Course Details

Bachelor of Science in Marine Environmental Chemistry (Honours)

Xiamen University




  • Description

    Xiamen University (XMU) started marine studies almost 100 years ago and is recognized as the cradle of China’s marine studies. Its Department of Oceanography, established in 1946, is the first of its kind in China, while its College of Ocean and Earth Sciences has developed into one of China’s best marine research institutions with the state key discipline in Marine Science. Among the faculty, there are two academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a number of experts involved in “Thousand Talents Plan”, China’s Recruitment Programme of Global Experts. The college also boasts excellent research platforms such as the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, outstanding educational centers such as the National Experimental Center for Education, as well as an advanced general-purpose research vessel TKK (JIA GENG) equipped with state-of-the-art scientific instruments, which has been serving the interdisciplinary oceanographic cruises in international waters since 2016.

    With strong support from XMU, China-ASEAN College of Marine Sciences (CAMS) developed as the first overseas college of marine sciences in Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM), sponsored by the China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund provided by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our well-equipped facilities serve both teaching and research purposes in the marine and environmental science fields, providing students with opportunities to gain practical and research experience even at the undergraduate level.

    As the quality of marine environment is very important for the conservation of aquatic resources as well as sustainable economic development, there is an increasing demand of professionals in the field of marine environmental monitoring, investigation, protection and management. As a response to this, our Marine Environmental Chemistry programme was introduced. Students in this programme will learn how to assist in the management of marine resources and ecosystems, fulfilling the needs of market, industry and society. In addition, students will be equipped with the knowledge of the sustainable utilization of marine resources, and trained to be conscious of current environmental issues. Students who would like to pursue further studies in this area are welcome to apply for postgraduate programmes at XMU.

    Field of Study

    Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery & Veterinary

    Duration (Years)

    Course Fees

    RM 26,000 (USD 6,190) per year; Estimated Total Cost - RM 104,000 (USD 24,761)

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    Degree Type

    Foreign Degree (Malaysian Branch Campus)

  • Intake (Month)
    February, April, September

Entry Requirements

    A pass in STPM with at least CGPA 2.0 AND a minimum Grade C in Mathematics or one science subject (Biology/Physics/Chemistry/General Science), or its equivalent.
  • A-Level
    A pass in A-Level with at least 2 passes AND with a minimum Grade C in Mathematics or one science subject (Biology/Physics/Chemistry/General Science), or its equivalent
  • UEC
    A pass in UEC with at least a Grade B in 5 subjects including Mathematics or one science subject (Biology/Physics/Chemistry/General Science), or its equivalent
  • Matriculation/Foundation 
    A pass in Foundation / Matriculation with at least CGPA 2.0 out of 4.0 AND a pass in Mathematics or a credit in one science subject (Biology/Physics/Chemistry/General Science), or its equivalent
  • Direct Entry to Year 2 of Degree

    A pass in Diploma with at least CGPA 2.0 out of 4.0 (in a relevant field)

  • English Requirements

    All incoming foreign students are required to sit for the English Placement test (if they do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS band score)

Programme Structure

  • Environmental Chemistry related Courses

    General Chemistry

    Organic Chemistry

    Analytical Chemistry

    Physical Chemistry

    Introduction to Environmental Science

    Marine Pollution Chemistry

    Instrument Analysis

    Marine Science related courses:

    Introduction to Marine Science

    Chemical Oceanography

    Descriptive Oceanography

    Environmental Biology related courses:

    Basic Biology

    Marine Ecology

    Marine Microbiology

    Environmental Biology

    Marine Ecosystems

  • Environmental Science Application related Courses

    Environmental Monitoring

    Remote Sensing and GIS

    Environmental Modelling

    Environmental Impact Assessment

    Environmental Pollution Control Technology

    Environmental Management, Economics and Policy related courses

    Environmental Ethics

    Marine Environmental Policy

    Integrated Coastal Zone Management

    Global Environmental Change

    Fundamentals of Environmental Economics

    Environmental Planning

    Environmental Management

Additional Information

  • Fees
    RM 26,000 (USD 6,190) per year

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