Best Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia to Study a Top Diploma in Accounting Course


Choose to Study a Top Diploma in Accounting Course in Malaysia

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Students after SPM or O-Levels with at least 3 credits can choose to study the Diploma in Accounting at top private universities in Malaysia before continuing on to the accounting or finance degree programmes.

Presently, Malaysia has about 7.5 million Accountants. The country requires another 60,000 Accountants to fulfill Vision 2020. A career in Accounting can give you high salaries if you are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills. Therefore, you should choose a reputable top university in Malaysia to study the Accounting diploma.

Students should choose the right university that fits them which has a good reputation for accounting programs, excellent facilities, top lecturers and an English-speaking student environment.

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Study the Diploma in Accounting at the Best Private Universities and Colleges in Malaysia for a Successful Future

Top Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia for Accounting and Business Diploma Programmes

First rate universities in Malaysia for students after SPM or O-Levels to study Diploma in Accounting programmes are:

  1. Asia Pacific University
  2. KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
  3. KDU Penang University College

Transfer your Diploma in Accounting to into Year 2 Accounting Degree at Top Private Universities in Malaysia

EduSpiral helped me to transfer my business diploma into UCSI University. He had advised me to go for a university with an English-speaking environment so that I can improve myself.
Kwang Wei, Business graduate from UCSI University

After completing the Diploma in Accounting, students can transfer your diploma credits into another top private university in Malaysia to enter into Year 2 of the degree for another 3 years depending on the exemptions. It will take about one to three weeks for the university to perform the exemption evaluation.

To perform exemptions, you will need to submit the following documents to the university of interest for exemption evaluation:

  • Transcripts for the subjects taken
  • Course outline for all subjects taken
  • Letter of Completion or Diploma Certificate
  • Copy of SPM certificate

Upon completion of the Diploma in Accounting, students can consider transferring into top accounting and finance degree programmes at the best private universities in Malaysia.

In order to succeed in the competitive field of accounting, students must choose the best universities in Malaysia to study. The best university doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive. Students should choose the right university that fits them which has a good reputation for business programs, excellent facilities, top lecturers and an English-speaking student environment.

Upon completion of the accounting degree programmes, graduates will have 9 paper exemptions from the

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and took us around for a campus tour.
Hui Ying, Diploma in Accounting at Asia Pacific University

total of 14 ACCA papers. I would recommend students who are weak in the English language to go for the accounting degree course first and then only pursue the ACCA. The ACCA is exam-based and marked in the UK.

Entry Requirements for Diploma in Accounting Courses in Malaysia

With any 3 credits in SPM including Maths and a Pass in BM & Sejarah, you can go for the Diploma in Accounting or Diploma in

Accountancy course at a top private university in Malaysia. After the 2-year diploma, you can continue on to Year 2 of the Degree at the same university or college if the degree course is offered. There is no need to perform exemptions if you continue on to degree at the same university.

PTPN Loan for Diploma in Accounting Course in Malaysia

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Gary Ng taking the Diploma in Accounting at KDU University College

Please note that there is no PTPN Loan for Foundation. For the Diploma you can apply for the PTPN Loan  Most universities and colleges will have a special department and staff to help you to make all the necessary arrangements for the loan so you do not need to worry about it. They will brief you about it during Orientation

Please note that generally, you have to pay the First Semester Fees first and then apply for the loan, which would take 2-3 months to process. The loan should be given out in time for the second semester but if it doesn’t happen in time, you have to prepare the fees for the Second Semester. 

Mode of Payment Payment from PTPN will be made TWICE a year directly into the university’s account. Students must make payment of first semester’s tuition fees to the university and then apply for the PTPN Loan for it to come into effect for the second semester.Eligibility for the 2nd Payment and onwards Student must obtain GPA 2.0 and above in order to continue enjoying the loan.

  • The first loan payment is released only after the completed agreement is received by PTPTN.
  • Subsequent payments will be made after PTPTN receives confirmation from the IPT
  • The loan payment is credited directly to the student’s account.
  • Repayment of education loan / financing starts 6 months after graduation / education financing. You have between 5-20 years to pay back depending on the loan amount.
  • The loan rates are 1% per annum on flat rate

PTPN Loan Amount

PERINGKAT PENGAJIAN UNTUK IPTS JUMLAH PEMBIAYAAN SETAHUNMENGIKUT PERINGKAT*
MAKSIMUM(RM) 75%(RM) 50%(RM)
Foundation 6,800 5,100 3,400
Diploma 6,800 5,100 3,400
Diploma (Farmasi, Pergigian & Sains Kesihatan) 12,750 9,560 6,380
Ijazah Sarjana Muda (Sains) 14,030 10,520 7,010
Ijazah Sarjana Muda (Sastera) 13,600 10,200 6,800
Ijazah Sarjana Muda (Farmasi, Pergigian & Sains Kesihatan) 17,000 12,750 8,500
Ijazah Sarjana Muda Perubatan (MBBS) 30,000 30,000 30,000

Peringkat jumlah pembiayaan ditentukan berdasarkan kelayakan di bawah:-

PERINGKAT PEMBIAYAAN

KELAYAKAN

Maksimum

Sekiranya pelajar atau penjaga pelajar disenaraikan sebagai penerima Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M)

75% daripada pembiayaan maksimum

Pendapatan keluarga tidak melebihi RM8,000  (tiada dalam data BR1M)

50% daripada pembiayaan maksimum

Pendapatan keluarga melebihi RM8,000 (tiada dalam data BR1M)

As of 1 November 2014, PTPTN will reduce the total loan amount for their new applicants. For private higher education institution, a total of 15 % from the previous total loan amount will be deducted. PTPTN will also use the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) data to determine the amount eligible to the applicants. However, total loan amount for the program of Doctor of Medicine will remain the same. There are three levels of loan amount designed by PTPTN to determine the amount eligible to the applicants. The details of the loan level are as below:

No Level Description of Eligibility
1 Maximum Student’s or parents’ names are listed as recepient of BR1M
2 75% from maximum loan amount Family income lower than RM8,000 (names not listed in BR1M)
3 50% from maximum loan amount Family income higher than RM8,000 (names not listed in BR1M)

Below is the comparative table for old and new loan amount for each semester. The calculation is based on the guideline by PTPTN and has been rounded off to zero decimal place. The exact amount will be determined by PTPTN. The loan will be disbursed twice a year (long semester only).

Income group Old Loan Amount Table New Loan Amount Table
RM4,000 and below RM4,001 – RM5,000 RM5,001 and above Maximum 75% 50%
Full loan Partial loan Tuition fee
First Degree – Engineering & Science RM8,250 RM6,750 RM5,000 RM7,013 RM5,259 RM3,506
First Degree – Business & Arts RM8,000 RM6,500 RM5,000 RM6,800 RM5,100 RM3,400
Diploma – Engineering & Science RM4,000 RM4,000 RM4,000 RM3,400 RM2,550 RM1,700
Diploma – Business & Arts RM4,000 RM4,000 RM4,000 RM3,400 RM2,550 RM1,700

Pathway to Becoming a Professional Accountant in Malaysia

Presently, Malaysia has about 7.5 million Accountants. The country requires another 60,000 Accountants to fulfill Vision 2020.

Ling posing with Acting Dean of School of Business Associate Professor Curtin University Sarawak Pauline Ho Poh Ling at the MICPA award ceremony.

Ling posing with Acting Dean of School of Business Associate Professor Curtin University Sarawak Pauline Ho Poh Ling at the MICPA award ceremony.

All Accountants have to abide by a strict code of ethics and maintain high professional standards. All practising accountants must register with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
The Accountant Act, 1967 recognises an Accountant as one who is a member of MIA. MIA members can either be registered as Registered Accountants, RA(M) or Public Accountants, PA(M).

After SPM, with 5 credits, students can go into the Foundation in Business for a year and then continue into the degree for 3 years. The other way is to go for the Diploma in Business or Diploma in Accounting for 2 years and then enter into the Degree in Year 2 to finish that in another 2 years. You will need at least 3 credits in your SPM to join the diploma. After your degree, you can find a job and then take the final papers of the ACCA part time.

Why Study the Diploma instead of Foundation?

“I attended EduSpiral’s Education Fair at KInta Riverfront after my SPM exam in December and obtained great information there. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree. I got a scholarship as well from APU.”
Julian Hum, from SMK St. Michael Institution, Ipoh studying Business at Asia Pacific University.

If you are sure of what course you want to study for your degree, you can just go straight into the Diploma course. If you are not sure of what you want to study in the degree, go for Foundation because you have one year to decide on what to take for your degree.
You can apply for the PTPN Loan for the Diploma while there is no loan for the Foundation.
In the diploma you will study subjects related to your course while in the Foundation, you will study general subjects mostly unrelated to your course. Some diploma courses are 2 years while others are 2.5 years.
If it is 2.5 years, you may take longer to complete your degree. If it is a 2-year diploma, then the time taken is the same to complete the degree when you take Foundation.
Diploma in Accounting graduates may get 4 papers exempted out of 15 papers of the ACCA programme. Students whose English is not very good, should go for the Diploma in Accounting.
  • SPM (5 relevant credits) – Foundation (1 year) – Degree (2 years)
  • SPM (3 relevant credits) – Diploma (2 or 2.5 years) – enter degree Year 2 (3 years)

Suggested accounting pathway for students in Malaysia with weak English

I was confused about what to study & where to study. EduSpiral spent a lot of time to explain the courses & which ones had bright careers. He also advised me to choose a university that has an English-speaking environment to help improve my language skills. Hui Ying, Diploma in Accounting leading to Finance Degree, Asia Pacific University

I was confused about what to study & where to study. EduSpiral spent a lot of time to explain the courses & which ones had bright careers. He also advised me to choose a university that has an English-speaking environment to help improve my language skills.
Hui Ying, Diploma in Accounting leading to Finance Degree, Asia Pacific University

However, as we all know, the standard of English in Malaysia has dropped a lot. Some students thinking of going for accounting go into CAT and then the ACCA not realising that both are external papers and marked by the UK examiners.

Therefore, although these students may be capable in their knowledge but their weakness in the English language to write properly during the exams will lead them to fail these papers. Furthermore, the final 5 papers of the ACCA are not easy and if you attempt these papers while you are too young, can be challenging.

I would suggest that students go into an accounting diploma programme first and then into Year 2 of the Accounting degree where it is exempted from the 9 papers of the ACCA. Upon graduation, you find a job and then take the final 5 papers of the ACCA to become a professional accountant.

In choosing the university or college for the degree, you should go for a university where the students speak English mostly. Research by Star newspaper has shown that graduates with good command of the English language tend to get a higher salary (25%) and faster promotion. A lot of students like the easy way out and choose colleges and universities that are cheap and lacking in quality and facilities thinking that as long as they just get the qualification, they are alright.

They forget that if the quality of the university is low, the student’s quality will also be low when they graduate. You won’t have the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the working world. Not being able to speak English well, you won’t be able to become a manager in a Multi National Company.

The management will not ask you to give a presentation if you cannot speak well and furthermore how are you going to be able to write a report? When you become an auditor, you will need to communicate with your client in English as well as your report.

Outstanding Diploma in Accounting at Asia Pacific University (APU)

1st Runner Up in the 2014 Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) GLOBAL Business Challenge Malaysia - Ali Atiq, Nikita Arabel Pironti, Kasimova Shafia and Veeresh Roy Joggesser, who are all third year BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance students from APU

1st Runner Up in the 2014 Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) GLOBAL Business Challenge Malaysia – Ali Atiq, Nikita Arabel Pironti, Kasimova Shafia and Veeresh Roy Joggesser, who are all third year BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance students from APU

The Diploma in Accounting programme at Asia Pacific University is specifically designed to provide:

  • Students for careers in the business, accounting and finance environment with emphasis on accounting practices, computerised accounting systems, financial management and economic outlook.
  • Students with academic and professional skills to develop solutions requiring the application of marketing in a business and organisational context.
  • Students with critical, independent and cooperative learning skills so as to facilitate response to continuous future changes in industry practices.
  • Students with intellectual skills, communications ability and teamworking capability.
  • Students with opportunities for progression into Degrees of study of International standard in relevant areas.
    To facilitate students’ pursue of professional qualifications from the professional accounting and financial bodies.

Subjects for the Diploma in Accounting programme at Asia Pacific University

Asia Pacfic University (APU) achieved a Tier 5 ranking or Excellent in the SETARA 2013 and SETARA 2011.

Asia Pacfic University (APU) achieved a Tier 5 ranking or Excellent in the SETARA 2013 and SETARA 2011.

SEMESTER 1 

In this semester students at Asia Pacific University will be equipped with basic mathematical, language and communication as well as information technology skills. Throughout the duration of the study, students will be exposed to various terminologies and basic concepts related to business managerial skills. These skills are imperative for a smooth transition to the following semester.

Subjects

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Managing Business
  • Numerical Skills
  • Practical IT Skills

SEMESTER 2
The subjects Professional Communications, Quantitative Methods and Academic Research Skills that are

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and took us around for a campus tour. Hui Ying, Diploma in Accounting at Asia Pacific University

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and took us around for a campus tour.
Hui Ying, Diploma in Accounting at Asia Pacific University

offered in this semester help to further develop students’ knowledge and skills significantly with emphasis on aspects that are core to the study of accounting. Financial Accounting 1 which touches on the basic concepts and procedures of accounting will be introduced.

Subjects

  • Academic Research Skills
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Professional Communications
  • Quantitative Methods

SEMESTER 3
This semester moves APU students from the basic accounting concepts and procedures to more advanced topics in financial accounting. There are also modules in related subjects such as economics, marketing and business statistics which will expand their knowledge and efficiency in solving problems and make decisions in different areas of business.

Common Subjects

  • Business Economics
  • Business Statistics
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Marketing

SEMESTER 4
The modules in this semester are aimed at equipping students with the knowledge and skills in the legal and quantitative analysis aspects of business.

In addition, students are exposed to the latest accounting concepts, techniques, trends and issues in the areas of financial accounting and reporting, finance, and accounting information system. These modules are targeted to enhance the application skills of students in a higher level of accounting related areas.

Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

Asia Pacific University new campus at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur

Subjects

  • Accounting Information System
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting 3
  • Principles of Finance
  • Quantitative Analysis

SEMESTER 5
The final semester allows students to progress into more advanced areas of accounting, taxation, auditing, modelling techniques using computers and develop data spreadsheets, as well as costing and management accounting.

Graduates experience a balance of accounting theory and practical applications with integrated computer technologies and are expected to be able to demonstrate cognitive and intellectual skills with techniques in business, management, information technology and accounting.

EduSpiral met up with me many times to explain the course to me, took me to visit the campus, & even arranged the Head of Department to clear my doubts. Fung (Right), Accounting at Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral met up with me many times to explain the course to me, took me to visit the campus, & even arranged the Head of Department to clear my doubts.
Fung (Right), Accounting at Asia Pacific University

Subjects

  • Audit & Control Systems
  • Basic Taxation
  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Accounting 4
  • Spreadsheet Modelling Techniques

Further Studies:

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be eligible to progress into any of the following degree programmes offered at Asia Pacific University:

Premier Diploma in Accountancy at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

In the corporate world, presenting accurate and timely financial data is crucial in ensuring that you make the correct

KDU University College's new campus at Utropolis Glenmarie, Shah Alam

KDU University College’s new campus at Utropolis Glenmarie, Shah Alam

decisions and solve financial problems. The Diploma in Accountancy programme at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie  is designed to enable you to join the workforce with the knowledge and familiarity to deal with various aspects such as taxation and commercial law.

KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie also includes Business English in our syllabus so that you can communicate confidently with colleagues and business partners. If crunching numbers and balancing an account is your forte, then KDU’s diploma is ideal for you.

It is a specialised business programme that provides you with many options upon graduation: you may pursue either a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting or even a professional accounting qualification. Diploma in Accountancy graduates can enter into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) at KDU University College.

You may also start working in virtually any type of business. If you are aiming for an ACCA qualification, you can enjoy exemptions for four papers upon successful completion of this diploma programme.

Year 1 Subjects for the Diploma in Accountancy programme at KDU University College

Top students enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities in a family-like environment at the new KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie campus

Top students enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities in a family-like environment at the new KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie campus

  • Academic English for Business I & II
  • Business Mathematics
  • Co-Curricular Activities & Community
  • Financial Accounting I & II
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Money & Banking
  • Macroeconomics
  • Management Accounting I & II
  • Microeconomics
  • Principles of Management

Year 2 Subjects for the Diploma in Accountancy programme at KDU University College

Lecture Hall at KDU University College

Lecture Hall at KDU University College

  • Accounting for Partnership & Special Accounting Procedures
  • Accounting Information System
  • Accounting Theory & Practice
  • Auditing
  • Business Statistics
  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Critical Thinking & Reading Skills
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Taxation

The Best Diploma in Accounting at KDU Penang University College

KDU Penang University College Campus is strategically located in the city area

KDU Penang University College Campus is strategically located in the city area

In the corporate world, presenting accurate and timely financial data is crucial in ensuring that you make the correct decisions and solve financial problems. KDU Penang University College’s diploma in accounting programme is designed to equip you with knowledge and familiarity with various aspects of business such as taxation and commercial law.

KDU Penang also includes Business English in the syllabus so that you can communicate confidently with colleagues and business partners. If crunching numbers and balancing accounts is your forte, then this diploma is ideal for you.

This specialised business programme provides you with many options upon graduation. You may pursue either a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting or even a professional accounting qualification. Students can continue on into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) degree UK dual award programme awarded by the Top Ranked University of Lincoln. You may also start working in virtually any type of business. If you are aiming for ACCA qualification, you can enjoy exemptions upon successful completion of this diploma programme.

YEAR 1 Subjects for the Diploma in Accounting at KDU University College Penang

Computer lab at KDU Penang University College

Computer lab at KDU Penang University College

  • Academic English for Business I
  • Academic English for Business 2
  • Business Mathematics
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Personal Development & Leadership Skills
  • Management Accounting 1
  • Introduction to Personal Financing
  • Principles of Management
  • Taxation 1
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Audit

YEAR 2 Subjects for the Diploma in Accounting at KDU University College Penang

KDU Penang University College provides a conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

KDU Penang University College provides a conducive environment for students to excel in their studies

  • Accounting Information System
  • Management Accounting 2
  • Macroeconomics
  • Performance Management
  • Business Statistics
  • Business Law
  • Company Law
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Financial Accounting 3
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Financial Management
  • Taxation 2
  • Entrepreneurship

MPU SUBJECTS

  • Pengajian Malaysia 2
  • Oral Communication 2 / Bahasa Kebangsaan A
  • Ethics and Moral 2
  • Holistic Personal Development

Professional recognition of the Accounting & Business Programmes at KDU University College Penang

Student Centre at KDU College Penang

Student Centre at KDU College Penang

KDU Business qualification provides graduates with a qualification that is professionally recognized. Professional bodies such as MQA, SIRIM and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) , IPAA (Institute of Public Accountants of Australia) and MAICSA (Chartered Secretaries Malaysia) have evaluated and recognized the academic quality of KDU Penang University College’s academic programmes.

  • KDU Penang University College’s diploma graduates, upon completion of their studies are eligible for CIMA certificate level qualification and can proceed to the CIMA diploma level qualification by just attempting additional 3 modules from CIMA diploma.
  • Business degree graduates are exempted by MAICSA for all 8 modules of the Professional Diploma in corporate Administration, and can proceed to professional part 1 and 2, where they need to complete 7 modules to complete the ICSA qualification.
  • Institute of Public Accountants of Australia (IPAA) has accredited KDU Penang’s diploma programme and now their diploma graduates are eligible for the IPAA membership.

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“I attended EduSpiral’s Education Fair at KInta Riverfront after my SPM exam in December and obtained great information there. Although Asia Pacific University is famous for IT but I found out that they have a solid accounting programme and I can get a UK degree. I got a scholarship as well from APU.”
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