University of Malaya: Statistics

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#457 of 14,131 In the World
#69 of 5,830 In Asia
#1 of 45 In Malaysia
#1 of 9 In Kuala Lumpur
#10 of 1,886 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 62,917 scientific papers published and 1,058,047 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

36,035 / 694,411
32,842 / 672,198
32,258 / 642,896
29,489 / 545,157
Environmental Science
28,427 / 541,058
25,888 / 400,586
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
24,571 / 314,971
Computer Science
22,354 / 337,557
Quantum and Particle physics
20,791 / 383,015
Organic Chemistry
19,925 / 424,820
Materials Science
17,982 / 364,706
16,954 / 370,864
14,326 / 272,345
Geography and Cartography
13,192 / 210,335
Political Science
13,045 / 142,026
13,032 / 232,646
12,597 / 167,433
12,209 / 137,940
12,193 / 186,999
12,084 / 276,338
11,894 / 111,661
11,724 / 208,715
10,834 / 125,988
10,788 / 121,517
9,395 / 156,818
8,642 / 143,800
8,500 / 106,681
Optical Engineering
8,274 / 138,911
Metallurgical Engineering
8,074 / 157,674
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
8,044 / 129,469
7,971 / 94,388
7,709 / 101,646
Chemical Engineering
7,631 / 198,074
Electrical Engineering
7,334 / 151,345
6,649 / 64,824
6,401 / 93,251
Machine Learning
6,041 / 112,369
5,855 / 143,956
Physical chemistry
5,823 / 145,350
5,662 / 84,176

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 204 644
1991 209 739
1992 186 820
1993 245 765
1994 237 872
1995 239 1011
1996 254 1064
1997 254 1036
1998 278 1135
1999 266 1340
2000 353 1590
2001 351 1785
2002 358 1951
2003 410 2542
2004 541 2612
2005 655 3152
2006 663 3759
2007 804 4529
2008 1121 6217
2009 1607 7643
2010 2032 9807
2011 2569 13733
2012 2836 18749
2013 3288 25680
2014 4250 35615
2015 4421 47741
2016 4435 58687
2017 4253 71434
2018 3788 81035
2019 3877 102726
2020 4481 126967
2021 5263 171629
2022 4427 169286
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 98)

    Mahathir bin Mohamad is a Malaysian politician, author, and physician who served as the 4th and 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the office from July 1981 to October 2003 and later from May 2018 to March 2020 for a cumulative total of 24 years, making him the country's longest-serving prime minister, as well as the first and only person to be appointed Prime Minister twice. Before becoming premier, he served as Deputy Prime Minister and in other cabinet positions. He was a Member of Parliament for Langkawi from May 2018 to October 2022, Kubang Pasu from August 1974 to March 2004, and Kota Setar Selatan from April 1964 to May 1969. His political career has 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 76)
    Enrolled in the University of Malaya
    Studied in 1967

    Anwar bin Ibrahim is a Malaysian politician who has served as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia since November 2022. He served as the 12th and 16th Leader of the Opposition from August 2008 to March 2015 and again from May 2020 to November 2022. He has been the chairman of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition since May 2020, 2nd President of the People's Justice Party (PKR) since November 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 76)
    Enrolled in the University of Malaya
    1967-1971 studied economics and Malay studies

    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 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia from March 2020 to August 2021. Appointed as prime minister amid a political crisis, Muhyiddin served for 17 months and resigned after losing parliamentary support, making him the second shortest-serving prime minister in Malaysian history after Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He is the first prime minister to appoint senior ministers under his administration.

  4. Rosmah Mansor

    Rosmah Mansor
    Born in
    Malaysia Flag Malaysia
    1951-.. (age 72)
    Enrolled in the University of Malaya
    In 1974 graduated with bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology

    Rosmah binti Mansor is the second wife of former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak. Like her husband, she became implicated in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. On 1 September 2022, she was found guilty of corruption in relation to a school electricity project, fined $303m and sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

All 78 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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