Entry Qualifications & English Language Requirements

1.Entry for Foundation Programme

Students with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Vokasional (SPMV) qualification are also encouraged to apply for entry to the one-year UTAR Foundation programmes. Upon successful completion of the Foundation programmes, students are eligible to pursue Year 1 of the corresponding UTAR Honours Degree programmes.

For more information on the UTAR Foundation programmes on the specific minimum entry requirements, kindly log on to the study.utar.edu.my 

2. Entry for Bachelor's Honours Degree Programme

UTAR welcomes applicants with any of the following qualifications for entry to Bachelor's Honours Degree Programme:

  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
  • A-Levels
  • South Australian Matriculation (SAM)
  • Canadian Pre-University (CPU)

Further details on the specific minimum entry requirements for particular programmes can be found in study.utar.edu.my  (For Malaysian applicants ONLY)
Applicants with qualifications other than those described above, for example, a Diploma from a college/institution/polytechnic may also apply for admission to UTAR programmes. Such applications will be considered on a case-to-case basis and successful applicants may be given entry with Credit Transfer

All applications for credit transfer must be made together with the application for admission. Certified copies of the official transcripts, course structure, syllabi, samples of past examination papers and all other relevant information and materials related to the previous studies must be enclosed with the application. Applications submitted without the above documents will be processed for normal admission without any consideration for credit transfer.

3.English Language Requirements (Malaysian students)

You need to be proficient in the English language, which is the medium of instruction and examination at the University. Most programmes would normally require a credit relevant score in English Language in one of the following examinations:

Recognised TestsFoundation   UndergraduatePostgraduate
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Paper-based TOEFL
Internet-based Testing (iBT) - new TOEFL
SPM English Language / O-level English Language   Credit   Credit   Credit   
MUET   Band 2   Band 3   Band 3   
UEC English Language   Grade B   Grade B   Grade B   
Note: All Malaysian applicants (EXCEPT for Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Chinese Studies) (R2/312/6/0011)03/22(A7909) must have one of the above English Language qualifications or any other English Language qualification as approved by Senate. 

Specific English Language score is required for admission into the following programmes:

Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting (R2/344/6/0072)03/22(A7943)  AND Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) (R2/344/6/0193)04/26(A9649)

- SPM Credit / equivalent and MUET Band 2 / IELTS 5.0 / TOEFL 500

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science (R/421/6/0022)03/20(A6169) / Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) (R/726/6/0061)10/20(A10816) AND Bachelor of Science (Hons) Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health (N/862/6/0075)01/25(MQA/PA 8677)

- MUET Band 3 / IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL 550

Bachelor of Nursing (R/723/6/0155)10/20(MQA/FA9369)

- MUET Band 3 / IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL 515

Bachelor of Arts(Hons) English Education (R/145/6/0054)07/20(A11023) / Bachelor of Arts (Hons) English Language (R2/224/6/0047)11/24(A5857) AND Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) (R2/721/6/0053)01/27(MQA/FA5540)

MUET Band 4 / IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 580 iBT 78

*However applicant with entry qualifications conducted in English Language can be considered for exemption.

4.English Language Requirement (International Students)

All international students are required to meet academic entry requirements as well as a standard of English Language proficiency in order to study in UTAR.

Starting from 1 January 2018, international students who wish to enrol into the Foundation and Bachelor's degree programmes shall possess English Language score in of the following tests:

Recognised TestsFoundation   Undergraduate
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Paper-based TOEFL
Internet-based Testing (iBT) - new TOEFL
Cambridge English: Advance (CAE)   160   160   
Cambridge English: CPE  180   180   
Pearson Test of English (PTE)  30   36 
Malaysia University English Test (MUET)   Band 2   Band 3 
Some Bachelor's degree programmes may require high English Language test scores as set by the Ministry of Education (MOE) or the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). These programmes are:

1) Business programmes
- IELTS 5.0 / TOEFL 550 / PTE 42 / equivalent (IELTS 6.0 / equivalent for Finance)
2) Computing programmes - IELTS 5.0 / TOEFL410 / PTE 36 / equivalent
3) Journalism / Public Relations - IELTS 5.5 / PTE 42 / equivalent 
4) English Language / English Education - IELTS 6.0 /TOEFL 550 / PTE 50 / equivalent 
5) Biomedical Science / Chinese Medicine / Physiotherapy - IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL 550 / PTE 42 / equivalent 
6) Nursing - IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL 515 / PTE 42 / equivalent 
7) MBBS - IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 580 / PTE 50 / equivalent

Conditional offers will be issued to students who have fulfilled the academic entry requirements but do not have or achieve one of the above English Language test scores as required. Under such condition, the students will undergo the UTAR English Enhancement Programme (EEP) and sign up for the IELTS test through UTAR. The students must pass the IELTS test with required score within 1 year, before they can commence their Foundation/Bachelor's degree programme.

5.English Language Requirement for Postgraduate Programmes (International Students)

Students who wish to apply for the Master's and PhD programmes, in addition to the academic requirements a candidate is also required to possess an English Language certification as stated in the below table:

ProgrammesEnglish Language Requirement
Business ProgrammesIELTS 6.0/equivalent 
IELTS 5.0/TOEFL 500/equivalent
ComputingIELTS 6.0/equivalent
Media & Communication StudiesIELTS 6.0

Notwithstanding the above, English language requirement for programmes not stated in the above table, candidate is required to possess any one of the following:
English Language RequirementMinimum score
TOEFL (paper based) 410-413   
TOEFL (internet based)34 
IELTS5.0  / a minimum of B1 level in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Cambridge English Advance (CAE)160 / a minimum of B2 level in CEFR
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)   180 / a minimum of C1 level in CEFR
Person Test of English (PTE)36   
MUETBand 3

An international student who do not fulfil the English Language requirement will be considered for conditional offers. They need to enrol in the UTAR English Enhancement Programme (EEP) first and pass the IELTS/TOEFL/MUET test with the required score within 12 months after arriving Malaysia.

Additional supporting documents: Those intend to pursue postgraduates studies with UTAR should provide a letter from former institution's Registrar stating that English was the sole medium of instruction for the Bachelor's or Master's degree programmes studied previously.