University of Malaya: Statistics



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#464 of 14,131 In the World
#69 of 5,830 In Asia
#1 of 45 In Malaysia
#1 of 9 In Kuala Lumpur
#11 of 2,152 For Renewable Energy Engineering
Top50% For 229 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate34%
Admissions RequirementsSijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or Malaysian Certificate of Education (MCE) or recognized equivalent; Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STP) or Higher School Certificate (HSC) or Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM); equivalent recognized qualification
Academic CalendarJuly to July

We've calculated the 34% acceptance rate for University of Malaya based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

University of Malaya is a world-class research university with 71,797 scientific papers published and 1,253,605 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Environmental Science, Medicine, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Quantum and Particle physics, and Organic Chemistry.


University of Malaya majors

by publication & citation count

41,276 / 849,345
37,287 / 806,065
36,951 / 785,937
34,023 / 675,608
Environmental Science
33,134 / 674,296
29,693 / 489,388
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
29,327 / 398,934
Computer Science
26,347 / 431,049
Quantum and Particle physics
24,426 / 492,226
Organic Chemistry
23,007 / 535,063
Materials Science
20,561 / 446,851
19,450 / 457,989
16,218 / 328,874
Political Science
16,004 / 182,946
Geography and Cartography
15,652 / 275,350
15,258 / 308,287
15,087 / 212,597
15,035 / 178,929
14,683 / 256,944
14,403 / 146,462
14,226 / 368,042
13,573 / 253,957
12,950 / 169,275
12,880 / 151,998
11,500 / 218,802
10,377 / 143,710
10,085 / 186,349
Optical Engineering
9,962 / 189,166
Metallurgical Engineering
9,491 / 211,207
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
9,481 / 168,369
9,459 / 123,728
9,456 / 138,084
Chemical Engineering
8,906 / 252,208
Electrical Engineering
8,801 / 207,300
7,878 / 82,856
Machine Learning
7,471 / 156,365
7,354 / 115,160
Physical chemistry
7,110 / 199,786
6,823 / 181,022
6,639 / 103,967

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 223 793
1992 197 905
1993 269 847
1994 262 960
1995 257 1137
1996 288 1192
1997 279 1192
1998 303 1262
1999 284 1471
2000 365 1786
2001 348 1929
2002 459 2173
2003 443 2802
2004 608 3017
2005 683 3492
2006 724 4163
2007 841 5006
2008 1177 6592
2009 1721 8374
2010 2140 10703
2011 2814 15076
2012 3077 20516
2013 3638 28020
2014 4611 38881
2015 4711 50921
2016 4723 63449
2017 4529 75158
2018 4225 90168
2019 4274 111435
2020 4821 136720
2021 5294 167739
2022 5108 180134
2023 4871 182407
Academic rankings


Local studetns 740-1,335 per semester; Postgraduate: 1,237-20,567 per semester for Malaysian candidates and 1,911-30,906 per semester for International candidates (MYR)

The University of Malaya has on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by University of Malaya.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Accountancy, Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Cultural Studies, Dentistry, Economics, Engineering, Information Technology, Islamic Studies, Law, Linguistics, Malay, Medicine, Modern Languages, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Sports
Postgraduate Diploma Public Administration
Master's Degree Accountancy, Administration, Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Cultural Studies, Dentistry, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Engineering, Information Technology, Islamic Studies, Law, Linguistics, Malay, Management, Medicine, Modern Languages, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Sports
Doctor's Degree Accountancy, Administration, Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Cultural Studies, Dentistry, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Engineering, English, Islamic Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Malay, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Sports

University of Malaya alumni

  1. Mahathir Mohamad

    Mahathir Mohamad
    Born in
    Malaysia Flag Malaysia
    1925-.. (age 99)
    Enrolled in the University of Malaya
    Studied in 1953

    Mahathir bin Mohamad is a Malaysian politician, author, and physician who served as the fourth and seventh prime minister of Malaysia. He held office from 1981 to 2003 and later from 2018 to 2020 for a cumulative total of 24 years, making him the country's longest-serving prime minister. Before becoming premier, he served as deputy prime minister and in other cabinet positions. He was a member of Parliament for Langkawi from 2018 to 2022, Kubang Pasu from 1974 to 2004, and Kota Star Selatan from 1964 to 1969. His political career spanned more than 75 years, from joining protests opposing citizenship policies for non-Malays in the Malayan Union in the 1940s to forming the Gerakan Tanah Air coalition in 2022.

  2. Anwar Ibrahim

    Anwar Ibrahim
    Born in
    Malaysia Flag Malaysia
    1947-.. (age 77)
    Enrolled in the University of Malaya
    Studied in 1967

    Anwar bin Ibrahim is a Malaysian politician who has served as the tenth Prime Minister of Malaysia since 2022. He served as the 12th and 16th Leader of the Opposition from 2008 to 2015 and again from 2020 to 2022. He has been the chairman of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition since 2020, the second President of the People's Justice Party (PKR) since 2018 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tambun since November 2022. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister and in many other Cabinet positions in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from 1982 to his removal in 1998.

  3. Muhyiddin Yassin

    Muhyiddin Yassin
    Born in
    Malaysia Flag Malaysia
    1947-.. (age 77)
    Enrolled in the University of Malaya
    1967-1971 studied Malay studies and economics

    Tan Sri Dato' Haji Mahiaddin bin Md. Yasin, commonly known as Muhyiddin bin Mohd. Yassin (Jawi: محيي الدين بن محمد ياسين; IPA: [muhjɪddɪn bɪn ˈmuɦɑmmæd jɑ̀ssɪn]), is a Malaysian politician who served as the eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2020 to 2021. Appointed as prime minister amid a political crisis, Muhyiddin served for 17 months and resigned after losing parliamentary support.

  4. Ismail Sabri Yaakob

    Ismail Sabri Yaakob
    Born in
    Malaysia Flag Malaysia
    1960-.. (age 64)

    Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob is a Malaysian lawyer and politician who served as the ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2021 to 2022. He is both the shortest-serving Prime Minister (served for 15 months), and shortest-serving Deputy Prime Minister (served for 40 days). He is also the first Prime Minister born after the independence of Malaya, the first former Leader of the Opposition to become Prime Minister, and the only Prime Minister to serve without a deputy.

All 87 notable alumni

University of Malaya faculties and divisions

Academy : Islamic Studies Development Studies, Economics, Human Resources, Islamic Law, Islamic Studies, Koran, Management, Philosophy, Political Sciences
Academy : Malay Studies Cultural Studies, Fine Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Malay, Publishing and Book Trade
Centre : Civilization Dialogue Cultural Studies
Centre : Culture Acting, Aesthetics, Art History, Art Management, Conducting, Cultural Studies, Dance, Display and Stage Design, Educational Technology, Ethnology, Human Resources, Marketing, Music, Music Education, Music Theory and Composition, Musicology, Opera, Performing Arts, Textile Design, Theatre, Visual Arts
Centre : Foundation Studies in Science Biology, Chemistry, Japanese, Natural Sciences, Physics
Centre : Sports Sports, Sports Management
Faculty : Arts and Social Sciences Anthropology, Arts and Humanities, Chinese, Demography and Population, East Asian Studies, English, Geography, History, International Studies, Media Studies, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Southeast Asian Studies
Faculty : Built Environment Architecture, Real Estate, Surveying and Mapping
Faculty : Business and Accountancy Accountancy, Banking, Business and Commerce, Finance, International Business, Islamic Studies, Management, Management Systems, Marketing, Operations Research, Taxation
Faculty : Computer Science and Information Technology Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Information Technology, Library Science, Software Engineering, Systems Analysis
Faculty : Dentistry Dental Hygiene, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Oral Pathology, Orthodontics, Periodontics
Faculty : Economics and Administration Administration, Development Studies, Economics, Political Sciences, Statistics
Faculty : Education Curriculum, Education, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Foreign Languages Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Pedagogy
Faculty : Engineering Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering
Faculty : Languages and Linguistics Arabic, European Languages, Foreign Languages Education, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Native Language, South and Southeast Asian Languages, Translation and Interpretation, Writing
Faculty : Law Law
Faculty : Medicine Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Medical Parasitology, Medicine, Microbiology, Nephrology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Parasitology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Social and Preventive Medicine, Surgery
Faculty : Science Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Embryology and Reproduction Biology, Genetics, Geology, Histology, Immunology, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Natural Sciences, Physics, Plant Pathology
Institute : Asia-Europe Asian Studies, European Studies
Institute : China Studies Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Chinese, Cultural Studies, Economics, History, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Philosophy, Political Sciences
Institute : Graduate Studies Biotechnology, Development Studies, Developmental Psychology, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Industrial Engineering, Natural Resources, Philosophy, Technology
Institute : Principalship Studies Educational Administration, Leadership, Management, Secondary Education, Teacher Training
Institute : Public Policy and Management Management, Public Administration
Institute : Research Management and Consultancy Management, Technology

General information

Alternative names UM
Universiti Malaya
Founded 1905
Accreditation Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA); Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)
Motto Ilmu Punca Kemajuan
Knowledge is the Key to Success
Colors red, gold, blue

Location and contacts

Address Lembah Pantai
Kuala Lumpur, 50603
City population 1,982,000

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