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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a University Course

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As you are reaching the end of high school or even your pre-university qualification, you’ve probably spent hours researching your next steps in life and are overwhelmed by the wide range of courses and industries available for you to choose from. Picking a university course is said to be one of the most important decisions you make as you will be picking your career path for the rest of your life. But stress not, here are 3 important questions you should be asking yourself before making the decision of choosing a university course : 

Question 1: Do I have adequate skills/knowledge for this specific field?

The first question you would need to ask yourself is if you have the adequate skills and knowledge needed to succeed in that specific field? When enrolling into a university course, you are not expected to be affluent in all aspects of the industry but you should have an adequate amount of knowledge, skills and even passion as a stepping stone for the field. As an example, if you decide to study Mass Communication, skills that would be useful include critical thinking, design & development as well as cultural awareness. Even if you do not acquire this knowledge and skills at the moment, you would then have to ask yourself if you have the means to acquire them? Will you be able to learn and improve your skills as you dive into the field?

Question 2: What are the career prospects? Does it align with my career goals in life?

Next, you would need to do your research on the career prospects of your industry of choice. When picking a university course, the main idea is to equip yourself with skills and knowledge regarding the industry that you are able to carry forward into the workplace upon graduation. You should also consider the work environment and culture of your career choice and ask yourself if it is aligned with your goals and aspirations in life. As an example, if you choose to take on a medical degree, you would need to consider the career prospects which in this case is only limited to become a doctor or a surgeon. Along with that, if you decide to study medicine, asking yourself if you’re mentally and physically ready for everything that comes along with it would be advisable as you would need to undergo a minimum of 6-7 years of studying, horsemanship and practicals along with a fast-paced environment with long intense working hours.

Question 3: What are the prerequisites/requirements needed for this course?

Before you decide what degree you’d like to earn, it is important for you to understand the different levels of qualification needed in order to enter the career path of your choice or to work the job of your choice. For many professions, earning a Bachelor’s degree is sufficient enough to be eligible but others may require a higher qualification such as a Master’s or even Doctorate. As an example, to become a certified psychologist, you would need to obtain a minimum qualification of a master’s degree or a doctorate in order to practice. You would need to ask yourself if you have the ability and resources to achieve these higher levels of qualifications. Factors that should be considered include mental strength, time constraints as well as financial stability in order to achieve these requirements for your career choice. 

Top 3 Courses to Study in Malaysia

1. Business

A business degree provides you with the multidisciplinary nature of business and knowledge and skill to understand the key elements needed to build a successful business. Studying business provides you with career options in almost every sector including leaders, managers, financial advisors and even marketing executives. Examples of fields that you are able to work in with a business degree include accounting, management, finance, human resource, marketing, and even hospitality.

Basic Requirement to Study Business Courses in Malaysia

Course

Results

A-Level

3B’s

STPM

3B’s

UEC

2A 3B

Diploma/Foundation

GPA 3.3

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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2. Psychology

A psychology degree focuses on the study of the human mind and behaviour and its functions. A psychology degree offers various specialization such as health, clinical, educational, research, occupational, counselling, neuro and forensic. However, it is important to note that to work as a licensed psychologist or counsellor t in Malaysia, you are required to complete a Master program in Clinical Psychology or Counselling. 

Here are some potential job opportunities you could select within and outside the psychology industry : 

Psychology Job Opportunities

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counsellor  
  • Social Worker
  • Special Needs Children Therapist 

Other Industries Job Opportunities

  • Human Resource Executive
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Career Counsellor
  • Business Developer Executive 

Basic Requirement to Study Psychology Courses in Malaysia

STPM 

Minimum of 5 credits (CGPA 2.00)

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA of 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2E’S 

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 2.00

Australian Matriculation 

Minimum ATAR of 80

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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3. Engineering

An engineering degree equips students with all areas of math, science, technology with a focus on research, design and use of machines, engines and structures. An engineering degree provides students with a wide area of specializations including civil engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, or medical engineering. Different types of engineering fields that are available include Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering.

Basic Requirements for Engineering Courses in Malaysia

 

STPM 

CGPA 2.00 including Mathematics and Physics/ Chemistry

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA of 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range of BBB including Mathematics and Physics / Chemistry

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects including Mathematics & Physics

Diploma

Minimum CGPA 2.00

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum of 30 points ( including Mathematics and Physics)

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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Which Foundation Programs to Choose in Malaysia?

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If you have just completed a major exam like SPM or  IGCSE, you’ve just marked the ending of your highschool journey in life. Chances are your mind is clouded with way too many questions like “What’s next?” or “Which Pre-University course should i choose? ” If you’re planning to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, you would be required to earn a pre-university qualification beforehand to gain entry into the degree of your choice. 

What is a Foundation Program?

One of the most common choices of a pre-university qualification is a foundation program. A foundation program is generally a programme that will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to prepare you for the demands of an undergraduate degree. Courses are broad enough to offer a good introduction to a subject, but they also provide enough depth for you to gain credible vocational skills from expert tutors before progressing into a full degree.

Foundation programs are highly recommended as they : 

1. Allows you to explore a variety of subjects in your specific field of interest

Foundation programs of specific fields usually are streamed according to general subjects of the field which allows students pursuing foundation programs to get started on their studies whilst learning about different areas of expertise.  This aids as a guide for students that have an interest in a specific field but are still unsure of which specific speciality to go into. As an example, if you have an interest in Science, a “Foundation of Science” program concentrates on subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and information technology where you can go on to pursue your degree in various science related fields such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, engineering and even computer science. 

2. Allows you to get a feel of the tertiary education life whilst improving your academic skills

A foundation program is known to be a low-commitment step into the world of tertiary education which can be a big change from what you are used to, with independent learning style, addition of assignments and different daily challenges as a whole. General subjects offered for foundation programs allow you to develop the skills needed to succeed in tertiary education such as academic writing, presentation skills, time management and independent research. Taking time to complete a foundation program gives you the opportunity to adjust to tertiary study before committing to a higher level. 

3. Cheapest, quickest and easiest pre-university program

A Foundation program is quicker in comparison to other pre-university programmes such as A-Levels and International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, as it is only 1 year. In sync with it’s duration, it is also a cheaper option. However, prices may vary depending on the university of choice.

Duration & Assessment of Foundation Program

Foundation programs are generally 1 year, studied full time and 1.5 to 2 years studied part time. (50 credit hours, 3 semester, 14 weeks per semester)

Assessment

50% Coursework & Assignments – Writing paper, reports, presentations 

50% Final Examination 

Entry Requirements for Foundation Programs

Entry Requirements 

Score

SPM

Min. 5 Credits  and a pass in Bahasa Melayu & Sejarah

IGCSE

Min. 5 Credits 

UEC 

3B’s 

  • Important to note that entry requirements vary based on foundation of choice. For inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education. 

1. Foundation in Science

Foundation in Science aims to equip students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to pursue a science-related undergraduate degree. Examples of subjects offered in this program are such as algebra, chemistry, physics, biology, information technology and languages. 

A ‘Foundation in Science’ programme can lead you into industries as shows in the infographic below :

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a) International Medical University (IMU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics for Health Sciences 
  4. Mathematics
  5. Thinking Skills

Intake (2021)

March, July & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 24,900 (Malaysian & Non-Malaysian) 

b) MAHSA University

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Academic English 
  2. Psychology 
  3. Professional Development
  4. Mathematics
  5. Basic Laboratory Skills 

Intake (2021)

April, May, June and September 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 18,000 

c) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Chemistry 
  2. Human Biology 
  3. Mathematics 
  4. Quantitative Techniques 
  5. Critical & Creative Thinking 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25, 500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians) 

2. Foundation in Arts

Foundation in Arts program aims to equip students with knowledge on topics that focus on arts and humanities. Examples of subjects that are generally offered in this program are such as English, Economics, Marketing, Communication and Public Speaking. 

A ‘Foundation in Arts’ programme can lead you into industries as shows in the infographic below : 

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a) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. English 
  2. Critical & Creative Thinking Skills 
  3. Social Psychology 
  4. Public Speaking Skills 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25, 500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians) 

b) UOW KDU Malaysia

Foundation in Arts in UOW KDU provides you with 2 electives areas 

i) Law/Humanities 

ii) IT/Computer Science 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Study Skills
  2. Principle of Management 
  3. Writing & Research Skills 
  4. Economics 
  5. Intro to Mass Communication 

Intake (2021)

January, March, May, July, September & October 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 16,850 (Malaysians)

RM 25,750 (Non-Malaysians) 

3. Foundation in Business

Foundation in Business aims to equip students with knowledge and skills on business-related topics by focusing on specific areas such as Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing and International Business. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in business such as accountant, consultant, human resource manager, entrepreneur and marketing analyst.

a) Asia Pacific University (APU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Essentials of Web Application 
  2. Fundamental of Finance 
  3. Principles of Accounts 
  4. Communication Skills 
  5. Further Mathematics 

Intake (2021)

April, June, July & September 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 24,800 (Malaysian)

RM 25,600 (Non-Malaysian) 

b) Taylor’s College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Business Expertise 
  2. Introduction to Business Law 
  3. People and Organization 
  4. Principles of Accounting 
  5. Quantitative Technique 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25, 500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians) 

c) University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Social Science 
  2. Elementary Economics & Mathematical Skills 
  3. Fundamentals in Economics 
  4. Business Accounting 
  5. Contemporary Global Issues 

Intake (2021)

April, June & September 

Duration

1 year (2-3 semesters)

Indicative Semester Fees (2021)

RM 8,500 (Malaysians)

RM 9,900 (Non-Malaysians)

4. Foundation in Engineering

Foundation in Engineering & Technology focuses on equipping students with the basics of engineering and technology which consists of areas such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, problem-solving techniques, programming and computer-aided design. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in engineering and technology such as mechanical engineer, industrial engineer, product & material testing technologist. 

a) University of Southampton Malaysia

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Computer Applications 
  2. Electricity and Electronics 
  3. Mechanical Science 
  4. Mathematics for Science & Engineering 
  5. Engineering Principles 

Intake (2021)

April, July & September

Duration

1 year (3 semesters) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 29,000 (Malaysians)

RM 34,100 (Non-Malaysians)

b) University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Principles of Chemistry 
  2. Light, Waves & Electrons 
  3. Mathematics for Engineer 
  4. Advanced Calculus 
  5. Probability and Statistics 

Intake (2021)

April, June & September  

Duration

1 year (2 & 3 semesters)

Indicative Semester Fees (2021)

RM 9,900 (Malaysians)

RM 11,800 (Non-Malaysians) 

5. Foundation in Computing & Technology

Foundation in Computing & Technology focuses on equipping students with knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a degree related to computers. This course usually consists of fundamental skills as well as practical knowledge by engaging in hands-on projects. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in computer & technology such as data analyst, information security analyst, algorithm specialist, automotive software engineer and systems programmer

a) Asia Pacific University (APU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Essentials of Web Application Mathematics 
  2. Introduction to Computer Architecture & Networking Perspective in Technology 
  3. Introduction to Visual & Interactive Programming 
  4. Personal Development & Study Methods 
  5. Perspective in Technology 

Intake (2021)

April, June, July & September 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 24,800 (Malaysian)

RM 25,600 (Non-Malaysian) 

b) Multimedia University (MMU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Business Management 
  2. Introduction to Computing Technologies 
  3. Communicative English 
  4. Multimedia Fundamentals
  5. Principles of Physics 

Intake (2021)

March, June & October 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 6,000

c) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Algorithm
  2. Introduction to Computing
  3. Web Programming
  4. Practical IT Skills
  5. Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25, 500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians)

6. Foundation in Law

Foundation in Law focuses on equipping students with a strong understanding of the legal system along with the basic skills and foundation needed to succeed in the law field. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in law such as lawyer, social worker, probation officer, legislative assistant and paralegal. 

a) Brickfields Asia College (BAC)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Business Studies 
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Introduction to English Legal System 
  4. Practical Legal Skills 
  5. Critical Thinking Skills 

Intake (2021)

January, April & July 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 18,900

b) Multimedia University (MMU)

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Law 
  2. General Principles of Law 
  3. Introduction to Criminal and Constitutional Law 
  4. Fundamentals of Business Management 
  5. Essential English 

Intake (2021)

March, June & October 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 18,000

7. Foundation in Design

Foundation in Design focuses on building creative thinking skills, research and drawing skills with exploration of various art disciplines with a range of methodology, materials and approaches. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in design such as interior architect, industrial designer, graphic designer, photographer and even an animator. 

a) The One Academy

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Design Fundamentals & Art Finishing 
  2. Drawing Fundamentals 
  3. Figure Anatomy Studies 
  4. History of Art
  5. Letterforms & Typography 

Intake (2021)

May

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

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b) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Photography
  2. Fundamental Drawing
  3. Design Exploration
  4. Contextual Studies
  5. Design Basic 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25,500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians)

c) INTI University

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. 3D Design 
  2. Critical Studies 
  3. Design Project 
  4. Portfolio Design 
  5. Self-development Skills 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 19,188 (Malaysians & Non-Malaysians) 

8. Foundation in Natural & Built Environment

Foundation in Natural & Built Environment focuses on introducing studies to the different fields of study including designing and construction industry. Upon completion of the foundation programme and a relevant degree programme, you will be able to venture into careers such as construction manager, architect, quantity surveyor and building surveyor. 

a) Taylor's College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Constructed Landscape 
  2. Elements in Natural & Built Environments 
  3. Introduction to the Construction Industry 
  4. Introduction to Drawing 
  5. Critical & Creative Thinking Skills 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25,500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians)

b) USCI Kuala Lumpur

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Economics 
  2. Algebra & Trigonometry 
  3. Introduction to Built Environments 
  4. Introduction to Structure 
  5. Fundamentals of Oral Communication 

Intake (2021)

January, May & September 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 20,630 (Malaysians)

RM30,600 (Non-Malaysians) 

c) Lim Kok Wing

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Introduction to Built Environment 
  2. Introduction to Project Management 
  3. Professional Writing 
  4. Building Technology & Concepts 
  5. History & Cultural Studies 

Intake (2021)

April, May, September & November 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 20,500

9. Foundation in Communication

Foundation in Communication focuses on equipping students with conceptual, analytical and critical thinking skills with an emphasis on various fields of communication such as writing, computer, communication, marketing, design and even advertising. After furthering your studies with a Bachelor’s Degree, you will be able to embark on exciting careers in communications such as Branding Specialist, Cinematographer, Digital, Content Creator ,Strategy Planning Manager, Public Relations & Marketing Consultant.

a) UOW KDU

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Critical Writing and Research Skills
  2. Media Appreciation
  3. Introduction to Multimedia 
  4. Introduction to Marketing 
  5. Introduction to Sociology 

Intake (2021)

January, March, May, July, September & October 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM  20,470 (Malaysians)

RM  27,220 (Non-Malaysians)

b) Taylor’s College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Social Psychology 
  2. Discovering Mass Communication 
  3. Introduction to Media Workshop
  4. Audio Visual Production 
  5. Media Appreciation 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August 

Duration

1 year (3 semesters)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 25,500 (Malaysians)

RM 38,790 (Non-Malaysians)

c) IACT College

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Media and Communication
  2. Introduction to Academic Writing 
  3. Sociology 
  4. Introduction to Journalism
  5. Introduction to Radio & TV Broadcasting 

Intake (2021)

January, April & August

Duration

1 year (3 semesters) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 9,900 

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How To Become A Surgeon in Malaysia

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Have you spent hours and hours binge-watching shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor or even Scrubs and thought to yourself how amazing you’d do as a surgeon? Do you think you have what it takes to operate on an open human body on a table in front of you?

Let’s break down everything you need to know about becoming a surgeon in Malaysia before you make a decision to step into the world of medicine and hospitals. 

Types of Surgeon

Once you’ve made your choice in becoming a surgeon, the next step is to understand the different types of surgeons there are in the medical world. All surgeons learn general core knowledge of anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, pathology, wound healing, intensive care and many more but many times, surgeons choose to go into one specialization in which they can focus their career on. 

Type of Surgeon

Specializations

General Surgeon 

  • Trauma victims & critically ill patients 
  • Conditions related to : head,neck,breast,skin,soft tissues, gastrointestinal, vascular and endocrine systems. 

Colon & Rectal Surgeon 

  • Conditions related to : intestinal tract, colon, rectum, canal, perianal area, liver, urinary and female reproductive systems 

Neurosurgeon

  • Conditions related to : Brain tumors, intracranial aneurysms, head injuries, and disorders affecting the spine, including spinal canal stenosis, fractures, and spinal deformities

Obstetrician and Gynecologist 

  • Conditions related to : Issues related to pregnancy, fertility, menstruation and menopause, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections (STIs), ovarian cysts, breast disorders and pelvic inflammatory diseases

Ophthalmologist 

  • Treats all eye and visual problems 
  • Conditions related to : Amblyopia (“lazy eye”), astigmatism, cataracts, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), corneal dystrophies, dry eye, eye cancer, glaucoma, macular degeneration and “nearsightedness”

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon 

  • Known to be the intersection of medicine and dentistry 
  • Conditions related to : Extracting wisdom teeth, misaligned jaws, tumors and cysts in the jaw and mouth, cleft palate, and dental implant surgery

Orthopaedic Surgeon 

  • Focuses on treatment of issues of the musculoskeletal system including bones, joints, muscles, nerves and arteries. 

Pediatric Surgeon 

  • Specializes in diagnosing, treating and providing care for children
  • Conditions related to: birth defects, fetal surgery, traumatic injuries & malignant tumors. 

Otolaryngologist 

  • Conditions related to: ears, nose, throat and respiratory systems which includes Hearing loss, balance disorders, ringing in the ears, sinus and nasal cavity disorders, snoring, deviated septum, allergies, smell and taste disorders, migraine headaches, and disorders of the throat, esophagus and larynx

Plastic Surgeon 

  • Handles repair, replacement, and reconstruction of form and function defects of the body
  • Conditions related to : Congenital deformities, nose reshaping, breast augmentation for cosmetic purposes or following mastectomy, reconstructive surgery for individuals who have sustained burns, scars, or trauma to the face, hands and lower limbs, and removal of excess skin or body fat

Thoracic Surgeon 

  • Known as a “heart surgeon”, includes the coronary artery, lung, esophagus, chest wall, great vessels and heart valves, and management of the airway

Urologist 

  • Focuses on conditions related to adrenal gland and reproductive & urinary system. 
  • Typically operated on kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, urethra and testes 

Vascular Surgeon 

  • Focuses on arteries and veins and the circulatory system 
  • Conditions related to : stroke, aneurysm, blood clots and conditions of the vascular system 

Difference between a Doctor & a Surgeon

Doctor

Surgeon

Practice primary care – encourages the body to heal itself

Act directly to correct illnesses, injuries and deformities 

Build long-term relationships with their patients, counsel them & treat their illness 

Surgeons cut, fuse and reshape the body’s tissues to restore proper function

Key Skills Needed to Become a Surgeon

1. Precision

Precision is a key skill that you probably need in becoming a successful surgeon. As your job will consist of  full hands-on duties and responsibilities daily, it is incredibly crucial for you to have good fine-motor skills especially with handling surgical instruments such as scalpels, dilators or even suction tubes. You would need a good set of hand-eye coordination with manual dexterity to ensure a successful career as a surgeon. 

2. Adaptability

If you want to become a surgeon, you will most definitely need to be able to keep calm in stressful situations. In the world of surgery, most times the surgery does not go according to plan and complications may arise mid-surgery and when this happens, it is highly important for you to be able to adapt accordingly whilst continuing and completing your surgery with the best possible quality output in mind. 

3. Endurance

Surgeons work in one of the most fast-paced, highly demanding industries possible. When thinking of becoming a surgeon, you have to keep in mind that you would be required to have both physical and mental stamina. Many times surgeries run from 2-4 hours for basic surgeries but some may take up to 18 hours depends on the complexity of it. With that, you would have to be able to physically endure standing in the operating room and mentally endure operating on a patient for that long. 

Key Pathway of Becoming A Surgeon

General Pathway of Becoming A Surgeon:

Step 1 : After SPM/O-Levels, you are required to complete a Foundation in Science or a Pre-University course (A-Levels, STPM, AUSMAT)

Step 2 : Join a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree that lasts for 4.5 to 6 years, along with undergoing a 2 year internship period of housemanship

*Do note that for international students, you will not be allowed to complete your housemanship period in Malaysia 

Step 3 : Upon completing your housemanship, you will be a ‘Medical Officer’ registered under ‘Malaysian Medical Council’ which generally takes 8-9 years from completing SPM/O-Levels

Step 4 : [OPTIONAL] If you’re interested in specialization, you can pursue your postgraduate studies after working for several years as a ‘Medical Officer’ which would take you about 4-5 years and 2 years of supervised training to become a specialist. 

Step 5 : Upon graduating your postgraduate studies & completing your supervised training, you will be able to be registered as a certified ‘Specialist’ under the MMC. 

Academic Requirements to Study Medical Degree in Malaysia

Pre-Requisites

IGCSE & SPM: Min 5 Bs in Math, English, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and 1 other subject 

STPM

BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics 

A-Levels

BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics 

Australian Matriculation

Min. ATAR 80 with an average of 80% in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics 

Matrikulasi 

5B’s in SPM including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics or Additional Mathematics

Foundation in Science

Min. CGPA of 3.0 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics 

Top 5 Recommended Universities

1. International Medical University (IMU)

Photo Credit : IMU University

Program Name 

Bachelor in Medical Sciences (Hons) (BMedSc) 

Program Duration 

4.5 years to 6 years 

Intake 

February and August 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM 494,900 (Malaysians)

RM 543,500 (Non-Malaysians) 

2. Newcastle University of Medicine Malaysia

Photo Credit : Newcastle University of Medicine Malaysia

Program Name 

Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 

Program Duration 

5 years

Intake 

September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

RM 97,850 (Malaysians)

RM 110,000  (Non-Malaysians) 

3. Monash University Malaysia

Photo Credit : Monash University Malaysia

Program Name 

Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (BMedSci/MD)

Program Duration 

5 years 

Intake 

February

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

RM 101,970 (Malaysians)

RM 117,600 (Non-Malaysians) 

4. MAHSA University

Photo Credit : MAHSA University

Program Name 

Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Program Duration 

5 years

Intake 

October 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM 445,300

5. Manipal University College Malaysia

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Program Duration 

5 years 

Intake 

April & October 

Indicative Fee (2021)

RM 345,000 (Malaysians)

RM 598,777 (Non-Malaysians)

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4 Common Misconceptions about Becoming a Psychologist

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Being a psychology student myself, let me just assure you that there are A LOT of things that I have believed to be true about psychology that I had to find out was in fact a lie. 

A misconception can be defined as a wrong or inaccurate ideology about something. Due to the stigma around the idea of human behaviour and mental health, the psychology industry and becoming a psychologist has been majorly affected by misconceptions. In this article, we will debunk some of these misconceptions for the betterment of fellow psychologists and the society. 

Misconception 1 : Psychologist DO NOT study real science

The debate that has been on-going for decades argues the question of whether Psychology is a form of Science or not. Yes, Psychology is a form of real science. Psychology is a science as it is based on the use of many scientific methods. The study of human behaviour being done is obtained through verified theories and evidence of human behaviour and mental processes. 

Misconception 2 : Psychologist study “common sense” + psychology is easy

Many people consider psychology to be an “easy way out” as it is perceived to be one of the easiest courses offered. Well, every programme and field has its own set of challenges. Psychology may be somewhat easier for you if you have a strong interest in it but keep in mind it includes designing research studies, analyzing data using statistics, reading A LOT of academic journals and writing research papers.

Misconception 3 : Psychology graduates do not have a lot of job opportunities waiting for them

When you tell your peers that you’d like to study psychology, there is a 90% chance that the first thing they would tell you is “Psychology can’t get you a job”. INCORRECT. 

In fact, psychology is one of those fields that allows you a wealthy amount of job opportunities in various industries. Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the understanding of human behaviour is crucial is almost every aspect of the working life. With a psychology degree, you can find yourself from the clinical to the human resource to the communications line. What’s important is for you to constantly develop additional skills whilst earning your degree to further enhance your employability. 

Misconception 4 : Psychologist can read minds

If you think becoming a psychologist can give you the ability to read people’s minds just by looking at them, then unfortunately I have bad news for you. Pursuing a psychology degree will NOT allow you to read minds. Yes, psychology is the study of human behaviour. This basically means that with the knowledge and skills that you learn, you will be able to make a knowledgeable guess of what a person may be feeling or thinking based on their non-verbal communication such as their body language. 

What is Psychology?

Psychology, in Layman’s terms, is the study of the mind and behaviour. It studies how humans think, act and feel is dependent on biological influences, social pressures as well as environmental factors. The field of psychology is mainly based on the concepts of describing, explaining, predicting and changing behaviour. 

Key Skills Needed to Become a Psychologist

As you dive into the world of studying human behaviour, here are a few common skills/traits needed in individuals to become successful psychologists :

1. Communication Skills

As one of the main roles of being a psychologist requires you to work closely with others, having good communication skills is extremely important. Communication skills include verbal, non-verbal communication as well as the ability to receive and interpret messages accurately. Strong communication skills ensure a clear and effective way of doing your job and enabling others to do their job as well. 

2. Problem-solving skills

Psychology is the study of humans. Therefore, things are not always set in stone. Problem solving skills enables us to identify problems, analyse the cause factor for these problems and lastly determine a method of solving those problems. The ability to solve problems in a quick and effective manner will help in the varying contexts of human behaviour that you will face at work. Problem solving skills include the ability to use logic, creativity, imagination and determination. 

3. Research Skills

No matter the field of psychology that you will be diving into, research skills are a must have. This skills helps in a range of potential roles such as conduction of your own experiments, aiding patients with past experiences of other psychologists or even researching previously done experiments. You should be able to effectively find the information that you need through thousands of scientific journals with decades of data and be able to evaluate it accurately for your own benefit. 

Career Opportunities for Psychology Graduates

* To work as a licensed psychologist it is important to note that you would require a Masters Degree/phD 

Psychology Job Opportunities

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselor  
  • Social Worker
  • Special Needs Children Therapist 

Other Industries Job Opportunities

  • Human Resource Executive
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Career Counsellor
  • Business Developer Executive 



Entry Requirement for Psychology Degree in Malaysia

English Requirements 

IELTS

Min. 5.0

TOEFL

Min. 34 (Internet Based Test)

MUET

Min. Band 3

Academic Requirements 

STPM

CGPA 2.00 for 2 subjects with min. C for each subject

Foundation/Pre-University/Matriculation/Diploma

Pass with min CGPA of 2.00

A-Levels

Min. 2E’s

UEC

Pass with 5Bs including English

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Min. 24 points

*Requirements may vary based on universities being applied to. 

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Top 5 Universities for Pscyhology Degree in Malaysia

1. University of Nottingham

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 39,500

Non-Malaysians – RM46,000

2. Monash University Malaysia

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychological Science 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

February, July and October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 36,977

Non-Malaysians – RM42,315

3. Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

March, August and October 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 28,900

Non-Malaysians – RM35,800

4. HELP University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

January, May and August 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians & Non-Malaysians- RM 73,700 

5. UCSI University

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Program Name 

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years (Full Time) 

Intake 

January, May and September 

Indicative Annual Fee (2021)

Malaysians – RM 21,200

Non-Malaysians – RM23,000 

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Top Degrees to Study, Based on Your Horoscope

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Are you one of those people who LOVE to look at horoscopes of yourself and your loved ones? Well, besides the fact that astrology is incredibly fun – it also supports the idea of a more objective understanding of our character, recognition of our skills & potential along with emotional and spiritual understanding of ourselves & the world around us. When it comes to making decisions of our job opportunities and career choices, more times than others most of our decision making skills stem from our personalities- AND, if you believe in astrology, you’d know that a lot of personality (likes, dislikes & temperament) can be directly linked to our star sign. 

If you’re feeling stuck and frustrated in the midst of figuring out your passion and study pathway, here is a fun guide of all 12 horoscopes that focuses on highlighting common traits of each horoscope (which is determined by your birth date) and an example of a degree choice that would be most suitable for you. Remember to take everything with a pinch of salt.

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1. Aries (Mar. 21st to Apr. 19th)

Known as one of the 3 fire signs, Aries are known to be confident, courageous, energetic and competitive. Born as a natural leader than fuels of courage, boldness and willingness to confront challenges – Aries should ideally choose a career path that gives them a sense of worth and self-sacrifice OR in other words, get their adrenaline flowing. Defined by their incredible perseverance in life, Aries have great potential at success in a highly competitive field  as they will always give everything they’ve got in an effort to out-do the competition. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : MEDICINE

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2. Taurus (Apr. 20th to May 20th)

Taurus personality is the second astrological sign of the zodiac. A well grounded earth sign, Taurus individuals are very realistic and focused on their goals. Known for their patience, stability and responsibility, Taurus are gentle YET fierce and strong opinionated people. Taurus craves stability, routine and comfort- making them perfect for everyday office life as it keeps them grounded. They prefer to avoid risk, are comfortable with long-term projects, and are happy to pay attention to small details. Highly productive and disciplined, perfect career choices for Taurus would be of those that are goal or money oriented. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : BUSINESS

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3. Gemini (May 21st -Jun 20th)

Geminis are probably the most sociable of all the star signs. Known for their energy, vivid imaginations and are often very creative – Geminis fuel of excitement and impulsiveness. As a Gemini, you most definitely resent routine and have an incredible ability to adapt to ever changing environments. In a workplace context, Gemini’s are constantly enthusiastic to try new things which makes them excellent team players. Hating the idea of being tied down, Geminis perform best when the goals are flexible, there is plenty room for creativity, definition of your own schedule and to constantly revolve. Whatever you decide to do, it HAS to have endless variety. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : MASS COMMUNICATION

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As a Water sign, Cancers are known as the most emotional star sign. They are sensitive and look to surround themselves with security – no matter emotionally, physically and financially. Typical characteristics among Cancers include hardworking, diligent and loyal to those around them. They are also known as natural caregivers that love to play the role of nurture with innovation. They shine the brightest when they are helping and supporting the people around them, but are highly sensitive to criticism and find the need of constant reinforcement or reassurance. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : HOSPITALITY

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Yet another Fire sign, Leos are immensely known for their massive egos but also kindness and compassion. A typical Leo loves attention and is a natural born leader with confidence that is often mistaken for arrogance. Their strong personalities & determination makes  them stubborn, where it makes them averse to compromise with. Leos also need to feel passionate about what they’re doing and prefer to work independently with a level of control. Leos love the limelight and crave recognition for their achievements and love inspiring those around them. Feel free to follow a path that allows you to work independently and seek praise, but remember that you are at your best in a collaborative environment.

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : ENTREPRENUER

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Virgos are known to be methodical, hardworking and extremely reliable. Despite being outgoing and sociable, Virgos would most definitely choose a quiet environment over a crowded one. They also have an intense desire for perfection with highly idealistic and overly critical standards. Committed to overcoming any obstacle, Virgos are BAD multitaskers and would rather work on 1 thing, taking as much time needed to make it just right. Their organized approach however, makes them an incredibly valuable asset to a company. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : ENGINEER

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7. Libra (Sept. 23rd to Oct. 22nd)

Libras are highly capable individuals, charming and passionate at that too. They are known to be flexible people with a wide variety of interest and skills. Libras have a strong business sense and place partnership and collaborative efforts to a high value. Their natural diplomacy and ability to truly empathize with others – make them a cool head in a crisis. They are also defined as a cooperative and loyal person, making them a team player that will work endlessly to find solutions that ensure equality and fairness to all parties. Libras will do anything that they set their mind to & will look good doing it too. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : LAW

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Scorpios are passionate and intense by nature. They put power and success at a very high value in life. They are sure of who they are and are very confident in their knowledge and capabilities in life. However, Scorpios are known to hold onto grudges and find it hard to “forgive and forget”. In a workplace setting, Scorpios are well known to be incredibly focused, driven and dedicated to their work. Challenges and the reward of succeeding is what fuels the energy in a Scorpio – they possess a thirst for gaining new skills and knowledge especially tasks that require analytical and detail-oriented tasks, particularly if the success of that task will have a major impact towards others. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : JOURNALISM

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If you’re a Sagittarius, you’re probably adventurous, open-minded and have a great amount of curiosity in you. Sagittarius individuals have a dominating leadership role which is often strengthened with organizational abilities. They have a strong sense of right and wrong – along with a strong work ethic & well-established interpersonal skills. Thriving on balance, they hate to feel restricted or overloaded with too many commitments. You also love abstract ideas and the idea of searching for ultimate truths.  Sagittarians are also super impatient, making them have the ability to lose interest in tasks that take time. If you’re a Saggitarius – be sure to find a career pathway that is interesting and exciting that’ll make you look forward to going into work everyday. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : ARCHITECTURE

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Driven by logic rather than emotions, Capricorns are considered to be the most career-oriented star. There is no limit to what a Capricorn can achieve once they put their mind to it. As a Capricorn, you are probably extremely comfortable in various positions of power and responsibility. NOT fuel-d by finding jobs that are “fulfilling” or “meaningful” – Capricorns are easily fulfilled by a simple job well done. Their patience, determination and coolness under pressure is perfect for high-stress jobs and situations. Best driven by a routine-driven schedule, keep in mind that Capricorns often choose a job role and stick with it until they are retired. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : COMPUTER SCIENCE

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Zodiac’s true humanitarians – Aquarians are endlessly curious and highly intellectual. They don’t believe in the idea of fitting into a box dictated by society and definitely do not seek materialistic success.  They are fascinated by technology, ideas and have a brilliant memory and have the strongest need to help. They are fine with making money to live and having things to unleash their passion into. Aquarians are also innovative, eccentric and inventive human beings. They have a strong desire to be a catalyst for change with strong willpower and far-reaching idealism. People born under Aquarius tend to enjoy self-expression through art, music, acting and performing. Aquarians enjoy solitude and work best when they can manage themselves and their workload.

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : PSYCHOLOGY

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When we think of a Pisces, we think emotionally intelligent and artistic. They hate to be constrained by someone else’s expectations and have the tendency to complete absorb themselves in their latest passion. They are compassionate, nurturing and intuitive – along with having a high drive for something’s value than it’s financial gain. Approachable, optimism and have a strong sense of creative solutions, Pisces SHOULD run as far as possible from any job that is based on competition and profit. They should also choose a career that allows them to work at their own speed for them to be fully able to express their creative and spiritual side. 

BEST CAREER FOR YOU : DESIGN

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Top 10 Films to Inspire Your Career Choice & Recommended Universities

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Feeling stuck, overwhelmed and tired of reading and researching on career choices?

Well, movies are known to be a great form of not only entertainment but also education. It’s time for you to take a break, grab some popcorn and watch these inspirational and raw movies that will not only uplift your mood, change your perspective but also ignite the spark in you that might help you get inspired in choosing a suitable career path. 

DISCLAIMER : There may be spoilers. Proceed with caution. 

For the engineer in you :

1. 3 Idiots

3 Idiots is a well-known coming-of-age comedy movie starring Amir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Kareena Kapoor. This 2009 hit film tells a story about the ups and downs of friendship, life and mental health of three students at an Indian engineering college. This movie discusses many issues that many youths face in their day to day lives all with a valuable lesson at the end. Watch it for impactful life lessons shared by the characters throughout the movie with the most important one – “Study to be accomplished and not affluent”. 

2. The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is a biographical romantic drama film that details the life influential physicist Stephen Hawking. Set in the 1960’s, this story follows Stephen Hawking as he falls in love with his colleague while being a Cambridge student. At 21, he then learns that he has a motor neuron disease that crushes his spirit. However, he then begins a study of time where we follow as both Stephen and his love interest defy odds against the world and make tremendous discovery in the fields of both medicine and science.

Basic Requirement for Engineering Course In Malaysia

STPM 

CGPA 2.00 including Mathematics and Physics/ Chemistry

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range of BBB including Mathematics and Physics / Chemistry

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects including Mathematics & Physics

Diploma

Minimum CGPA 2.00

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum of 30 points ( including Mathematics and Physics)

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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Recommended University for Engineering Degree

University of Nottingham Malaysia

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Engineering Programs Offered:

a) Bachelor of Chemical Engineering

Focuses on areas such as commodity and specialty chemicals, fertilisers, food processing, fuels and energy production, minerals processing, petrochemicals, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals or water treatment.

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer 
  2. Biochemical Engineering 
  3. Separation & Particle Technology 
  4. Process Design & Control 
  5. Chemical & Phase Equilibrium 

Intake 

February and September 

Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 48,900 (Malaysian)

RM 57,000 (Non-Malaysian) 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Environmental and Healthcare Engineer 
  2. Biotechnologist 
  3. Food Scientist 
  4. Manufacturing Production Technician 
  5. Chemical Plant and System Operator 

b) Bachelor of Civil Engineering

Focuses on areas require numerate, problem-solving graduates, perfectly prepared to find employment across specialties including structural design, construction, geotechnical, water resources, transportation,and urban planning.

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Geotechnies 
  2. Structural Analysis 
  3. Steel Design Projects 
  4. Fundamentals of Materials 
  5. Applied Construction Project Management 

Intake 

September 

Duration 

3 years

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 48,950 (Malaysian)

RM 59,300  (Non-Malaysian) 

 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Engineering Project Manager 
  2. Civil Engineer 
  3. Architect 
  4. Infrastructure engineer
  5. Geotechnical engineer 

c) Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Focuses on areas such as communications, computer modelling, electrical machines, electronic design, instrumentation, microelectronics, power generation and distribution, signal processing, software engineering and renewable energy systems.

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Information and Systems 
  2. Digital Communications 
  3. Power Networks 
  4. Robotics, Dynamics & Control
  5. Systems Engineering 

Intake 

September 

Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 48,950 (Malaysian)

RM 59,300  (Non-Malaysian) 


Examples of career prospect : 

  1. Design engineer 
  2. Broadcast engineer 
  3. Sound engineer 
  4. Special effects technician 
  5. CAD technician 

d) Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Focuses on areas of study real-world engineering, the importance of communication, team working skills, entrepreneurship initiatives, an emphasis for environmental sustainability, a mind-set for lifelong learning, appropriate management principles and business acumen. 

 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Materials in Design 
  2. Materials and Manufacturing 
  3. Programming, Professional and Laboratory Skills 
  4. Introduction to Aerospace Technology 
  5. Introduction to Automotive Technology

Intake 

September 

Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

RM 48,900 (Malaysian)

RM 57,000 (Non-Malaysian) 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Biomedical engineer
  2. Entrepreneur
  3. Manufacturing engineer
  4. Aerospace engineer
  5. Automotive engineer 



For the journalist in you :

1. Spotlight

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Spotlight is an American biographical drama film that follows the story of a operating newspaper in the United States and it’s investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse happening by numerous Roman Catholic priests. The assigned team of journalists investigates allegations of a priest molesting more than 80 boys. Watch as they in interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents as they make it their mission to proof the act of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic church. If you’re passionate about writing especially on topics that can make a difference, this movie does a tremendous job at making investigative journalism thrilling. 

2. The Post

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Starring the iconic duo Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, The Post is an 2017 American historical political thriller film that is set in the 1970’s. Based on a true story, the film plays the attempts of a group of journalists at the Washington Post to publish the infamous Pentagon Paper, classified documents of the 20-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War. The lead character, who also happens to be the country’s first female newspaper publisher,  and her editor race to expose the massive cover up that has over 3 decades and 4 U.S presidents secrets. Watch as they face tremendous challenges and risk their careers all at the faith of an unprecedented battle between the press and government. 

Basic Requirement for Journalism Courses in Malaysia

STPM 

Minimum of 5 credits (CGPA 2.00)

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2E’S OR 3D’S

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 2.00

Candian Pre-U 

Minimum average of 60%

Australian Matriculation 

Minimum ATAR of 60 

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen. 

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Recommended University for Journalism Degree in Malaysia

University of Wollongong Malaysia

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Bachelor of Communications (Hons), Major in Journalism & Broadcasting

Focuses on giving students the opportunity to develop and enhance presentation, critical thinking, planning and management skills, through a variety of projects, events and campaigns, both in and out of the classroom

 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Writing and Referencing 
  2. Principles of Journalism 
  3. Communication Law 
  4. Print and Broadcast Journalism 
  5. Broadcast Media Production

Intake 

January, March, May, July, September & October

Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 71, 025 (Malaysian)

RM 83,400 (Non-Malaysian) 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Content marketer
  2. Copywriter
  3. Reporter
  4. Magazine journalist 
  5. Editorial assistant 

For the psychologist in you :

1. Girl Interrupted

Starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, Girl Interrupted is a 1999 American psychological drama film based on a memoir where the film follows a young woman who struggles with the uncertainty of her own mental illness. Set in the 1960’s where mental illness is a highly taboo topic – The protagonist of the film admits herself into a psychiatric institution after getting persuaded by her parents, tand is later diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. This film takes an interesting plot as it argues that perfectly sane people become institutionalized simply because once they’re inside the system, it is assumed that something HAS to be wrong. 

2. Split

One of my personal favourites – SPLIT follows a storyline of how a man with 24 different personalities otherwise known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) kidnaps and imprisons three teenage girls in an isolated underground facility. The protagonist of the film had identified 23 distinct personalities by his therapist that were formed due to childhood abuse and abandonment, each possessing their own set of peculiarities. This film is definitely one of those films that leave you at the edge of your seat with your mouth wide open as James McAvoy does a brilliant job in playing the different personalities that makes you believe you’re watching 24 different individuals. 

Basic Requirements for Psychology Courses in Malaysia

 

STPM 

Minimum of 5 credits (CGPA 2.00)

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2E’S 

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 2.00

Australian Matriculation 

Minimum ATAR of 80

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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Recommended University for Psychology Degree in Malaysia

HELP University

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Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)

 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Abnormal Psychology 
  2. Social Psychology 
  3. Understanding & Managing Emotion 
  4. Gender Studies
  5. Forensic Psychology 

Intake 

January, May & August 

Duration 

3 years (Full time) 

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 73,700 

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Career Counsellor 
  2. Counselling Psychologist 
  3. Educational Psychologist
  4. Educational Psychology 
  5. Social Work Assistant 

For the lawyer in you :

1. 13th

Photo Credit : Netflix

This powerful American documentary film directed by Ava DuVernay thoroughly explores the prison system and how it is used as a weapon against minorities. This film was titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which abolished slavery and ended involuntary servitude. This documentary shines light on the harsh reality as it explores the raw demonization of minorities for decades to serve political ends, fear of minorities by white and the act of police brutality against minorities. Just a disclaimer though, this film previcts provocative and heartbreakingly real stories so be sure you are mature enough to handle it. 

2. The Trial of the Chicago 7

If you’ve been keeping up with pop culture, you MUST have heard of this film and it’s impact as a conversation starter. The Trial of the Chicago 7 follows the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riots. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government. Watch as this suspenseful and intense film as it shows alot of the political system of U.S 50 years ago and now. 

Basic Requirements for Law Courses in Malaysia

STPM 

Minimum of 2C’s

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2E’S 

UEC

Grade B in 5 subjects

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 2.00

Australian Matriculation 

Minimum ATAR of 50

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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Recommended University for Law Degree in Malaysia

Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

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Bachelor of Law

This degree focuses on in-depth understanding and appreciation of legal doctrines and concepts in the various areas of law. It uses a combination of theoretical studies and practical exposure in the industry, students will be taught how to apply these into a variety of factual situations.

 

Examples of subjects offered 

  1. Contract Law 
  2. Constitutional & Administrative Law 
  3. Company Law 
  4. Equity and Trust 
  5. Law of Tort 

Intake 

January, March & August 

Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

RM 104,522 (Malaysian)

RM 125,136 (Non-Malaysian)

Examples of career prospects : 

  1. Lawyer
  2. Litigation Lawyer
  3. Conveyancing Lawyer
  4. In-House Legal Counsel 
  5. Public Prosecutor 

For the business savvy in you :

1. Pursuit of Happyness

YES. A CLASSIC. This uplighting drama is definitely one of those movies that leaves you inspired with many life lessons to adapt into your daily life. Starred by Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith, Pursuit of Happyness is definitely a must watch movie of the early 2000’s based on a biography where it follows a story of a homeless salesman and his son as they endure life struggles and challenges in the journey to becoming a successful businessman. This film teaches us to never give up and to work hard when we want or need something as hard work always pays off. 

2. Moneyball

Moving on with our streak of classic films AND classic actors, Moneyball is a 2011 biographical sports drama film starred by none-other than Brad Pitt where the lead character and assistant general manager of a baseball team is faced with the franchise’s limited budget for players, build a team of undervalued players by taking a sophisticated sabermatic approach in scouting and analyzing players for the team. This film accurately describes the ‘status quo’ of professional baseball with a splash of a business aspect where an ambitious statistical analysis strategy is being used. 

Basic Requirements for Business Courses in Malaysia

STPM 

Minimum of 3B’s

Foundation/ Matriculation

Pass with a minimum CGPA 3.3

A-Levels

Minimum grade range 2B’S 

UEC

2A 3B

Diploma 

Pass with min. CGPA of 3.3 

*Requirements may vary depending on the university that you’ve chosen.

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Recommended University for Business Degree in Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Majors to choose from 

Majors to choose from : 

  • Accountancy
  • Applied economics
  • Banking and financial management
  • Business analytics
  • Business law and taxation
  • Econometrics and business statistics
  • International business management
  • Management
  • Strategic marketing

Intake 

February, July and October

Duration 

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian -RM38,213 per year

Non-Malaysian – RM43,680 per year

Examples of career prospects, varying based on your major  : 

  1. Business advisor 
  2. Human resource manager
  3. Market research analyst 
  4. Accountant
  5. Operations associate 

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Study Geology Degree in Malaysia

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What is Geology?

Never heard of the study of Geology before? Well, in layman’s terms, Geology is the study of the Earth, how it works along with it’s 4.5 billion-year history. Geology is the science which deals with the physical structure and substance of the Earth, their history and the processes which act on them. Geology also focuses on the evolution and dynamics of the Earth such as its natural minerals and energy resources. Geology also consists of the study of any terrestrial planets or natural satellites such as the Moon or Saturn. If you like science, have a deep love for the Earth, love the outdoors and have a strong fascination for the world, you should consider Geology.

What is the importance of studying Geology?

Geologists work to understand the history of our planet. Geologists study our most important natural resources such as water, energy, environment, climate change and natural disasters. The better they can understand Earth’s history, the easier they are able to foresee how events and processes of the past would influence the future. Now, let’s talk about 2 examples of why Geology is important : 

1. Understanding earth materials and processes

Geology helps us study Earth materials that we use everyday such as oil, metals and water along with natural processes Earth creates such as landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions. Learning and understanding the root causes of these processes aid in the continuous development and evolution of communities. As an example, if the study of geology is able to study maps of areas that have experienced flood in the past, it can also predict the areas that might be affected by the flood again in the future. This helps in either avoiding building in that specific area or determining where flood protection or flood insurance is needed. 

2. Study Earth’s history

Geology also helps us by studying climate change. Climate change is a change in the usual weather found in a place, varying from the change in how much rain a place gets to a change in usual temperature of a season. Climate change is also a change in Earth’s climate. Understanding these changes across time is valuable in understanding the causes of changes and its effects. 

What does a Geologist do?

Geologists are able to work in a wide range of industries due to their specialization in studying the core foundation of many resources. Some geologists work in offices while some of them work in the field.

Here are some examples of the different fields you can find Geologists in : 

1. Mapping & Fieldwork

A geologist plays an incredibly important role in mapping out the land prior to mining and exploration companies, construction companies or even some oil and gas companies. Geological field mapping is the process of selecting an area of interest and studying all geological aspects of it which undertakes the evaluation of particular types of rocks, geological structures of an area and how they function as a whole in a natural environment. 

2. Logging

Another form of field-based work geologists do is logging. Logging ranges from a varying rock core logging : for mining and exploration companies, mud logging : undertaken for oil and gas exploration as well as geotechnical logging, which assesses how strong or weak rocks are beneath the surface. Logging plays its part by studying and assessing past environmental changes and accurately recording sampling locations. 

3. Laboratory Work

Some geologists focus mainly on laboratory work where many times they conduct microscoping work – looking at the minor details of rocks and fossils. Microscoping work is known as the core roots of many discoveries that has been made about the geology of the world. Geochemical analyses use chemical methodology to reveal details about samples while geomechanical tests function as a test of how strong specific rocks are. 

World's Top 2 Famous & Influential Geologist

1. Marie Tharp

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Marie Tharp is a well-known American geologist who discovered the first scientific map of the Atlantic Ocean floor. Her outstanding work helped bring a sense of life and sense to the ocean world. Her discovery contributed important information about our earth’s development which is used till today. Tharp used only pens, ink and rulers and sketched out the underwater details of the ocean floor by referring to sonar readings, longitude degree by latitude degree. She focused on using light and texture for her diagrams with what is known as the physiographic mapping techniques.

2. Charles Francis Richter

Charles Francis Richter is another influential seismologist known for his creation of the Richter magnitude scale in 1935 used to quantify the size of the earthquakes, by its intensity. Ritcher’s scale was immediately declared the standard measure of earthquake intensity. The scale takes into account the distance from the point on the ground that is directly above the earthquake’s origin to the instrument. Richter’s prior interest in astronomy influenced his use of the term “magnitude” to describe the earthquake’s strength which was used to describe the brightness of the stars in the atmosphere. 

What are the potential career options with a Geology degree?

Geology can be a very interesting and influential career. If you graduate with a Geology degree, you are able to potentially work in a number of different sectors that vary between different fields such as oil & gas, engineering, mining and extraction industries. Many geologists partake in field work at some point of their career. 

Typical jobs offered for Geology at degree level : 

  1. Geologist 
  2. Geophysicist 
  3. Geochemist 

However, skills and knowledge gained from a Geology degree can also help prepare you for careers in : 

  1. Quarry manager 
  2. Land engineer
  3. Teacher
  4. Environmental investigator
  5. Climate change and sustainability consultant 
  6. Palaeontology 

What are the core subjects in a Geology course?

Individuals studying Geology generally study the basics of the science that studies the Earth’s physical structure and substances, rocks as well as the processes and most sustainable ways of using the world’s resources. Like other degrees, the structure of a geology degree  is likely to involve report writing, research projects, presentations and group work alongside independent study and fieldwork. 

Here are some of the core subjects offered in a typical Geology course : 

  1. Foundation of Chemistry 
  2. Foundation of Physics
  3. Palaeontology
  4. Earth materials 
  5. Geodynamics

Where to Study Geology Degree in Malaysia?

1. Curtin University, Malaysia

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Program

Bachelor in Science (Applied Geology) – BSc

Intake (2021)

February and July 

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 29,800 per year 

Non-Malaysian – RM 44,344 per year 

English Entry Requirements : 

English Qualifications

Score

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Band 6.5

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

79 

SPM 1119 English 

Min. C Grade 

GCE ‘A’ Level

Min. E Grade 

GCE ‘O’ Level 

Min. C Grade 

Academic Entry Requirements : 

*Course prerequisites include : Mathematics (including Calculus), Physics and Chemistry  

Qualifications

Score

GCE – A Level/STPM (best out of 3 subjects)

Min. 5 

UEC (best of 5 subjects)

Min. 15 

ATAR*

(WACE/SACE/HSC/VCE/AUSMAT/SAM/MUFY)

Min. 70

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Min. 24

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Examples of subjects offered for this course by Curtin University Malaysia : 

  1. Foundations of Physics
  2. Fundamentals of Geology
  3. Mineralogy and Geochemistry 
  4. Structural Geology 
  5. Engineering Sustainable Development 
  6. Environmental Geoscience 
  7. Petroleum Geology 

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Top 5 Malaysian Business Women & How To Become One?

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Did you know that based on 2019’s State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, women-owned businesses have grown 21% to a near total of 13 million which represents 42% of total businesses in America?  Despite the never ending discrimination based challenges faced by women in the business field, if you’re passionate about a product or service or even just want to take a dive into the world of entrepreneurship, now is the best time than ever to start your very own female-owned business.

Keys to Becoming a Business Women

A businesswoman can be defined as a woman who works in business, owns her own business or has founded or co-founded a company, usually at a high or highest position.

Here are some keys tips on what it takes to become a businesswoman :

1. Get Educated 

The foundation needed to become a successful businesswoman, besides a smart idea and a capital is a comprehensive education in areas of business. Program that you should choose is one that helps you learn how market trends work, principles of how to not only start and operate but also maintain a quality standard in ensuring a successful company. Besides being equipped with the facts of business, it is also crucial for you to educate yourself with knowledge within the business market and social world. To be successful, you would need to be able to recognize ‘trends’, opportunities and gaps in the market from different perspectives to capitalize on. 

2. Be Determined and Assertive

Being a business owner, it is extremely important for you to stay motivated and focused on personal and business goals. A good business woman should have a balance in soft and hard power traits which puts women on a higher value in a leadership role. You should have traits such as optimism, initiative and resilience to be mentally ready to go through hardships throughout your journey of entrepreneurship.

3. Networking and Finding Mentors

To be inspired in what you do daily, it is important for you to enjoy networking. Building a network of mentors and peers through social events or online will enable you to grow personally and your brand tremendously through connections, collaborations and even partnership. Networking also functions as a form of inspiration and motivation as you are surrounded by individuals of the same mindset who are achieving similar goals to your own. With an increasing number of women entrepreneurs in the market, you will find more opportunities to form connections with other female mentors who will be able to guide you through successfully facing the challenges of entrepreneurship. 

Top 5 Malaysian Business Women You Should Know

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1. Vivy Yusof

Previously listed as one of “Asia’s Top 30 Under 30” on Forbes, Datin Vivy Sofinas Yusof (widely known as Yivy Yusof) is one of Malaysia’s most well known female entrepreneurs, especially in the Malay community. Besides being a wife and mother to 3 children, she is the co-founder of FashionValet, a multi-million dollar fashion e-commerce company and the dUck Group, a lifestyle brand which sells scarves, cosmetics, stationeries, bags and home & living. Vivy also is a social media icon with millions of followers supported by her passion for blogging and vlogging on her own Youtube channel. Her tremendous support in the public eye has gained her multiple prestigious awards such as “Young Entrepreneur Award from Tribute to Women Malaysia”, “Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian’s 2017 Top 5 Social Media Personality”, “Tatler’s 2017 Generation T List” and many more. 

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2. Datin Winnie Low

Datin Winnie Loo is one of Malaysia’s well known entrepreneurs in the hairstyling industry. Widely known as a Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of her hairstyling success with her very own chain of both her high-end saloons “A Cut Above” and her quick cut budget salon known as “X-Cut”. Winnie has since opened over 15 outlets in various locations throughout Malaysia. To recognize her success,she has been presented with various awards for her remarkable pathway in Malaysia’s hairstyling industry such as “Most Innovative Woman Entrepreneur presented by Women In Leadership Forum Asia” and “Ernst and Young’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year”. 

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3. Lee Jim Leng

Hong Leong Investment Bank’s CEO and group managing director, Lee Jim Leng is another female boss that you should know. Graduating with a Bachelor in Business Administration back in 1987, she chose her pathway in investment banking and has been doing it ever since. Besides being happily married with three beautiful children, Lee Jim Leng has worked in the banking industry making waves for the past 10 years. She has made remarkable contributions to HLIB which can be seen in it’s growth of market capitalisation over 10 times over 5 years.

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4. Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir

Datin Paduka Marina binti Mahathir is a Malaysian socio-political activist and well-known author. Marina is known for using her voice in campaigning for what she strongly believes in such as women’s rights and discrimination based on sexual orientations. Besides her active involvement in many non-governmental organizations like Malaysian AIDS Foundation, she spends her time writing informational pieces in a column in “The Star” newspaper known as Musings. She also has books like “50 Days: Rantings by MM” in 1997  and “Telling It Straight” in 2012 which has sparked the interest of many Malaysian bookworms. Back in 2010, Marina was awarded UN Person of The Year for her active volunteering work in openly combating sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

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5. Cheryl Yeoh

Cheryl Yeoh is yet another influential female boss to keep an eye out for. Having a strong presence in the world for entrepreneurship is not only Malaysia but internationally, Petaling Jaya-born Cheryl Yeoh was mainly based in Silicon Valley, San Francisco where she co-founded her first company called CityPockets which is a personalized list-making app which was then acquired by Walmart Labs. In 2014, Cheryl was appointed as Founding CEO of Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) which made her return to Malaysia for good where she launched multiple programs to aid entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia. 

What Course To Study To Become A Businesswomen

Here are some examples of majors you can choose from on your path in becoming a businesswoman : 

1. Marketing

A major in marketing focuses on the study of branding and promotions of your specific products and services in the public eye. You will learn a wide range of study areas which includes advertising, communications, consumer behaviour and public relations along with skills and knowledge such as marketing strategy and research which will aid you in building and customizing your brand exactly the way you want it. 

Career opportunities under this major includes

  • Market research analyst 
  • Marketing specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Advertising manager 
  • Promotion manager 

2.Human Resource 

A major in human resource focuses on the study of what goes on behind the scenes of a company or business. You will learn a wide range of study areas that focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for recruiting and retaining talent which includes the process of interviewing, hiring, training and motivating the employees of an organization. 

Career opportunities under this major includes

  • Business advisor
  • Human resources generalist 
  • Human resources associate
  • Human resource manager

3. Finance 

A major in finance focuses on the study of financial planning, investing, problem-solving and budgeting. You will learn areas of study such as economics, project management, accounting and how applying this information to your company and business aids in ensuring success in both short term and long term plans.

Career opportunities under this major includes

  • Financial analyst 
  • Financial manager 
  • Actuary 
  • Accountant 

4. International Business 

A major in international business focuses on the study of financial markets, global working cultures, global banking as well as international business management. You will learn areas of study which encompass basic business processes worldwide such as foreign language, international communication and operations. This major will be especially beneficial if you are seeking to take your future company globally. 

Career opportunities under this major includes

  • Business development manager 
  • Operations associate 
  • Compliance officer 
  • Logistics specialist 

Entry Requirement to Study Business Degree in Malaysia

Course

Results

A-Level

Min. CCC

STPM

Min. CC or CHPA 2.00

UEC

Min. 5Bs including Math & English

Diploma/Foundation

Min. GPA 2.00

Entry requirements may differ based on different universities being applied to. Contact us for more info. 

Top Universities to Study Business Degree in Malaysia

1. Monash University, Malaysia

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Program

Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Majors to choose from : 

  • Accountancy
  • Applied economics
  • Banking and financial management
  • Business analytics
  • Business law and taxation
  • Econometrics and business statistics
  • International business management
  • Management
  • Strategic marketing

Intake (2021)

February, July and October

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian -RM38,213 per year

Non-Malaysian – RM43,680 per year

2. University of Nottingham, Malaysia

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Program

Business Economics and Finance BSc (Hons)

Intake (2021)

February and September

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM38,500 per year

Non-Malaysian – RM46,900 per year

Program

Finance, Accounting and Management BSc (Hons)

Intake (2021)

February and September 

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 38,900 per year 

Non-Malaysian – RM 48,000 per year 

Program

International Business Management BSc (Hons)

Intake (2021)

September 

Duration

3 years (Full time)

Indicative Annual Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 38,500 per year 

Non-Malaysian – RM 48,000 per year 

3. Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

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Program

Bachelor of Business (Hons)

Majors to choose from : 

  • Finance
  • Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Digital Marketing and Analytics

Intake (2021)

January, March and August 

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative  Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 102,518

Non-Malaysian – RM122,235

4. Asia Pacific University (APU)

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Types of Program Offered

  1. BA (Hons) in Business Management 
  2. BA (Hons) in International Business Management 
  3. BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management 
  4. BA (Hons) in Marketing Management 

Intake (2021)

March, May and September

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 87,000

Non-Malaysian – RM88,200

5. UCSI University

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Program

BSc (Hons)  Financial Economics

Intake (2021)

January, May and September

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative  Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 63,370 

Non-Malaysian – RM 65,400

Program

BSc (Hons)  Branding & Advertising

Intake (2021)

January, May and September

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 63,310

Non-Malaysian – RM65,550

Program

BSc (Hons)  Logistics Management

Intake (2021)

January, May and September

Duration

3 years  (Full Time)

Indicative Fees (2021)

Malaysian – RM 63,330

Non-Malaysian – RM65,400

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Marketing V.S. Advertising Degrees in Australia

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At first, it might seem like advertising and marketing are two concepts that share the same objectives. If you were to ask the person beside you the difference between advertising and marketing, there is a strong possibility that they would not be able to differentiate it. That’s because there is a very fine line between advertising and marketing that’s often difficult to explain.

In basic terms, marketing is identifying customer’s needs and determining how best to meet those needs. In contrast, advertising is the exercise of promoting a company and its product or services through paid channels. But the differences do not end there.  

Advertising and marketing are closely related subjects that have much in common yet differ in many ways.

What is Marketing?

Marketing deals with identifying, creating and communicating the value of a product or services that satisfy the audiences’ needs while making a profit. 

Marketing strategies can be found everywhere, for the positioning of chocolates and mints near the cashier or when you receive a birthday voucher from a clothing store. 

However, marketing is just not about finding a solution to sell your products and services. 

“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customers so well the product or services should be able to sell by itself” – Peter F Drucker.

To be a successful marketer, you would first need to understand your customers and be aware of their demographics like age, interest, hobbies etc. Once you have understood the customers, you can develop products to meet your customer’s wants and needs. As Peter F Drucker quotes, the services and products would sell by themselves since you have satisfied your customers’ requirements.

Core Subjects Taught in Marketing

  • Introduction to Microeconomics: An introduction subject to microeconomics theory and policy. At the end of the subject, you’ll explain the concepts of market demand, supply and equilibrium; and apply the market model to explain the determination of prices, quantities and wellbeing.

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics: An introduction to macroeconomic theory and policy. Topics will include economic aggregates such as production and employment, the general level of prices and inflation, the exchange rate, and interest rates.

  • Consumer Behaviour: Topics include the introduction and application of buyer behaviour concepts to marketing decision making, consumer behaviour models and the identification of psychological variables which influence customer decision making.

  • Global Marketing: Provides an introduction to marketing in the international marketplace. Topics covered include the cultural, economic, political and ethical environments.

What is Advertising?

The average attention span of a human is 8 seconds, so how do businesses stand out from their competitors and, at the same time, grab the attention of their customers? The answer to that? Advertising.

Advertising is a channel of communication used to influence customers’ buying behaviour with a persuasive selling message about a product or services. In a business, advertising aims to attract new customers by defining the target market and reaching out to them with an effective advertisement campaign.

Core Subjects Taught in Advertising

  • Advertising Foundation: Introduces the creative advertising industry’s theory and practice and its place within a broader communication and historical context.
  • Copywriting: Explore how the spoken and written word is used in advertising across the globe to communicate and persuade effectively.
  • Advertising Campaign Strategy: Examine international and local advertising campaigns and specific campaigns that have built a strong brand relationship with consumers and achieved specific communication objectives; strategic planners’ role and function will be explored, including how they transform research data into strategic insights and then use these insights as to the foundation for effective advertising campaigns.
  • Creative Advertising: Investigate creativity theory and the processes used by advertising creatives and generate innovative solutions (both written and visual) to communication problems.

Career Options for Marketing & Advertising Graduates

Marketing Graduates

Advertising Graduates

  • Marketing Executive
  • Brand Executive
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Business Development Executive
  • Art Director
  • Copywriter
  • Media Planner
  • Product Planner

Academic Entry Requirement for Marketing & Advertising Degree in Australia

Programme/ Qualifications

Marketing

Advertising

ATAR

A minimum score of 80.00

A minimum of 76.00

A-Level

A minimum score of 7 or CCD

A minimum score of 7 or CDD

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum score of 30

A minimum score of 28

STPM

Minimum 2 passes

Minimum 2 passes

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English Requirement for a Marketing & Advertising Degree in Australia

IELTS 

A minimum overall of  6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-bands 

TOEFL 

An overall of 79; Reading 13, Listening 12 Speaking 18; Writing 21.

PTE

A minimum overall score of 58 with 50 in all sub-bands 

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Top Universities to Study Marketing & Advertising Universities in Australia

1. The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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Program 

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Media (Advertising & PR)

Intake 

February, June, & September 

Duration 

3 Years

Indicative Annual Fees 2021

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2. The University of Queensland (UQ)

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Program 

Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing)

Bachelor of Communication (Digital Media)

Intake 

February & July 

Duration 

3 Years

Indicative Annual Fees 2021

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3. Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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Program 

Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Bachelor of Business (Advertising)

Intake 

February, July & November  

Duration 

3 Years

Indicative Annual Fees 2021

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4. The University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

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Program 

Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Bachelor of Business (Advertising & Marketing Communications)

Intake 

February & July 

Duration 

3 Years

Indicative Annual Fees 2021

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5. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

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Program 

Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)

Intake 

February & July 

Duration 

3 Years

Indicative Annual Fees 2021

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6. Deakin University

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Program 

Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)

Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)

Intake 

March, July & November 

Duration 

3 Years

Indicative Annual Fees 2021

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7. Western Sydney University (WSU)

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Program 

Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)

Intake 

March, July & November 

Duration 

3 Years

Indicative Annual Fees 2021

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8. Curtin University

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Program 

Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)
Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)

Intake 

March & July

Duration 

3 Years

Indicative Annual Fees 2021

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What are the differences between Marketing & Advertising?

Marketing 

Advertising

The activity of understanding the market conditions to identify and create products according to the customer’s needs.

A part of the communication process is done to seek the public’s attention to a specific product. 

Focuses on price, product, place, people and promotion.

Only focuses on promotion. 

Importances on sales.

Importance of creating awareness.

Involves customer behaviour and market research.

Involves creative processes like designing and production.

Includes two-way communication between the brand and the consumer.

Focuses on one-way communication from the brand to the consumers.

Works for the long term.

Works for the short term.

Marketing is a step by step process that starts with a unique selling point – a sentence of what the business is about. 

Advertising includes the placement of ads in mediums such as newspaper, online, magazines and billboards. 

Take a personal approach to construct messages for consumers. 

It targets all the consumers in the same way.

Designed primarily to attract and retain customers.

Designed only to attract customers. 

Attracts customers organically.

Targets customers with a broader sweep.

Despite their differences, there are several similarities between marketing and advertising. 

First of all, it’s essential to understand that advertising is a component of marketing. Marketing refers to preparing a product for a marketplace, while advertising makes your product and services known to a marketplace. 

Advertising is a specific step in marketing. Advertising uses the data and research collected by marketing strategies to analyse and pick the best way to communicate the brand over various advertising channels. 

However, both marketing and advertising work hand in hand to achieve the same target; to release and sell a product or service. Marketing is more controlled and wider-reaching, while advertising is specific to brand communication. Marketing involves consumers behaviour and marketing research, while advertising involves designs and multimedia products.

Marketing and advertising work in conjunction to create a brand’s identity and to sell products. 

 

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