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Study Guide: Business in Malaysia

Everybody has the ability to start a business, but it takes a whole team of experts to make it successful. This study guide is the ideal resource for you if you are curious to learn more about business studies. You can learn more about the various business and management study fields here, along with other crucial details that might help you decide whether or not to enrol in this programme.



Any organisation aiming to make money from an activity qualifies as a business. Although the term "business" has many different meanings, these activities that aim to make money, typically involve giving customers something they want or need. When you go to a grocery store, eat at a restaurant, or wait in line to create a bank account, you are engaging in commercial interactions as a customer. Along with meeting your needs as a customer, these commercial business enterprises—supermarkets, restaurants, and banks—also exist to generate profits.

A business degree may include a variety of subjects, depending on the major you choose as your field of specialty, such as accounting, management, human resources, marketing, economics, and financing. This three-year curriculum will help you build a thorough understanding of business theories and their practical application via the use of case studies and problem-solving.

These are the main fields usually covered in a business degree:​

  • Accounting

  • Economics

  • Finance

  • International Business

  • Management

  • Marketing

As it has been pointed out, a business degree has a wide range of specialisations and sectors. Before deciding on a major to specialise in, business students typically get the chance to gain exposure to a variety of fields in the early stages of their education (typically in the first year of study).

Entry Requirements to Study Business


These are the general entry requirements to pursue a business degree.  Entry requirements for some universities may be higher, so do make sure you check the details carefully.

  • A-Level: Minimum EE/equivalent of 80 points

  • Australian Matriculation SAM/SACE International: Minimum ATAR 60

  • Canadian Pre-University programmes: Minimum average of 60% in any 6 subjects

  • Foundation in Business/Arts or Matriculation programme: Pass with minimum CGPA of 2.00

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum 24 points in 6 subjects

  • UEC: Pass with minimum 5Bs in including Mathematics and English

  • STPM: Minimum 2Cs with minimum CGPA of 2.00

  • Diploma in Business: Minimum CGPA of 2.00

Pathway to Study Business

This is the general pathway to study business after completing your SPM or IGCSE.


Step 1: Complete STPM/UEC/Pre-university programme for 1-2 years. You can also opt to be enrolled in Diploma in Business for 2 years.

Step 2: Once you graduate with a business diploma, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Step 3: If you want to pursue a business degree, enrol in a 3-year business degree programme.

Step 4: Once you've completed your degree, you can choose to go straight to the workforce.

Subjects in Business Degree


In Malaysia, it takes at least three years to complete a business degree. Since business studies has numerous subfields, your course selection will determine your optional subjects, but the basic disciplines are still required to build your abilities and business understanding.​

Fundamental of Business

Introduction to Marketing

Human Resource Management

International Business



In order to complete the a business degree programme, you could be required to fulfil obligatory work internships. In doing so, you will be able to gain real-world experience that will aid in your ability to comprehend the subjects you are studying.

Job Prospects with A Business Degree


Completing a degree in business will prepare you for a career in banking & finance and financial planning, as well as media & advertising for marketing majors.

Here are some jobs that are highly related to a degree in Business:

Bank Executive

Corporate Financier

Financial Planner

Fund Manager

Investment Agent

Investment Analyst

Marketing Executive

Research Analyst

Stock Trader

Having a business degree also means you have the flexibility to apply your knowledge and skills to various industries because you are exposed to many different business-related subjects while you are studying.


Your business skills may be valuable in the following fields:

  • Corporate Communications

  • Human Resource

  • Logistics

  • Management Consulting

  • Market Research

  • Real Estate

  • Telecommunications

If you're an entrepreneur who dislikes working for others, you may also become your own boss. If you have a business degree, you can accomplish exactly that, and you'll have an advantage over others because of the skills and knowledge you've obtained during your studies.

Universities to Study Business


HELP University

Bachelor of Business (Accounting) (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneruship) (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Finance) (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (International Business) (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Business Analytics) (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Business Psychology) (Hons)


University of Southampton Malaysia (Southampton Malaysia)

Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics
Bachelor of Science in Business Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Science in Business Management


Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus

MA (Hons) Accounting and Business Finance
BBA (Hons) Business Administration
MA (Hons) Business and Finance


Monash University Malaysia

Bachelor of Business and Commerce
Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Hons)


Taylor's University Lakeside Campus

Bachelor of Business (Hons)
Bachelor of Business in International Business and Marketing (Hons)


University of Nottingham Malaysia

Business Economics and Finance Bsc (Hons)
Business Economics and Management Bsc (Hons)
International Business Management BSc (Hons)


SEGI University

BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Management (3+0)
BA (Hons) Business and Management (3+0)

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