Top 14 Hardest Majors to Study in Malaysian Universities

Studying in Malaysia is becoming a thing of choice for most students within and outside the country.

[This article was originally published at FunnyMalaysia.]

This is due to the high standards (relatively among the South East Asia region) and average price education offered by Malaysian Institutions as regulated by the Malaysian government.

Below are the top 14 hardest major to study in Malaysian universities/colleges.

1. Urban and Regional Planning

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The profession of urban and regional planning is concerned with planning, designing and managing properties and the environment. It is interdisciplinary in nature and integrates both the art and science of creating a better quality of life in a sustainable environment.

To study this course in Malaysia  you have to be at your best in terms of strategic reasoning and implementing of projects. At the local level, the profession deals with the planning and designing of neighborhoods, towns and cities, and at the national and international levels, bigger projects.

In Malaysian Institutions, the profession seeks to balance between society and environment by managing developments through policies, strategies, and plans. Students are expected to study hard to show themselves approved and worthy of being awarded Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning [BURP] at the end of their study year. 

2. Accountancy 

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Accountants are known for accuracy and integrity when it comes to calculating and handling digits. Studying Accountancy in a Malaysian Institution is very hard as they have a high standard of program features, curriculum and award requirements.

Accountancy which is the measurement, processing, and communication of financial information about economic entities, in the University of Malaysia Kelantan offers full-time mode based on an 8 Semester Academic Year with several subjects being delivered and assessed in each semester.

The course requires students to undergo 6 months of industrial training during the short semester of their third year. Assessment is strictly based on a Maximum of 60% final examination and the remaining allocated to coursework.

Students who do not achieve a total of 146 credit hours with minimum CPA of 2 and do not Pass the Industrial Training which is equivalent to 8 credit hours will not be awarded at the end of their study year-Difficult task indeed.

3. Quantity Surveying 


Malaysia has several are still undergoing building and construction. One will see it lucrative to study a course that will be relevant to the development of the country. However,  the discipline of Quantity Surveying fits into such line of thought, irrespective of its tasking nature. Project development is an investment that involves a considerable sum of money and time.

The role of quantity surveyors through their education, training and experience will contribute to the effective management of construction cost, project procurement, and contract administration as well as giving advice on development economics and contractual matters.

Malaysian Institutions offer graduates the opportunity to operate within the existing framework of the Quantity Surveying discipline, the construction industry, and related fields.

At a personal level, the undergraduate will be stimulated to adopt a professional and ethical approach that will allow personal development, foster self-respect and improve career aspirations. If you find this field interesting, look up easier ways to study it in Malaysia.

4. Law

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The law is one hard course to study anywhere in the world, Malaysia inclusive. The course entails a certain system of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior, culture, and tradition.

It is a professional study that usually comes with a white crown (wig) on graduating from Law School, and most parents find it prestigious to have a Lawyer as a child. Nevertheless, studying law in Malaysia is one of the hardest journeys to embark on.

The law as a course has so many terminologies, acts, and by-laws that are constantly in use even in the course of studying. Most students in Malaysian Universities find it hard to assimilate this information as a result of its weight and complexity.

Also, Law fees in Malaysian Universities are higher than fees of other faculties, and this sometimes adds to the frustration of students who now have two things to worry about – How to pay fees and how to pass Law examinations.

In a nutshell, studying law in Malaysian Universities require a lot of concentration, assimilation, and dedication.

5. Bioinformatics 

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Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics combines computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to study and process biological data.

Studying Bioinformatics in any Malaysian Institution will need you to first understand biology, biotechnology and information technology, as they all make up the course. Common uses of bioinformatics include the identification of candidate genes and nucleotides (SNPs).

Often, such identification is made with the aim of better understanding the genetic basis of disease, unique adaptations, desirable properties or differences between populations.

Students who intend to study this course are considered bioinformatics scientists and as such needs to put themselves in the place of a scientist which makes studying more difficult.

6. International Business

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Undergraduate international business programs in Malaysian Institutions is quite uneasy. It prepares students to conduct business or manage companies in a variety of global markets, by studying different cultures, learning more about a country’s culture,values, business history, labor relations, legal economics and political systems.

7. Information Technology

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With the world becoming increasingly borderless, demand for IT specialists is increasing. If you are interested in studying Information Technology in any Malaysian Institution, be ready to stand up to the task ahead.

IT students are considered brain box and computer gurus, to be one, you need to read all required school texts and materials 24/7.

8. Medicine 

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Studying Medicine usually comes hand in hand with studying surgery operations.

This course can be extremely tough in Malaysia owing to the fact that its MBBS has different phases every semester. A student must pass all the examination required in every phase before proceeding to another phase of another level/year.

More so, MBBS exams are usually complex. Intensive study is needed and most times students substitute their social life for studies. Medical students are always put under pressure because their job entails human lives, one tiny mistake, and a soul is gone.

The studies can be scaring at times when students get to work with carcasses, blood, and wounded people. It takes courage to study Medicine and Surgery in Malaysia.

9. Molecular Biology

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Biomolecular engineering is the application of engineering practices and principles to purposefully manipulate molecules of biological origin. Chemical engineering involves manipulation of non-biological molecules. These two courses are interrelated and usually taken together in most institutions in Malaysia.

The entire subjects studied are quite challenging. It involves studying structures, functions as well as properties.

The hardest part includes bio-medical engineering of molecules (recombinant DNA, site-directed mutagenesis, bio-immobilization and bio-conjugation, polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay-ELISA).

You will have to love the laboratory if you wish to pursue this course in Malaysia.

10. Political Science 

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Political science is a social science that deals with systems of government and the analysis of political activity and political behavior. It deals extensively with the theory and practicals of politics which is commonly thought of as the determining of the distribution of power and resources.

To study Political science in a Malaysian Institution, you should observe the political scene of the country and attempt  to marry it with politics as it were on paper.

The mistake most students make while choosing this course is that they assume all Political Scientists will end as Politicians in the Government – which is not far-fetched, though.

11. Hotel Operations and Management 

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In Olympia College Malaysia students who intend to study Hotel Operations and Management without the required SPM credits can only obtain a Diploma in Hotel Management via the Certificate in Hotel Operations (CHO) program.

The institution offers the following course modules: Principles of Front Office, Introduction to Hospitality Industry, Computer Application, Bahasa Malaysia, Safety & Hygiene, Food Studies, Pengajian Islam/Pendidikan Moral, Housekeeping, Pengajian Malaysia and Industrial Placement.

Through rigorous evaluation, extensive training, and advanced technological implementation, students are constantly lectured on how to run hotels at optimum levels.

12. English Language 

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An English language Student is a person who is learning the English language in addition to his or her native language.

The instruction and assessment of students, their cultural background, and the attitudes of classroom teachers towards the English Language are one basic training students require (especially those from non-English speaking countries). Swinburne Sarawak Malaysia offers two types of English Language courses: intensive and supplementary.

The Intensive English runs in the months of the foundation or degree course. The Supplementary English units run during the degree course. Most English language courses in Malaysia can help students with Reading and Writing in English, Speaking and listening skills and Progressing to higher levels of study.

13. Graphic Design 

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Graphic design is the process of visual communication, and problem-solving through the use of type, space, and image. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design. The Sarawak Malaysia among other countries in the country offers Diploma in Graphic Designs.

Studying design at Swinburne Sarawak allows you to combine your creativity with business sense and industry insight. Harness your imagination and take part in the innovative design thinking that will define the 21st century.

Swinburne Sarawak Malaysia multimedia design course offers creators and innovators any number of possible careers: advertising/art director, animator, cinematographer, design manager, exhibition designer, graphic designer/illustrator, packaging designer, post-production visual eff. Multimedia University Malaysia also offers a Bachelor degree in Multimedia Design.

14. Engineering 

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Engineering means to apply scientific and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials, and processes. Several Institutions in Malaysia offer this course and it is difficult to both get an admission entry and to survive the heat of the course while studying it.

In a nutshell, the above 14 courses mentioned are therefore considered top hardest courses to study in Malaysia.

In case you are interested in pursuing any of these courses, brace up to give your best because you would otherwise be frustrated in the course of study.

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