Bachelor of Science in Marine Environmental Chemistry (Honours) (N/0521/6/0002 ● MQA/FA9533)



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.

Programme Highlights

  • Excellent educational resources from one of the most highly-respected and longest-established institutions in China for marine studies.

  • Well-equipped facilities serving both teaching and research purposes in marine science and environmental science fields, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

  • Interactive teaching by experts in the fields from both XMU China and Malaysia.

  • Exposure to research activities involving world-class marine environmental chemistry scientists and professors from Malaysia, China and other international institutions collaborating with CAMS.  

Main Courses

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

Career Opportunities

  • Marine/Environmental/Chemistry-related research, teaching and management work in universities and other educational institutions

  • Research and administrative work in marine environmental monitoring and consultation, environmental protection, marine related product trading, etc.

  • Further studies: Master & PHD programme in local and overseas universities

Entry Requirement


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 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.


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.

(Science/in a relevant field)

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.

Diploma (in a relevant field)

A pass in Diploma with at least CGPA 2.0 out of 4.0


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