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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.

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION

Recommended University for Engineering Degree

University of Nottingham Malaysia

Photo Credit : University of Nottingham

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

Photo Credit : The Atlantic

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

Photo Credit: Variety

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. 

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION

Recommended University for Journalism Degree in Malaysia

University of Wollongong Malaysia

Photo Credit : UOW Malaysia

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.

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION

 

Recommended University for Psychology Degree in Malaysia

HELP University

Photo Credit : HELP University

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.

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION 

Recommended University for Law Degree in Malaysia

Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

Photo Credit : Taylor's University

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.

For further enquiries, contact EXCEL EDUCATION

Recommended University for Business Degree in Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

Photo Credit : Monash University

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 Economics Degree and Courses in Malaysia

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With the current pandemic ongoing, the “word” economy or economic would have been repeated multiple times either on the national news airing on the tv or the local newspaper. If you’re someone who has been following news about financial reports and the current economic trends; and has been curious about what affects a country’s economy and how could a country improve its economy, a degree in economics might be the right one for you. 

In this article, we’ll be diving deeper into the basics of economics, why is it important and the pathway to becoming an economist. 

What is Economics?

Economics is one of the social science groups that explore issues that impact financial situations and decisions. Economics looks at how the world’s limited resources are used and distributed among individuals and organizations. It also studies how people make choices under scarcity (limited) and the impact of these decisions on society. 

The two significant branches of economics are macroeconomics and microeconomics. Microeconomics is the study of individual choices under scarcity, and its implication on prices and quantities in a particular market. For example, when there’s a limited amount of face masks available in the market, prices of face masks go up, but people would still buy as long as the necessity of face mask continues to be present in the market. While Macroeconomics looks at the bigger picture of a country’s economy as a whole; and studies national economics and the policies the government implements to improve its economic performance. Macroeconomics tries to find answers and solutions for questions such as “What would the inflation rate be in the next 5-10 years?” or “Why is the rate of unemployment increasing and what could be done on a national level to decrease the rate of unemployment?”.

Why is Economics Important?

Economy and business work hand in hand, one isn’t able to survive without the other. Businesses are the engines of an economy as they provide job opportunities which generate incomes, make goods and provide services for consumers to purchase. A balanced healthy supply and demand chains in a thriving market is what economics is about. Economies can exist without businesses, but they will not be substantial. Imagine an economy where everyone just works for themselves and produces their own products, there would be a limitation in the purchasing power resulting in not everyone’s needs or demands could be met. A thriving economy in any country helps to improve the quality lives of its citizens by improving one’s earning and spending power, better health care development and also the quality of education.

What are the Roles of an Economist?

An economist is an expert who studies the relationship between a society’s resources and its production or output. Economists study societies ranging from small communities to the entire nation and even the global economy.

An economist’s expert opinions and research findings are used to help shape a wide variety of policies, including interest rates, tax laws, international trade agreement, and employment programs.

There are various duties of an economist, including researching economic issues, conducting surveys and collecting data, interpreting and forecasting market trends, and advising businesses and the government.

What are the Skills Needed to Pursue an Economics Course

  • Knowledge of social sciences:  Although mathematics is an important skill it is not all you need to become a successful economist. Economics also has much common ground with other social science subjects that plays an important role too. For example, psychology helps economists observe  consumer behaviour while history is the study of events, allows economists to look at the similarities of different events and question if it supports a particular economy theory or model. 
  • Independent thinking: While it’s evident that it is essential to know other people’s work and theories but to be a successful economist, you also will need to have insights and ideas of your own. The ability to think for yourself and question what you know will allow you to take new directions and develop original research that will make you a better economist.
  • Good in numbers: Numeracy is a crucial skill for an economist. From dealing with large datasets to interpreting visual data like graphs, you’ll need to be comfortable handling numbers and working with mathematical principles. 
  • Good at understanding complex systems: The fact is that economics is a complex subject which looks at complex systems. You’ll need to be able to pull together information from different sources from various fields.

Career Path for Economics Graduates

  • Economist: Study how society distributes resources, such as land, labour, raw materials, and machinery, to produce goods and services. They conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts on a wide variety of issues, including energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes, and employment levels, among others.

 

  • Financial Risk Analyst: Identifies and analyses potential risk threatening the financial position of commercial and industrial corporations. 

 

  • Data Analyst: A data analyst collects, processes and performs statistical analyses on a large dataset. They discover how data can be used to answer questions and solve problems related to financial and economic trends. 

 

  • Financial Planner: A financial planner is a qualified investment professional who helps individuals and corporations meet their long-term financial objectives or to build and obtain wealth. Financial planners do their work by consulting with clients to analyze their financial goals, risk tolerance, and life or corporate stages and then identify a suitable class of investments. 

What are the Core Subjects Taught in Economics?

  • Statistics
  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

How Do I Become an Economist

There are two pathways to become an economist, the first pathway takes around 3 years after completing the pre university program (A-Level, Foundation, etc). The second pathway is by signing up for a Diploma program which roughly takes around 2-2.5 years to complete and students can progress directly into Year 2 of the degree program. 

General Entry Requirement

 

A-Level

Minimum 2Es

Diploma 

Minimum CGPA of 2.0

Foundation 

Minimum CGPA of 2.0 

STPM

Minimum CGPA of 2.0

UEC 

Minimum 5Bs

Entry requirements vary according to universities. For inquiries on any other entry requirements please contact us at Excel Education 

Top Universities to Study Economics

Nottingham University, Malaysia

Nottingham University provides the flexibility for students to tailor the course according to their choice of interest as Nottingham provides two options of in-depth courses for Economics. By providing a wide range of subjects, Nottingham lays the foundation for their students in terms of techniques and knowledge that they are sought after by employers. Ranked to be in the top 200 universities around the world, Nottingham provides their students to transfer campuses in China, Dubai or the campus in the UK itself.

Programme 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics and International Economics

Duration

3 Years 

3 Years

Intake

September

September

Indicative Fees (2021)  

Local: RM 37,300

International: RM 46, 800

Local: RM 37,300

International: RM 46, 800

Monash University, Malaysia

Monash University offers 9 different majors and one of them is Applied Economics. Students are given the choice of either choosing to pick one or two majors in their degree program. Students will be covering modules about business, commerce and also applied economics much more in-depth which makes them much more wanted industry.

Programme 

Bachelor of Business & Commerce, major in Applied Economics

Duration

3 Years

Intakes 

February, July & October

Indicative Fees (2021)  

Local: RM38, 213

International: RM 43, 680

Taylor’s University

Picture Credits: Taylors University 

Taylors University program equips students with an in-depth understanding of economics behaviour and an extensive knowledge on the financial sector. Unlike other institutions, Taylor’s University provides students with the flexibility to study modules who have multiple interests either related or unrelated to the degree program. Students are also given the option to complete their final year by transferring to the partner universities in Australia. Graduates from the program will also be given the opportunity to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. 

Programme 

Bachelor of Business (Hons) Finance & Economics 

Duration

3 Years

Intakes 

January, March & August

Indicative Fees (2021)  

Local: RM 99, 878 

International: USD 29, 212

Help University

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Help University provides their students with two options to enroll into which are the degree program provided by Help University or by University of London, the duration for both universities however remains the same and can be completed locally.  Help University emphasizes both theory and relevant application. Upon graduation, students will be able to embark on various career paths. 

Programme 

Bachelor of Economics (Hons)

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics, University of London

Duration

3 Years

3 Years

Intakes 

January, May & August

March, May, July & September

Indicative Fees (2021)  

Local & International: 

RM 62, 300

Local & International: 

RM 50, 000

Multimedia University CyberJaya (MMU)

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Students in this program will be able to construct various econometrics models for analysis and decision making. MMU also provides the opportunity for students to pick their own elective subjects for the program by providing 5 different elective options. However, since this is a degree that has significant hours for quantitative and programming subjects, hence making the graduates from MMU ready for the working world. 

Programme 

Bachelor of Analytical Economics (Hons)

Duration

3 Years

Intakes 

April, July, September & November

Indicative Fees (2021)  

Local: RM52, 000

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A-Levels Program and Scholarships in Malaysia

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It’s no joke when it comes to pre-university programs, there are plenty of choices out there and most of the time students end up confused on which one to choose. It doesn’t happen often but sometimes students tend to take the wrong path and end up not meeting the entry requirement for their preferred degree program. This leaves the students devastated and the money and time invested in the program are redundant. But fret not, in this article, we will be explaining in detail about one of the most chosen pre-university programs by Malaysian students, that has given them the opportunity to enroll in top universities both abroad and locally. 

What is A-Levels?

Advanced Based Qualifications or widely known as A-Levels, the most chosen pre-university program by young Malaysian students that opens up the gate of opportunities for students to progress into higher education. The program is based on the British education system and the A-Levels program in Malaysia is governed by two main examination bodies: the Cambridge Assessment International Education and Edexcel

Although in Malaysia the two main boards for the A-Level program, there are several other assessment boards for A-Levels too such as:

Types of A-Level Assessment Bodies

  • Council for the Curriculum, Examination and Assessment (CCEA)
  • Assessment and Qualification Alliance (AQA)
  • Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examination (OCR)
  • Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJE)

The program is 100% exam based, similar to SPM. It might be a relief that you would only need to focus on 3 main subjects instead of 9. But don’t get your hopes too high up because it is also known that it’s tough to score straight As for the A-Levels program. However, the good news is that you’ll have full control over the subjects you chose to pursue during your A-Levels. 

Signing up for A-Levels gives you a taste of what university would be as throughout the course you would be gaining in-depth knowledge of the subjects you choose to take. It will definitely be a different experience from school as you’ll not be spoon-fed but being taught how to be independent and think logically which will help you present your ideas better and prepare you for your degree program in the future. 

A-Levels Program Structure

The A-Level program is structured into two parts; the first part being Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level) and the second part known as A2.

  • Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level): Forms the first of the program and is the foundation of A-Levels. In this part, you’ll learn the basics of the subjects you’ve chosen, more like an introduction level to get to know the subjects better.
  • A2: Forms the second half of the program, in which you will be covering the more complex side of the chosen subjects. 

A-Levels Grading System

At the end of each level, students will need to sit for exams to test their knowledge and understanding of the subjects that they have taken. Each level will contribute 50% towards the final grade. 

However, the main difference between the Cambridge A-Levels and Edexcel A-Levels is in the event that a student would want to repeat a subject in order to improve his/her marks.  In the Edexcel A-Levels, you would not need to repeat the entire level but the subject only. Only the highest mark will be taken into account whereas for the Cambridge A-Levels you would need to repeat the entire level both AS and A2

A-Levels Grading Scale

Grade

Percentage 

A*(not applicable in AS Level grading system)

90+ average in A2 unit with 80+ average overall

A

80+

B

70-79

C

60-60

D

50-59

E

40-49

Duration of A-Levels

The entire A-Level course averagely takes 18 months to complete from start to the end. The intake dates and examination dates vary according to the institution. However, the exam period is only once a year both for AS Level and A2. 

For example:

Programs 

Edexcel

Cambridge 

Intakes 

January, March & July 

January, March & July

Exam Dates 

January & June

The exam takes place in two phases: AS and A2: May/June and Oct November 

Intake and exam dates vary according to the institution for more details please contact Excel Education

What Subjects Should You take for A-Levels?

There are over 50 subjects offered by the Cambridge International Advanced Level and around 40 subjects by the Edexcel. You’ll be spoilt for choices and might be even confused about which subject to choose, however, not all the subjects will be offered at colleges/ universities in Malaysia. You must pick the subjects wisely to create an easier path for you to progress into your degree program.

Some of the Subjects Offered in A-Levels are:

  • Physics 
  • Chemistry 
  • Biology
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • English 
  • Accounting 
  • Economic 
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science 
Subject availability depends on colleges/ universities, for more information please contact Excel Education

Example of Recommended A-Levels Subject Combinations

Degree 

Recommended Subject

Engineering or Actuarial Science

Core Subjects: Mathematics & Physics

Recommended subjects:  Economics & Further Mathematics 

Biomedical, Architecture, Business, Computing, Pharmacy, Psychology & Material Science

Core Subjects:  Biology & Chemistry 

Recommended subjects: Physics, Mathematics, Economics & Psychology. 

Law, Education, Finance, Journalism, Management Studies & Mass Communication

Core subjects: Mathematics & Economics

Recommended subjects: Accounting, English Literature, Sociology, Business. Computer Science, Law, Psychology and Further Mathematics. 

Please note that these are just examples of the combination of subjects that can be taken; subject availability depends on the college/ university; for further information please contact Excel Education

There are plenty of art and science subjects that you can choose from, but again it all depends on which type of degree you would like to pursue in the future. If you’re not quite sure yet on which degree program you would like to pursue;

Tips for Choosing the A-Levels Subjects Combination

  • Choose subjects you’ll excel in: It’s no joke when it comes to a 100% exam based course. You’ll be spending most of your time with your nose in books, pulling an all-nighter so why not choose a subject that you might enjoy.
  • Choose subjects that are relevant to your degree: Since A-Levels provides you with the freedom to pick a combination of subjects for your degree program, you must choose the right ones as some subjects might allow you to change courses if you change your mind; therefore, all your hard work would not go to waste.
  • Pick subjects which provide more comprehensive degree options: Being cited as one of the most flexible pre-university programs and widely accepted by universities worldwide, you would not be pressured into choosing a degree program, if you have not made up your mind yet. The rule here is to keep your options broad by taking some of the flexible subjects which are frequently required for admission in top universities

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Why take A-Levels?

Opens a gate of opportunity: Since the program is well known, it is widely accepted by many top universities around the world. It is also known to be the golden ticket for those who would like to pursue their degree in the UK and many other countries such as Australia, Singapore, and Canada

Specialized subjects : Unlike foundation programs where you would be learning new sets of subjects every semester, A-Level only focuses on the subjects that you’ve chosen. 

Resources/Study Materials: There are plenty of resources for A-Levels students ranging from past year papers and lecture notes, which could help you prepare better for the exams.

Who should take up A-Levels?

You should take up A-Levels if:

  • You’re comfortable with 100% exam based courses
  • Aiming to apply for competitive degree programs such as Medicine or Law
  • You have plans to study your degree in the UK 
  • If you like being in a structured program 

You shouldn't take up A-Levels if:

  • You prefer coursework over the examination
  • You don’t want to learn a wide range of subjects 
  • You do not have plans to study abroad.
  • You’re planning to take up more hands-on degrees such as Hospitality, Culinary Arts and so on. 

General Entry Requirement for A-Levels

SPM/ IGCSE

Minimum 5 Credits (including English and relevant subjects to the course)

UEC

Minimum 3Bs including English and relevant subjects to the course)

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Being similar to other pre-university courses such as Canadian Pre- University (CPU) and STPM, the entry requirement for A-Levels in Malaysia requires at least 5 credits from SPM or IGCSE students. In the event, if you like to pursue subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Further Mathematics, you would need to have a subject prerequisite which means that you would need to achieve the minimum entry grade for the subjects during your SPM/ IGCSE.

Best Universities to Study A-Levels in Malaysia

Taylor’s College & University

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Taylor’s College & University has continuously produced more than 3000 students scoring 3As, earning the institution 144 awards for Top in the World Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award and 45 awards for the top in Malaysia, outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

January, April & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 months)

Subjects offered

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • English Literature
  • Economics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Business
  • Accounting 
  • Chemistry 
  • Mathematics

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local

3 Subjects: RM 35, 690

4 Subjects: RM 44, 540

 

International:

3 Subjects: USD 12, 302

4 Subjects: USD 14, 515

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by Taylor’s University

Category 

Academic Requirement 

Awards

Assessment 

Taylor’s Merit Scholarship 

SPM: Minimum 45 points 

IGCSE: Minimum 40 points 

UEC: Minimum 10 points 

50% Tuition Fee Waiver

75% Tuition Fee Waiver

Full Scholarship

Online Assessment 

Taylor’s Excellence Award

5As – 9A

Scholarship starting from RM4,000 

Help University

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Help University is one of the first to offer both Cambridge and Edexcel A-Levels modules. Help University is currently the holder of the highest record of 101 World Top Awards for best scores worldwide in individual subjects together with another 37 National Awards.

Cambridge A-Levels & Edexcel A-Levels

Intake

January, March & July

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry 
  • Law
  • Physics
  • Accounting
  • Biology 
  • Economics
  • Further Mathematics
  • English Literature

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local & International:

3 Subjects: RM28,000 

4 Subjects: RM35,000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by Help University

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

Help A-Levels Scholarship 

1A to 8As  and above

Starting from RM13,000 to Full Scholarship 

Distinction Award

6A/A+to 10A/A+

Partial Scholarship starting from RM5, 000 to RM13,000. 

UCSI College

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UCSI College continues to repeat its streak of 100% passing rate for its Cambridge A-Levels program throughout the years. Many of its students have been admitted to universities around the world such as Cambridge University, King’s College London. Australia National University and also University of New South Wales.

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

January, May, July & September

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Further Mathematics

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local 

3 Subjects: RM25, 020

4 Subjects: RM30, 000

 

International:

3 Subjects: RM27, 000

4 Subjects: RM33, 000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by UCSI University

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

UCSI University Trust Principal’s Award 2021

Merit-based scholarship recognises students who demonstrate excellent academic achievements, exemplary leadership, as well as notable accomplishment in sports and extracurricular activities

Tuition Fee Waiver up to 100%

UCSI University Trust A-Level Scholarship 

5A+/A/A- to 9A (minimum 8A+)

Scholarship amount starting from RM 5,000

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

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MCKL A-Level graduates have gained admission to some of the world’s top universities such as the University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, Yale University and Imperial College upon completing their A-Levels. They have also gotten the award for 14 top in the world outstanding Cambridge Learner Award in the November 2019 series.

Cambridge A-Levels

Cambridge A-Levels

Intake

March & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Law
  • English Literature
  • Accounting
  • Business 
  • Psychology

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local:

3 Subjects: RM 35, 690

4 Subjects: RM 44, 540

 

International:

3 Subjects: RM 30, 300

4 Subjects: RM 33, 000

MCKL provides a German A-Levels pathway for students who are interested in furthering their studies in Germany. There are many advantages of studying in Germany, the first being the low tuition fees and also their affordable living cost compared to the other European countries. MCKL also works with German Educare to ensure that students are proficient in the language.

 

Cambridge A-Levels (German Pathway)

Intake

January & August

Duration

1.5 Years (18 Months) 

Subjects offered

  • German Language
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Law 
  • Economics/Business
  • Psychology 

Indicative Tuition Fees (2021)

Local: RM38, 000

 

International: RM48, 000

Scholarships or Bursaries for A-Levels by MCKL

Category 

Requirement 

Scholarship Amount 

Assessment

Merit Scholarship 

9A+ or 10A (minimum 9A+)

100% Scholarship 

Interview 

Other Merit Scholarship 

5As and above 

Starting from RM1,000

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The Future of the Events Industry – Should You Pursue a Degree in Events Management?

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To say that events management offers its graduates intriguing opportunities would be the understatement of the century. It is the perfect degree for those looking for the right blend of variety, creativity, excitement, adventure, socialising and travel.

Roles & Responsibilities of Events Managers/ Planners

The moment you step into a meeting with a prospective client and try to convice them to do business with you, until the end of the event where the venue is cleaned up and everyone goes back home, everything in between falls into your job scope. You will be dealing with events, conventions and hospitality, but you will also be using components from the fields of marketing, management and economics. 

 

Event management is for those who enjoy putting things together and making things happen- it will be your job to synergize all aspects of the event planning process to ensure that the event is executed smoothly and successfully. This includes budgeting, scheduling, venue selection, arranging transportation, decorations, catering, event security, acquiring permits, arranging for speakers, coming up with contingency plans and so much more. 

 

You will utilise your talents and provide solutions for complex and strategic issues, to conceptualise and pitch events, and you will also aid in the business decision making process, carry out branding and promotion of products and services, do research, identify target markets.

Skills Required in Events Management

  • Excellent time management
  • Sterling communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Be creative, with an eye for detail
  • Be tech-savvy
  • Great leadership abilities
  • Budget awareness
  • Ability to multitask
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Outstanding organisation skills
  • PR & marketing skills – a great bonus

Career Opportunities

  • Event Planner
  • Exhibitions Manager
  • Talent Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Wedding Planner
  • Account Director
  • Festival Planner
  • Entertainment Manager
  • Conventions Services Manager
  • Business Exhibitions Planner

Reasons to Study Events Management

You are Able to Expand Your Horizons and Flex Multiple Skills

Working in the event industry, you can never tell where your job might take you next. You will rarely need to stay confined to one place between 9-5;  you will be working multidisciplinary events, in different environments. One day you might be planning a music festival, and a small office brunch the next- it provides you with a twist of adventure and excitement to look forward to!

Event management is an incredibly transferable field. The skills you acquire through your degree, you will be able to apply it to different ventures.

Relationship Building

It is safe to say that you will be dealing with people from all walks of life- some who may be more insistent than the others. Your job is to learn to navigate the waters, convince clients to do business with you, turn client’s ideas into visions, and turn that vision into a reality. You will learn how to build relationships and connect with people like your job depends on it, because it does!

Entry Requirements for an Events Management Degree

SPM/ IGCSE O Levels or EquivalentGrade C or above in 3 subjects
STPM/ GCE A Levels or EquivalentGrade C or above in 2 subjects
Foundation/DiplomaMinimum CGPA of 2.0
UECGrade B or above in 5 subjects

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

English Requirements

IELTS5.5 overall score, with no components lower than 5.0
TOEFL34 (Internet Based Test)
STPM EnglishB3 or B+
O Level EnglishGrade C or above

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Recommended Universities to Study Events Management in Malaysia

1. Taylors University

Programme

Bachelor of International Tourism Management (Hons) (Event Management)

*Dual Award with University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France

Duration3 years (full-time)
IntakeesJanuary, March, August
Indicative Fees (2021)                  RM 103, 248

2. Berjaya University College

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Programme

Bachelor of Events Management (Hons)

Duration3 years (full-time)
IntakeesJanuary, May, September
Indicative Fees (2021)RM 62,875

3. Sunway University

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Programme

Bachelor of Science in Conventions and Events Management (Hons)

Duration3 years (full-time)
IntakeesJanuary, April, August
Indicative Fees (2021)             RM 88,900

4. INTI International University

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Programme

Bachelor of Arts in Event Management & Marketing (Hons)

 

*Dual Award with University of Hertfordshire, UK

Duration3 years (full-time)
IntakeesJanuary, April, August
Indicative Fees (2021).      RM 62,386

5. USCI University

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Programme

Bachelor of Arts in Event & Tourism Management (Hons)


*Dual Award with HTMi Switzerland

Duration3 years (full-time)
IntakeesJanuary, May, September
Indicative Fees (2021)      RM 48.486

The Future of the Events Industry - Should You Still Pursue Your Dream Career?

As the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, we have seen shifts in every dimension of our lives- the pace of change we have experienced in the past year; technological, social, behavioral or otherwise, has almost transcended the entirety of the past decade. Events is one industry that has been uprooted almost entirely.

 

Understandably, there is a degree of uncertainty when it comes to the future of the industry. Event planners have had to rewrite the entire exhibitions rulebook. Experiences that they have been building throughout their careers were suddenly rendered useless and irrelevant, and they have had to quickly acquire new skills and reimagine the future of events. 

Its a New Dawn for the Events Industry - One With More Promise Than We Can Imagine

Over the last year or so, we have seen several companies take their events online, and found creative, innovative ways to connect with the audience. For the foreseeable future, virtual remains the only way to connect, but it is still, pretty much uncharted territory. 

 

In a sea of uncertainty, we can either choose to drown in it, or focus on what we can control. One thing we can do is increase our knowledge of the new technological advancements, get tech-savvy, and familiarise ourselves in virtual technology. 

 

Event planners have been presented with an opportunity to find new ways to balance the virtual world with the online world, and find new tools to stimulate online engagement. We are envisioning a future incorporated with VR and AR elements to enhance personalisation. 

 

Though it is still in its early stages, the new era of the events industry will set the stage for generations to come. 

The Landscape of the Events Industry Has Been Turned Inside Out, and Things May Never Go Back to the Way It Was - and That is Not a Bad Thing!

The link between physical space and events is barely hanging on by a thread at this point. We need to prepare for a reality where physical events may never matter again. Perhaps by the time we make it out of this pandemic, the nature of networking will be changed beyond recognition. 

 

As the events industry moves forward, so does technology and the generations attached to it. Event planners have already started moving on from catering to the Millennials to catering to Generation Z – the group of people who were practically raised by the internet. So, it makes perfect sense for the future of the events industry to be hybrid events, or even entirely virtual.

 

No matter how much change we go through, one thing will always remain constant. People are always looking for new experiences. Event planners are given a chance to push the boundaries and find new ways to convey captivating experiences, specifically tailored to meet the ever-so-changing requirements and preferences of the people. 

 

If you ask us, this is the perfect time to get into the events industry. Become an early adopter, stay so ahead of the curve that the curve becomes a sphere!

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Everything you Need to Know to Become a Graphic Designer in Malaysia

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Have you had the knack of just scribbling and doodling while studying or even when you’re listening to a lecture? Many of us push those silly doodling aside and pursue something much more serious for our tertiary education. But do you know, according to Malaysia’s critical occupational list 2020, graphic designers were among the top 10 most demanded jobs in Malaysia?

 However, although acquiring the essential skills, the creativity that fuels art, a particular foundation is needed for a designer to succeed in the field. Therefore in this article, we will list everything you need to know about becoming a graphic designer in Malaysia.

What is Graphic Design?

Graphic design is a profession where graphic designers often create visual content to communicate their message to their targeted audience. They use typography, illustrations, symbols and colors to create a visual representation of ideas.

For example, when you’re visiting a local grocery store, just stand and look around, there would be plenty of items that have various colors and designs. Most of the time, there will be one product that catches your eye even when it’s new, that is how important a role graphic design plays in our everyday life. 

Graphic design optimizes an organization/clients marketing efforts across all marketing channels. This dynamic and exciting field opens up opportunities in various industries where you’ll get to exercise your creativity and personality through graphics.

What are the Skills Needed to Become a Graphic Designer?

Creativity: The most fundamental skill needed to survive being a graphic designer is creativity. Graphic designers need to be creative thinkers as they will be frequently asked to come up with ideas that are conveyed through text and images. For example, they might have to promote a company’s mission through a website or design an image that helps sell products, all of this involves creative problem-solving skills 

Communication: In this work line, you’ll be meeting plenty of clients and customers that always change their mind about the designs. You’ll need to be able to communicate well to pass the ideas/message to your clients. 

Besides that, being a graphic designer means you’ll be working with many of your team members from different departments. It’s crucial that you can communicate well in order not to give out the wrong message. It’s definitely a plus point if you’re able to communicate and work well with others as it will send out a statement that you’re a team player.

Presentation Skills: Along with communication, presentation skills also play a crucial part in a graphic designer’s life. As you board on projects, your clients will be expecting you to present to them your ideas from the very beginning to the end of the project. Therefore, having it’s not an option to have cold feet during a presentation as it might 

Patience: As a graphic designer, you’ll be asked to make multiple changes to your designs even though it might not make sense. Sadly, it is your job to comply with your clients to ensure that they are given what they have asked for. 

Technology: Graphic designers need to be on their toes and master various forms of technology as it’s constantly updated. They have to be comfortable using multiple different designing software such as Adobe. 

Time Management: Many graphic designers are constantly juggling between multiple projects, therefore time management is very crucial in this industry. Graphic designers should be able to multitask, juggle several projects at a time and meet all the deadlines.

Who Should Study Graphic Design?

If you want to be your own boss: Most graphic designers work as freelancers after several years of working with firms. They acquire the working experience and start off later by working by themselves as freelance designers and eventually becoming advisors for companies. 

If you want to get paid for being creative: Graphic designers get paid for expressing their creativity, although it might sound easy, it’s not. A graphic designer always needs to ‘think outside of the box’ to solve briefs as they can’t repeat the same design.

If you’re someone who gets bored quickly: Life of a graphic designer is never dull as you’ll always be up with a new challenge. You could be designing menus for a restaurant one day and the next, creating layouts for a mobile app. 

If you want to work in a wide range of industry: Every industry needs visual communication and good graphic designers. There are endless possibilities for graphic designers to work either with clients or organizations. 

What are the Common Subjects Taught in Graphic Design?

Graphic design is a very wide course to pursue, which can lead you to endless possibilities and job opportunities. Only being equipped with creativity is definitely not adequate to get through to becoming a graphic designer as they hold the responsibility of creating powerful visuals that more often need more skills. There are various factors that play a role in producing a good quality of visual such as typography, colour schemes, fonts, word choices and many more. 

Here are some common subjects that are taught throughout the Diploma and Degree program of Graphic Design:

  • Advertising Principle
  • Creative Thinking
  • History of Arts
  • Photography
  • Typography
  • Web Design
  • Principle of Drawings

Career Paths for a Graphic Designer

  • Art Director: Takes charge of the visual style and content in magazines, newspaper, and product packaging. They create designs and direct other artists to develop each contributing piece. 
  • Creative Director: Determines the creative vision of a project. They make sure the overall look stays on track by leading their team through the steps to create something such as an advertising campaign. 
  • User Experience (UX) Designer: Work to make products, processes and services seamless and enjoyable for users. They often think about how the product feels and how the users will use it.
  • Marketing Specialist: Collects and analyzes data on target customers, initiates marketing campaigns, measures the effectiveness of marketing and creates strategies to promote the company’s product or services.

To officially become a graphic designer, it usually takes around 3 years after completing Pre – University (foundation, A-Levels, etc). However, students can also opt into signing up for a Diploma program which takes roughly around 2 –  2.5 years to complete and provides a direct entry into Year 2 of the degree program. The advantages of taking a Diploma program is that upon completion, students would have the choice of either joining the working industry or progress into a Graphic Design degree program with a direct entry into Year 2.

General Entry Requirement

 

SPM/ IGCSE

Min. 3 credits for Diploma


Min. 5 Credits for Foundation/ Pre-University programs 

A Levels

Minimum 2Es

Diploma 

Minimum CGPA of 2.0 

Top 5 Universities to Study Graphic Design

Taylors University

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Programme

Bachelor of Design in Creative Media (Hons)

Major in Graphic Design 

Duration

3 Years 

Intake 

Jan, March & Aug

Indicative tuition fee (2021)

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Taylors University has continuously provided excellent services for its students in terms of diverse options, relevant curriculum and teaching methods, ongoing partnership with some of the world’s leading universities. Taylors University is known to be one of the top private universities in Malaysia and was ranked at number #379 in the QS World University Ranking 2021 which places Taylor’s top among the 1.3% global universities and 14th among the ASEAN universities.

The One Academy (ToA)

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Programme

Bachelor of Graphic Design (Hons)

Diploma in Advertising and Graphic Design 

Duration

3 Years 

3 Years

Intake 

May

Jan, Apr, & Aug

Indicative tuition fee (2021)

Enquire Here

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After being in the education industry for more than three decades, The One Academy has deemed it to become one of Malaysia’s best art and design colleges. The college is also ranked at number  11 for being the best top 25 institutions to provide animation training in the world. They have also collaborated with several reputable universities in the UK, Australia, US and also New Zealand. 

UCSI

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Programme

Bachelor of Graphic Design (Hons)

Diploma in Graphic Design 

Duration

3 Years 

2 Year 

Intake 

Jan, May & Sept

Jan, May & Sept

Indicative tuition fee (2021)

Enquire Here

Enquire Here

Proudly ranked among the 500 top universities in the QS World University ranking is now one of Malaysia top private universities. Closely associated with graduate employability and industry relevance UCSI contributes to the pursuit and expansion of knowledge by providing a wide range of industry-acclaimed programs. UCSI has also collaborated with leading universities in the world and has more than 1000 industrial partners.

Segi University

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Programme

Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (Hons)

Duration

3 Years 

Intake 

Jan. Apr. June, Aug, Sept & Oct

Indicative tuition fee (2021)

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SEGi University has been providing higher education since 1977. Known for its flagship campus at Kota Damansara which accommodates over 12,000 students. With programs tailored to meet both the needs of the industry and their students, their graduates are highly sought after in the job market.

Raffles University

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Programme

Bachelor of Graphic Design (Hons)

Duration

3 Years 

Intake 

Jan, May & Sept

Indicative tuition fee (2021)

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Raffles University is a subsidiary university from Raffles Singapore and opened its door for Malaysian students in 2011 at Johor Bahru. Taking pride in its practice-oriented curriculum and hands-on experience, and have also collaborated with more than 30 industrial partners which produce an all-rounded graduate prepared for the working world.

iACT College

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Programme

Diploma in Graphic Design 

Duration

2 ½ Years 

Intake 

Jan, Apr, June, Aug, & Nov

Indicative tuition fee (2021)

Enquire Here

Founded in 1970 by industry-leading creative communication specialists and formed by the Malaysian Advertiser Associations (MAA) and the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents in Malaysia (4As), iACT aims to provide only the best creative communication programs for their students. Their students have also won more than 90 prestigious awards even before they’ve graduated.

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Top 10 Private Universities to Study Biotechnology in Malaysia 2021

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Ever heard of Biotechnology? Wondering whether you should study Biotechnology courses? Here’s what you should know.

What is Biotechnology?

Basically, biotechnology is all about the use of raw ingredients of life (such as plants, micro-organisms, genetics, etc) to produce the utmost outcome in solving humans’ problems including health problems, environmental problems and agricultural problems.

Thus, they are often used in industries such as environmental, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and even agricultural.

Not only that, but it also contributes to the industrial sector such as the food and beverages industry, textiles industry, biological products, and medicines.

In addition, Biotechnology is known to be the rapidly growing branch of science that does not fall under single discipline but comprises many interdisciplinary branches — and it has gained the attention of new generations to explore the borderline of science.

Why study Biotechnology?

  • Contribute to society

As mentioned previously, biotechnology’s primary benefit is contributing to society.

That is to say, graduates can contribute to various sectors and industries, depending on the path you choose to take. You have the options of fields such as medical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing industry, animal husbandry, chemistry, cell biology and the list goes on.

In other words, studying Biotechnology degree will give you the opportunity to focus on health enhancement of human beings and at the same making humans’ lives easier.

  • Career growth

Most importantly, career-wise, biotechnology has a wide range of courses which gives the students the opportunity to grow professionally in the field.

Hence, this will increase the chance of boosting your career growth by keeping yourself updated with the high demand skills — knowledge of the latest tools and technologies are important too.

In short, this will give you the ability to start from zero and reach the senior position in no time.

  • Career opportunities

Moreover, regardless of your certificates or study level, as a biotechnology graduate, you will have an increasing number of opportunities in both the private and public sector as they are often involved in research work and process of humans’ betterment.

So, you can choose the sector depending on your skill-set and your future career plans.

What are the Key Skills to study Biotechnology?

  • Research skill – Being good at research is one of the most important qualities to have when it comes to biotechnology, you will be researching a lot of scientific findings regarding human genetics, micro-organisms and many more in order to come up with a solution.
  • Production skill – In the biotechnology industry, producing is the main goal. Therefore, you will need to know your way around producing because you will be creating and developing scientific products such as biodiesel, vaccines, and medicines.
  • Problem-solving skill – Undeniably, biotechnology requires a lot of problem-solving situations. In short, you need to focus on finding an accurate and positive solution even in the most troublesome situation — be ready to solve big questions.

What are the Career Opportunities if I study Biotechnology?

  • Genetic Engineers – They rework genetic material to make organisms healthier and more efficient.
  • Biomedical Engineers – They design products that can help people to see, hear and walk again. (artificial limbs, internal organs etc.)
  • Clinical Research Coordinators – They make sure new medicines are safe.
  • Environmental Biotechnologists – They look for natural solutions to environmental hazards.

What are the General Entry Requirements to study Biotechnology?

Academic Requirements

SPM/O-Level (Prerequisites)

Pass with 5 credits

STPM

Minimum 2 Grade C in any of 2 Science subjects

Foundation/Pre-University/Matriculation

Pass with minimum CGPA of 2.00

A-Levels

Minimum 2 principal passes in any of 2 science subjects

UEC

Pass with 5Bs including Chemistry and Biology/Physics/Mathematics

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Minimum 24 points based on 6 subjects

Diploma

Minimum CGPA of 2.00

 

English requirements

IELTS

Minimum 5.0

TOEFL

Minimum 34 (Internet Based Test)

MUET

Minimum Band 3

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact us. 

Which are the Top 10 Recommended Universities to study Biotechnology in Malaysia?

1. University of Nottingham

This degree emphasizes applications of recent biotechnological advances to reduce hunger, combat diseases, produce cleaner energy and to develop more efficient manufacturing processes. 

Program Name

Biotechnology BSc Hons

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

September

Indicative Annual Fee

Malaysian students: RM45,000

Non-Malaysian students: RM53,000

2. Taylor's University

The Bachelor of Biotechnology is designed to provide comprehensive education and training in biotechnology focusing on three core areas, namely agriculture, medical and industrial biotechnology discipline areas.

Program Name

Bachelor in Biotechnology (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

March, August, *October

Indicative Annual Fee

Malaysian students: RM32,500

Non-Malaysian students: RM39,600

3. Swinburne University of Technology

In this course, students will examine the fundamental sciences that underpin biotechnology – chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology – while investigating the application of biotechnology to areas such as business, ethics and environmental science.

Program Name

Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

March, September

Indicative Annual Fee

Malaysian students: RM31,888

Non-Malaysian students: RM40,664

4. International Medical University (IMU)

“Medical biotechnology students at IMU will learn how to contribute towards developing beneficial products to prevent and treat human diseases, learn how to communicate your findings to the general public and eventually to market your own biotechnology products and set up your own companies.”

Program Name

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Medical Biotechnology

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

July, September

Indicative Annual Fee

Malaysian students: RM37,000

Non-Malaysian students: RM39,100

5. UCSI University

The course aims to produce competent, confident and consummate graduates in the field of Biotechnology who are internationally employable and who are equipped with various valuable transferable skills like presentation techniques, communication skills, exposure to problem-solving, teamwork and the use of information technology.

Program Name

BSc (Hons) Biotechnology

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

January, May, September

Indicative Annual Fee

Malaysian students: RM26,200

Non-Malaysian students: RM27,500

6. INTI International University & Colleges

“This programme provides training in the practical application of organisms and their cellular components with regards to manufacturing, service industries, and environmental management.”

Program Name

Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

January, June, August

Indicative Annual Fee

Malaysian students: RM25,000

Non-Malaysian students: RM28,000

7. MAHSA University

Students who graduated with Bachelor of Science Biotechnology (Hons) from MAHSA University can direct themselves towards career opportunities like academician, scientists, an expert in industries, quality analyst, product specialist, entrepreneur and so on in biotechnology and allied fields.

Program Name

Bachelor of Science Biotechnology (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

January, May, September

Indicative Annual Fee

RM26,120

8. Manipal International University

“The Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) (Hons) program provides an overview of the biotechnology industry and common techniques used in R&D. Graduates are trained to fuse their technical expertise with a keen understanding of this fast-paced industry.”

Program Name

Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) (Hons) 

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

March, August, October

Indicative Annual Fee

RM18,200

9. Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)

Students will be learning from leading researchers in their respective fields and will be equipped with the latest biotechnology knowledge together with extensive hands-on experience in our state-to-the-art facilities in the faculty.

Program Name

Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons)

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

March, June/July, Sept/Oct

Indicative Annual Fee

Malaysia students: RM28,200

Non-Malaysian students: RM28,600

10. Nilai University

Industry standard lab facilities are specially catered to students of Biotechnology so you can receive a full experience in the field before you move on to internship and the working world.

Program Name

Bachelor of Science Hons) Biotechnology

Program Duration 

3 years

Intakes

January, June, October

Indicative Annual Fee

RM19,000

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