Everything You Need To Know About Matrikulasi in Malaysia

Matrikulasi - Feature Image

If you are looking to further your studies at local public institutions, there is a number of options available to you. Apart from Asasi (similar to Foundation courses at private colleges), public university diplomas and STPM, we also have the Malaysian Matriculation programme as well, widely known as Matrikulasi.

The Malaysian Matriculation is one of the preferred choices for students who are eyeing for coveted spots at public universities, as it is an extremely cost-effective route.

But is Matrikulasi the right choice for you?

In this comprehensive guide, we explore what the Malaysian Matriculation programme is all about so that you can make an informed decision about your future!

The Basics of Matrikulasi

What It Is?

Matrikulasi - The Basics

The Malaysian Matriculation Programme (in Malay, Program Matrikulasi Malaysia or more commonly known as just Matrikulasi) is a 1 to 2-year pre-university course that allows you to pursue a degree upon successful completion.

Matrikulasi is one of the most sought-after pre-university programmes among Malaysians as it is an extremely cost-effective route into tertiary education. Students only need to pay a small registration fee, and the rest of the costs are borne by the Malaysian government. Matrikulasi students also receive an allowance every semester for their use.

Normally, students who opt for Matriculation will go on to pursue their degree with local public institutions. That said, the Malaysian Matriculation is also recognised by several foreign universities such as those from Australia, United Kingdom, Indonesia, New Zealand and several other Commonwealth countries.

Matrikulasi - Programmes

Matrikulasi has two programmes with different durations:

  • One Year Programme (or, Program Satu Tahun, in short, PST), or
  • Two Year Programme (Program Dua Tahun, in short, PDT).

In other words, the local matriculation typically last up to 12 months (for PST) or 24 months (for PDT).

The Matriculation Division under the Ministry of Education has the prerogative to determine which students enter the PST and which students enter the PDT.

Matrikulasi is primarily reserved for bumiputera students, with approximately 10% of the spots going to non-bumiputeras. The two-year PDT is only for bumiputera students, while the one-year PST is for both bumiputeras and non-bumiputeras.

How Is Matrikulasi Structured?

Matrikulasi - Stream Type

The Matrikulasi programme offers three streams, which are:

  • Science stream (one-year PST or two-year PDT)
  • Accounting stream (one-year PST only)
  • Technical stream (one-year PST only)

If you are from the Science stream, you will be able to choose either the Science or Accounting stream. Students from the Arts stream can only opt for Accounting. As for the Technical stream, it is usually reserved for students from technical secondary schools.

There is no two-year programme for Accounting and Technical streams. As such, bumiputera students who opt for Science stream will either be sorted into the one-year PST or two-year PDT, whereas non-bumiputera students will be sorted into the one-year PST.

How will you be evaluated?

Generally, you will be evaluated based on a combination of classroom assignments and examinations. Here is the breakdown of your final score:

Subjects / Assessment
Classroom Assignments
Mid-semester Exams
Final Semester Exams
Core Subjects
10% - 20%
10%
70% - 80%
Compulsory Subjects
100%
Not applicable
Not applicable
English Language
40%
10%
50%

Grading is similar to those of public universities, where Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is used to assess your performance. Your final CGPA grade is computed from all your Grade Point Averages (GPA) which you will obtain every semester. Your GPA is determined from the grade values associated with the grades that you obtain for each subject every semester (e.g. 4.00 for A, 3.67 for  A- and so on).

In order to graduate, you will need to obtain a CGPA of at least 2.00. A CGPA that’s less than that will risk you having to repeat a semester or be terminated from the programme entirely. The maximum score that you can achieve is a CGPA of 4.00.

Upon completion of the programme, you can apply for public universities through Unit Pusat Universiti (UPU) online once you’ve obtained your Matrikulasi results.

What Are The Subjects You Can Choose In Matrikulasi?

In general, Matrikulasi students do not have as much flexibility in subject choices compared to STPM. Science stream Matrikulasi students have 3 modules to choose from, whereas the subjects for the Accounting and Technical streams are already fixed.

StreamDesired Tertiary DegreeCore Subjects
Science Stream
Module 1
Biophysics, Medicine,
or other applied or life science courses
Chemistry
Physics
Biology
Mathematics
Science Stream
Module 2
Information Technology, Engineering,
or other applied science courses
Chemistry
Physics
Computer Science
Mathematics
Science Stream
Module 3
Information Technology, Medicine,
or other medical or life science courses
Chemistry
Computer Science
Biology
Mathematics
Accounting Stream Accounting, Business,
or other social science courses
Mathematics
Accounting
Business Studies
Economics
Technical StreamEngineering,
or other technical courses
Mathematics
Engineering Chemistry
Engineering Physics
Engineering Studies
*In a sense, Chemistry and Mathematics are compulsory subjects for Science stream

There are also several compulsory subjects that you are required to take such as:

  • English Language
  • Dynamic Skills
  • Islamic / Moral Education
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Malaysian University English Test, or MUET (an English proficiency test that all students applying to public universities are required to take)

In total, you will be taking 8 subjects, excluding MUET.

You are also expected to be participate and be active in co-curricular activities which are classified into:

  • Sports / Games
  • Clubs / Societies
  • Uniform Units
Important Note: For entry into public universities, only the grades from your 4 core subjects plus marks from your participation in co-curricular activities will be taken into account. As for the compulsory subjects (e.g. Dynamic Skills, Islamic / Moral Education), these will not be considered for your public university admission.

Why Should You Take Matrikulasi?

Matrikulasi - Why Matrikulasi

Compared with other national pre-university programmes available in Malaysia, the Malaysian Matriculation programme is hugely popular. Here are some reasons why it’s so popular and why you should consider this programme.

(1) Matrikulasi is extremely affordable

Matrikulasi is perhaps the most affordable pre-university programme in Malaysia. All you need to pay is the registration fee, which is only RM580 for the Science and Technical stream, and RM530 for the Accounting stream. All the other costs are subsidised by the government and best of all, you will also receive a generous stipend every semester!

(2) Matrikulasi gives you a better edge in getting your desired degree at public universities

Apart from having a comprehensive list of public university degrees to choose upon completion, Matrikulasi students also tend to have a better edge in landing their desired courses compared to their STPM peers. Not only will you be graduating earlier from Matriculation compared to your friends in STPM, you will also be handling toned-down syllabuses for your subjects compared to STPM. That said, you still need to put in the rightful effort in your studies (no reason to slack)!

(3) Matrikulasi gives you wide selections for your degree

Compared to other short pre-university courses like Asasi, Matrikulasi gives you a broader selection of courses that you can choose later on for your public university application. For example, if you are in Science stream, you can opt for a range of courses from Medicine to Engineering and even IT. For Accounting stream, you can apply for anything from Law and Economics to Human Resource Management!  

(4) Matrikulasi is recognised by selected institutions overseas

Although the majority of Matrikulasi students pursue degrees in local public universities, there are selected universities abroad that recognise the local matriculation qualification. As stated by our Deputy Education Minister, P. Kamalanathan, there were 227 local matriculation graduates in 2014 who were pursuing their tertiary studies overseas. The Malaysian Matriculation programme is recognised and accepted by foreign countries like Indonesia, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, among others.

Who Is Matrikulasi For?

Matrikulasi - You Are Suited If You

You should consider taking Matriculation if:

  • You want a quick route to a public university degree
  • You are very cost-conscious on your education
  • You want to have a broad range of degree courses to pick
  • You are self-initiated with your studies
  • You are still generally unsure about which degree to pursue
  • You want to aim for competitive public university degrees

Matrikulasi - You Are Not Suited If You

You should NOT consider taking Matriculation if:

  • You want to have an extensive choice for overseas degrees
  • You are looking for a challenging environment to prep you for degree
  • You want a richer pre-university experience
  • You don’t like to don formal attire to class everyday

How To Apply To Study Matrikulasi In Malaysia?

Matrikulasi - Application Process

To apply for Matriculation, you will have to obtain a special pin number from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) with a charge of RM6.00. Upon obtaining the pin number, you can complete your application online through Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia’s website.

Remember: The deadline for application is usually on 10 October every year. So mark down your calendars!

As with most pre-university courses, Matrikulasi is only applicable for SPM-leavers who have met their minimum requirements.

StreamMinimum Requirements
Science Stream
  • C for Bahasa Malaysia
  • C for English
  • B for Matematik (Mathematics)
  • C for Matematik Tambahan (Additional Mathematics)
  • C for Kimia (Chemistry)
  • E for Sejarah (History)
  • C for any ONE subject:
      • Fizik (Physics)
      • Biologi (Biology)
  • Accountancy Stream
  • C for Bahasa Malaysia
  • C for English
  • C for Matematik (Mathematics)
  • C for Matematik Tambahan (Additional Mathematics)
  • E for Sejarah (History)
  • C for any TWO subjects:
      • Prinsip Perakaunan (Accounting Principles)
      • Ekonomi Asas (Basic Economics)
      • Perdagangan (Commerce)
      • Sains (Science)
      • Sains Tambahan (Additional Science)
      • Pengajian Keusahawanan (Entrepreneurial Studies)
      • Fizik (Physics)
      • Kimia (Chemistry)
      • Biologi (Biology)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Mekanikal (Mechanical Engineering Studies)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Awam (Civil Engineering Studies)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Elektrik (Electrical Engineering Studies)
      • Lukisan Kejuruteraan (Engineering Drawing)
      • Teknologi Kejuruteraan (Engineering Technology)
  • Technical Stream
  • C for Bahasa Malaysia
  • C for English
  • B for Matematik (Mathematics)
  • C for Matematik Tambahan (Additional Mathematics)
  • C for Fizik (Physics)
  • E for Kimia (Chemistry)
  • E for Sejarah (History)
  • C for any ONE subject:
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Mekanikal (Mechanical Engineering Studies)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Awam (Civil Engineering Studies)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Elektrik (Electrical Engineering Studies)
      • Lukisan Kejuruteraan (Engineering Drawing)
      • Teknologi Kejuruteraan (Engineering Technology)
  • Remember: SPM Additional Mathematics is compulsory to apply for Matrikulasi.

    How Is the Selection Process?

    Matrikulasi - Selection Process

    Students are selected via a meritocratic process, where your merits will be calculated by taking into account 90% of your academic results and 10% of your co-curricular performance.

    Uniquely, only certain subjects will be taken into account in your academic computation for Matrikulasi. The respective subjects that will be taken into account based on streams are:

    StreamSubjects for Merit Calculation
    Science stream
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Any ONE subject:
      • Physics
      • Biology
  • Accounting stream
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Best TWO subjects:
      • Prinsip Perakaunan (Accounting Principles)
      • Ekonomi Asas (Basic Economics)
      • Perdagangan (Commerce)
      • Sains (Science)
      • Sains Tambahan (Additional Science)
      • Pengajian Keusahawanan (Entrepreneurial Studies)
      • Fizik (Physics)
      • Kimia (Chemistry)
      • Biologi (Biology)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Mekanikal (Mechanical Engineering Studies)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Awam (Civil Engineering Studies)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Elektrik (Electrical Engineering Studies)
      • Lukisan Kejuruteraan (Engineering Drawing)
      • Teknologi Kejuruteraan (Engineering Technology)
  • Technical stream
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Any ONE subject:
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Mekanikal (Mechanical Engineering Studies)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Awam (Civil Engineering Studies)
      • Pengajian Kejuruteraan Elektrik (Electrical Engineering Studies)
      • Lukisan Kejuruteraan (Engineering Drawing)
      • Teknologi Kejuruteraan (Engineering Technology)
  • Therefore, there may still be cases where students who obtained generally decent results get rejected for their Matrikulasi application. It makes a lot of sense to put plenty of effort into these subjects (depending on which stream you are aiming for) if you are planning to go for local matriculation.

    The results of your application to Matrikulasi is typically 30 working days from the release of SPM results.

    You can also appeal online through the same Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia’s website or head to the Matriculation Division Office physically to submit an appeal (remember to bring along a certified copy of your SPM certificate along too).

    Where Can You Go?

    There are currently 19 matriculation colleges/universities in Malaysia. The list of colleges/universities are as below:

    Matriculation Colleges
    Peninsular Malaysia
    Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis
    Kolej Matrikulasi Kedah
    Kolej Matrikulasi Pulau Pinang
    Kolej Matrikulasi Perak
    Kolej Matrikulasi Selangor
    Kolej Matrikulasi Negeri Sembilan
    Kolej Matrikulasi Melaka
    Kolej Matrikulasi Johor
    Kolej Matrikulasi Kelantan
    Kolej Matrikulasi Pahang
    Matriculation Colleges
    Peninsular Malaysia
    Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan
    Kolej Matrikulasi Sarawak
    MARA CollegesKolej MARA Kuala Nerang
    Kolej MARA Kulim
    Technical Matriculation CollegesKolej Matrikulasi Teknikal Kedah
    Kolej Matrikulasi Teknikal Pahang
    Kolej Matrikulasi Teknikal Johor
    UniversitiesUniversiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
    Universiti Malaya

    You can pick your top three colleges of your choice during application, but it will be subject to availability. If there are no places available among your preferred choices, you will be placed in a college decided by the Matriculation Department. Therefore, don’t be surprised if you end up in a college far away from home. Unfortunately, once the college has been assigned to you, you will not be able to switch colleges.

    Pro Tip: Matrikulasi students who obtained Science stream can opt to change to Accounting, but unfortunately, not the other way around. Students from Technical stream can switch to Science and vice versa by submitting a request to the Director of Matriculation Division.

    Looking for other Pre-U courses? Check out these pages: A-Level, Australian Matriculation (SAM/AUSMAT), Canadian Pre-U and even STPM!

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