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Study Accounting in Malaysia

Course Duration:

3 - 4 Years

Average Salary:

RM 2,000 - 3,500

Average Fees:

RM 50,000 - 70,000

Job Demand:

What is Accounting?

Studying Accounting in Malaysia involves the process of keeping track of financial accounts, ensuring the flow of money and handling all money matters.

Are you a stickler for the rules?

Someone who always finished and handed in his homework on time. Are you an honest person who believes that ‘honesty is the best policy’?

Are you good with numbers and calculations when everyone wanted to borrow your maths homework in school, but you being the honest person that you were, said no?

Do you want to be considered successful and professional by friends and family?

Well, if this does sound like you

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What are the branches of Accounting?

Tax Accounting,

Financial Accounting

Audit

Forensic Accounting

Managerial Accounting

What are the subjects you will study in a Accounting?

Principles of Accounting

Mathematics

Trading

Basis of Economy

Accounting

Business Law

Taxation Law

Company Accounting

Organisations and Management

Accounting Systems

Management Accounting

Professional Practice in Accounting

Ethics, Sustainability and Culture

Business Statistics

Strategic and Sustainable Accounting

Auditing and Assurance Services

Accounting Theory

Financial Management

Why should you study Accounting?

Future employees in the Accounting and Finance field with expertise in risk and compliance are in high demand as there is a constant competition amongst graduates in the job market.

With so many degree options out there, here are some top reasons why you should study Accounting:

Can work in any industry:

All organisations and industries need the service of an Accountant. This means that you are not limited to working in a particular field and can choose from a wide variety, which leads us to the next reason.

More job opportunities:

A degree in the field of Accountancy provides you with tonnes of job opportunities, allowing you to quickly climb the corporate ladder. There is a 95% employment rate for Accountants.

Move to other areas:

Working as an Accounting in different organisations allow you to move to different fields and can help you learn valuable practical skills essential to starting your own business.

What are industry experts saying about Accounting?

What are the entry requirements for an Accounting course?

Diploma in Accounting

Diploma :

MINIMUM requirements for admission 3 credits, including Mathematics and a pass in:

  • English
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • History

You can choose to complete any of the following

  • Diploma in Accounting (Possibility of immediately entering Year 2 of Degree course)
  • STPM
  • Foundation in Business or Arts.

Degree in Accounting

The basic requirements that you’ll need to meet to pursue an Accounting Degree are:

A-Level : Minimum of CDD

STPM : Minimum 2C+s

Australian Matriculation : Minimum of ATAR 65

Foundation in Business or Foundation in Arts : Minimum CGPA of 2.50

Asasi or Matrikulasi :

Minimum CGPA of 2.50

Important Note: You can choose to enrol for the professional examination right after SPM, which would save you lots of time and enable you to be a Chartered Accountant sooner..

How does your education pathway look like?


  1. SPM
  2. Foundation/Diploma: 1 – 2 years
  3. Degree: 3 – 4 years
  4. Masters: 1-3 years

It is not necessary to do postgraduate or be a chartered accountant. You can opt to work straight after degree but because there is a lot of competition in this field, it is best to take the professional examinations. Doing your degree first then taking the professional examinations later would qualify you to be exempted from taking a few papers. 

What skills do you need for a course in Accounting?

Eye for detail

If you’re a detail-oriented person, you pay attention to the little things. That means you may like sharp creases in your jeans and crisp shirts, but it goes beyond attire or an obsession with making lists. It means you’re conscientious and focused on accuracy and precision. You pride yourself on being a perfectionist. You’re also patient and persistent in pursuing answers to challenging questions.

Inquisitive

Your primary responsibility as an accountant is to safeguard your organization’s assets. That means you can’t take anything at face value. Your job is to question everything and then be willing to dig in and investigate – to do the research necessary to find the answers and resolve discrepancies. For the curious-minded, this can be satisfying work, particularly when your ability to overcome a challenge results in success for your company or clients.

Good communicator

Bet you thought accounting was just about math. While it is a numbers-based profession, real-world business problems do not present themselves as mathematical equations, even if math is required to solve them. You need to be good with words – a careful and critical reader, and a good oral and written communicator, able to present and explain financial data, new regulations, financial results and business projections.

Follows rules

Do you believe in following rules even if you don’t agree with them? Accountants must follow lots of rules, principles, tax codes, and regulations governing what data to report and how to report it. While it is okay to be creative in terms of how you set up spreadsheets or develop presentations, “creative accounting” – or making up your own rules – is not.

What career options do you have with an Accounting degree?

Who are all the top recruiters in Malaysia?

Below are a few of the top Accounting firms in Malaysia.

Where can you study Accounting in Malaysia?

Do note that all courses should be accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Click here  to check if the course is accredited.

For a start, here are some of the most popular Accounting schools in Malaysia.

Top Universities/Colleges to study
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