I contacted EduSpiral to find an affordable college for culinary arts. He arranged for me and my mother for a campus tour & helped me find a college that had excellent facilities that I could afford. Fu Wei, Diploma in Culinary Arts Graduate from YTL International College of Hotel ManagementBest Degree Programme in Malaysia

Which are the Best Courses to Study in Malaysia after SPM or IGCSE / O-Levels?

Top Ten List of Best Courses to Study in Malaysia after SPM, O-Levels, UEC, STPM, A-Levels or Pre-University

I have grouped all the courses that are popular and have job demand in Malaysia into 10 main areas of study. Some courses have higher job demand and salary than others. You have to choose based on your list of criteria of what’s important to you. This list of top ten of the best courses to study in Malaysia makes it easier for students to narrow down to which area that you are interested in and would best suit you.

Choosing a course to study is a process in finding out who you are, what you are good at and its job prospects. An experienced & knowledgeable Education Advisor would be invaluable in assisting you to choose the right course. Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, I do the research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that I can advise students based on facts and evidence. Furthermore, in my 20-year career, I have counselled thousands of students to choose their course and career, and many have already graduated and found the career of their dreams.

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The Top Ten List of Best Courses to Study in Malaysia

EduSpiral advised & helped me choose the best college for A-Levels. I obtained a scholarship & have graduated from a top ranked UK University. Lucas, A-Levels at HELP Academy & Law Degree from Queens University Belfast
EduSpiral advised & helped me choose the best college for A-Levels. I obtained a scholarship & have graduated from a top ranked UK University.
Lucas, A-Levels at HELP Academy & Law Degree from Queens University Belfast

Choosing the right course to study in Malaysia after high school is one of the most important decisions you can make in your life. This can be a confusing and difficult time if you are unprepared.

With the wide variety of courses available to a student, the time can be a confusing one if not guided properly by an experienced and knowledgeable education counsellor.

It can be confusing for students to choose the right major for their undergraduate degree studies in Malaysia. Preparations should have been made even before this time but fear not it is still not too late if you have not decided on a career path. It is important for you to research carefully the career that you intend to pursue.

Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence. Students need to talk to the right education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Below is a list of Top 10 Courses that students can consider studying in Malaysia. Some of them have very high job demand and salary, while others not so much. There are many factors in choosing a course such as your interest & skills, your academic results, the budget for your studies, job demand, salary, and more.

The list would serve as a guide in your decision-making.

  1. Best Computer Science, Computing & Information Technology (IT) Courses to Study in Malaysia
Software Engineering at Asia Pacific University (APU)
I was confused about what to study & at which university. Talking to EduSpiral helped clear my doubts.
Zen Yi, Graduated from Software Engineering at Asia Pacific University (APU)

Best Accounting, Finance & Quantitative Studies Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Business Management Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Engineering & Built Environment Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Mass Communication Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Art and Design Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Health Science Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Applied Science Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Humanities & Social Science Courses to Study in Malaysia

Best Course Choices for Science Stream Students in Malaysia

  1. Engineering & Built Environment
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Telecommunication Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Geology
    • Quantity Surveying
    • Construction Project Management
    • Interior Architecture
    • Architecture
  2. Health Sciences
    • Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Nursing
  3. Applied Sciences
    • Biotechnology
    • Food Science
    • Aquatic Science
    • Nutrition

Best Course Choices for Arts Stream Students in Malaysia

Note that Science stream students from SPM, STPM, UEC, O-Levels or A-Levels can choose to study science or arts courses. Arts students cannot study science course except for engineering if they meet the requirements.

First, EduSpiral took me around to a few universities and advised me on which course that would suit me. Finally, after deciding, EduSpiral met up with me and my Dad to help me to register.
Jia Jin, Foundation in Design at Taylor’s University

Computing

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Communications Technology
  • Networking
  • Database Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Systems Security
  • Forensic Computing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Computing
  • Computer Games Development or Games Design
  • Intelligent Systems

Mass Communication

  • Branding & Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Events Management
  • Social Media Marketing

Business

  • Management
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • eBusiness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain Management

Accounting, Finance & Quantitative Studies

  • Accounting
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Actuarial Science
  • Banking, Finance
  • Finance & Investment
  • Banking & Finance
  • Islamic Banking
  • Economics
  • Financial Economics

Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Law
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English & Communication
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Psychology

Arts and Design

  • Graphic Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Product Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • 3D Animation
  • Entertainment Arts

Hospitality & Culinary Arts

  • Hotel Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Tourism Management
  • Events Management

You might also be interested to read – Top 20 Courses to Study in Malaysia that has High Job Demand & Stable Salary

Ask a Knowledgeable & Experienced Education Consultant to Help you Make the Right Choice

Choosing a course to study is not a science, it is a process

Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university
Lonnie Sik, Founder of EduSpiral, has more than 15 years of experience counseling thousands of students on how to choose the right course & university

in finding out who you are and what you are good at. An experienced Education Advisor would be invaluable in assisting you to choose the right course.

Students should discuss their future choices with knowledgeable and experienced education counselors so that you get the right information to help you in making this life-changing decision.

Ask the right Education Counselors. Would you ask a Doctor on how to repair your car? Or would you ask a mechanic for medical advise?

Although this sounds ridiculous, but many students do listen to advise from young and inexperienced counselors from universities, colleges or agents’ offices.

Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration. EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 20 years experience in counseling students.

Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at.

Useful article for you – Top Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

What do I want to do for my career?

"I was confused and had some questions. EduSpiral met up with me and my mum to explain more about the course and helped me choose the right course."
“I was confused and had some questions. EduSpiral met up with me and my mum to explain more about the course and helped me choose the right course.”
Gary, Accounting Graduate from University of Wollongong Malaysia (UOWM) KDU

You may have a clear idea of what you want to do for a career which makes choosing a course to study easier, particularly if you want to become a doctor or lawyer. You can search our articles section to see if we’ve already written about your dream graduate career and how you can achieve this.

When making a decision about your career, it is important to take into consideration the average salary. Starting salaries in Malaysia is about RM2800 to RM3000 for most careers while starting salaries in Singapore is about SGD2714.

Although starting salaries is generally the same level for everyone, what you do in the following years of your job will determine how much higher you would get.

Sometimes, the course that you are interested in may not have a high job demand or salary in Malaysia, hence, you have to weigh the cost of taking that course. You have to balance between passion and money.

If you come from a rich family then I guess you have no worries and can go for your passion but if you’re like general population, then you have to consider carefully the future salary of the course that you intend to take.

Many students forget that when they grow older, most will get married and start a family. In addition, you will need to care for your parents when they get old. All these will need money.

Therefore, it is also important to choose the right university that would equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to move up in your career.

Many students make the mistake of choosing the cheapest university for their studies and then later realise that they cannot get the promotion or salary increment because they did not get the skills needed.

English is one of these skills that most students do not take seriously about its importance for promotion and salary increments in future jobs. Think about it, if you are unable to write a report or email in proper English or do a presentation smoothly, how would you be able to become a manager or CEO eventually?

These articles may change your life! – Top 10 Degree Courses in Malaysia with Highest Starting Salaries or List of Top Ranking Private Universities & Colleges in Malaysia

Help! I don’t know what course to choose to study at university- what do I do?

EduSpiral advised & helped me choose the best college for A-Levels. And now I have graduated from a top ranked UK University in Malaysia Dexter Leong, A-Levels at HELP Academy & Degree from University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
EduSpiral advised & helped me choose the best college for A-Levels. And now I have graduated from a top ranked UK University in Malaysia
Dexter Leong, A-Levels at HELP Academy & Degree from University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

It is important to choose the right course to study – you don’t want to waste your time and money on a Course you don’t want to do (or end up dropping out of). To help you decide which course is right for you, make a list of courses that are of interest to you.

Is it a subject you have already studied? For example, maybe you loved the English subject and you read novels for pleasure in your own time. You can consider Teaching English as a Second Language, journalism or Mass Communication. In addition, you don’t have to do a journalism degree to become a journalist – many degrees are considered!

Maybe you’ve always been interested in computers and the internet at home, and enjoyed maths at school, so are considering a degree in computer science, a course subject you probably won’t have studied before.

Experienced education counselors are able to analyse your interests, personality and exam results to help you make a list of possible courses for consideration.

Culinary Arts Graduate from KDU University College
I found information on KDU’s Culinary Arts programme easily through EduSpiral. He answered all my questions quickly & helped me to register.
Wei Kang,
Culinary Arts Graduate from KDU University College

Looking at your results in SPM, UEC or O-Levels could help you to decide which course you would be good at. If you are good in Maths & Physics then you can consider Engineering courses. Having good results in Chemistry, Biology & Maths, you can think of a career in Food Science, Pharmacy or Medicine.

Talking to an experienced education advisor would help you to navigate through this confusing time of choosing the best course that fits you.

Many students make the mistake of just listening to advise without verifying whether the information given is true or not. In addition, just because you have heard or seen a lot of advertisements by a particular university, doesn’t mean that it is the best in that course.

You should also ask yourself if you would still be interested in that subject for a further three or four years – enough to motivate yourself to work and research independently? Remember, you are going to work in this career for the next 50 years after graduation, therefore, you should have a high interest in the course.

The course that you choose should also have a job demand for you after you graduate. Choosing a course that you are passionate about without job demand and you may end up being jobless. Look for statistics and research to support whether there is a job demand for your future career in Malaysia or overseas.

Here at EduSpiral Consultant Services, we do our research on the job demand for the careers in Malaysia, Salary Reports, and universities so that we can advise our students based on facts and evidence.

Now why would you want to talk to EduSpiral Consultant Services when you can contact the private universities directly? Well, EduSpiral Consultant Services staff have more than 15 years experience in counseling students.

Having worked in the private education industry, we have in-depth knowledge of each private university and college in what they are good at. We have worked with our partner universities and colleges for many years while the counselors at the private universities or agents’ offices change every few years therefore they would not have the in-depth knowledge of the courses and the university that they are working at.

What am I good at? What am I not good at?

I contacted EduSpiral to find an affordable college for culinary arts. He arranged for me and my mother for a campus tour & helped me find a college that had excellent facilities that I could afford. Fu Wei, Diploma in Culinary Arts Graduate from YTL International College of Hotel Management
I contacted EduSpiral to find an affordable college for culinary arts. He arranged for me and my mother for a campus tour & helped me find a college that had excellent facilities that I could afford.
Fu Wei, Diploma in Culinary Arts Graduate from YTL International College of Hotel Management

An undergraduate degree course in Malaysia lasts three to five years – that’s a long time to spend studying something which you don’t enjoy, especially at a more intense level! First of all ask yourself what you have enjoyed studying at secondary school in Malaysia.

Your SPM or O-Level results will show what you are actually good at. Having good results in Maths, you can consider Actuarial Science, Accounting, Computing or Finance courses.

Certain courses have compulsory subject requirements to enter into them such as the science subjects for Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, etc or Maths & Physics for Engineering courses. If your results are good in these subjects then you can consider them.

Having narrowed down to these courses, you can go for the Foundation in Arts for 1 year before really choosing which one to study for your degree.

Alternatively you can also think about subjects you definitely don’t want to study at university level and which you can’t wait to say goodbye to. Crossing these off will make your list of options smaller and less overwhelming.

Your parents and friends would also be able to give you an idea of what you are good at. Looking at your hobbies and interests would help to narrow down the list. Your hobby in drawing could open the possibility of choosing design courses.

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