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Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM): Your First Choice of Postgraduate Education Institution

Updated: Jan 13


Welcome to Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)! UiTM is just 28 kilometres west of the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, with its main campus located in Shah Alam, which is also the state capital of Selangor. Established as the RIDA Training Centre to help rural Malays with only around 50 students in 1956, it has grown into the largest Malaysian university based on its physical infrastructure, faculty and staff, as well as student enrollment and alumni as seen in the corporate video of UiTM released in 2019 below.

Why UiTM?

As the largest higher education institution in Malaysia, UiTM today offers an extensive physical infrastructure with 28 faculties and academic centres as well as 35 campuses strategically located near to the places of interest throughout all 13 states in Malaysia. DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong is the head of the university to confer degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions upon persons who have followed courses of study approved by the Senate. Updated till July 2021, UiTM has produced 912,239 students by offering 504 world-class education programmes with 18,347 qualified academic and non-academic staff support and a 172,659 student population. Based on the UiTM Expert Profile database, UiTM has 207 professors, 3597 active research grants, 12,146 indexed publications in 5 years, and 3892 active postgraduate students. In addition, UiTM is placed at the top 650 in QS World University Rank, 194 in Social Sciences and Management cluster, 180 in Engineering and Technology cluster, and 239 in the Art and Humanities cluster based on the QS World University Ranking by Subject (2021). With 162 Masters and 55 PhD programmes that come with affordable tuition fees to choose from, UiTM is your first choice of postgraduate education institution.

Institute of Graduate Studies (IGS)

With the establishment of the Institute of Graduate Studies (IGS) or Institut Pengajian Siswazah (IPSis) in April 1997, it aims to provide opportunities for Bumiputera graduates to raise the levels of professional graduate education at the Master and Doctoral levels to push its frontiers for societal well-being. Its vision is to be at the forefront of scholarship that enhances academic advancement at the graduate level, in the pursuit of academic excellence and world-class standards of graduate education.

To enhance the community of graduates who are constantly promoting the advancement of knowledge through academic study and research culture as its mission, IGS holds its objectives to:

  • be the centre for administration and management of postgraduate studies for UiTM;

  • broaden postgraduate learning opportunities globally;

  • preserve the scholastic quality of postgraduate studies; and

  • establish policies and procedures pertaining to postgraduate studies.

IGS implements and manages the overall administration by formulating and coordinating policies on admission and academic regulations, as well as providing support to facilitate research and learning among postgraduate students. It offers 217 world-class postgraduate programmes (162 Masters and 55 PhDs) with the enrollment of 9,525 local and 998 international postgraduate students so far, which has produced 33,256 graduates. There are two modes of postgraduate studies: research and coursework programmes.

Seeking the UiTM Expert as Supervisor Solutions

UiTM Expert Profile is a research information system portal of UiTM academic staff where you can find the related information based on the available menus such as UiTM Expert, List of Professors, and My Expertise. In order to show you a better picture, I will take mine as an example. On UiTM Expert, you can search me as follows:

  1. by Name: Type "Mah Boon Yih" as the keyword;

  2. by Area of Expertise: Type "Language Development through Technology" as the keyword; or

  3. by Faculty: Select ACADEMY OF LANGUAGE STUDIES.

However, the 3rd method is not recommended as the search results are not specific. Click on the expert's name to access the individual page. You can find the expert's profile, research, publication, supervision, consultation, and curriculum vitae.

Identifying Study Areas and Programmes Solutions

There are more than 217 programmes to choose from 3 main clusters: Science and Technology, Business and Management, as well as Social Sciences and Humanities. In Science and Technology cluster, there are 13 faculties with multiple postgraduate programmes to enrol. Please click the links below to find out more about each programme and its synopsis, entry requirement, and English requirement (MUET/IELTS/TOEFL/CEFR/ TOEIC/BULATS):

For the Business and Management cluster, 6 faculties can be found as follows with multiple postgraduate programmes. Please click the links below to find out more.

Lastly, there are 9 faculties/academies listed under Social Sciences and Humanities cluster as follows. Please click the links below to find out more.

1. Programmes by Research

In IGS, the Research Department in collaboration with UiTM faculties and the Centre of Excellence manages the processes from application to graduation of postgraduate students. At present, there are about 50 research-based programmes offered throughout the year on a pre-set monthly schedule. The applications of Masters and Doctorate programmes by research can be done online as that will be highlighted in the next section. The newly registered candidates are given a logbook and required to attend IGS Research Skills Seminar. The registered candidates should have access to the Process and Procedures, Guidelines on Thesis Format and Academic Rules and Regulations. The IGS Data Analysis Seminar and IGS Writing Skills Seminar are available for returning students (Click HERE for more details). The defence of proposal, viva-voce, and other related forms are available on the website for candidates to download. Candidates should be in constant contact with faculty to adhere to the research process and procedures stipulated by IGS.

2. Programmes by Coursework

The Coursework Department in IGS works together with the faculties in order to manage and address issues relating to the academic matters of coursework postgraduate students such as registration of courses, study leaves, withdrawal from studies, and appeal for continuing of study. Currently, there are 68 coursework programmes for the master degree and 1 doctoral programme by coursework. These coursework programmes are offered by 21 faculties and also by 11 branch campuses of UiTM throughout Malaysia. UiTM offers a wide and distinctive range of coursework programmes for postgraduate studies in Science and Technology (29 master programmes), Business and Management (17 master programmes and 1 doctoral programme), and Social Science and Humanities (21 master programmes). The registered coursework postgraduate students have to ensure the activities below are carried out within the stipulated time given in order to maintain active student status:

  • Online Student Registration

  • Online Courses Registration

  • Online Validation of Courses

  • Updating the i-student portal

Enrollment Procedures Solutions

Please stay updated on IPSis information on its official website for the latest announcements, guidelines, details, and information on related matters. For international applicants, below are some basic guidelines to enrol in UiTM's postgraduate programmes.

  1. Find out the list of programmes offered for Intake September 2021 with fees HERE.

  2. Fill up the online application form for coursework HERE (September 2021 Intake is now CLOSED).

  3. Fill up the online application form for research HERE (throughout the year).

    1. All the information must be accurate.

    2. Required field ( * ) in the online form MUST NOT be left blank.

  4. Prepare the following compulsory documents (Unable to submit those documents will cause an unsuccessful application).

    1. Printed Online Application Form (coursework/research)

    2. Photocopy of passport

      1. All pages must be certified as a true copy by the authorised personnel/embassy/government.

    3. Photocopy of Degree certificate

      1. Application for the Master programme must be certified as a true copy by the authorised personnel/embassy/government.

    4. Photocopy of Bachelor and Master Degree certificates

      1. Application for PhD program must be certified as a true copy by the authorised personnel/ embassy/government.

    5. Photocopy of examination/academic transcripts (must be certified as a true copy by the authorised personnel/embassy/government).

  5. Referee reports

    1. 2 referees

    2. Click HERE to download the form.

  6. Photocopy of English proficiency certificate

    1. English tests/recommendations other than IELTS or TOEFL are not considered.

  7. Application for Master or PhD by research must include a research proposal

  8. Click HERE to download the checklist for the required documents.

  9. Scan the soft-copy of the documents and email to

  10. Selection will be carried out at the faculty.

  11. Faculty will inform IGS of the successful candidate(s).

  12. Candidate can check their application status via email to

  13. Registration for the upcoming intake will be informed via email/SMS.

    1. Refer to the registration steps stated on the offer letter.

    2. Click HERE for the latest registration procedures

  14. Congratulations! You're officially a student at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) upon completion of the application procedures.

  15. You may also refer to HERE for more details.

Registration Procedures Solutions

  1. Check the application status HERE.

  2. Print bill for academic fees at HERE.

  3. The successful applicant is required to bring the following documents during the registration day:

    1. Click HERE to download the Postgraduate Registration Process Form.

    2. Original documents for verification by Faculty:

      1. Passport

      2. Master/Bachelor Degree Certificate

      3. Academic Transcripts and certificates

      4. IELTS (minimum band 6.0) or TOEFL (minimum score of 550)

  4. Copies of the following documents for submission:

    1. 3 copies of the Letter of Offer & Postgraduate Registration Form

    2. Click HERE to download the Health Examination Report (1 copy).

    3. 3 copies of the proof of payment

    4. Click HERE to download the Student’s Pledge (3 copies).

    5. Click HERE to download the UiPS Membership (1 copy).

    6. 3 copies of the certified true full copy of passport

    7. 3 copies of the certified true copy of Master/Bachelor degree certificate

    8. 3 copies of the certified true copy of academic transcripts and certificates

    9. 3 copies of the IELTS (minimum of band 6.0) or TOEFL (minimum score of 550)

  5. Payment of the bill can be made on or before the registration day.

    1. For cash payment: Any branch of BANK ISLAM MALAYSIA BERHAD


*Please present evidence of financial support to the Bursary.

Fees and Expenses Estimations Solutions

Find out everything you need to know to plan your stay, including tuition, visa, and accommodation fees HERE. For the applicants who are residing in Malaysia including those from public/private universities/institutions in Malaysia, please refer to the details found HERE; for the applicants from outside Malaysia, please refer to the Manual for VISA Online Application.

For the international applicants, do feel at home in Shah Alam, Selangor! To help you settle down in Shah Alam, Student Wellbeing Advisors are available on campus to provide you with support and advice on housing. There are fully furnished student apartments with a monthly rental of a single unit as USD80 – USD160 and an apartment unit as USD300–USD410. There is a multi-sharing bedroom or private bedroom within apartment shares on the UiTM campus. The living expenses depend on needs and lifestyle. An estimated monthly cost per head for food, books, clothes, entertainment, local travel and other incidentals is approximately USD 250 to USD 350.

Take a Tour of Campus Life!

Let's take a campus tour through a drone and by driving a car to UiTM Shah Alam main campus as below.

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Campus tour UiTM Shah Alam 2020 [Video]. (2020, August 22). YouTube.

UiTM corporate video 2019. (2019, September 23). YouTube.

UiTM Shah Alam by drone [Video]. (2019, April 14). YouTube.

(2021). IPSis UiTM.

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