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The diversity of education is a popular concept in the Western World. This form of liberal education enables students to identify, connect, and expand their knowledge. Under this concept, students take on an assortment of subjects, with the objective to develop the skills of a rapidly changing world. A liberal education cultivates leaders and individuals who are more aware of what is happening around them in their own world.

The Bachelor of General Studies is a new academic programme offered by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). The programme provides individuals with an opportunity to learn across five main areas. These include management, science, computing, technology and humanities, getting the best of higher education from all the faculties in UTM. Through a structured 4-year undergraduate curriculum, learners cultivate their lateral thinking to operate in a multidisciplinary environment. Therefore, this programme helps our undergraduates’ progress in government agencies and enterprise, pursuing their postgraduate studies as well as leading the change in industries, communities and societies.

Students enrolling in our Bachelor of General Studies will continue their studies in the UTM Johor Bahru campus, the only Malaysian public research university located in the Iskandar Malaysia economic region. With its seven faculties and over 29 schools, academies, and centres of excellence, students gain access to the best of talent and expertise in UTM. They will also be involved in active learning, which necessitates and helps those students who are taking individual roles in the learning process. This reflects on the connection between theory and practice within and across disciplines.

This special academic programme also offers flexibility for working professionals who are keen to upgrade and improve their skills, creating an excellent lifelong learning pathway.

Features:

  • Flexible Learning – Encouraging students to design their curriculum structure across different areas
  • Student-oriented – In accordance with their own individual requirements
  • Coherent Curriculum – Students are free to enrol into courses, relevant to their contemporary needs of the chosen area
  • Academic and Career Advisor – Having one for students will ensure a personalised degree programme that will be formulated to fit their various individual career opportunities
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning – Graduates will be more progressive through their self-adaptation to knowledge and skills

CATEGORY

MINIMUM REQUIREMENT

GENERAL REQUIREMENT FOR
SPM & MUET

Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM)

Grade C (NGMP 2.00) for General Studies;

AND

Grade C (NGMP 2.00) for TWO (2) other Subjects

Passed the Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM/ Equivalent) with at least Credit in Bahasa Melayu/ Bahasa Malaysia

OR

Credit in Bahasa Melayu/ Bahasa Malaysia July Paper;

AND

Obtained at least Band 2 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET)

Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM)

Jayyid Level

MOE Matriculation/ UA Foundation/ US Foundation or Equivalent

CGPA ≥ 2.00

Diploma or Equivalent

Obtained a Diploma or any other Equivalent Qualification Recognized by the Malaysian Government and Approved by the University Senate

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, APEL (C)

Programme Compulsory Courses

  1. Computer Literacy
  2. Philosophy of Knowledge
  3. Principle of Management
  4. Physics or Chemistry
  5. Creativity & Innovation
  6. Research Methodology
  7. National Integrity
  8. Mathematic & Statistics

General Studies Elective Courses and Specialized Elective Courses

  • Students are free to enrol into courses as guided by the Academic and Career Advisor
First Semester RM 9,770.00

(Registration RM 1,770 + UTM Service Charge RM 314 + Fees RM 7,686)

Subsequent Semester RM 8,000.00

(UTM Service Charge RM 314 + Fees RM 7,686)

*the total payment fees are excluding hostel fees

  1. Strategically located in the Iskandar Development Region (IDR) and Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD).
  2. Premier research university in Engineering & Technology in Malaysia.
  3. Leading university in research, industry engagement and student employability.
  4. Highly experienced and qualified lecturers.
  5. State-of-the-art research facilities and eco-tourism campus.
  6. Direct admission without going through UPU application process.
  7. Affordable fees with availability of financial assistance.
UTM provides comprehensive support services and facilities as listed below :

Student Accommodations
Students Entrepreneurship
Student Financial Aid
Student Health Centre
Student Welfare
Student Working Scheme
Transportation Service
Counseling Services
Cultural Unit
Sports & Recreation
Alumni
Fellowship
and many more

to be announced
INTAKE – February & September

MODE – Full-time & Part-time

Duration – 4 Years (8 Semesters)

FAQ

1. What is UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme?

The Bachelor of General Studies is a new academic programme offered by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). The programme provides individuals with an opportunity to learn across five main areas. These include management, science, computing, technology and humanities, getting the best of higher education from all the faculties in UTM. Through a structured 4-year undergraduate curriculum, learners cultivate their lateral thinking to operate in a multidisciplinary environment. Therefore, this programme helps our undergraduates’ progress in government agencies and enterprise, pursuing their postgraduate studies as well as leading the change in industries, communities and societies.

Students enrolling in our Bachelor of General Studies will continue their studies in the UTM Johor Bahru campus, the only Malaysian public research university located in the Iskandar Malaysia economic region. With its seven faculties and over 29 schools, academies, and centres of excellence, students gain access to the best of talent and expertise in UTM. They will also be involved in active learning, which necessitates and helps those students who are taking individual roles in the learning process. This reflects on the connection between theory and practice within and across disciplines.

This special academic programme also offers flexibility for working professionals who are keen to upgrade and improve their skills, creating an excellent lifelong learning pathway.

Attributes of the UTM Bachelor of General Studies Programme:

  • Flexible learning, fulfils the criteria of a curriculum that is ready for a future
  • Student-oriented, in accordance to their own individual requirement
  • A variety of courses, across different field of study
  • Dynamic and coherent curriculum
  • Acquire vast areas of knowledge and skills
2. What is the study mode?

The UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme is offered in both full-time and part-time basis. Students attend lectures, complete assignments, and undergo periodical tests and end-of-semester examinations.

The total credit hours of the UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme are 130 credit hours. First, students have to enrol in 22 credits of university general courses and 30 credits of programme compulsory courses. Secondly, they need to fulfil 45 credits of general studies elective courses. Next, completing 27 credits of specialised elective courses, enrolling into various courses across all the faculties in UTM in accordance to their career needs. Finally, the students are required to accomplish 6 credits of industrial training for a successful completion of a study course. An academic and career advisor will be assigned to each student to facilitate the development of a personalised curriculum structure throughout their study period.

3. What is the duration of the study?
It takes four years to complete the UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme. The students’ academic load is spread over a course of eight semesters.
4. What is the entry requirement?
Prospective Malaysian students need to fulfil the following entry requirements:

CATEGORY MINIMUM REQUIREMENT GENERAL REQUIREMENT FOR

SPM & MUET

Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM) Grade C (NGMP 2.00) for General Studies;

 

AND

 

Grade C (NGMP 2.00) for TWO (2) other Subjects

Passed the Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM/ Equivalent) with at least Credit in Bahasa Melayu/ Bahasa Malaysia

 

OR

 

Credit in Bahasa Melayu/ Bahasa Malaysia July Paper;

 

AND

 

Obtained at least Band 2 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET)

Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) Jayyid Level
MOE Matriculation/ UA Foundation/ US Foundation or Equivalent CGPA ≥ 2.00
Diploma or Equivalent Obtained a Diploma or any other Equivalent Qualification Recognized by the Malaysian Government and Approved by the University Senate
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, APEL (C)
5. Where is the campus for UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme?
The UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme will be conducted at the UTM Johor Bahru campus.
6. Is accommodation provided for UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme?

Students enrolled under the UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme will have the option of staying at on-campus accommodation in UTM Johor Bahru. Students may also opt to stay at rented accommodations outside UTM Johor Bahru.

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7. How much is the tuition fees?
The tuition fee for the UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme for Malaysians:

First Semester RM 9,770.00

(Registration RM 1,770 + UTM Service Charge RM 314 + Fees RM 7,686)

Subsequent Semester RM 8,000.00

(UTM Service Charge RM 314 + Fees RM 7,686)

*the total payment fees are excluding hostel fees

8. When is the student intake?
Intake for the UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme occurs two times in a year. Students can choose to enrol in February or September.
9.When and where can I submit the application?
Prospective students can approach the UTM School of Professional and Continuing Education (UTMSPACE) to make enquiries or apply for the UTM Bachelor of General Studies programme. The students can also apply online through the UTMSPACE website.

Contact

Centre for Degree Programme,
Level 4 & 5, Block T-05,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,
81310 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim.

Tel: +607 521 2000/531 8000
Email: bgs@utmspace.edu.my