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Revealed: The Most Popular Courses Among Malaysian Students Right Now

We understand what it’s like when you’re faced with a variety of courses available from various universities and colleges in multiple destinations.

Traditionally, popular majors comprise business, engineering, health sciences, social sciences and law. For students who’ve just gotten their STPM, UEC or IB results, it becomes a case of pursuing the most ideal course in the most ideal university or college.

What about today? What are the courses that appeal most to Malaysian students who plan to study abroad and where do they intend to pursue them? While you can find out more for free from our counsellors, we've done some digging to uncover the top 5 courses.

  1. Psychology

Recently, there has been a surge in the number of Malaysian students enquiring about undergrad and postgrad courses in psychology. For a start, psychology covers thoughts, feelings, perceptions and actions of an individual from all stages of their life. It is usually a multidisciplinary course involving biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics and philosophy and has a great number of applications related to real world process.

When it comes to psychology, plenty of courses are available in destinations like Australia and the UK. These countries have reputable universities with solid coursework that produce graduates with recognised qualifications. Universities like the University of Queensland and University of Birmingham offer a wide range of courses in that subject area.

  1. Computing and IT

The Science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects have been the center of demand and focus over the past few years especially with the increasing influence of technology in all fields of work. Hence, the scope for study of computer and IT has thus been on the rise.

There is no field nowadays, that is not influenced by information technology and computing. Industries such as medicine, engineering, architecture and many more function with tools provided by IT. This means that the experts in computing are not only valuable to the top software company, but all the organisations require IT experts to streamline their operations.

Computer and Information Technology have a range of different courses available to study at all levels from undergraduate to doctorate level. You can choose from degrees like software engineering, information technology, digital media, computational and analytical mathematics etc. All these courses have high influence from technology and computing. The options are wide-ranging depending on which path you pursue!

Many firms offer internships related to computing and IT, which can be useful for your professional career. Gaining work experience before and during study time would help you attain and learn to apply skills and knowledge, thus increasing your chances of post-study employability.

  1. Accounting & Finance

The accounting & finance degree prepares graduates to excel in the business world as you will gain the knowledge and technical skills needed to analyse business problems from a financial view point and also learn to communicate and use financial information to support business decisions.

Generally the accounting & finance degree leads to specialisation in accounting and /or finance. Graduates are well prepared for a rewarding career in any sector of the economy including jobs as a Financial Accountant, Forensic Accountant, Management Accountant, Auditor, Financial Advisor and Tax Specialist. University of Sydney and University of Bristol are top universities offering globally recognised accounting & finance qualifications.

  1. Building & Architecture

The Building and Architecture field deals with the planning, design and erection of large complex, structures, systems, landscape planning and environments. The field of lies at the heart of the development of the environment we live in. Just look around you, we are always building things! Whether it’s housing, shopping centres, office spaces, transport systems, and other. You will see construction in progress, especially in large towns and cities with high populations.

Building and Architecture courses are professional accredited programmes. Students applying to study in Building and Architecture course will likely need qualifications of subjects including Mathematics, Art, Science and you may also be required to put together a portfolio of your own artwork (such as drawing, photography, painting, graphics and sculpture) – the university you are applying will give you more details about the requirements. The options are wide-ranging depending on which path you pursue!

  1. Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the study of the effects of natural and unnatural processes, and of interactions of the physical components of the planet on the environment. An environmental science degree equips you with the scientific background and the key skills necessary for roles in a range of careers including policy, conservation and sustainability.

Environmental scientists use their knowledge of natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers or work with industry to reduce waste. University of Melbourne & University of Aberdeen are some of the top universities offering these courses

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