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Universiti Malaysia Pahang


Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) offers a wide range of practical-based higher education programmes in engineering and technology to produce competent engineers. The application-oriented curriculum which integrates theory and practice in the concept of a teaching factory emphasises experiential and action learning that is task-oriented and concentrates on problem-solving.

UMP focuses on applied research and industrial projects to enrich the teaching and learning processes while promoting the commercialisation of the research products, thus exposing our students to the latest research and development activities in the industries.

UMP’s laboratories have the latest equipment resembling those in industries. A 24-hour internet connection serves students through wired and wireless networks throughout the campus, making it a conducive teaching and learning environment.

Our campus is fully-equipped with the latest ICT systems, including a wireless broadband internet connection to facilitate the university’s electronic-based e-Learning and e-Management activities. UMP is committed to the development of human capital and technology to fulfil the needs of industries and contribute to national development.


UMP currently operates at a temporary campus in the industrial estate in Gambang about 30 km west of the capital city of Kuantan. The University is only 2½ hours away from Kuala Lumpur via the East Coast Expressway. Strategically located in the East Coast Industrial Belt of Peninsular Malaysia which hosts a number of multinational corporations in the chemical, petro-chemical, manufacturing, automotive and biotechnology industries, our students have extensive exposure to the latest development in the fields of engineering and technology.


Our UMP’s main campus of 745.6 hectares is under construction in the district of Pekan. The first phase of the campus project is scheduled for completion in 2009. Upon completion, it can accommodate a total of 10,000 students and 2,000 staff.


There are seven faculties and one Centre in UMP:

  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Faculty of Computer System and Software Engineering
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Earth Resources
  • Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Management
  • Faculty of Industrial Sciences and Technology
  • Centre for Modern Languages and Human Science


The Centre for Graduate Studies (CGS) supervises and promotes the graduate programmes of UMP. This includes administering the admission, appointment of supervisors, candidature reviews, provision of financial assistance and assessment. The centre is headed by a dean who is assisted by administrative officers and administrative assistants.


UMP currently offers postgraduate studies by research at master’s and doctoral levels. Candidates for studies at the doctoral level are admitted into the PhD programme. These programmes are offered through the respective academic faculties of UMP. The general areas of specialisation are as follows:

Chemical Engineering Bioprocess, Biotechnology, Industrial Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Production Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Instrumentation, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Technology Management, Industrial Safety and Health, Human Capital Resources, Project Management and Operations Management.

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to enquire with the respective faculties on the availability of a supervisor to supervise research work in specific sub-specialisation areas listed above.

Types of postgraduate programmes

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Technology Management


Application for a research-based degree is open throughout the year. Interested applicants should first visit the website of the respective faculties to identify a potential supervisor. CGS encourages applicants to communicate with their potential supervisor in the course of preparing the research proposal that is required for application for admission.

Applicants may apply through UMP’s website Applicants are encouraged to follow-up with CGS on the status of their application one month after submitting their application.


Doctoral Degree
A master’s degree in the relevant area from recognised institutions or equivalent professional qualifications that are recognised by the University.

Master’s Degree
A bachelor’s degree with honours in the relevant area from recognised institutions or equivalent professional qualifications that are recognised by the University.


An applicant may choose to enrol as a full-time or part-time student subject to the study programme offered by the faculty. However, international candidates may only register as full-time students.

 Full Time Part Time
Programme Minimum no. of semestersMaximum no. of semestersMinimum no. of semestersMaximum no. of semesters
PhD 4 (2 years) 10 (5 years) 8 (4 years) 16 (8 years)
Master’s 2 (1 years) 4 (2 years) 6 (3 years) 10 (5 years)


The estimated total cost of studying at UMP (inclusive of tuition and living expenditure) for an 18 month master’s degree candidature is RM35,000. The estimated total cost for a 36 month doctoral candidature is about RM70,000. The bulk of this cost is living cost since the tuition fees charged for both Malaysian and international students are low. As such, the actual total cost depends on the candidates’ lifestyle and preferences.


Total Academic Fee Per Semester in RM
 Full Time Part Time
Local International Local International
1st Subs’t1st Subs’t 1st Subs’t 1st Subs’t
Master of Engineering2,150 1,600 4,050 3,500 2,150 1,000 NA NA
Master of Science2,150 1,600 3,050 2,500 2,150 1,000 NA NA
PhD 2,650 1,900 3,550 2,800 2,650 1,150 NA NA


UMP’s laboratories have the latest equipment resembling those in industries. A 24-hour internet connection serves students through the wired and wireless networks throughout the campus, making it a conducive teaching and learning environment.


The Department of Student Affairs and Alumni administers all matters relating to student welfare on campus. There are numerous student clubs and societies to meet the varied interests and recreational needs of the students.


Niche Areas

  • Chemical Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology
  • Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing

The university focuses on applied research and industrial projects to boost the teaching and learning process with three focus groups and six expert groups:

Focus Group

  • Chemical and Biotechnology
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing

Expert Groups

  • Process Instrumentation and Control
  • Innovative Construction
  • Information Technology
  • Human Sciences
  • Environmental
  • Advanced Material

International Recognition and Achievements

  • The University has established links with reputable institutions of higher learning in Germany, United States, Indonesia and more on academic collaboration, student as well as staff exchange, and research.
  • Exhibition of research products by renowned researchers of the University is among the university‘s main agenda. At the International Invention, Innovation, Industrial Design and Technology Exhibition (ITEX 08) UMP received 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. Previously, the university was awarded 6 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 9 bronze medals at ITEX 07.
  • Received 2 gold medals at the International Exhibition Ideas- Inventions New Products (IENA 07) in Germany.
  • Received 1 silver medal and 6 bronze medals at the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS 08).

Address :
Universiti Malaysia Pahang
Centre for Graduate Studies
Lebuhraya Tun Razak
26300 Kuantan
Tel : 609-5492081/2578/2050/2034
Fax : 609-5492662
Email : Click here to email
Website :
Contact Person :
Puan Safriza Baharuddin
(Publications Officer)

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  • Business Management & Administration
  • Science (Life Science/Physical Science/Applied Science)
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Computing & IT
  • Engineering & Engineering Trades
  • Manufacturing & Processing
  • Architecture & Building