DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES AND ENVIRONMENT

Master of Science (Coursework)

Degrees offered:

Introduction

The development of technology for in situ tests have been very rapid for the last two 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 the surface and this field requires skilled and experienced geophysicists to interpret geophysical data collected from the field.

This program is designed to provide students with specialized training in 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.

Program Structure

The Master of Science program offered is a program based on coursework requiring 12 months (2 semesters). Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 unit hours, comprising 19 credit hours of core courses and 21 credit hours of elective courses. Candidates are encouraged to expand their individual interests through research projects which commence in the first semester and are supervised by UKM academic staff together with experts/scientists from relevant institutes. Candidates are required to submit their Research Project Dissertation at the end of the second semester for examination.

Courses Offered:
  • STPD6014 Research Methodology
  • STAP6073 Environmental Management System
  • STAP6092 Environment Ethics
  • STAP6974 Research Project I
  • STAP6986 Research Project II
  • STAG6314 Engineering Geophysics
  • STAG6324 Environmental Geophysics
  • STAG6334 Instrumentation and Field Geophysics
  • STAG6343 Geophysical Data Processing
  • STAG6353 Geophysical Data Interpretation
  • STAG6363 Hydrogeology and contaminant process

Introduction

The development of a nation involves the construction of infrastructures such as dams, highways, industrial complexes, ports and airports. Such construction involves the interaction between earth materials and masses with the constructed structures. Characterization of earth materials and masses plays an important role in influencing the usage, safety and economic effectiveness of these constructions. In Malaysia’s efforts to attain developed nation status by 2020, such construction activities are expected to increase considerably. At the same time, sites and areas that are less suitable also need to be developed. One important input for conducting safe construction is engineering geological input.

The Master of Science (Engineering Geology) program aims to further train engineering geologists to recognize and overcome issues that can arise during construction and propose solutions that are safe and economical. This program will enhance the knowledge of engineering geologists in conducting such investigations and studies at and below the earth’s surface.

Program Structure

The Master of Science program offered is a program based on coursework requiring 12 months (2 semesters). Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 unit hours, comprising 19 credit hours of core courses and 21 credit hours of elective courses. Candidates are encouraged to expand their individual interests through research projects which commence in the first semester and are supervised by UKM academic staff together with experts/scientists from relevant institutes. Candidates are required to submit their Research Project Dissertation at the end of the second semester for examination.

Courses Offered:
  • STPD6014 Research Methodology
  • STAP6073 Environmental Management System
  • STAP6092 Environmental Ethics
  • STAP6974 Research Project I
  • STAP6986 Research Project II
  • STAG6083 Hydrogeology
  • STAG6213 Engineering Geology
  • STAG6234 Rock Engineering
  • STAG6224 Soil Engineering
  • STAG6243 Geohazard Investigation
  • STAG6314 Engineering Geophysics

Introduction

Preservation of the environmental quality is one of the aspects of development that is considered important in Malaysia based on the Langkawi Declaration 1989 and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 1992. The Environmental Quality Act 1974 further emphasizes on the sustainable development to be adopted in any development program in the country.

The Master of Science in Environmental Assessment and Monitoring program is conducted by coursework within a two-semester period. The main objective of the program is to produce competent and skilled manpower in the field of environmental assessment and monitoring due to rapid development in the country, such as the oil and gas sector and also the infrastructural and other related development in the country. The number of credits required for the master’s degree is 40. The apportionment of these credits is as follows: 13 credit hours in major field (courses offered by the Faculty and School); 17 credits in a minor field. 10 credit hours in the major field are to be dissertation research credits. The 40 credit hours must be completed within two semesters.

Program Structure

The Master of Science program offered is a program based on coursework requiring 12 months (2 semesters). Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 credit hours, comprising 23 credit hours of core courses and 17 credit hours of elective course. Candidates are encouraged to expand their individual interests through research projects which commence in the first semester and are supervised by UKM academic staff together with experts/scientists from relevant institutes. Candidates are required to submit their Research Project Dissertation at the end of the second semester for examination.

Courses Offered:
  • STPD6014 Research Methodology
  • STAP6064 Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing
  • STAP6073 Environmental Management System
  • STAP6092 Environmental Ethics
  • STAP6974 Research Project I
  • STAP6986 Research Project II
  • STAB6054 Conservation Ethics and Legislation
  • STAB6084 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
  • STAE6013 Management of Lake Ecosystems and Wetland
  • STAE6303 Procedures and Techniques in EIA
  • STAE6323 Assessment and Monitoring of Air and Water Quality

Introduction

As a superior Public Institution of Higher Learning (IPTA) in Malaysia, UKM has moved to the front in encouraging schools to offer postgraduate studies in science. UKM offers a marine science program for undergraduate students. The Marine science program was established in 1985 courses offered include all aspects of marine physics, chemistry and biology at the UKM branch campus at Kota Kinabalu Sabah. This program was moved back to the main campus in Bangi at the end of 1995. It is currently operating under the School of Environment and Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology.

Since its establishment, the Marine Science Program of UKM has experienced developments in various aspects that include expanding the academic staff expertise and good teaching, numbers of knowledgeable students and high level of research. Nowadays, academic staffs from Marine Science Program of UKM has reputed at national and international standings in various fields such as research on marine organism diversity, fisheries science and fish ecology, research on toxic algae problems, marine microbiology and biotechnology and climate changes research in particular related with El Nino and La Nina phenomena. Recognition has been proven based on the various roles playing by the academic staffs as leader or coordinator in various global programs organized by CoML, JSPS, IAEA and IOC-WESTPAC. Several academic staffs from this program have regularly received an invitation or deliver talks on various issues at national and international standings. With these achievements, development in knowledge and research, Marine Science Program of UKM are now offered the post-graduates program studies in marine science.

Program Structure

The Master of Science program offered is a program based on coursework requiring 12 months (2 semesters). Candidates are required to complete a total of 40 credit hours, comprising 18 credit hours of core courses and 22 credit hour of elective course. Candidates are encouraged to expand their individual interests through research projects which commence in the first semester and are supervised by UKM academic staff together with experts/scientists from relevant institutes. Candidates are required to submit their Research Project Dissertation at the end of the second semester for examination.

Courses Offered
  • STPD6014 Research Methods
  • STAP6064 Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • STAP6974 Research Project I
  • STAP6986 Research Project II
  • STAL6013 Advance Marine Ecology
  • STAL6023 Mariculture
  • STAL6033 Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • STAL6034 Data Analysis Methods in Marine Sciences
  • STAL6043 Management and Conservation of Marine Resources
  • STAL6103 Advance Marine Chemistry
  • STAL6213 Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography