Transfer credits from Diploma to enter the Degree programme in Malaysia
Upgrade your Diploma to a Degree to be competitive in the Job Market in Malaysia
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As the job market in Malaysia has a lot of degree graduates, it is important to remain competitive and continue on to a degree after completing your diploma. Most diplomas can be transferred to another college or university into the Year 2 of the relevant programme. You should choose a top private university in Malaysia to study your degree programme so that you gain the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career.
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Why continue to study the Degree Course After Completing Diploma in Malaysia?
Some students have said that they would like to work first before continuing on to study a degree
programme. From experience, my suggestion is to continue immediately after you complete your diploma. This is because when you begin a job, it is difficult to stop. In addition, if you have stopped studies for a while, it may be difficult to find the right frame of mind and motivation to start studying again.
To move up in the corporate world or into management level, the basic requirement is a degree. In addition, the starting salary for a degree holder is higher and the opportunities for promotion is faster because the degree holder is equipped with problem solving, decision making and in-depth technical skills.
Starting Salaries for diploma graduates are about RM1500-RM1800 while degree graduates can command salaries from RM2500 to RM3500.
If you want to go for your degree, then your decision now is to either continue on at your current college, if it offers the degree, or choose another university. Most of you know that English is a very important part of the working world.
If you did not improve your English during your diploma studies, you may seriously want to consider choosing a university with an English-speaking environment so that you are forced to improve your communication skills. If you don’t do this, it would be too late to improve it while you work. Many graduates have lost out on job interviews at top multi-national companies because they cannot communicate in English.
It could be cheaper to continue on at your university but remember, what you decide now, may mean 60 years of high salary versus 60 years of low salary and slow promotions.
It would cost roughly about RM30,000-RM60,000 in tuition fees for the final 2 years depending on which private university you choose in Malaysia. As EduSpiral Consultant Services represent reputable institutions with a wide range of degrees, please contact me to find out how you can transfer to an institution that best fit your needs.
Exemptions into Year 2 of Related Degree at Top Universities in Malaysia
Most diplomas can be transferred to another college or university into the Year 2 of the relevant programme but it depends on the exemptions.
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.
I had one student who graduated from TARC or TARUC Penang with the Diploma in International Business and wanted to continue on for the Degree in Finance at a university with an English-speaking environment because he wanted to earn a high salary during his work life.
We submitted his documents to HELP University and obtained exemptions off Year 1. He came down from Penang and I took him around the campus to tour and helped arranged to view the hostel and other accommodation.
I also helped two students who graduated with the Diploma in Interior Design from Lim Kok Wing University and they have managed to transfer into Year 2 of the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design (3+0) awarded by Nottingham Trent University, UK and offered at KBU International College.
So, to transfer from the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering to the degree in Mechanical Engineering, then you will get more exemptions than transferring into the degree in Electrical or Civil engineering at UCSI University.
It would not be possible for you to transfer from the Diploma in IT into the Degree in Accounting because the subjects are not
related at all. Therefore, you have to keep in mind to transfer into the degree that is similar to your diploma.
Diploma in IT or Computing students can transfer their credits into the best university for IT which is Asia Pacific University (APU) and enter into Year 2 depending on the exemptions. I had a student from TARC KL who did not complete his diploma in IT because of the complicated system at the college. I helped him to get the most exemptions possible to enter into APU so that he could complete his diploma and then continue on to degree studies.
Students who have taken the PTPN Loan during their diploma studies can continue on to apply for the PTPN Loan for their degree studies. You just start paying back for both your diploma and degree after you graduate. It would cost roughly about RM30,000-RM50,000 in tuition fees for the final 2 years depending on which course. You can apply for the PTPN Loan for the degree studies
How to transfer your credits from your Diploma to a Degree in Malaysia
In order to process your transfer smoothly, you will need to send me the following:
- Transcripts of all the subjects taken
- Photocopy of diploma certificate or Letter of Completion
- Course outline for all the subjects taken
- Copy of SPM Certificate
- Photocopy of IC – both sides
Take a clear picture of the documents and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Help! I don’t know what course to choose to study at university- what do I do?
It is important to choose the right course to study – you don’t want to waste your time and money on a
course you don’t want to do (or end up dropping out of). To help you decide which course is right for you, make a list of courses that are of interest to you.
Is it a subject you have already studied? For example, maybe you loved the English subject and you read novels for pleasure in your own time. You can consider Teaching English as a Second Language, journalism or Mass Communication. In addition, you don’t have to do a journalism degree to become a journalist – many degrees are considered!
Maybe you’ve always been interested in computers and the internet at home, and enjoyed maths at school, so are considering a degree in computer science, a course subject you probably won’t have studied before. Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration.
Looking at your results in SPM, UEC or O-Levels could help you to decide which course you would be good at. If you are good in Maths & Physics then you can consider Engineering courses. Having good results in Chemistry, Biology & Maths, you can think of a career in Food Science, Pharmacy or Medicine. Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.
Many students after SPM make the mistake of just listening to advise without verifying whether the
information given is true or not. In addition, just because you have heard or seen a lot of advertisements by a particular university, doesn’t mean that it is the best in that course.
Many of the course counselors at the universities are paid by the universities to get you to register there, so their main motivation is to get you to register, not to help you make the right choice.
You should also ask yourself if you would still be interested in that subject for a further three or four years – enough to motivate yourself to work and research independently? Remember, you are going to work in this career for the next 50 years after graduation, therefore, you should have a high interest in the course.
The course that you choose should also have a job demand for you after you graduate. Choosing a course that you are passionate about without job demand and you may end up being jobless. Look for statistics and research to support whether there is a job demand for your future career in Malaysia or Singapore. Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence.
Now why would you want to talk to EduSpiral Consultant Services when you can contact the private universities directly? Well, 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. We have 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.
Study at the Best Private Universities and Colleges in Malaysia & Singapore
- Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
- Curtin University, Sarawak campus
- Asia Pacific University (APU)
- UCSI University
- UCSI University Sarawak Campus
- HELP University
- HELP Academy
- HELP College of Arts & Technology
- KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie
- KDU College Damansara Jaya
- KDU University College Penang
- First City University College (Formerly known as KBU International College)
- Reliance College Kuala Lumpur
- YTL International College of Hotel Management
- Point College
- Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
- Nilai University
Some of the Best Degree Programmes to Study in Malaysia
Engineering and Built Environment Courses in Malaysia
- Mechatronic engineering
- Civil engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Telecommunication Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering or Aeronautical Engineering
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
- Materials engineering
- Applied Geology
- Quantity Survey
Computing and Information Technology Courses in Malaysia
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
- Information Technology with Database Administration
- Software Engineering
- Computer science or computer engineering
- Information systems security
- Mobile Computing
- Games Development
- Intelligent Systems
- Computer System Engineering
- Business Information Systems
- Business Computing with E-Commerce
Applied and Health Sciences in Malaysia
- Food science
- Nutrition with Wellness
- Biomedical Science
- Aquatic Science
Business Courses in Malaysia
- Accounting & Finance
- Accounting & Finance with Internal Audit
- Accounting & Finance with Forensic Accounting
- Accounting & Finance with Taxation
- Management & Marketing
- Actuarial Science
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Business Administration
- Banking & Finance
- Finance & Investment
- Finance & Investment
- FOREX & Investment
- Investment & Risk Management
- International Business
- International Business Management
- Entrepreneurship & Marketing
- Finance & Marketing
- Public Relations & Marketing
- Human Resource Management
- Logistics Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Media Marketing
- Advertising & Brand Management
- Branding & Advertising
Social Science Courses in Malaysia
- Mass Communication
- Marketing Communications
- Film Studies
- Media Studies
- Public Relations
- Entertainment Arts
- Social Media Marketing
Design Courses in Malaysia
- Multimedia Design
- Interactive Design
- 3D Animation
- Fashion design with marketing
- Textile & Fashion Design
- Product design
- Transport Design
- CGI & Digital Effects
- Visual Effects
- Entrepreneurial design
- Interior Design
- Interior Architecture
- Graphic Design
- Fashion Design
Hospitality and Culinary Arts Courses in Malaysia
Education and Music Courses in Malaysia
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EduSpiral Consultant Services is a university placement centre that guides students from across Malaysia in mapping their higher education journey. Established in 2009, to provide higher education options for school leavers to top private colleges & universities in Malaysia. EduSpiral also represents MDIS Singapore, PSB Academy, Singapore and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
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.
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