Which Country Is Best for Engineering Study?

Published by on Feb 24, 2020, 12:01 pm

Engineers are the innovators and inventors of our past, present and future. They have moulded the way we live today and are now devising revolutionary systems that will forge the way generations to come will experience the world.

Engineering will set you in a field with unlimited job opportunities and academic careers to seek. But there are a lot of students seeking such degree and you must expect a tough competition to land a good job afterwards. With this being said, you must find universities, where the quality of education is superlative to every other place. Regarding its long and rich history, the UK has certainly the best engineering universities.

If you are planning to work as an engineer and get professional engineering accreditation in both UK and Malaysia, great news! The University of Southampton Malaysia is opening its gates to aspiring SPM leavers for their Engineering Foundation Programme April Intake. Upon completion of the foundation in Malaysia, you can apply to their degree programmes, both in Malaysia and UK.

About the Programme


The Engineering Foundation Year at the University of Southampton Malaysia is a one year integrated preparatory course that is custom-designed and delivered to prepare students for entry to our BEng or MEng degree programmes, both in Malaysia and in the UK.

The curriculum in Malaysia is similar to that delivered at the UK campus. By studying at University of Southampton Malaysia, students will obtain a world-class education from one of the best engineering schools at a fraction of the cost.

On successful completion of the Foundation programme, students are offered automatic progression to their undergraduate degree programme.

Choice of degree programmes for students

Malaysia Campus

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

UK Campus

  • Acoustical Engineering
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Aerospace Electronic Engineering
  • Biomedical Electronic Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Physics
  • Ship Science
  • Software Engineering

Entry requirements:

QualificationEntry Requirements
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) / O Level5As in the science stream, including Mathematics and Physics. (Minimum B+ in Additional Mathematics required for SPM only)
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) / A LevelABB (cannot include subjects suitable for direct entry to undergraduate programmes, normally Mathematics and Physics). However, students need to show an aptitude for Mathematics and may be asked to take a Foundation Mathematics test.
IB32 points overall, and must not include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.

Student Intakes: April, July and September

Why Choose UK?



Quality teaching.

  • UK has a reputation for academic excellence. Three of the top ten universities in the world for engineering and technology teaching are in the UK. Facilities here are world-class, with sophisticated engineering departments allowing you to specialise in every area of the broad engineering spectrum.

Engineering career prospect

  • In the UK, engineers are in high demand, creating a wide range of employment opportunities for international students. By studying a degree in engineering, you will have excellent career prospects after graduation.
  • As a graduate of engineering, you will have a variety of career paths to choose from. Depending on the type of engineering you want to specialise in, you could work in many different roles.

Welcoming international students and learning style

  • Almost 20% of students in the UK come from overseas. One of the reasons that studying engineering in the UK is so appealing to international students is the significant level of support available here for students facing the challenges of studying far from home.
  • The method of teaching in the UK allows students to mix theory with practise, for a more in-depth, better-rounded education. Students can tailor courses to suit them with specialist modules that allow them a deeper understanding of particular areas of engineering that interest them.


Why Choose University of Southampton Malaysia?



The University of Southampton Malaysia is a branch campus of the University of Southampton, UK that is currently ranked 97th in the QS World University Rankings 2020 and is a founding member of the UK’s renowned Russell Group.

The University is currently based in EduCity, Iskandar, an elite multiversity complex in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, but will be expanding to a new campus in 2021 located within EcoWorld also in Iskandar Puteri, Johor. Students pursuing an undergraduate Master of Engineering at the university will experience a split-campus 2+2 programme where they will spend two years in Malaysia and another two years in the UK.

The University is ranked fourth in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (The Complete University Guide, 2020), sixth in the UK for Aeronautics and Astronautics and third in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020).

Scholarships Offered

All applicants to University of Southampton Malaysia will be eligible for up to 100% scholarships. These are based on academic excellence and achievement and are open to both Malaysian and international applicants. Below is the list of scholarships available, including their requirements and scholarship value:  

TypeRequirementsScholarship Value
Top Achiever Scholarships8A+ and above in SPM or 8A* O level or equivalent100% tuition fee scholarship
High Achiever Scholarships
10 As or 6A+/6A* in SPM/O level or equivalent
8-9 As or 5A+/5A* in SPM/O level or equivalent
5-7 As or 4A+/4A* in SPM/O level or equivalent
50% reduction in tuition fees
25% reduction in tuition fees
10% reduction in tuition fees
*Must include A in Physics and Mathematics, and minimum in B+ in Additional Mathematics
Dean's Progression ScholarshipsSuccessful progression onto an undergraduate programme at University of Southampton Malaysia.
10% reduction of Year 1 tuition fees for all students with a minimum overage of 80% in the foundation year.
25% reduction of Year 1 tuition fees and guaranteed summer internship for students with a minimum average of 85% in Foundation Year
100% reduction of Year 1 fees and guaranteed summer internship for students with an average of 90% and above in Foundation Year
Children of AlumniDependant of Southampton alumni10% reduction in tuition fees
Sibling ScholarshipSibling of current students/alumni (either UK or Malaysia Campus)10% reduction in tuition fees

Terms & Conditions for Top Achiever Scholarships:

Scholarship is non-transferable and only applies whilst the recipient remains a registered, full-time, active student at the University of Southampton Malaysia for the duration of the programme.

Scholarship recipients must complete years 1 & 2 of the Undergraduate programme at the University of Southampton Malaysia after completion of the Engineering Foundation Year.

The recipient will need to refund the scholarship amount in full in the event of a change of university.

Scholarships do not include living expenses and are a reduction of fees.

Do Note!

The scholarship options cannot be compounded.  Only the financial incentive with the highest amount will apply.

All applicants eligible for the scholarship are required to pay the RM2,000 deposit to confirm their place at University of Southampton Malaysia. The deposit is used for tuition fee payment of a subsequent year (Year 1 or Year 2), and is not refundable should a student decide to leave the university before graduation with a BEng or MEng degree, regardless of whether or not the student still qualifies for any financial incentive at University of Southampton Malaysia in a future year.

What else are you waiting for? Apply now for the Engineering Foundation Year April 2020 intake and you will be entitled to the study grant worth RM 1,000 off your tuition fee. Register here

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