University of Birmingham and Malaysia

The University of Birmingham has a long history of welcoming students from Malaysia. There are currently over 230 students from Malaysia studying a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Birmingham. Find out more about life at Birmingham as a Malaysian student, check entry requirements and contact our representatives in Malaysia.

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Entry requirements

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements. 

Please note: If you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (eg the Arbitur from Germany or SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult the country specific section for that country for qualification equivalence information. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.

English Language

You may be required to provide evidence of your English ability. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements.

Foundation Pathways

At least Grade B3 in the Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), with at least grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway. 1 year of study of STPM with grades of 'good' may also be considered. Also SPM with B average. 

For further information see the Birmingham International Academy website.


The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes.

Sigjil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM)
STPM is considered equivalent to A-levels and is acceptable for admissions to the first year of an undergraduate programme. Grades equivalent to the A-level requirement should be achieved in three out of the five subjects studied.

Malaysian Ministry of Education Matriculation Programme
Holders of the Malaysian Ministry of Education Matriculation Certificate in Science can be considered for entry to year one of Biosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Certificates in Accountancy
Students with Certificates in Accountancy can be considered for entry to year one of the Accountancy, Economics, and Money, Banking and Finance programmes, provided a minimum GPA of 3.5 is obtained. In addition, a candidate must reach the appropriate level of English requirement for the particular course.

Canadian Pre-University (Ontariao Grade 13)
A pass in 6 OACs (minimum of three at grade B, and three at grade C) is generally acceptable for admission to the first year of an undergraduate programme, although, some programmes may require higher grades.

South Australia Matriculation Programme (SAM)
For candidates offering the South Australian Matriculation qualification, a TER of between 90 to 98 is required.

Diploma and certificate
If you have completed a 2 year certificate or diploma at a local college, you may be considered for admission to undergraduate programmes in some subjects.

If you have obtained a 3 year diploma it is sometimes possible to gain 'advance standing' to the second year of some undergraduate programmes.

Direct entry to second year
Students from INTI College and Prime College may be considered for direct entry to the second year of our Engineering programmes.

Students from HELP Institute may be considered for direct entry to the second year of Computer Science programmes and those students completing the LSE Diploma may be admitted directly to the second year of Economics and Money, Banking and Finance programmes. 

Direct entry from other colleges is unusual. If you are a student of any other college and you wish to be considered for second year entry, you must submit your full transcript and a copy of the syllabus you have followed so that we can assess your suitability.


Holders of a Bachelor degree from a recognised Malaysian institution (usually achieved with the equivalent of a second class upper or a grade point average minimum of 3.0) will be considered for postgraduate study at Diploma or Masters level

How to apply

How to apply video

Interested in applying? Find out more about how to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham by watching our video above!


Accommodation at the University of Birmingham

Find out more about student accommodation. The University has a wide variety of accommodation to suit every need making Birmingham feel like a home away from home.

Alumni in Malaysia

Alumni in Malaysia

The University has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Find out more about Birmingham alumni activities in Malaysia by clicking on the picture above.

Contact us

The University of Birmingham contact for Malaysia is Katy Friend. To contact Katy with your questions, please email

Birmingham representatives in Malaysia

The University of Birmingham's representatives in Malaysia can assist you with questions about studying in the UK and, more specifically, at the University of Birmingham. They will also be able to assist you with the application process.

Malaysian British Educational Cooperation Services (MABECS)
B-3A-5 Block B West, PJ8
No. 23, Jalan Barat, Seksyen 8
46050 Petaling Jaya
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 603-79567655/439
Fax: 603-79550876

IDP Malaysia
Various locations, please find your nearest office here:

University Placement Services, Taylor’s College

(1) Subang Jaya, No 1, Jalan SS15/8, 47500 Subang Jaya, SelangorTel: 03 5636 2641      

 (2) Sri Hartamas Campus, No 62, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala LumpurTel: 03 6203 0168


British Council

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.

The Postgraduate Recruitment team, academic staff and current students represent the University at study and careers fairs across the UK and the EU. Find full details of our next postgraduate visits.
For all international visits please check our events page.

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