Master in Mechanical Engineering

Application Dates
Applications Open
7 Mar 2018
Course Overview
Masters (Coursework)
Tuition Fees
Total tuition fee (Malaysian Ringgit) Full Time Studies Malaysian: 12,000 International: 19,500
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Full Time: 1 - 3 Years Part Time: 2 - 6 Years
Prior Study
Bachelor degree
Graduation Results
2.99 and lower (Pass)
Study Field

Course outline

Prospective students will get first hand exposure from lecturers with military background. UPNM have more that 20 years experience in conducting academic program, with more than 30 qualified lecturers.

Course breakdown

Revolution in Military Affair (3 Credits)

Revolution in Military Affair (RMA) is the driver course for the Master in Mechanical Engineering programme. Due to the features of RMA that emphasized military theoretical hypothesis on future conflicts, new military doctrines and technologies which led to irrevocable changes in future conduct of conflicts shall be considered. The future conflict tools of C4ISTAR will be enhanced through the teaching in advanced mechanical engineering theories and application. Students will be exposed to this approach to address contemporary, engineering and logistic supports for system operational readiness.

Logistic Engineering (3 Credits)

From the security understanding, logistics is concerned with system/product support, its distribution, material flow, inventory control, acquisition/ procurement, reliability/ availability/ maintainability analysis, evaluation /testing and disposal. Currently, systems and products have become more complex with the incorporation of new tech- nologies in their design. In view of these trends, more challenges are faced to meet the growing needs of the system/product state of operational readiness. The course in logistics engineering will address the relevant military and defense logistics terms/definitions, military and defense logistics engineering principles, quantitative measurement of military and defense logistics used in prediction, forecasting analysismodels, systems engineering, con-current engineering, cost/system effectiveness, reliability, maintainability, quality control and the application of statistical methods in logistics.

Structural Integrity (3 Credits)

This course covers principle of structural integrity in defence equipment and vehicles. The topics covers to design against failures includes fatigue, stress life, strain life, notches, crack propagation, variable amplitude loads, fracture, elastic plastic fracture mechanics, J Resistance curve, tearing and failure assessment diagram of defence mechanical engineering. The topic also covers the environmental interaction: stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue and hydrogen embrittlement. The application of this course will also consider battlefield fatigue, battleship damage, and mechanical failures.

Research Methodology (2 Credits)

This course introduces students to requirements of research, which is the basic necessity of any piece of work or idea. Students are introduced to the demands and prospects of research, and the discipline and rigor that are expected from researchers. The subject scope encompasses research methods, research life cycle and processes, identifying a problem area of research, formulating a research methodology, tools for experimentation and analysis of findings, conducting and managing research and experiments, intellectual rights and discussions on prevailing issue in research. 

Applied Mechanical Engineering Mathematics (3 Credits)

Advance engineering mathematics is basically will cover ordinary differential equations, Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, and complex analysis. Some contemporary; issues include logistic support analysis, Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM) models and analysis that will employ the advanced mathematics technique.

Computational Methods (3 Credits)

The course will cover the simulation of complex battlefield physical problems which lead to the analysis and design of engineering supports and systems. Theoretical development and rational applications of mathematical models, variation of formulations, and numerical algorithms related to finite element, boundary element, finite difference, finite volume, and meshless discretization methods had been introduced, especially to critical military equipment.

Compressible Fluid Flow (3 Credits)

The compressibility of a fluid is, basically, a measure of the change in density that will be produced in the fluid by a specified change in pressure. Gases are, in general, highly compressible and the change of fluid properties will have an influence on the flow. Most weapon of high calibers employ the use of fluid in their recuperating and recoil systems to stabilize them as soon as possible to obtain the correct rate of fire. The fluid flow theory is related to the weapon system mentioned above.

Instrumentation, Measurement, and Control (3 Credits)

This course covers principle of measurement, instrument and control system. It will cover the measurements concept, fundamental of instrumentation, basic control system theory, analogue and digital signal conditioning, sensors and transducers, data acquisition, controller theory, and design of control system. The fire control system both in artillery guns and battle tanks need the theory of this course for preventive actions to maintain the high operational state of readiness in the inventory fleet.


  • The course is recommended to be completed in full time, which is one year time.

Entry requirements

Applications for postgraduate programs at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) must meet the following requirements.

Master’s Program

  1. Has a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA of at least 2.75 or equivalent, from UPNM or any university recognized by the Senate
  2. Having a Bachelor’s Degree which does not reach CGPA 2.75 or equivalent, is acceptable subject to internal assessment
  3. Other qualifications recognized by the Senate as equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree
  4. Other qualifications recognized by the Senate earned throughEarlier Experience Based Learning Accreditation (APEL) or Earlier Learning Recognition (RPL)
  5. Other requirements as required by the program where applicable

Application process

All applications must be submitted to the Centre for Graduate Studies, National Defence University of Malaysia. The application form can be downloaded from the NDUM website at

Applicants must submit together all the supporting documents as follow:

  1. Bachelor Degree Certificate(s)/Diploma Certificate(s)
  2. Transcript(s) and other relevant certificate(s)
  3. IC/Passport size photograph (one)
  4. Reference letter from previous or current employer or any documentation as proof of working experience.

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in Malaysia, as Malaysia is a majority muslim country. It is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage to find out local and international opportunities. 
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