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Institute of Graduate Studies, University of Malaya

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Student population Large
International students 24%
Institution type Public

About Institute of Graduate Studies, University of Malaya

University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia's oldest university, is situated in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It was established in 8 October 1949 in Singapore with the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine (founded in 1905) and Raffles College (founded in 1928).

The Institute of Graduate Studies (IGS) is the postgraduate centre for UM. Since its inception in 1979, the main function of IGS is to promote excellent multidisciplinary research and postgraduate training in order to meet the growing demands and development of the modern era. The number of postgraduate students has increased significantly over the years. There are currently about 11,000 students with about 3,500 international students from more than 80 countries.

IGS consists of the Admissions Section, Examination Section, Finance & Scholarship Sections, Thesis Unit and Student Development & Writing Unit. With cooperation from other academic establishments of the University, these sections oversee the academic progress, finance and welfare of postgraduate students.

The Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya has received accreditation from The Association of MBAs, a global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. University of Malaya is the only Malaysian Higher Education Institution that has received this accreditation in Malaysia. This accreditation is valid from November 2014 to November 2017. The Faculty of Business & Accountancy also has received the 4 Palmes - Top Business School Rating from Eduniversal Ranking 2013 which makes UM as the only institution in Malaysia to attain the rating.

Beginning in September 2013, five new postgraduate programmes are offered at the University of Malaya. They are Master of Architecture, Master of Community Oral Health, Master of Educational Leadership, Master of Sports Science, and Doctor of Dental Public Health.

Campus information

University of Malaya is situated on a 750 acre campus in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The university is supported by the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), the largest research hospital in Malaysia, 2 academies, 12 faculties and 3 academic centres.

Facilities include:

  • Library: UM Library consists of Main Library which provide library facilities for the whole campus and 13 branch libraries to meet the specific needs of some faculties.
  • Computing Facilities and Support: In all faculties, academies and centres, UM offers computer facilities, WIFI, laboratories and support services.
  • Transportation and Travel: Students can use the University shuttle bus service to travel back and forth from campus to the residential college.
  • Sports and Recreation: UM has excellent outdoor and indoor sports and recreational facilities. There is an Olympic sized swimming pool at the Sports Centre, a jogging track around the Varsity Lake, fields for soccer and rugby, tennis and basketball courts, gymnasiums and multi-purpose halls.
  • UM has various other facilities on campus such as: the student clinic, post office, book shop, bank, ATM, and such, bringing the world to the student’s doorstep.

UM is approximately located 12 km from the centre of Kuala Lumpur. The UM campus is a short drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur and is easily accessible via the Federal Highway and Jalan Universiti or via Jalan Pantai

From the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the UM campus can be reached by KLIA Express Rail Link or by taxi.The KLIA Express Rail Link (or ERL) station is located on the ground floor of the airport. It will take 28 minutes to reach the KL Sentral Station (the nearest station to UM), where taxis are available for the journey (about 10 minutes) to the UM campus.Students with families and lots of luggage are advised to take a taxi directly from the KLIA to the campus. The journey will take about one hour to UM campus.

Students and visitors travelling by the Putra Light Rail Transit (LRT) should disembark at the Universiti station. The Rapid KL Buses are available from the station to UM campus (the journey is about 3 minutes).

Additional info

University of Malaya has 12 residential colleges in its Kuala Lumpur campus, one in Nilam Puri, Kelantan and an International House in Section 17, Petaling Jaya which provide accommodation to students.

These residential colleges can accommodate nearly 12,000 students. Some residential colleges provide food and accommodation for students at RM15 to RM20 per student per day. The rest offer accommodation at RM150 to RM360 for each student per month.

12th College or Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Residential College offers accommodation to all new international undergraduates upon their registration. It is mandatory for them to stay in the college during orientation week, after which they may decide whether they would like to continue their stay there. For international students with family, International House provides an accommodation for them for RM 1,500 per month. International students can apply for on campus accommodation in residential colleges or International House through the International Student Centre (ISC).

Some of the facilities that students can enjoy in their on campus residence are recreation rooms, food stalls, TV rooms, gymnasiums, basketball courts, badminton courts, study halls, and cafeterias.


Courses available 10

Applied and Pure Sciences 3 Business and Management 1 Engineering 5 Mass Communication & Media 1


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