Best Diploma Courses in Malaysia at Top Private Universities


Best Course to Study In Malaysia after SPM, O-Levels or UEC with at Least 3 Credits

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To join a diploma course, you will need at least 3 credits in SPM, O-Levels or UEC. You must have a pass in BM & Sejarah. Entry requirements for the diploma will vary from course to course so do check with the university on the exact requirements or you may contact EduSpiral Consultant Services. If you are joining finance, IT or accounting, you will need to include Maths. For Diploma in Engineering courses you will need to include a credit in Maths and one Science subject. A student may apply for the PTPTN loan for the diploma course to study in Malaysia.

Duration for the Diploma programmes in Malaysia vary from 2 years to 2.5 years depending on the type of course. Upon completion of the Diploma, students may continue on to Year 2 of the related Degree programme at the same university or transfer to another university with exemptions.

There are so many options out there to choose after your SPM, O-Levels or UEC and it can get quite confusing.  A diploma is for students who are sure of what they want to study while students who are still unsure can take the Pre-University course first and then decide later what course to study. The diploma course is more practical with some theory while a degree programme is more academic. The assessment for the diploma course at top private universities in Malaysia will be a mixture of Coursework, Assignments, Quizzes, Exams and Projects.

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Top Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia for the Best Diploma Courses

I had financial difficulties for my studies and contacted EduSpiral for advise. He took me and my mum to tour the college which fit my budget. It had excellent facilities & a job guarantee! Calvin Teoh, Diploma in Culinary Arts at YTL International College of Hotel Management

I had financial difficulties for my studies and contacted EduSpiral for advise. He took me and my mum to tour the college which fit my budget. It had excellent facilities & a job guarantee!
Calvin Teoh, Diploma in Culinary Arts at YTL International College of Hotel Management

An advantage of the diploma is that after 2 years of studying, should you not want to continue on to the degree, you can stop and find a job. Your salary would be about RM1600-1800. But if you want to continue on to a degree programme, you can. You will need to provide all the transcripts, course outline and letter of completion to the university that you would like to continue your degree course.

They will then evaluate the subjects for exemptions. After the evaluation, they will let you know how many subjects left you need to take. Generally, you will enter into Year 2 of the related degree programme. For example, a diploma in business administration will enter into Year 2 of the degree programme or diploma in mass comm into Year 2 of the Mass Comm degree.

After SPM or O-Levels, it is normal to be confused about what you want to study. So, it is important to talk to counselors who are informed and experienced. You should also visit a few colleges or universities to see their facilities, student environment, lecturers and student support services for comparison.

Some of the colleges charge RM30,000 for a business diploma but with terrible facilities or even is located in a shoplot! I know of 2 institutions with medium sized campuses where you can complete the 2-year diploma at a cost of only RM23,000. This is great savings for the facilities that you get. It is value for money as when you graduate with a business diploma, your starting salary is about RM1500-1800, so for a RM23,000 diploma is pretty good investment. I know of an automotive college charging RM50,000 for their 2.5 year diploma and the starting salary for a mechanic is about RM1000-1800. Do you think that it is worth the investment?

Top Diploma Courses offered by the Best Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

EduSpiral analysed my personality and results, subsequently advised me on choosing the right course as well as the best university that fit me. John Lai Wai Hong, Diploma in Mass Comm at KDU University College

EduSpiral analysed my personality and results, subsequently advised me on choosing the right course as well as the best university that fit me.
John Lai Wai Hong, Diploma in Mass Comm at KDU University College

Students should choose top private universities in Malaysia for their diploma education so that you can gain the best knowledge and skills for a successful career.

The Best Diploma Programs Offered at Asia Pacific University (APU)

Diploma Programmes offered at APIIT

Outstanding Diploma Programs Offered at Taylor’s University

First Rate Diploma Programs Offered at UCSI University

Top Rated Diploma Programs Offered at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

"I met EduSpiral at their Education Fair in Ipoh. I don't come from a rich family but I very much wanted to go to KL to study. EduSpiral recommended First City UC to me and my parents. We found that First City UC is excellent for design and the fees are very affordable as well. Eric Lau from ACS Ipoh graduated from Diploma in Interactive Design at First City University College

“I met EduSpiral at their Education Fair in Ipoh. I don’t come from a rich family but I very much wanted to go to KL to study. EduSpiral recommended First City UC to me and my parents. We found that First City UC is excellent for design and the fees are very affordable as well.
Eric Lau from ACS Ipoh graduated from Diploma in Interactive Design at First City University College

The Best Diploma Programs Offered at HELP University Damansara Heights

First Rate Diploma Programs Offered at KDU Penang University College 

Affordable Diploma Programs Offered at First City University College

Outstanding Diploma Programs Offered at Berjaya University College of Hospitality 

Diploma programs from the best colleges in Malaysia

The Best Diploma Programs Offered at IACT College

Excellent Diploma Programs Offered at Saito College

Top Rated Diploma Programs Offered at YTL International College of Hotel Management (YTL-ICHM), Malaysia

After my results came out, I was lost and didn't know where to study. EduSpiral met me and my parents and took us around the campus to help me make the right choice. Kin Fen, Design course at Saito College

After my results came out, I was lost and didn’t know where to study. EduSpiral met me and my parents and took us around the campus to help me make the right choice.
Kin Fen, Design course at Saito College

Industry Ready Diploma Programs Offered at Point College

First Rate Diploma Programs Offered at HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT)

Diploma Programs Offered at Reliance College Kuala Lumpur

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

Top Design Diploma Courses offered at Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)

The Best Diploma Programs Offered at UCSI University Sarawak

Studying Diploma at Top Private Colleges & 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

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

Students who are sure of what they want to study can go for a Diploma course. If you are still not sure, then you should go for a Foundation in Arts, Foundation in Science or an external Pre-University Programme like the A-Levels, Canadian Pre-University (CPU), South Australian Matriculation, etc.

If you have taken a Diploma in IT and decide later you want to study Business, you will have to start all over again from the beginning. Talk to an experienced and knowledgeable education counselor to find out the best pathway for you.

Generally, 2 years in duration with some at 2 years 4 months or 2 years 6 months. Upon completion of the Diploma programme, you can either continue on to Year 2 of the related degree programme or go out to work. Taking a Pre-University programme, you must continue on to the degree as a Pre-University is not recognised for work purposes. Some courses such as culinary and design, a diploma is sufficient to join the workforce in Malaysia. Otherwise, it is advisable to continue your studies to degree level.

Starting salaries for diploma holders range from RM1500 to RM2000 while degree holders range from RM2500 to RM3500.

You can apply for the PTPN Loan . You cannot apply for the PTPN Loan for Foundation, Pre-University or A-Level programmes. The amount of the loan varies depending on your family income.

Assessments for Diploma Programmes in Malaysia

I didn't come from a rich family. My mother was recommended to EduSpiral who advised us to go for First City University College's affordable diploma and yet high quality. Hou Tung, Diploma in IT at First City University College

I didn’t come from a rich family. My mother was recommended to EduSpiral who advised us to go for First City University College’s affordable diploma and yet high quality.
Hou Tung, Diploma in IT at First City University College

A diploma course is more practical while a Foundation, external Pre-University programme and degree courses are more academic.

The assessments for a diploma programme at private universities and colleges in Malaysia is a mix of Assignments, Coursework, and written examination percentage. The diploma programme provides students with relevant, interesting, stimulating and practical experience via a variety of teaching and practical techniques.

Students will experience different dynamic learning processes are employed in the delivery of a diploma programme, such as lectures, tutorials, computer lab work, team-based project, real life system development, presentations, independent projects supervised by supervisors from university lecturers or industry experts. The learning is very much practical oriented.

Entry Requirements for Diploma Programmes in Malaysia

Entry requirements for Diploma programmes are lower than for Pre-University. You need at least 5 credits to enter a Pre-University or Foundation programme while diploma programmes require only 3 credits. The requirements vary from course to course so you should check with the university or an experienced education counselor for advise. For example, entry requirements for Diploma in Engineering courses need at least 3Cs including Maths & Science, Diploma in IT require 3Cs including Maths, Diploma in Business need 3Cs in any subjects, etc.

Transfer credits from Diploma into Degree Year 2 into Top Private Universities in Malaysia

My mother whatsapped EduSpiral & he provided vital information to help me make my decision to transfer my diploma. Soon Hong, Marketing at HELP University

My mother whatsapped EduSpiral & he provided vital information to help me make my decision to transfer my diploma.
Soon Hong, Marketing at HELP University

Most diplomas can be transferred to another college or university into the Year 2 of the relevant programme. If you have taken the Diploma in Accounting, it is highly likely that you can enter into Year 2 of the degree in Accounting or Accounting & Finance. For the Diploma in Business Administration, you can enter into Year 2 of the degree in Business Administration depending on the exemptions.

However, if you go from the Diploma in Business Administration into the Degree in Accounting, then you may not get the optimum amount of exemptions because the subjects in your diploma are not similar with the degree course of the university that you want to transfer to.

To transfer your credits into another university, you will need to submit the following documents for exemptions:

  1. Transcripts from your current college or university
  2. Course outline for all the subjects taken
  3. Letter of completion or Diploma Certificate
  4. Copy of SPM Certificate

Common Factors in Choosing the Best Private University or College in Malaysia to Study Diploma

I was not sure if I could handle engineering but after listening to EduSpiral, I was able to make the right decision. Jun Chung, Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Asia Pacific University

I was not sure if I could handle engineering but after listening to EduSpiral, I was able to make the right decision.
Jun Chung, Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Asia Pacific University

Here’s a list of common criteria in choosing a top private university in Malaysia:

  • Diploma and degrees offered
  • Subjects offered in the diploma or degree (Are they relevant, up-to-date, and help you to achieve your career goals)
  • Accreditation by MQA and other relevant professional bodies in Malaysia
  • Type of programme (local degree, 3+0 UK or Australian degree, 4+0 American degree, degree transfer programme, etc)
  • Entry requirements (Branch campuses in Malaysia have higher entry requirements)
  • Location of the university
  • Size of the student population
  • Student culture (English-speaking environment, ambitious, serious about studies, lifestyle or party university, etc)
  • Public vs. Private (STPM is tougher and choice of course & university is determined by the government)
  • Costs (tuition, hostel, food, transportation, etc.)
  • Financial assistance (Scholarships, PTPN Loan, EPF withdrawal, MARA Loan, etc)
  • Campus resources (labs, libraries, wifi, computer access, sports facilities, etc.)

    Not satisfied after completing our diploma at Inti & EduSpiral helped us with the credit transfer. He arranged for us to talk to lecturers & staff at APU to guide us on which IT course to study. Chin Mun & Li Ching, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University

    Not satisfied after completing our diploma at Inti & EduSpiral helped us with the credit transfer. He arranged for us to talk to lecturers & staff at APU to guide us on which IT course to study.
    Chin Mun & Li Ching, Business Computing at Asia Pacific University

  • Internship and co-op programs
  • Class size (Small class size for personal attention)
  • Faculty contact/classes taught by full-time qualified & experienced faculty
  • Quality/reputation/ranking of the private university in Malaysia
  • Safety (campus, community)
  • Make up of the student body (diversity, international students, gender, etc.)
  • Extra-curricular activities (Student organisations, clubs, sports, etc.)
  • Housing options (on-campus, off-campus apartments)
  • Student support services
  • Intake dates

Talk to the Best Education Consultant in Malaysia to Help you Make the Right Choice in Choosing a Diploma Course

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

Choosing a course to study after SPM is not a science, it is a process

Students in Malaysia need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Ask the right Education Counselors in Malaysia to help you. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise? Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices.  Talking to an experienced education advisor in Malaysia would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University's Orientation

EduSpiral took these students separately to tour the campus and provided course counseling to help them make the right choice. Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering), Yammie (Business), & Kenneth Pang (Architecture) at UCSI University’s Orientation

to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students. Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.

EduSpiral Consultant Services has worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.

At EduSpiral Consultant Services, I have worked in the private higher education industry in Malaysia for more than 15 years advising students with facts and evidence on how to choose the right course after SPM. You should carefully think about what are the options available to you. To choose the best course that fits you, students may fill up our EduSpiral Career Assessment form for evaluation.

The EduSpiral Career Assessment form is a simple form designed by us that gathers information from students after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, STPM or A-Levels in order to assess their aptitude helping us to determine the most suitable course and career progression.

How to Choose the Best Private University or College to Study Diploma in Malaysia

"EduSpiral talked to me to find out my interests and career goals. He took me to a few universities to tour the campuses to see which one fit me best. EduSpiral helped me choose the right course at the right university." Jia Ping, Mass Communication at KDU University College

“EduSpiral talked to me to find out my interests and career goals. He took me to a few universities to tour the campuses to see which one fit me best. EduSpiral helped me choose the right course at the right university.”
Jia Ping, Mass Communication at KDU University College

The best private universities and colleges in Malaysia have excellent facilities, years of experience running the programme, strong student support services, internships and experienced lecturers.

They are also accredited by MQA and approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. Accreditation by the various professional bodies such as the Board of Engineers Malaysia, Pharmacy Board, Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia, Nursing Board, Malaysian Medical Council, etc also indicates the standard achieved.

The best private university in Malaysia will focus on quality, have award winners for the particular courses, years of experience offering the particular course, highly experienced lecturers, a good study environment (not a party university), internships, good mix of international & local students, extra-curricular activities and good facilities. The SETARA ranking is a guide for students to assess the quality of a private university in Malaysia.

When choosing a university and college in Malaysia, it is important for students to visit the campus and see the facilities and feel the culture of the students to see if it fits you.

Talk to the lecturers and find out from the counselors there about the courses and check if the courses have been accredited by MQA and other external bodies like the Pharmacy Board, Nursing Board, Malaysian Medical Council, Board of Engineers Malaysia , Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia or Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia.

The environment should be one where students speak mostly in English so that you can improve

EduSpiral emphasised the importance of having good English for our future career. I am glad to join a globalised university which has helped me to improve my communication skills. Vincent Yeoh, Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University

EduSpiral emphasised the importance of having good English for our future career. I am glad to join a globalised university which has helped me to improve my communication skills.
Vincent Yeoh, Accounting & Finance at Asia Pacific University

your English and communication skills. If you are weak in English and choose a cheap university where the students speak mainly in Mandarin, it will be difficult for you to improve your English.

Star newspaper has reported that graduates with good English earn 25% higher salary and get faster promotion. The Ministry of Education reported that there were more than 70,000 public university jobless graduates and one of the main reasons was poor command of the English language.

Would you rather suffer for 4 years and get a high salary for 60 years of your work life or an easy 4 years and low salary for 60 years? The decisions that you make now, can change your life forever. Remember the best university doesn’t mean it is the best university for you. The best university is one that fits your career goals, your personality and can push you to a higher level of success.

Below are a list of the best private colleges and universities in Malaysia in their various fields, in my opinion.

Study at the Best Private Universities and Colleges in Malaysia

Being from Pangkor made it difficult to find information on the universities to transfer after my Diploma. EduSpiral gave a lot of information & advise that helped me to choose the right university. They even picked me up from the bus station to drop me at the hostel. Jayden Cheah, Mechatronics Engineering at UCSI University

Being from Pangkor made it difficult to find information on the universities to transfer after my Diploma. EduSpiral gave a lot of information & advise that helped me to choose the right university. They even picked me up from the bus station to drop me at the hostel.
Jayden Cheah, Mechatronics Engineering at UCSI University

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Malaysia

  1. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
  2. Curtin University, Sarawak campus
  3. Asia Pacific University (APU) 
  4. APIIT
  5. UCSI University
  6. Taylor’s University
  7. Taylor’s College Subang Jaya and Sri Hartamas
  8. UCSI University Sarawak Campus
  9. First City University College
  10. HELP University
  11. HELP Academy
  12. HELP College of Arts & Technology
  13. KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
  14. KDU College Damansara Jaya
  15. KDU University College Penang
  16. YTL International College of Hotel Management
  17. IACT College
  18. Point College
  19. Saito College
  20. Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
  21. Nilai University
  22. Reliance College

EduSpiral Consultant Services- Your Personal Online Education Advisor

Established since 2009, EduSpiral Consultant Services helps provide information and counselling on courses and universities in Malaysia & Singapore.

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

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get. These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable.

EduSpiral Consultant Services represents the best colleges and universities in Malaysia offering a wide range of choices for students to choose from. These colleges and universities offer value for money in the quality of education and excellent facilities that you get.

These universities and colleges are chosen by EduSpiral because they represent the best in their fields in Malaysia and affordable. EduSpiral provides in-depth information and counseling on their courses so that students are able to make the right choice.

If you are still not sure what to study, please contact us and we will send you a free EduSpiral Career Assessment Form.

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