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Why study a diploma?

by StudyMalaysia on December 27, 2016 | Top Stories

Why study a diploma?

You might not think that a diploma is your cup of tea but a diploma qualification can open up many more doors and opportunities than you think! Diplomas cost less, take a shorter time to complete and give you flexible learning options.

As an alternative to taking the pre-university pathway, you can apply for a diploma programme after you've completed your O-Level/SPM/IGCSE.

Diploma programmes usually take 2 years to complete, with some requiring 2.5 to 3 years. The programme is generally regarded as less academic in approach compared to a degree. A typical diploma curriculum may contain 60% academic and 40% practical or course assignment.

The entry requirement for a diploma is a recognised certificate (MQF Level 3) or a pass in O-Level/SPM/ICGSE with 3 credits.

There are many reasons to choose diploma over bachelor’s degree. Some of them are:

1. The entry requirements are less rigid

The general entry requirements for a diploma is a pass with three credits in SPM (with the exception of a nursing diploma which requires five credits). Some diplomas may have additional requirements – do check with the college you’re interested in.

2. Diplomas cost less

Let’s face it. Not everyone has the means to fork out funds for a bachelor’s degree. To acquire a bachelor’s degree, the pathway after SPM involves a pre-u qualification for 1 to 1.5 years of study (50 credits) followed by 3-4 years of bachelor degree study (120 credits). In comparison, a diploma takes 2 to 2.5 years (min 90 credits) right after SPM.

Diplomas cost way less than what a degree programme would – the course fees for a diploma programme ranges from RM20,000 – 40,000, with many courses falling in the range of RM25,000 – 35,000.

3. Diplomas make you ready for the job market

Unlike pre-university programmes that focus more on rigorous academic study, diploma programmes are designed to equip students with the necessary skills required to meet the job requirements in a particular industry. The curriculum often includes lots of hands-on work that allows you to practise these skills. You’ll be able to enter the workforce within your target industry right after you graduate.

4. You'll love it if you like practical work

As mentioned in the previous point, a diploma prepares you with the specific skills that you need in a target industry. Whether you choose graphic design, culinary arts, automotive technology or medical imaging, you would have completed plenty of practical training in the core area of your study by the time you graduate.

If you like more hands-on work and practical experience, you’ll enjoy the curriculum of a diploma course which is usually 60% academic and 40% practical.

5. You complete your studies sooner

If you choose the pre-U route after SPM followed by a bachelor’s degree, you’d take about 5-6 years to graduate. In contrast, a diploma generally takes 3 years, allowing you to enter the job market and begin earning sooner.

6. Your learning options are flexible

There’s probably no other study route that offers the flexibility of a diploma. Here are some awesome advantages:

First, unlike pre-U courses and degrees, diplomas don’t necessarily follow a rigid academic calendar. That means that intakes are open several times a year. If you miss an intake, you won’t have to wait too long for the next one.

Second, diploma programmes are offered in different study modes like distance learning, part-time, and full-time. That means that diplomas are not just for conventional students. You can choose to work and study, and you might have the chance to build up your contacts in the working world through your fellow classmates.

Third, when you come to the point where you feel you need to further your studies to improve your career opportunities, you’d be glad to know that many diplomas offer advanced standing status with many overseas universities that lead to a bachelor’s degree. Here’s your chance to earn a foreign degree at a much lower cost.

Here are some examples of diploma courses offered at private higher educational institutions in Malaysia.

Diploma in Accountancy KDU University College
Kolej TAFE Seremban
Quest International University Perak (QIUP)
UNITAR International University
HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT)
International Open College (IOC)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Management & Science University (MSU)
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
Diploma in Accounting Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
Open University Malaysia (OUM)
MAHSA University
Terra College
Han Chiang College
Erican College
Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
Diploma in Advertising SEGi College, Subang Jaya
The One Academy of Communication Design
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering/Technology Nilai University
Kolej TAFE Seremban
Management & Science University (MSU)
Diploma in Automotive Engineering/Technology Nilai University
Kolej TAFE Seremban
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
TOC Automotive College
Diploma in Business Administration First City University College
Nilai University
Sunway College Ipoh
Asia Metropolitan University (AMU)
KFCH International College (Kolej Antarabangsa KFCH)
MAHSA University
Manipal International University (MIU), Malaysia
KDU University College
Erican College
Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
Diploma in Business Management Olympia College - KL (Headquarters)
Quest International University Perak (QIUP)
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
BERJAYA University College of Hospitality
Kolej Kemahiran Minda Isbauk (Isbauk Thinking Skills College)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
Diploma in Business Studies Raffles University Iskandar Malaysia
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
Diploma in Civil Engineering Kolej TAFE Seremban
Manipal International University (MIU), Malaysia
UTMSPACE (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
Diploma in Computer Science/Studies Nilai University
Kolej Universiti KDU Penang
HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT)
UTMSPACE (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
SEGi College, Sarawak
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
KDU University College
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
Diploma in Culinary Arts BERJAYA University College of Hospitality
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Erican College
HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT)
KDU University College
KFCH International College (Kolej Antarabangsa KFCH)
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
Management & Science University (MSU)
Nilai University
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
SEGi College Penang
SEGi College, Sarawak
SEGi University
Sunway University
Taylor's University
UCSI University
UNITAR International University
Diploma in Early Childhood Education Alfa International College
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
Management & Science University (MSU)
Open University Malaysia (OUM)
SEGi College Penang
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
SEGi College, Sarawak
SEGi College, Subang Jaya
SEGi University
UNITAR International University
Diploma in Education (TESL) Management & Science University (MSU)
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering KDU University College
UCSI University
SEGi College Penang
SEGi College, Subang Jaya
AIMST University
HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT)
Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)
Kolej TAFE Seremban
Management & Science University (MSU)
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
Diploma in Fashion Design Equator College
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
UCSI University
Management & Science University (MSU)
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
The One Academy of Communication Design
Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
Alfa International College
Diploma in Graphic Design Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
UCSI University
Management & Science University (MSU)
SEGi College, Sarawak
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
Erican College
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
IACT College
Alfa International College
Equator College
Sunway College Ipoh
SEGi College, Subang Jaya
The One Academy of Communication Design
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
Diploma in Healthcare SEGi College, Subang Jaya
Kolej Masterskill (Kampus Metro Kota Kinabalu)
Kolej Masterskill (Kampus Metro Kuching)
SEGi University
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur

SEGi College, Sarawak
Asia Metropolitan University (AMU)
Diploma in Hospitality Management First City University College
Management & Science University (MSU)
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
Diploma in Human Resource Management SEGi College, Sarawak
Open University Malaysia (OUM)
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
International Open College (IOC)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
SEGi College Penang
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
Diploma in Information Technology First City University College
Sunway University
SEGi College, Subang Jaya
Nilai University
Kolej TAFE Seremban
Olympia College – KL (Headquarters)
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
Open University Malaysia (OUM)
Management & Science University (MSU)
SEGi College Penang
UNITAR International University
UCSI University
SEGi University
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
Quest International University Perak (QIUP)
Taylor’s University
HELP University
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Erican College
Diploma in Interior Architecture SEGi College, Subang Jaya
UCSI University
Alfa International College
Diploma in Interior Design

First City University College
Equator College
Sunway College Ipoh
Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)
The One Academy of Communication Design
Taylor’s University
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
Raffles University Iskandar Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Erican College

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Nilai University
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
Kolej TAFE Seremban
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
Manipal International University (MIU), Malaysia
Management & Science University (MSU)
UTMSPACE (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT)
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology Kolej Masterskill (Kampus Metro Kota Kinabalu)
Kolej Masterskill (Kampus Metro Kuching)
SEGi College, Subang Jaya
Asia Metropolitan University (AMU)
Management & Science University (MSU)
SEGi University
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
MAHSA University
SEGi College Penang
SEGi College, Sarawak
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Nilai University
Diploma in Multimedia/ Diploma in Multimedia Design/ Diploma in Creative Multimedia Equator College
German Malaysian Institute (GMI)
SEGi College, Subang Jaya
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
SEGi College, Sarawak
Terra College
Management & Science University (MSU)
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
Han Chiang College
Alfa International College
Taylor’s University
The One Academy of Communication Design
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
Diploma in Nursing Nilai University
KPJ Healthcare University College
Kolej Masterskill (Kampus Metro Kota Kinabalu)
AIMST University
Asia Metropolitan University (AMU)
Management & Science University (MSU)
MAHSA University
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
International Medical College (IMC) Subang Jaya
International Medical College (IMC) Melaka
City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
UCSI University
Diploma in Pharmacy Kolej Masterskill (Kampus Metro Kota Kinabalu)
Management & Science University (MSU)
MAHSA University
Diploma in Tourism Management First City University College
Sunway University
Nilai University
Management & Science University (MSU)
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
KDU University College
BERJAYA University College of Hospitality
Quest International University Perak (QIUP)
SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
UNITAR International University
KFCH International College (Kolej Antarabangsa KFCH)
Taylor's University
SEGi University
LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
SEGi College Penang
SEGi College, Sarawak
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
Erican College

Search for hundreds more diploma courses here.

Source:

  • Study in Malaysia Handbook, 10th edition

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