All You Need to Know About English Major in Malaysia (2020)

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English is one of the most spoken languages in the world, rank #3 after Mandarin and Spanish, with over 370 millions native speakers and over 600 million non-native speakers worldwide. In Malaysia itself, English is their second primary language with 50% percent of Malaysians are literate in English, according to official statistics.

Being able to converse, understand, and write effectively in English will enhance any career choice you made since it is recognized worldwide. To advance your knowledge and skills in English, taking an English major is the perfect fit.

English major is a program that focuses on not only the English language itself, but also its history, structure, literature, and also the culture of the people. This major provides sufficient academic and creative opportunities that allow students to study key figures, whilst also improving as playwrights, poets, or novelists.

Why choose an English major?

  1. Helps you write better

Becoming a good writer is never an easy job. It is considered one of the top skills that people are encouraged to have in order to compete in the job market. Companies out there are always looking for a good writer, and there’s no doubt that English major student is capable of becoming one since they relate closely to writing.

  1. Connect, communicate, and understand people

English is known as an International language, it connects people from all over the world. By the rapid usage of social media and mobile app, the nature of communications is constantly growing. As a result, many tech companies are hiring English majors that expertise in communication to understand the current trends of what’s happening now.

  1. The satisfaction

One of the personal reasons to choose an English major is the satisfaction that it gives. The feelings of reading and discussing a movie or book which such good literacy or writing a fiction novel that gives you mixed emotions of sadness, happiness, that you can finally understand it deeply. 

  1. Pathway to a rewarding career

As someone who chooses an English major, you have a variety and exciting selection of careers. English majors are prepared to organize ideas in a logical way, write well, and develop arguments. With these skills, you have chances to explore different areas of jobs. Below we provide some of the career options that you could choose in the future:

  • Advertising Copywriting
  • Editor and Content Manager
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • News Reporter
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Interpreter and Translator
  • High School Teacher
  • Writer
        5. Having the “bigger picture”

The degree courses normally will take 3 years to complete the entire program, depending on the university. Major in English is not just about learning the language, it’s also about knowing the history, culture, philosophy, even the art form of English. 

General Qualifications




Bachelor’s Degree (3 years)

  • A-Level: Minimum of 2 principal passes, or;

  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) or

equivalent:  Minimum grade of C (GPA 2.0) in any 2 subjects and credit in English at SPM or its equivalent, or;

  • Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM): Minimum grade Jayyid and credit in English at SPM or its equivalent, or;

  • Australian Matriculation: Minimum of ATAR 70, or;

  • Foundation: Minimum CGPA of 2.0, or;

  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA of 2.0


*requirements may vary among universities.

Subjects that will be taken in English major

Taking an English major will ease you from dealing with subjects related to mathematics, science, or anything relevant to it. So if you’re not a big fan of calculations or biological terms, then take a look at the subjects** that are usually taken by an English major that might excite you:

  • Creative Writing
  • Language and Linguistics
  • English as a Second Language
  • Composition
  • Literary theory and culture
  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Film theories
  • Poetry
  • etc

**subjects may vary among universities

Recommended Universities in Malaysia

1. University of Nottingham Malaysia

General Intake: September
Campus Location: Semenyih

  • English BA
  • English Language and Literature BA
  • English with Creative Writing BA
  • History of Art and English BA

Indicative Fee for 3 years (2020):

  • Local: RM 82,800
  • International: RM 100,500


2. Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)

General Intake: March, June/July & Sept/Oc
Campus Location: Kuala Lumpur

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English for Professional Communication
  • Diploma in English for Professional Communication

Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):

     Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English for Professional Communication

  • Local: RM 47,900
  • International: RM 57,400

Diploma in English for Professional Communication

  • Local: RM 27,700
  • International: RM 34,700

3. SEGi University

General Intake: January, April, June, September
Campus Location: Damansara 
Qualification(s): Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English & Public Relations
Indicative fee for 3 years (2020):

  • General fee: RM 54,900

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Amanda Kaffah

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