The following frequently asked questions are common among those contemplating University of Malaya (UM). This page provides answers to these questions and provides links to useful UM websites that provide additional answers.
A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent in the related field *
A Bachelor’s Degree (Hons.) or its equivalent in the related field*
A Master’s Degree or its equivalent in the related field*
* Note: i Preference will be given to the applicants having a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA 3.0 and above or its equivalent.
ii Applicants having a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA 3.7 and above can apply directly for the PhD programme.
What are the modes of study for the programmes offered?
Students are required to acquire a specified number of coursework credits. Certain coursework programmes may require the submission of a research report
Students are required to complete coursework credits and to submit a dissertation.
Students are required to complete coursework credits and be involved in clinical work.
Research is the principal requirement for attaining a higher degree. Students may be required to attend some pre-requisite courses as prescribed by the University.
How many intakes a year are there in your University and when can I start applying?
There are two semesters a year. Semester 1 of the academic year commences in early September while Semester 2 commences in early February. All academic programmes are offered in the Semester 1 but only selected number of academic programmes are offered in the Semester 2. You may check for the advertisement in IGS website for the programmes offered and the deadlines to apply. You can apply anytime throughout the year for research programmes except for those with pre-requisite courses.
How much time do I need to complete my studies?
The length of time required for the completion of a programme depends on the mode and type of programme, and on the progress of the individual candidate. In general, the minimum, maximum and average durations are as follows:
2 or 3 semesters
6 years (Dentistry)
7 years (Medical)
*Average semesters are the length of time when candidates usually completed their programmes.
Application details are advertised in the local newspapers and newpaper online portals in January for September intake and in July for February next year intake. Application for the research programmes is opened throughout the year with the exception of programmes with prerequisite courses.
How can I view the programs offered in each semester?
Programs offered can be viewed through http://ips.www.alexjann.com/
In addition, applicants may also obtain the information on programs offered in the specific semester by referring to the IGS.
What is English language requirement’s for international candidates?
The University of Malaya expects all postgraduate candidates to be proficient in the English language.
ENTRY REQUIREMENT for international candidates writing thesis/dissertation in English:
i. IELTS (Academic) Band 6; or
ii. A score of 550 paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for TOEFL
However different entry requirements are imposed by:
Master of English Language Studies programme offered by the Faculty of Languages & Linguistics, the minimum English requirement is Band 7 for IELTS (Academic) or a score of 600 for TOEFL.
EXIT REQUIREMENT for international candidates following courses and or writing thesis/dissertation in other language EXCEPT English:
i. A band 5 for IELTS (Academic); or
ii. A score of 500 - 549 paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for TOEFL
Should I have any further enquiries about admissions, to whom should I refer to?
The Admissions Section,
Institute Of Graduate Studies
University of Malaya 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +603-79674623 / 4517 / 4659 Fax: +603-79566634 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Student Centre (ISC)
Level 1, Block G, Perdanasiswa Complex
University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +603-79677711 / 7712 / 7715 Fax: +603-79677710 Email:email@example.com
For matters relating to admissions, please contact :-
For other matters relating to international students (e.g Visa, student pass, accommodation and insurance), please contact the International Student Centre (ISC) :-
The offer letter for Coursework and Mixed mode programme can be printed online after checking the status from the website while for Research mode, the offer letter will be sent by normal mail according to your correspondence address.
Kindly complete on-line application form at http://pgadmission.www.alexjann.com/
Once all the online procedure has been completed, kindly press “ Click To Confirm Application” button to get the complete application form and Cover Letter. Please keep the documents for your own record.
You are not allowed to edit your on-line application after pressing “Click To Confirm Application” button
You may check your application status through on-line, two months after the date of your application.
Malaysian applicants – MYR50
International applicants – USD60
Fees should be paid using Bank Transfer/ Internet Banking or Telegraph Transfer made payable to:
Payee : BURSAR, UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA Account No. : 98905000001218 Bank Information : CIMB Bank Berhad, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur.