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Q : How do I pay the fees?
Kindly take note that payments can be made by:-
Bank draft payable to 'Universiti Malaysia Sarawak'; or
Bank transfers (telegraphic transfers) or direct bank-in to the following bank:
RHB Bank Berhad
94300 Kota Samarahan
Bank Account Number: 21112850001505
Swift Code: RHBBMYKL
Payable to: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
If you make any payment by Bank transfers (telegraphic transfers) or direct bank-in, kindly provide proof (copy of the bank in slip, transaction copy or of any documentation showing payment) by sending us a copy of the transaction through email.
Please note that personal checks are not acceptable.
Q : When I checked the MQA Registry, UNIMAS postgraduate courses were not listed. Will this impact my future?
The Malaysian Education System was based initially only on government universities. Government universities reported directly to the government. If the university wanted to start a new program they had to get approval from the appropriate ministry, and at that time it was only Kementerian Pendidikan and later Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi (KPT). Whatever KPT approved was therefore also approved by Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) as recognized degrees by the government for employment with the government. Nevertheless employment by the Malaysian government is based on other issues such as the first degree recognition etc.
As time passed, the government allowed for private education institutions. This gave rise to the need to regulate them, and therefore Lembaga Akreditasi Negara (LAN) was created and they accredited only private institutions.
Some years back, Malaysian Qualifications Authority was established to look at the issue of qualifications in Malaysia and they set to work doing the Code of Practice for Institutional Audit (COPIA) and Code of Practice for Programme Accreditation (COPPA) and this was done initially for government universities. Somehow or rather, COPIA and COPPA was carried out mainly for Undergrad degrees for most universities while some did for both undergraduate and postgraduate. That is why you will see all our undergraduate degrees listed in the MQA Registry. Only recently has MQA looked into the issue of COPPA for coursework and research based post grad degrees.
Then recently, MQA merged with LAN. This slowed down accreditation process (my personal view) as now the two bodies had to understand what each other did and how to carry on. Soon a new form of COPPA and COPIA was done and is slowly being carried out and mainly for private institutions initially.
Q : Why is CMBA not in the list of MQA Registry?
A : Well, for a simple reason that when CMBA and the other Masters and PhD courses were offered, UNIMAS as a government university was governed by KPT (plus MQA didn’t exist yet) and as such we were required to obtain KPT's approval, which we have for all our programs as listed below:-
1. Corporate Master in Business Administration
2. Master of Environmental Management (Development Planning)
3. Master of Environmental Science (Land Use and Water Resource Management)
4. Master in Advance Information Technology
5. Master of Science in Human Resource Development
6. Master of Public Health
7. Master of Engineering (new - with MQA)
8. Master of Science (Learning Sciences) (extremely new.. did preliminary MQA and approved and waiting to be registered)
Master Degrees by research and Doctor of Philosophy by research will be accredited under MQA in its latest exercise planned for sometime this year or early next year. Nevertheless these programs are under KPT before.
Q : Then why is our Master in Engineering in the MQA list?
A : Simple, That program is a new program, and it was offered when MQA had merged with LAN and we had to obtain MQA approval first before offering the program, as well as KPT's approval. And for Engineering, it also had to obtain the Board of Engineering's approval.
If you take a look at the MQA website for UNIMAS at http://www.mqa.gov.my/MQR/english/eiptaKPList.cfm?IDAkrIPTS=257 you will see that it’s mainly our undergrad programs that are listed and for graduate programs only Master in Engineering was displayed. We will soon have another program, Master in Learning Science added to that list as it is also a new program.
Another thing to take note is the process by MQA now. When a University wants to offer a new program it has to obtain MQA approval before it offers the program. Then when the program students are about to graduate or even after, another visit by MQA is done and only then will the program be approved (or failed) and then be brought to the various meetings before it is placed in the MQA Registry.
So as far as I am aware, UNIMAS coursework programs are all recognized by KPT (and any new one will be recognized by MQA before it can be offered) and as such it will recognized by any institution / country that recognizes Malaysia. This can be seen by the number of our CMBA (and other program graduates) who have gone on to do their PhD in America, Ireland, UK, Australia and many other places.
Q : When is the Zamalah Scholarship interview dates and how to apply?
A : You may go to : http://www.postgrad.unimas.my/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=146&Itemid=380 for details and application form for Zamalah. Dates for interviews will be announced on the website and on the CGS Facebook.
Q : What should be in a research proposal?
A : A research proposal format will be dependent on each faculty and we suggest that you speak to your potential supervisor first on this matter. Nevetheless, at a minimum your proposal should have some of the following items:
Brief Literature Review
Project Activities & Milestones
Activity Plan Contributions to Knowledge
Proposed Thesis Chapters
Q : I want to be Research Assistant at UNIMAS. How I do go about it?
A : Teaching and research assitantships are generally offered by yur program of interest and are usually based on availabilityof research grantsheld by lecturers. To be considered for assistantships offered by the academic program or grant holder, contact the program coordinator, Deputy Dean, or your proposed Supervisor to determine the appropriate application process.
Q : How can I get a place to stay in the University campus?
Q : Can I email scanned copies of my supporting documents, and to whom?
Q : How do I know if my supporting documents have been received?
A : Once applicants have applied online, they can check the status of their credentials through the online status checklist. To access this checklist, login to your CGS online application (please remember to save your ID and password). Once you are online, you will see the status of your application and the list of materials that you have sent to CGS. Please be aware that it may take our office up to two weeks to process all materials and update your checklist.
Q : How to register?
A : For new students, registering for programmes at UNIMAS is easy using the online student self-service site, e-registration. See the university's Academic Calendar for datesof registration.
Q : Can I apply for PTPTN for graduate studies? How to apply?
A : Yes, you may apply for PTPTN to finance your graduate studies. To apply, kindly visit the PTPTN website at http://www.ptptn.gov.my. However, this financial support is applicable only to Malaysian students.
Q:Why undertake postgraduate study?
A: People around the globe choose to further their education in a number of ways. Life is about moving forward, and not a single day is spent without learning. Those who choose to structure their learning and to tailor their education to suit their needs find post-graduate study both enlightening and rewarding. Becoming a post-graduate student enables a person to pursue his/her interests and develop skills in specialized areas either through applied research or a combination of research and coursework. Many seek post-graduate study as a way of enhancing their career. Others simply seek to enhance their knowledge and understanding of a discipline while others do so purely for personal enhancement and a feeling of accomplishment.
Q: How to apply for a postgraduate programme in UNIMAS?
A: At UNIMAS, application for post-graduate study is done online via an e-application which is submitted directly to CGS.At UNIMAS we believe in a personal approach, whereby students are encouraged to plan and work closely with their prospective supervisors to create a specific study or research programme. Prospective students should check that they satisfy the entry requirements for the desired programme of study. Please complete the relevant e-application forms. Please also submit IELTS score (international students only) copies of academic certificates and transcripts, and financial guarantee letters to CGS after completing the e-application. Entry for most programmes is highly competitive, so candidates need to give the selectors enough information to access their applications. Futher information and queries can be directed to:
Chief Assistant Registrar Centre for Graduate Studies Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (East Campus)
94300 Kota Samarahan,Sarawak MALAYSIA Tel:+(60-82) 582488 Fax:+(60-82) 582454
Q: How are we organised?
A: Degree courses at UNIMAS are designed to represent the multidisciplinary nature of new knowledge. Postgraduate courses are offered in 8 Faculties covering an expansive range of academic disciplines, 3 multidisciplinary Research Institutes and one Centre. They are:-
• Faculty of Economics and Business
• Faculty of Engineering
• Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
• Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
• Faculty of Social Sciences
• Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
• Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
• Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
• Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
• Institute of Health and Community Medicine
• Institute of East Asian Studies
• Centre for Language Studies
Q: Does UNIMAS offer any financial aid?
A: Postgraduate candidates may apply for UNIMAS Postgraduate Fellowships which are awarded on merit. The UNIMAS Postgraduate Fellowship offers a monthly stipend of RM1,400.00 for Master and RM1,600 for PhD candidates. UNIMAS Postgraduate Fellowships also provide candidates the opportunity to participate and present paper in locally organized seminars and symposia. Sponsorship is to a maximum of RM1,000.00 annually.
Q: How long does it take to obtain a Masters or PhD in UNIMAS?
A: The duration for a Masters (Research-Mode) degree is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time; and for a PhD, 3 years and 6 years respectively.
Q: When should applications be made?
A: The UNIMAS academic year is divided into 2 semesters; The 1st semester is from September to January, 2nd semester from February to June. Registration of postgraduate students is done at the beginning of each semester. Applications can be submitted throughout the year.
Q: What is a Research Degree?
A: Comprehensive training will be conducted through the advancement of original exploration of knowledge in a particular field. This will culminate in the preparation and presentation of a research thesis at the end of the study period. Candidates will be judged by an external and internal examiner who are independent experts in the field and also through an oral-examination or viva voce. Candidates may also be required to attend relevant training courses and lectures to improve their knowledge of certain areas related to their field of study.
Q: What are the entry requirements for Research Degrees?
A: For a Master's Degree, a good first degree from a recognised local/foreign university with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 is necessary. Applicants with CGPA of less than 3.0 but with relevant work experience may also be considered. For a PhD Degree, a Master's Degree from a recognised local/foreign university is required.For international students, a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (our equivalent) is required.
Q: What is a Master's Coursework-mode Degree?
A: UNIMAS offers taught courses leading to a number of Master's degrees. Generally taught courses fulfill two basic objectives, which are: -
(i) To enhance the candidate’s understanding of a previously studied subject; and
(ii) To aid acquisition of up-to-date information in a new area of study. Assessment of coursework-based degrees varies, depending on the programme and include formal examinations, reports, term papers and written dissertations based on short case studies or on materials from secondary sources.
Q: What are the entry requirements for a Master Degree by Coursework?
A: The minimum entry requirements for all coursework-mode research programme are as follows:-