Malaysia is the 11th most preferred study destination in the world, as rated by UNESCO and is recognized as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. According to the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, five Universities in Malaysia are ranked in the top 400 Universities. University of Malaya (UM) is the highest placed in the QS list at 133rd and has a substantial population of international postgraduate students. Malaysia’s higher education system was ranked 27th in the new QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings in 2016, reflecting the quality of education and reputation of Universities. International students prefer to study Masters in Malaysia due to affordable costs and quality of education and Ph.D. in Malaysia is most preferred as the country has 6 public Universities known for research intensive and excellence.
Intakes and Language Requirements
Public Universities have intakes in February and September and the medium of instruction is English. International students have to qualify IELTS /TOEFL or PTE as one of the admission requirement. An overall 6.0 for Bachelors degree programme and an overall 6.5 for Masters Degree will suffice. Popular Public and Private Universities in Malaysia:
The University of Malaya
The University of Malaya is the oldest and most esteemed public research university located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The University is divided into 12 faculties namely Law, Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine, Built Environment, Economics and Administration, Business and Accountancy, Education, Science, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology. University of Malaya (UM) has been ranked 133 rd in the QS world University list 2016. In 2015 it has been ranked 54th in Engineering & Technology in QS world subject ranking.
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Founded in 1931, Universiti Putra Malaysia, or UPM, is one of Malaysia’s leading research Universities. UPM is a research university offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a research focus on agricultural sciences and its related fields. On 2015, UPM was ranked 45th in Best Global Universities for Agricultural Sciences of U.S. News & World Report College and University Ranking. UPM offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in different faculties like Engineering, Science, Medicine and Health Sciences, Business, Agriculture, Food Science and Technology, Languages & Communication, Design & Architecture Computer Science & Information Technology etc.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia is a public research University in Malaysia and a research- intensive university in engineering, science, and technology. UTM gained its University status in 1975. UTM has more than 5,000 international students from more than 60 countries, the highest international student population among research universities in Malaysia. UTM has two campuses; the main campus is in Skudai, Johor and the other in Kuala Lumpur. UTM has ranked 288 th as per QS world University rankings 2016. UTM offers a number of courses at all the levels of higher studies: Undergraduates, Graduates, and Doctor of Philosophy.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is the second oldest university in Malaysia and one of the premium Research Intensive University in the country. The Universiti has 3 campuses USM offers a number of research-based courses in various study areas of Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Building Sciences & Technology, Social Sciences, Language, and Education. On 2015, USM was ranked 289th in QS world University Rankings. USM is one of six universities in Malaysia that have been identified as research-intensive universities in Malaysia.
University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is the first British University branch campus in Malaysia. The courses taught in Nottingham Malaysia are of same in the UK and the quality of education is assessed by Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The degrees that are awarded are accredited by international professional bodies such as the Association of MBAs and the UK Engineering Council. Scholarships are available for International students applying for Masters and the value of the scholarship is from 50 % to 100 %. UNMC has earned the distinction of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2001 and the Queen’s Award for Industry (International Trade) 2006.
Monash University Malaysia, the Malaysian campus of Monash University Australia opened in 1998 and was the first foreign university in Malaysia. The University offers courses from undergraduate through to Ph.D. through various study fields like Science, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Arts and Social Sciences. The University is known for its research excellence and has research strengths in biotechnology, medicine & health, economic & business, electronic test technology and agri-business. Monash University is well known for the MBBS degree and the university has received accreditation from the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for its MBBS programme. The university has recently received full accreditation from the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) in 2010.