Located in the heart of tropical South East Asia, Malaysia has a growing higher education sector, which could make it an ideal destination for postgrads hoping to study abroad
Higher education institutions in Malaysia can be divided into:
A number of universities are ranked in the QS World University Rankings , including the University of Malaya (156) and the National University of Malaysia (261).
These will depend on the postgraduate course you want to study, and the university you'd like to attend. So make sure you do your research and get in touch with your chosen university to ensure you're fully aware of the entry requirements for your course.
However, to get onto the majority of postgraduate courses, you will usually require an undergraduate degree. Depending on the programme, this first degree might be in any subject or a related discipline.
In the case of Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses, a recognised Bachelors degree with at least a 2:2 in any field, plus two to three years of relevant working experience, is usually required.
For a list of Malaysian institutions and details of some of the courses they offer, visit PostgradMalaysia.com - Where to Study .
The cost of higher education at Malaysian universities differs depending on the type of course you take and where you study. However, the cost of study is competitive on average compared to other countries around the world.
A Masters degree at a public university will cost an estimated 1,800 Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (£387) - MYR 6,000 (£1,290) per academic year, according to StudyMalaysia.com and the Study in Malaysia Handbook,
An MBA at a public university will cost approximately MYR 13,000 (£2,800) - MYR 25,000 (£5,380), while at a private university you could expect it to cost between MYR 21,000 (£4,500) - MYR 30,000 (£6,450).
The cost of living in Malaysia is also relatively cheap. The average total cost of living per month - taking into account rent, food, travel and other essentials - is between MYR 700 (£150) and MYR 900 (£195), according to Education Malaysia .
Universities award funding to prospective postgraduate students depending on a number of factors, such as the university's budget, the funding options available, and the student's individual circumstances, chosen course and academic background.
To find out what funding might be available for you, make sure you get in touch with your chosen university.
The Malaysian government also offers some scholarships for international students. For example, the Malaysian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) are awarded to nominated students who are from Commonwealth countries and have a minimum of a 2:1 at undergraduate level, or excellent results at Masters level.
The Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies and Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) are also available.
For more information about the funding opportunities and their criteria, visit Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education - Scholarships for International Students .
Postgraduates studying at a UK university with a branch in Malaysia or an association with a Malaysian institution may be offered the option of studying at the foreign campus for a semester, or even a full academic year. This will come at a cost, which will be decided by your specific university, as too will the programme's entry requirements and application process.
Furthermore, the University of Malaya Student Exchange Programme (UMSEP) gives international students the chance to study taught or research courses at the campus for a single semester. Further information on the scheme can be found at University of Malaya - Exchange Programme .
According to the Ministry of Higher Education, to qualify as a student suitable for study in the country, you must:
It is also important to consider that international students are only permitted to study at private institutions approved by both the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In addition, all international students, whether on a full-time course or an exchange programme, are required to have a valid Student Pass and visa.
To find out more about the process of applying for a visa and Student Pass, visit StudyMalaysia.com - Entering Malaysia to Study .
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