Top 5 Courses to Study in Malaysia

Malaysia is a non-traditional but emerging destination for students looking to study abroad. Malaysia's twinning program, comparatively inexpensive cost of education and top courses in engineering, business & accountancy, architecture and chemistry make it an attractive place to study.

Malaysia may not be the first country you think of when you are considering destinations to study abroad. But it will be foolish to ignore the fact that eight of the country's universities made it to the top QS World University Rankings for 2015/2016. Plus it is far cheaper to study in Malaysia than it is to study in the US, UK and even Australia. It is closer to home, too.

Also, most Malaysian private universities also offer Twinning programs, which let students study a part of their qualification in the country and the remaining at another institution, usually in the UK. All of these are excellent reasons for Indian students to study in Malaysia. Here is a look at the best courses for someone looking to study abroad.


Chemical Engineering

Many Malaysian universities have proven that they offer top quality chemical engineering courses that made the top QS World University Rankings, even entering the Top 50. If you are unsure of which branch of engineering to study or are interested in chemical engineering from the start, you can safely begin applying to a Malaysian university for your higher studies. After your studies, job opportunities in technical marketing, construction, operation and design fields will open up for you. Excellent courses are offered at bachelor's (BE), master's (Msc/MengSc) and doctoral (PhD) levels.

Best Malaysian Universities for Chemical Engineering

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia offers BE, MSc and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemistry at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia can be completed at a fee of roughly RM6,000
  • Universiti Malaya conducts BE, MEngSc and PhD programs, with the bachelor's degree costing approximately RM34,000

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Other engineering courses like electrical and electronics are not far behind. Malaysia's courses in these disciplines have also made it to the top 100 and top 50 of QS rankings. This means that your degree in engineering from the best Malaysian universities will have international recognition and lead to jobs in engineering across major economies. If you want to pursue teaching and research instead, the top universities also provide you with the tools to do so.

Best universities to study EEE in Malaysia

  • University Malaya ranked 37 in the world
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Business and Accountancy

Finance and accounting is a lucrative field and professionals in these fields are in high demand. Malaysia has several excellent business & accounting courses for you to earn your BBA, BF, BM, BF, MBA, MM, MS or doctoral degrees. Whether you opt for general management studies or obtain specializations such as Master of Management, Masters of Finance or Masters of Accounting, you will find a course that suits your needs and gives you the qualifications for a great future.

Universities offering Business & Accountancy degrees

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia is ranked 89 in the world in Management Studies and offers the following degrees – Bachelors of Management, Bachelors of Accountancy, Masters of Management, Masters of Accountancy, Masters of Finance and PhD
  • Universiti Malaya has a global ranking of 101 in Accounting and 150 in Finance, and offers Bachelors of Accounting, Bachelors of Business Administration, Bachelors of Finance, Masters of Management, Masters of Business Administration and PhD degrees
  • Bachelors of Management, Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science, Masters of Management and PhD can be studied at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


Malaysia offers many unique programs in the field of architecture that are accredited by the MQA or Malaysian Qualifications Agency. The qualifications framework that this body implements on the best universities in the country helps to set certain standards. Degrees offered for various levels of study include B.Arch, BSArch, M.Arch, MSArch and PhD. These degrees will prepare you for a career as an architect back home in India or in Malaysia, should you choose to continue working there.

Top Malaysian Universities for studies in Architecture

  • Universiti Malaya offers Bachelors of Architecture, PG course in Architecture and Phd programs
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia also conducts Graduate and Post Graduate courses in Architecture
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia offers B.Arch degree course


A traditional course in Chemistry is also a good option at Malaysia's top universities. The programs offered in the field of chemistry are very diverse and modern, in keeping with the changing needs of our modern world. Plenty of teaching, research and professional careers in chemistry open up after you obtain a BSc, MSc or PhD from a Malaysian university.

Best institutes to pursue Chemistry in Malaysia

Medium of instruction in Malaysian universities is English. International students vying for a seat in a Malaysian university will have to establish their proficiency in the language and provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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