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3 Fields to study in Malaysia

Find out which key fields you should consider studying in Malaysia

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The steady, robust economy of Malaysia has seen the growth of many industries and increased interest in a number of study fields. Whilst Malaysian universities are globally ranked and offer students high-calibre education, it is within these fields that they’re offered unique perspectives and insight in growing international fields. Thinking of studying abroad in Malaysia? Let our overview of three key fields you should consider studying help outline your choices.


Engineering (Petroleum)

British-based oil and gas company BP has had offices in Malaysia for 49 years, and has since become a major player in the global petrochemical sector. Major oil giants Shell and Esso have also invested heavily in Malaysia’s petroleum industry. As a result, graduates of Petroleum Engineering are highly-sought out and often enjoy high salaries.

Today, Malaysia has approximately 28.35 billion barrels of oil reserves and 1.2% of the world’s natural gas reserves. The petroleum industry is a key driver of the Malaysian economy, with the government seeking to increase production by 5% per year until 2020 to meet demands. By then, Malaysia is set to be the number one hub for gas and oil across the entire Asia Pacific region.

A wide range of Malaysian institutions offers programmes in Petroleum Engineering at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. For example, USCI University offers a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering, whilst  Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has an entire Petroleum Engineering Department with a range of Bachelor and Masters programmes. 

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Engineering (Mechanical) 

Mechanical Engineering graduates in Malaysia are able to find employment in the nation’s booming manufacturing sector, as well as in processing, design or research. Focusing on power generation, automotive and manufacturing, you will have the chance to engage with some of the nation’s strongest industries to gain an applied, working knowledge of your particular study area. 

In 2011 the manufacturing sector was responsible for more than half of all foreign investment in Malaysia, with an expected growth of 3.8% in 2014. There is currently a shortage of experienced engineers working in Malaysia, with demand only set to grow as the sector expands. Mechanical Engineering is a fairly general degree and graduates are keenly sought out for their versatility and capability to work across a number of different projects.

The Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia is one of the best in the world of its kind, whilst students at Monash University Malaysia may complete a Bachelor programme specialising in Mechanical Engineering

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Browse all Mechanical Engineering Courses Abroad


Business, Finance and Accounting

With an economy set to grow between 4.5%-5.5% in 2014, Malaysia is the world’s largest Islamic banking and financial centre. Highly regulated and with precautions in place to manage risk, the financial sector was resilient in the face of the global financial crisis and has seen the near eradication of extreme poverty in Malaysia.

Offering a full range of financial services, Malaysia has opened new avenues for individuals, employees and businesses to access finances and encourage growth. By 2020, the Malaysian financial services sector is predicted to create 275,400 new jobs, with positions relating to accounts, investments, international trade, sales and marketing and economics becoming widely available.

MBA graduates are highly sought-out in Malaysia, and the programme is widely offered, highly ranked and incredibly popular. In 2014, the Universiti Malaya’s Graduate School of Business was named the most popular business school in Asia, with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) coming in 4th place, and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) ranking 11th. Finance and Accounting programmes are also offered across a wide range of universities, at all levels of study.

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Ready to become the next oil and gas magnate? Browse courses in Malaysia now and start planning your study abroad adventure!


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