Ukm Postgraduate Coursework Other Than A-G

The National University of Malaysia (UKM) is inviting applications for admission to graduate programmes offered. Intake for the course work mode and mixed mode programmes are open twice a year, which is every October until November (for the next year February intake) and every April until May (for the September intake). Application for research mode programmes can be made any time throughout the year.

Programme list offered.

All prospective international students must apply for the visa with reference prior to entering Malaysia. Please be aware that this may delay your departure time to Malaysia. Please refer to the International Student Services Division website () for assistance in the application of your visa with reference.

Application for programmes offered by UKM - Graduate School of Business (UKM-GSB) must be made via

Application for course work mode program under Faculty of Information Science and Technology (FTSM) must apply via as this program offered under Centre of Educational Extension.

Application procedures:

  1. Applicants are required to register via this system using the Identity Card/Passport Number, Password and Email address.
  2. Applicants are advised to check the list of programmes offered before make the application.
  3. Applicants need to click the 'SEND' Button to submit an application before the dateline specified.
  4. Applicants DON'T HAVE to send any documents by post after submitting the application through this online system.
  5. An application fees is not refundable under any circumstances or whatsoever.
  6. Applicants are required to check the status of application through this system within sixth (6) to eight (8) weeks after closing date for course work and mixed mode programs and within four (4) to six (8) weeks for research mode programs.

Semester 2 Session 20172018

For the application made for Semester 1 Session 20172018 (BEFORE 2 OCTOBER 2017), please check your result Here

* Only for accounts created after 2 October 2017.


Centre for Academic Management
The National University of Malaysia
43600 UKM Bangi
Selangor, Malaysia
  • +60389118468 / +60389118389
  • +603 8911 8471
Application for programmes offered by UKM - Graduate School of Business (UKM-GSB) must be made via
UKM-Graduate School of Business (UKM-GSB)
The National University of Malaysia
43600 UKM Bangi
Selangor, Malaysia
  • +60389214718 / +60389214486

This is one of the most important issue to consider: How to pay your way through your postgraduate studies?

Scholarships, fellowships and grants are the most sought financial aids by postgraduate students. These funding do not need to be repaid, provided the recipients conform to all the terms and conditions applied by the respective financial aid scheme. 

Your first step before deciding which scholarship to take is to find out how much you are expected to pay for your tuition fees. Scholarships vary in their requirements, subsidy amount and expectations. You would also want to factor in your living expenses during your entire study period as some scholarships are likely to support your living expenses. Students that do not manage to get cost of living funding through their studies might have to juggle between a part time job and study.

The bright side is Malaysian government has begun to recognise the need to create high calibre doctorate human capital to promote the growth of the economy and development of various sector, thus it should be highlighted that getting a postgraduate scholarship in Malaysia can be considered relatively easy.  Many universities offer scholarships to postgraduate students; you can log in to the universities websites to find out more details about the specific funding. Some individual departments in the universities might advertise funding opportunities in the press or on the departmental notice boards during the start of the academic semesters.

In Malaysia there are several types of funding, some may come with bonding – ie the funding recipients have to work for the scholarship providers for a pre-agreed period after their graduation. Fellowships and grants may come with requirements for recipients to publish their research work in academic journals, work part time as research assistants, teach undergraduate classes, or to conduct the research projects for the grant providers.

Help from the university

Many universities offer partial or full scholarships to attract postgraduate students with excellent track record results or who show outstanding academic potential. These are funded from the universities’ own coffers, and also by corporate sponsors, philanthropists and wealthy alumni.

Fellowship scheme

Being research universities, University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) award financial assistantships to all qualified Malaysian graduates to further their postgraduate studies, especially to those that are pursuing their PhDs. Some of the common requirements of these fellowships are:

  • Malaysian candidate 
  • Unemployed 
  • Full time study in Master’s or PhD programme by research or coursework and dissertation 
  • Have a bachelor’s degree with CGPA 3.00 and above or its equivalent, or a Master’s degree 
  • Must not exceed 40 years of age on application date 
  • The award covers tuition fees  (4 semesters for Master’s; 6 semesters for PhD) and monthly stipend 

More information available on;

Research assistant scheme

This scholarship is funded mostly by the supervisors, project leaders or project heads of research. The recipient of this form of financial aid needs to conduct the research project in which the grant is awarded. At the point of appointment as a research assistant, the research grant must have a substantial amount of money left. Those that conform to the requirements are encourage to apply

  • Full time research mode postgraduate students 
  • Students with financial assistance are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants pursuing Master’s degree must have: A Bachelor’s degree (CGPA≥3.00) or equivalent qualification recognized by the Malaysian government.
  • Applicants pursuing Doctoral degree must have: A Master’s degree (CGPA≥3.00) or equivalent qualification recognized by the Malaysian government (Master’s by coursework/mixed mode) 

Find out more in the following websites

Help from the government

A 2010 New Straits Times report revealed that there were only 1,700 professors in Malaysia; a stern indication of the shortage of thought leaders in academia of the highest levels. 

According to Professor Dr Zakaria Kasa, head of the National Council of Professors’ Education and Human Capital Development, three of 10 Malaysians who pursue doctorates on a part-time basis drop out due to family and work commitments. In accordance, the government has set up various scholarships to assist aspiring postgraduate students to complete their Master’s and PhD programmes. 

MyBrain 15

The MyBrain 15 scheme has the potential to remove some of the burden from the postgraduate students in order for them to focus fully on high-quality, value-added research. 

According to Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, the ministry aims to continue making substantial investments in scholarships and research activities. 

He also revealed that 6,243 candidates received sponsorship under the MyMaster scheme, while 1,391 scholarships were given out under MyPhD – amounting to RM6mil and RM18mil respectively.

For 2012, the Ministry has allocated RM130mil to accelerate the programme, including RM80mil to be disbursed to 8,000 MyMaster candidates and RM50mil to be distributed between 1,000 MyPhD candidates and 100 Industry-PhD candidates. 

MyMaster scheme - eligibility criteria and award
  • Malaysian citizen
  • Not more than 35 years of age at the time of application
  • Unemployed graduate with no fixed income; or employee in the private sector; or lecturer in a private institution of higher education (IPTS)
  • Not a recipient of any scholarship or financial aid (other than allowance as a graduate researcher assistant) for studies of the same level
  • Not bonded by any parties during sponsorship period (eg from previous scholarships)
  • Currently pursuing or has obtained admission to full-time postgraduate studies at an institution of higher education.
  • Bachelor’s degree or government-recognised equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.75
  • Study fees of up to a maximum of RM10,000 for 24 months paid directly to the institution 
  • Public  and selected private institutions of higher education.
MyPhD scheme - Eligibility criteria and award
  • Malaysian citizen
  • Not more than 45 years of age at the time of application
  • Obtained admission or is already pursuing studies at an institution of higher education
  • Not a recipient of any scholarship or financial aid (other than allowance as a graduate researcher Assistant)
  • Is currently pursuing or intends to pursue full-time postgraduate studies
  • Master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.50 
  • Relevant working experience that is accepted by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA)
  • Tuition fees  − up to a maximum of RM24,000 for a period of not more than 48 months
  • Refer to details at the official website −
  • Public  and selected private institutions of higher education in Malaysia
National Science Fund  (NSF)

This scholarship is awarded to Master’s and doctorate students undergoing full time studies based on research in local and overseas Institution of Higher Education. The scholarship covers tuition fees, examination fees and RM1,560 monthly allowance for Master’s candidates and RM2,300 for doctorate candidates.

  • Doing research in the following clusters:
    • Biotechnology: agriculture biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, industrial biotechnology, genomics and molecular biology
    • Industry: advance manufacturing technology; advance material; nanotechnology; alternative/renewable energy
    • Information and communication technology 
    • Sea to space 
    • Agriculture
    • Other fields of science and technology
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Health science and medicine
    • Engineering design/industry
    • Microelectronic
    • Environment engineering and pollution control
  • Applicants for Master’s must not exceed 30 years of age and applicants for PhD must not exceed 35 years of age upon the closing date
  • Applicants are not government servants or tutors in local institutions of higher learning. Successful applicants are not allowed to receive any other source of funding or hold any jobs/positions
  • Academic conditions:
    • Applicants for Master’s must have a first class or second upper class with honours at bachelor’s level (CGPA>3.0) or equivalent qualification recognized by the Government;
    • Applicants for PhD must have a bachelor’s degree with honours and/or a Master’s which specialized in the fields listed.
Education Loans – PTPTN

As the name implies, this monetary aid must be paid back in full with interest once the scholar has completed his or her studies. Postgraduate students can apply for loans when all other attempts to obtain scholarships have failed. The National Government Higher Education Student Loan Scheme (PTPTN) is the main education loan provider for Malaysian students who are pursuing studies locally due to its low interest rates. Loan servicing starts six months upon graduation or when employment commence, whichever comes first. You will not be bonded or required to serve the government after completing your studies. Log on to for more information.

All scholarship programmes have different criteria and requirements; make sure that you read and understand all application instructions carefully, especially information about eligibility, deadlines and required documents. The main reason for scholarship rejection is incomplete or incorrectly filled-out applications – do not waste your chance by being careless!

The surest way to get scholarships is to apply for them. Do not underestimate your ability to or chances of getting a scholarship; apply for all that you are qualified for, and you may be surprised at what you can get.

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