If Mathematics and Physics are your strong suits, and you have a passion for the open sea career, this course is perfect for you. Diploma in Marine Engineering (DME) is specially designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to serve on board a merchant vessel of 750kW and above, near coastal and foreign going voyage, you will graduate as a certified watch keeping engineering officer.

Upon completion of the course, students will have sufficient knowledge of the basic principles to be observed in keeping an engineering watch as per the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Regulation III/2 and III/1 in line the STCW 2010 and national requirements and will have sufficient knowledge, understanding and skill to carry out that part of duties and responsibilities concerned with the operation, maintenance and repair of:

  • Marine Machinery
  • Electrical, Electronic and Control Equipment
  • Controlling the Operation of the Ship
  • Care for Persons on board

This course will take a total of 3.5 years, spread over 7 semesters. Upon successful completion of the training and passing all the qualifying pre-requisites, you will be awarded with a Diploma in Marine Engineering and Certificate of Competency as Officer in Charge of Engineering Watch.

  • Year 1: Academic and Professional Studies in the Academy
  • Year 2: Professional Studies in the Academy
  • Year 3: Shipboard Training

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Engineering Science
  • Introduction to Engineering Mathematics
  • Introduction to Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Basic Applied Mechanics
  • Introduction to Industrial Chemistry
  • Maritime English
  • Co-Curriculum Training
  • Maintenance & Repair – Metal Working Skills
  • Marine Engineering Knowledge

Semester 2

  • Differential & Integral Calculus
  • Introduction to Thermodynamic Processes
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Co-Curriculum training
  • Maintenance & Repair – Machining Skills
  • Marine Automatic Control Systems
  • Professional Ethics
  • Engineering Knowledge General I
  • Basic Marine Electro technology

Modular Courses

  • Duration: 1 month
  • Basic Training (MBT)
  • Ship Security Awareness (PASD)
  • Medical First Aid (MMFA)

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Applied Thermodynamics I
  • Marine Control & Automation
  • Application of Leadership & Team Working Skills
  • Fundamental of Alternating Current
  • Marine Electrical Practice I
  • Pengajian Malaysia/
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi
  • Plant Training I
  • Engineering Drawing

Semester 4

  • Naval Architecture
  • Applied Thermodynamics II
  • Marine Steam Turbines
  • Engineering Knowledge General II
  • Advances Marine Electro Technology
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Marine Electrical Practice II
  • Plant Training II
  • Engineering Design

Year 3

Semester 5 & 6

  1. Shipboard Training I
  2. Shipboard Training II
    * Mandatory Completion of MARDEP Shipboard Training Record Book

Semester 7

  1. Ship Construction
  2. Engineering Knowledge General III
  3. Marine Diesel Engines
  4. Marine Steam Boilers
  5. Watch Keeping Preparatory
  6. Applied Computing

Modular Courses

  1. Proficiency in Survival Craft (MSCR)
  2. Advanced Fire Fighting (MAFF)
  3. Engine Room Resource Management (ERM)

Entry Requirements

For Malaysian applicants

  • Passed SPM with at least
  • Credit in Bahasa Melayu; AND
  • Pass in English; AND
  • Credit – Science (non-STEM); OR Physics (STEM); OR Chemistry (STEM); OR Biology (STEM); AND Credit – Mathematics (STEM/Non-STEM); OR Additional Mathematics (STEM); AND
  • Credit – Any of two (2) (STEM/Non-STEM) Core or elective subjects
  • SPM AND SKM L3 in engineering and technologist (mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, automotive, marine, maritime)
  • SVM in engineering and technologist (mechanical, mechatronic, electrical, automotive, marine, maritime)
    • Credit in Bahasa Melayu; AND
    • CGPA Academic 2.00; AND
    • CGPA Vocational 2.67; AND
    • Pass English; AND
    • Pass ILM’s entry examination on mathematics and science

For foreign applicants and/ or holder of UK GCE O’ Level

  • School exam certificate equivalent to UK GCE O’ Level with strong credits in Mathematics, Science/Technical, 3 other subjects and strong credits in English language.

General Requirements

  • Single, aged between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Must be physically and mentally fit as certified by medical practitioner approved by Malaysia Marine Department
  • Minimum height of 158cm and weight of 48kg for male applicants (BMI: 18.5 -24.9)
  • Minimum height of 155cm and weight of 42kg for female applicants (BMI: 18.5-24.9)
  • Not colour blind
  • Good eyesight (if with optical aid power should not exceed 200)
  • Good eyesight (visual acuity of 6/6)
  • Good command of Bahasa Malaysia and English in both written and spoken.

For International student, it is compulsory to fulfil minimum score at least ONE of the following.

Teaching Methods

There will be a blended learning approach to accelerate the process of learning.

This competence-based training will involve classroom lectures, tutorials, practical applications, simulation and workshops work where necessary.


The most anticipated challenge by all future sea-going professional is the sea-phase training prior obtaining their Certificate of Competency/ Certificate of Proficiency issued by Malaysia Marine Department. No other internship can offer such an exciting on the job training, only in ALAM with the support from various ship-owners and maritime industry key players.

Job Placement unit is established to aid in sourcing ship placement for cadets and ratings undergoing the On Job Training (OJT) on board vessel.

Internship will be dring students’ final year/ year 3 (semester 5 and 6) of their Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) and Diploma in Mariner Engineering (DME), which is part of the diploma module completion. This practical training for a minimum of 365 days is aligned with Malaysia Marine Department’s requirement for endorsement of Certificate of Competency Class 3.

For Local Students

Online payment service via Senang Pay
Payment via Debit/ Credit Card or Online Banking

CIMB Bank “Plug n Pay” mobile point-of-sale payment solution
Electronic payments via smartphones. Plug n Pay is able to accept worldwide chip or signature-based credit & debit cards under MasterCard or VISA.

Payment by debit/ credit card at ALAM payment counter for walk-in students/ participants

Cheque payment made payable to:

Account No: 98001000601297
Bank Name: CIMB Bank Berhad
(kindly state the name, student ID number, NRIC/ Passport number, contact number and programme name on the reverse side of the cheque).


  • All tuition fees are payable in Ringgit Malaysia.
  • Full settlement of fees must be made on or before the registration day/ commencement of a new semester.

For International Students

Tuition fees are payable in Ringgit Malaysia. Any shortfall arising from foreign exchange currency transactions to Ringgit Malaysia and bank charges will be borne by the students/ participants while any surplus will be reflected as excess payment. Please use the account details as per below if payment made in other currency:

Account No: 5059601297
Bank Name: JP MORGAN CHASE Bank Berhad
Branch Name: Level 18, Integra Tower, The Intermark
Bank Address: 348 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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