a year (March & October)

*subjected to UKM academic calendar

English Language

SemesterCourse TypeCourse Code & NameTotal Credit

Core Course

STPD6024   Research Methodology

STAP6073   Environmental
Management System

STAP6974   Research Project I


Elective Course

STAG6314   Engineering

STAG6324   Environmental

STAG6334   Instrumentation and
Field Geophysics


Core Course

STAP6092   Environment Ethics

STAP6986   Research Project II

Elective Course

STAG6343   Geophysical Data

STAG6353   Geophysical Data

STAG6363   Hydrogeology and Contaminant Process


Total Credits


STPD6024 Research Methodology

This course provides guidance in planning, implementing and succeed in scientific research. Students are introduced to the philosophy of science and ethics necessary to be adopted by researchers. Students are given exposure to determine and manage risks in scientific research. Apart from that, issues and rules related to research such as intellectual property, copyright, plagiarism etc. will be discussed.  Subsequently, students are guided to plan their research and prepare a research proposal. For this, students are trained with techniques in information search both manually and on-line, identifying issues and research objectives, planning research and experimental design within their period of study. Students are required to prepare their research proposal according to the format and free from plagiarism. Students are given the opportunity to present and defend their proposal in a seminar. Students will be evaluated based on written and oral presentation of the research proposal, and final examination

STAG6314 Engineering Geophysics
This course discusses basic principles of geophysical methods that are used in site investigation to obtain subsurface engineering information. Emphasis will be given to latest geophysical techniques (surface and subsurface) used in the industry. The relationship between geophysical parameters and engineering geological properties of rock and soil will be discussed together with some case studies.

STAG6324 Environmental Geophysics
This is an introduction course to theory and application of geophysical methods (Geoelectrical resistivity, seismic, magnetic, gravity, induced polarization, self potential, electromagnetic and ground penetration radar) for environmental evaluation of development sites. Special emphasis on waste disposal and contaminated sites, detection and mapping of sinkholes and shallow buried objects as well as case studies will be given.

STAG6334 Instrumental and Field Geophysics
This course will discuss the working principle of various geophysical instruments and develop skills of students to operate the equipment for quality geophysical field data collection and a full understanding of the limitations of each instrument in use. At the end of the course, students are able to handle and import data recorded in the equipment used.

STAG6343 Geophysical Data Processing
This course covers the basic principles of methods used in analyzing digital signal for geophysical applications. Data processing and practice is provided in labs using software such as RES2DINV, SeisOpt, Oasis Montaj, Sketctup and Google Earth. The basic to understanding of classification and signal system representation and the menus contained in the software are emphasized and examples of usage will also be discussed.

STAP6353 Geophysical Data Interpretation
This course covers the basic principles of engineering and environmental geophysical data interpretation. Emphasis will be given to digital surface and subsurface geophysical data used in the industry and the application of computer software for data interpretation, results presentation (reports, graphic and maps) and communication as well as to build up the student ability to relate results and local geology.

STAG6363 Hydrogeology and Contamination Process
This course focuses on the basic theory of ground water flow and geological control which also covers evaluation, application and characterization of water resources. Understanding the inorganic chemistry and organic compounds in ground water, multiphase movement, transformation, retardation and attenuation of contaminants and other related geological processes will also be discussed.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field with minimum CGPA 2.50 or equivalent, from any institutions of higher learning  recognized by the UKM Senate; or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field with minimum CGPA 2.00 – 2.49 or equivalent, with minimum of 5 years working experience or research project in relevant field. Proof of the working experience of a foreign candidate should be acknowledge by the embassy of the respective country; or
  • Fulfill Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL A) for local candidates only:
    • should be more than 30 years of age in the year of application; and
    • possess at least STPM or diploma in relevant field or other equivalent qualification recognized by the Government of Malaysia and approved by the UKM Senate; and
    • possess a certificate of MQA APEL with MQF Level 7
  • An international student shall obtain minimum results of TOEFL iBT score 46 / IELTS band 5.5 / CEFR band B2 / 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); and
  • Fulfill other requirements prescribed by the UKM Senate from time to time.
  1. Exploration geophysicist/geologist
  2. Earth Science officer (Dept. of Mineral and Geoscience)
  3. Meteorological Department
  4. Sector of Quarry and Mining 
  5. Research officer i.e Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Minerals Research Centre, Department of Chemistry

Programme Coordinator

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hariri Arifin

Email : hariri@ukm.edu.my
Phone : 03-8921 5657

Tuition Fee


RM6,450.00 / study (minimum 2 semesters)
  • RM 1,010.00 - Registration Fee (1st semester only)
  • RM 420.00 - Service & Activity Fee (every semester)
  • RM 115.00 - Tuition Fee (per credit)
  • RM 1,430.00 + (RM 115.00 x no. of credit) - total fee for 1st semester
  • RM 420.00 + (RM 115.00 x no. of credit) - total fee for subsequent semester


RM34,610.00 / study (minimum 2 semesters)
  • RM 1,410.00 - Registration Fee (1st semester only)
  • RM 16,600.00 - Tuition Fee
  • RM 18,010.00 - total fee for 1st semester
  • RM 16,600.00 - total fee for subsequent semester

Programme Advisor

Dato' Zakaria Mohamad

Prof. Dr. Baba Musta

Ts. Dr. Mohd Akhmal Bin Muhamad Sidek

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