Deciding on pursuing an Engineering degree in Malaysia is a difficult choice to make, what more deciding which university to study Engineering! Unlike some other fields, there are quite a handful of Engineering courses in Malaysia and to narrow it down for your decision-making pleasure, we’ve based our best Engineering universities list based on:

  1. Cost
  2. Ranking & Reputation
  3. Internships and industry placements
  4. Location
  5. Career Prospects

Do note that the criteria in choosing a college / university varies in individuals, depending on what you feel is important to you. This article is in no particular order and simply serves as a guide in hopes of helping you to narrow your choices down.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)

Location: Semenyih
Estimated Cost: RM45,700 / year

The faculty of Engineering in the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is one of the strongest faculties in the campus, with all programmes recognised amongst the best in higher education. Apart from its wide range of modules, UNMC has also proven its strength in an award-winning research faculty over the years. Additionally, students are encouraged to finish their studies over at their main UK campus and finish with a Masters of Engineering certification, graduating a step ahead than their peers!

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM)

Location: Putrajaya
Estimated Cost: RM40,800 / year

With its award-winning status, Heriot-Watt University remains one of the few foreign universities specialising in Engineering. Graduates from this top-notch university are well-rounded, pragmatic and all set to get into the grime of working life. Just celebrated the university’s 50th anniversary, Heriot-Watt boasts experience in higher tertiary education especially 40 years in Petroleum Engineering. To add to that, graduates who finish their 4th year in the main campus in Scotland will graduate with a Masters of Engineering (MEng) certification. How’s that for graduating one step ahead?

University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC)

Location: EduCity, Iskandar, Johor
Estimated Cost: RM47,700 / year locally, RM118,300 / year (UK)

If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, you can now do a degree on it at the University of Southampton Malaysia for 2 years in Malaysia, and 2 years in Southampton, UK. All degrees in this top-ranked university requires students to embark on a transfer experience to the UK. This molds graduates into well-rounded, experienced and highly-skilled engineers, ready for employment. Did you know? 4 Southampton graduates are currently on a 1-year internship with Formula 1.

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Curtin University Sarawak

Location: Miri, Sarawak
Estimated Cost: RM47,700 / year locally, RM118,300 / year (UK)

Rated 5 Stars on the QS University Rankings, Curtin University Sarawak offers an industry-connected varsity experience, with a compulsory internship module for students to embark on. Interns have been affiliated with Shell, GE, Petronas and many more. Additionally, the Curtin Sarawak Technical Debate and Process Plant Design teams recently won the national level championship. Among the 8 Engineering degrees offered at Curtin, Curtin remains one of the handful of universities providing an Environmental Engineering programme.

Monash University Malaysia

Location: Bandar Sunway, Selangor
Estimated Cost: RM44,000 / year

This institution needs no introduction. Monash University Malaysia has been quite the famous institution especially for its Business and Engineering degrees. And, it lives up to its highly-ranked courses! Most recently, a Mechatronics student won the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow challenge by creating a prototype for telemedicine and a Monashian has also won the MOSTI Inclusive Innovation Challenge 2015. This sets Monashians high up at the employment bar.

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Asia Pacific University (APU)

The School of Engineering in APU is the fastest-growing faculty in the university, with all programmes internationally recognised by over 22 countries, which means graduates are able to work in those countries. Offering 5 different Engineering degrees, you are able to pursue a degree in Telecommunications Engineering here at APU. To add to that, students are able to experience this award-winning varsity life at the new campus, ready mid-2016. If you're looking into joining the workforce a bit earlier, APU also offers Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

INTI University

The Engineering degree at INTI enables students to get an international degree from the University of Bradford, UK which is ranked #17 in the UK. Now, students at INTI not only gets an internationally recognised certification, they also graduate with real-life experience with its institution’s importance in  employer projects and internships. 100% of their graduates are employed 6 months upon graduation.

KDU University College

If there’s one thing that sets KDU apart from the rest is that, KDU College offers a 3+0 twinning programme with Northumbria University, in the UK. Available in both the Kota Damansara and Penang campuses, this twinning programme remains a hot cake among their other engineering degrees. With an optional internship module, 95% of graduates are employed within 6-months of graduation. So, be sure to be well-prepared for the work life, with an international certification in your bag.

Taylor's University

Once a Taylorian graduates, they are well-versed with the nuts and bolts of their field as all Engineering students go through project-based learning initiative called CDIO – Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, Operating – the basic fundamentals of engineering. Having a comprehensive academia, Students with a Engineering degree have also excelled in competitions outside the classroom like the Grand Challenges in which they collaborated with the Engineering faculty of the National University of Singapore.