Top courses to study in Malaysia
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Top courses to study in Malaysia
: While Malaysia isn’t yet on the radar of many as far as studying abroad is concerned; there are enough signs that it may soon be among the emerging destinations for students planning to study abroad. The optimism emanates from the fact that currently eight of its universities grace the QS World University Rankings 2015/16. Also, since most private universities in the country offer twinning or 2+1 degrees, students can get foreign degree qualifications from universities in the UK and Australia, among others, at a much lower cost. Add to that, low tuition fee and the fact that cost of living in Malaysia is considerably lower than in countries like the UK, USA and Australia (which tops the list compiled by FAIRFX), and you immediately have a winner in your hands.

To stretch the point why one should study in Malaysia a little further, the political environment of the country is also quite stable and conducive for higher studies. So, the question isn’t whether you should study in Malaysia, as much it is what courses or what are the top courses to study in Malaysia.

Top Universities to study in Malaysia: QS World University Rankings 2015/16

University

QS Ranking

Universiti Malaya (UM) 

146

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

289

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

303

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

312

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

331

International Islamic University Malaysia

551-600

Universiti Teknologi MARA – UiTM

701+

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)

701+

Here we have picked five courses which are among the top courses to study in Malaysia. Read on and you might realize why they made the cut:

1.  Chemical Engineering

Engineering seems to be the core strength of universities in Malaysia, as a number of engineering disciplines including, chemical engineering, civil & structural engineering, and electrical & electronic engineering offered by universities in the country managed to crack the top 100 QS World University Rankings 2016: By Subject. Chemical engineering in particular deserves special attention, because there was more than one university where it managed to crack the top 100, even cracking the top 50 in one instance (USM’s Chemical Engineering was ranked 46th), making it among the safest and top courses to study in Malaysia. UM is your second best option for chemical engineering as it was placed 51-100 in the list. Some of the popular career opportunities for a chemical engineer include jobs in the field of design, operation, construction and technical marketing. 

Best places to pursue Chemical Engineering in Malaysia

University

Degrees Offered

Fees

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

BE, MSc, PhD

-           

Universiti Malaya (UM) 

BE, PhD, MEngSc

RM33,680 (BE)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

BE

RM 5,700.00

2.  Business and Accountancy

Considering that business management is among the most-in-demand courses and how finance and accounting have managed to hold their own, it shouldn’t be such a surprise that Business and Accountancy finds a mention in our list of top courses to study in Malaysia. In fact, Universiti Malaya (UM) has been ranked 101-150 for accounting and finance, while Malaysia (USM) is ranked 89 for Management Studies which indicate that Malaysia is a decent place to get a degree in one of the many specializations Business and Accountancy offers -Masters of Accounting, Masters of Finance, Master of Management and MBA.

Best places to pursue Business and Accountancy in Malaysia

University

Degrees offered

QS Ranking  by subject

Universiti Malaya (UM) 

BAcc, BBA, BF,MM, MBA, PhD

101-150(Accounting and Finance)

 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

BM, BS,MS, MM, PhD

-

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

BM, BAcc, MM, MAcc, MF, PhD

89 (Management Studies)

3.  Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Easily making it to the list of top courses to study in Malaysia is Electrical and Electronic engineering, which is well represented by UM and UTM where it was ranked 37 and 51-100 respectively in the QS list. The QS ranking gives universal recognition to your degree, and if you take into account how valued an engineering degree is across all the major economies, you are assured of a safe career. Also, the top universities in Malaysia offer tools that you are meant to aid in research and teaching.

 

Universities offering Electrical and Electronic Engineering

University

Degrees offered

QS Ranking  by subject

Universiti Malaya (UM) 

B.Eng.

37

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

B.Eng.

51-100

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

B.Eng., MSc, PhD

-

4.  Architecture/Built Environment

If you want to pursue a career in Architecture, you must check out Malaysia for your degree program because the country offers a number of programs that stand out for their uniqueness; importantly many of these programs, especially if you enroll in a top university in the country, are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifying Agency (MQA) which assures of a certain standard. UTM, ranked 51-100 by QS for Architecture/Built Environment, should be a good place to begin your journey towards becoming a renowned architect. Other universities where you can take up Architecture/Built Environment studies are Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Malaya, both renowned universities in the country. Keeping in mind how important international relations have become of late, universities like Universiti Malaya have also incorporated international engagement in its teaching. All these have helped the course cement its position as one of the top courses to study in Malaysia. 

Best places to pursue Architecture/Built Environment in Malaysia

University

Degrees Offered

QS Ranking  by subject

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

B.Arch., BSArch, M.Arch.

51-100

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

B.Arch

-

Universiti Malaya (UM) 

B.Arch, M.Arch., MSArch., PhD

 -

5.  Chemistry

One of the evergreen courses, you simply can’t get wrong with chemistry, especially if you are pursuing a degree from one of the top universities, viz., Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) which are ranked 151-200 and 251-300 for the subject as per QS Ranking 2015/2016. What makes chemistry one of the top courses to study in Malaysia is most of the universities offer a diversity of chemistry programs –which reflect the changing needs of present times –to choose from, whether it is in the field of research or teaching. Also, the top universities frequently have some of the best faculties you the think of imparting you quality education and guidance.

Best places to pursue Chemistry in Malaysia

University

Degrees Offered

QS Ranking  by subject

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

BSc, MSc, PhD

251-300

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

BSc, MSc, PhD

-

Universiti Malaya (UM) 

BSc, MSc, PhD

151-200

It must be noted that students have to provide scores of IELTS or TOEFL as proof of English language proficiency for admission to these programs in most universities. 

 

Also read:

Top engineering specializations in the world

Best MBA specializations in the world

 

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My kid is doing A levels in Malaysia with Biology Chemistry & Maths only. No Physics. Is she eligible to apply for NEET 2020. It is compulsory to attempt NEET exam to get eligibility cert. to do MBBS from abroad. Is physics needed... as UK accepts Maths OR Physics for MBBS admission.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 30th Oct, 2019

Dear Sandeep, you haven't mentioned your kid's Nationality. If your kid has Indian Citizenship but is in Malaysia only to study but plans on appearing for NEET as an Indian National, then yes NEET is mandatory either to study in India or abroad. For beibg eligible for NEET, he/she should have completed 10+2 or equivalent with Biology, Chemistry and Physics as his/her core subjects. Physics is a mandatory exam for NEET. There cannot be any exception to that whether the country your kid chooses to study needs Physics or Mathematics. Physics, Chemistry and Biology are the mandatory subjects to appear for NEET. This rule applies to NRIs, OCI, and PIOs who want to study MBBS in India. But if your kid is a NRI/OCI/PIO then he/she doesn't need NEET to study in another country.

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