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Civil Engineering



Civil Engineering, a people serving profession, involves the application of engineering principles and applied sciences to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of capital projects in a typical asset life cycle.  This includes buildings, roads, bridges, dams, airports, water and wastewater treatment plants, oil and gas production facilities, special purpose structures and any engineered structures for the comfort of mankind.


Students are exposed to courses in computer aided design, surveying, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, pavement and materials engineering, construction and project management, steel and concrete design, water and wastewater engineering. 


In addition to the above courses, students are given the opportunity to major in one of these selected areas in the final year of their study namely:

  • Offshore Engineering​
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Renewable Energy



Programme Educational Objectives

  • Engineers who are competent with the potential to become leaders in Civil Engineering and related industries.
  • Engineers who are involved towards sustainable development in Civil Engineering and related industries for the betterment of the society.

Programme Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals and engineering specialisation to the solution of complex engineering problems.
  • Identify, formulate, conduct research literature and analyse complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences.
  • Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.
  • Conduct investigation of complex engineering problems using research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information to provide valid conclusions.
  • Create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools, including prediction and modelling, to evaluate complex engineering problems, with an understanding of the limitations.
  • Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice and solutions to complex engineering problems.
  • Understand and evaluate the sustainability and impact of professional engineering work in the solutions of complex engineering problems in societal and environmental contexts.
  • Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice.
  • Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multi-disciplinary settings.
  • Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering management principles, economic decision making and entrepreneurial skills to manage projects in multidisciplinary environments.
  • Recognise the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and lifelong learning in the broadest context of technological change.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours degree, students are required to obtain a minimum of 144 credit hoursand a CGPA of not less than 2.00/4.00.

Sum​mary of Courses R​equired for Graduation
Course Group (G) Number of Credit Hours
NR - National Requirement 10
UR - University Requirement 15
CC – Core Common 22
CD – Core Discipline 74
CI – Core Industrial Internship 14
CSp – Core Specialisation 9

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many years is civil engineering in Malaysia?

The duration of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in Malaysia is typically four years.

2. What is the difference between architecture and Civil Engineering?

Architecture focuses on the design and aesthetics of buildings, whilst Civil Engineering deals with the planning, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure and structures.

3. What is the duration of the Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours programme at UTP?

The duration of the Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours programme at UTP is typically four years.

4. What are the career prospects for graduates of the Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours programme?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours programme can find employment as civil engineers in a wide range of specialised roles and opportunities within various sectors, such as construction, consulting, government, research, and more.

5. Can I apply for the Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours programme if I am an international student?

Yes, international students are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours programme at UTP.