Malaysia is home to several international branch campuses of universities from other countries, a plan aimed at expanding and improving the country’s range of higher education options. While the growing presence of overseas universities in Malaysia is broadening the country’s higher education offering, its home-grown universities shouldn’t be overlooked. Malaysia’s higher education system was ranked 25th in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings in 2018, reflecting the strength of its flagship universities. Here are some of the most notable.

Bachelor Degree

There are more than 2,300 Bachelor degree-level courses available in Malaysia. They typically take between three and five years to complete. You’ll need to have A-levels or equivalent in order to win a place – although specific entry requirements vary by course and university.

Intakes are in January, April or September depending on the course


Postgraduate study is offered at public and private universities, and at the overseas campuses of international universities.

You can enrol on postgraduate diplomas, taught and research Masters degrees. Taught courses involve lectures, tutorials, essays, group work and exams, often with the opportunity for work placements. Research programmes are centred on an original piece of research leading to an extended dissertation.


Malaysia’s government has placed a lot of emphasis on boosting its research output, so there are plenty of opportunities for international students to undertake PhDs at public and private universities.

To get a PhD in Malaysia you’ll need to put together a substantial piece of original academic research, submit a thesis and present your findings to a panel of assessors. Entry requirements include a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree relevant to your chosen field of research.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees vary between institutions, but the costs associated with study at a Malaysian university are affordable when compared with countries like the UK, USA and Australia.


All international students wishing to study in Malaysia need a visa, which takes the form of a student pass. Applications can be made online but the majority of universities will apply for a student pass on your behalf once you’ve accepted their offer of a place. The student pass lasts for up to a year, so you’ll need to renew it annually if your course lasts for more than 12 month