USM University Malaysia

About USM: Established as the second university in the country in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. In 1971, USM moved from its temporary premises at the Malayan Teachers’ Training College, Bukit Gelugor to the present 416.6 hectare site at Minden, approximately 9.7 km from Georgetown. USM offers courses ranging from Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences to Building Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education. These are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 30,000 students at its 17 Academic Schools on the main campus in the island of Penang; 6 Schools on the Engineering Campus in Nibong Tebal (approximately 50km from the main campus); and 3 at the Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (approximately 300km from the main campus). USM also has 17 dedicated research centres for a wide range of specialisations which include archaeology, medicine and dentistry, molecular medicine, science and technology, Islamic development and management studies, and policy research and international studies. It also provides consultancy, testing, and advisory services to the industry under the AMBIT of USAINS Holdings Sdn Bhd, the University’s commercial arm.As a Research Intensive University recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) in 2007, USM offers educational and research opportunities to students and staff. In 2008, USM also became the first university in the country to be selected by the Malaysian government to participate in the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX), a fast-track programme that helps tertiary institutions achieve world-class status.


Name in English Official Name in Malay Short Name Type Foundation Year
University of Science Malaysia  Universiti Science Malaysia  USM Public   1969


Location of University Science Malaysia (USM Location): USM has three campuses: one on the island of Penang (Main Campus), one in Kelantan (Health Campus), and one in Nibong Tebal (Engineering Campus).

Full Address of USM Penang (USM Main Campus): 1800 Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia

Full Address of USM Kelantan (USM Health Campus): 15200 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia

Full Address of USM Nibong Tebal (USM Engineering Campus): Jalan Transkrian, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia


Academic Requirement for admission in University Science Malaysia (USM)
Bachelor Programs

National Higher School Certificate (or an Advanced Level or the equivalent of 12 years of basic education) with the grade 80% and above. 


A Diploma from recognized Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00.

Note: Some programmes are required applicant to undergo an interview session before being accepted

Master Programs
  • A Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field 
  • A Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field with one of the following:
    1. Research experience – 1 year; or,
    2. Professional experience in related field- 1 year; or,
    3. Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceeding(s) in related field; or,
    4. Grade B for major/ elective courses; or,
    5. Grade B+ for final year project;


PHD programs
  • A Master’s degree with minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field. 


  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum CGPA 2.75 out of 4 , in a related field. 


English Language requirement for admission in University Science Malaysia (USM): All international students who are going to apply for USM are required to have Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) or the test administered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the minimum required score below for different levels of study.


Types of Program Minimum TOEFL Score Minimum IELTS Score
Bachelor Programs
  • Paper Based: 550
  • Internet Based: 80
6 Academic
Master Programs
  • Paper Based: 550
  • Internet Based: 80  
6  Academic
PHD Programs




NOTE: If you do not have above English language qualifications, you can sit for the USM English placement test when you arrive in Malaysia. If you pass the placement test, you would have met the minimum English requirement and start your study at University Science Malaysia. However, if you have NOT passed the USM placement test, you will be required to do a compulsory English course at USM University.


Fees of English Language Course in USM
Duration Fees (Ringgit)
 Per Level (1 month) 1600 


Intake dates for admission in university Science Malaysia (USM)
Intakes Last date to apply for this intake (Closing Date)
September 20 MAY
February 20 OCT
NOTE: Applications received after the closing date will be processed for the following intake (Next Intake).


Required documents: list of required documents for admission in USM and all Malaysian Universities, including English language institutes are available in this link.

Accommodation at USM University: updating with new fees….

Programs and cost of study in USM: The following tables show the programs and tuition fees for bachelor , master and PHD programs available in USM.

 NOTE: Tuition fees in the following tables are for 1 year, including registration fees, application fees, student visa, Medical Insurance and EMGS fees.

Interested to apply? if you have any question about USM and interesting to apply for this university refer to contact us page and send us your requests, our counselors will reply you as soon as possible and help you to proceed for admission and student visa in University Science Malaysia.


Bachelor Programs in USM
Programs Duration Fees (Ringgit)
In Year Per Year
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)  123,700
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) 5 43,000
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) 5 34,000
Bachelor of Health Science 19,000
Bachelor in Engineering 4 23,000
Bachelor of Science Biology 4 15,500
Bachelor of Science in Physics 4 15,500
Bachelor of Science Mathematics 4 15,500
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry 4 15,500
Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology) 4 15,500
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physics) 4 15,500
Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) 4 15,500
Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) 4 15,500
Bachelor in Computer Science 4 18,500
Bachelor of Science (Housing, Building and Planning) 4 18,500
Bachelor of Industrial Technology (Bio-Resource, Paper and Coatings) 3.5 18,500
Bachelor of Industrial Technology (Food and Bio Process) 4 18,500
Bachelor in Management (Hons) 4 26,300
Bachelor in Accounting and Finance (Hons) 4 26,300 
Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) 3.5 15,500
Bachelor of Social Science 4 15,500 
Bachelor of Education (Hons) 4 15,500
Bachelor of Communication (Hons) 4 15,500
Bachelor of English Language and Literature Studies 4 15,500
Bachelor of Translation and Interpretation 4 15,500
Bachelor of English for Professional 4 15,500
Bachelor of Fine Arts 4 15,500
Bachelor of Music 4 15,500


Master & PHD Programs in USM University
Programs Duration Fees
In Year Per Year
Faculty of Management
*Master of Business Administration – MBA    
Master of Business Administration – International Business    
Master of Business Administration – Sustainable Development    
Master of Business Administration – Service Science, Management & Engineering    
Doctor of Business Administration    
PhD in Management    
Faculty of Education
Curriculum Studies    
 Education Psychology    
Educational Administration & Management    
Educational Technology    
English Language Education/TESOL    
Psychometric & Educational Evaluation    
Science Education    
Doctor Of Education    
Faculty of Architecture
Master of Science – Landscape Architecture    
Master of Science – Planning    
Master of Science – Housing    
Master of Science – Project Management *    
Master of Science – Building Technology    
Master of Science – Tourism Development **    
Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Master of Science – Electronic System Design Engineering *    
Master of Communication    
Master of Control and automation    
Master of Microelectronics    
Master of Power system and electrical Machines    
Faculty of Social Science
Master of Economics Management*    
Master of Social Work**    
Master of Counselling *    
Faculty of Communication
*Master of  Science and Environmental Journalism    
*Master of Communication – Screen Studies    
*Master of Integrated Marketing Communication    
**Master of Arts – Communication    
Faculty of Information Technology and Multimedia
Master of Instructional Multimedia *    
PHD in IT    
Faculty of Physics
Master of Science – Medical Physics*    
Master of Science -Solid State Physics*    
Master of Science – Applied Geophysics **    
Master of Science – Radiation Science**    
Faculty of Mathematics
Master of Science – Teaching Of Mathematics    
Master of Science – Mathematics    
Master of Science – Statistics    
Faculty of Humanities
Master of Arts – Hadith**    
Master of Arts – Linguistics and English Language Studies**    
Master of Arts – Literature**    
Master of Science – Geographic Information Science**    
Master of Arts – Malay Language**    
Master of Arts – Southeast Asian History **    
Master of Arts – Translation Studies **    
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Master of Energy    
Master of Applied Mechanics    
Master of mechanical Engineering    
Master of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics    
Master of Manufacturing System & Automation    
Master of Manufacturing Processes    
Master of Industrial Engineering    
Master of Nanofabrication and Functional Materials    
Master of Advanced Composites Materials & Processing    
PHD in mechanical engineering    
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Master of Environmental Engineering**    
Master of Structural Engineering **    
Master of Sustainable River Management **    
Master of Environmental Engineering    
Master of Geotechnical Engineering    
Master of Water Resources Engineering    
Master of Highway and Transportation Engineering    
Master of Structural Engineering    
Master of Geomatic Engineering and Management    
Master of Management in Engineering    
Faculty of Chemistry
Master of Chemical Instrumentation **    
PhD in Chemistry    
Faculty of Chemical Engineering
Master of Science – Chemical Engineering *    
Master of Advanced Process Control    
Master of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering    
Master of Petroleum and Gas Processing    
PHD in chemical engineering    
Faculty of Medicine 
Master of Pathology (Chemical Pathology) *    
Master of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology) *    
*Master of Pathology (Haematology    
Master of Pathology (Clinical Immunology)    
Master of Pathology (Medical Genetics)    
Master of Pathology (Medical Microbiology) *    
Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) *    
Master of Medicine (Anaesthesiology) *    
Master of Medicine (Oftalmology) *    
Master of Medicine (Orthopaedics) *    
Master of Medicine (Paediatrics) *    
Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) *    
Master of Medicine (Radiology) *    
Master of Medicine (Surgery) *    
Master of Medicine (Emergency Medicine) *    
Master of Medicine (Transfusion Medicine) *    
Advanced Master of Medicine (Neurology) *    
Master of Medicine (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) *    
Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) *    
Master of Medicine (Otorhinolaryngology) *    
Master of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) *    
Master of Surgery (Neurosurgery) *    
Master of Community Medicine*    
Master of Community Medicine (Occupational Health) *    
Master of Community Medicine (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) *    
Master of Community Medicine (Oral Health) *    
Master of Community Medicine (Health Management) *    
Master of Community Medicine (Environmental Health) *    
Master of Community Medicine (Health Education) *    
Master of Community Medicine (Family Health) *    
*Master of Public Health    
Master of Sport Science*    
Master of Medical Statistics**    
Master of Medical Education**    
**Master of Clinical Anatomy    
PhD in Medicine    
Faculty of Dentistry
Master of Restorative Dentistry*    
Master of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery**    
Master of Paediatric Dentistry**    
Master of Restorative Dentistry (Periodontics) **    
Master of Restorative Dentistry (Prosthodontics) **    
Master of Restorative Dentistry (Conservative) **    
PhD in Dentistry    
Faculty of Art
Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance **    
Master of Visual Arts and Design **    
PHD in arts    
 Faculty of Materials Engineering
Master of Science – Materials Engineering **    
Faculty of Computer
Master of Science – Computer Science    
PHD in computer    
Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Master of Computational Fluid Dynamics    
Master of Aerospace Structures    
Master of Aerospace Composite Technology    
Master of Aerodynamics    
Master of Propulsion    
Master of Aerospace Control    
Master of Astronautics    
Faculty of Health
PhD in Health Sciences    
Master of health    
Faculty of Biological Sciences
MSc in Biotechnology / Biosciences / Microbiology    
PhD in Biochemistry / Biosciences / Microbiolog    

Coursework Program *

Mixed Mode Programs (course and research) **

Research Program: these programs are without STAR (*)