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Posted on | March 10, 2011 | Comments Off on Diploma

A diploma is the certificate that is awarded to graduates through an educational institution in order to show that student has successfully completed a diploma program. Some courses grant students a diploma instead of a degree or certificate. A diploma takes less time to complete compare to a degree.

In Malaysia, most diploma courses takes about a year to two years to complete. A diploma is seen as one of the many ways enroute to a degree course. Usually, if a student have a relevant diploma, he or she is exempted from taking certain papers in the first year at the university. 

Why study diploma?
Students take up diploma courses for the following reasons:

As an entry requirement to a degree

Upon completing their diploma, they can advance to a degree course often being exempted for many courses in the 1st year of the degree program. It is suitable for candidates who wish to get higher education such as a degree later.

Hands on practical approach

Diploma offered specific education system whereby helping students to have hands-on learning ability.

Career Advancement

Diploma holders get higher salary compared to fresh high school leavers.

More Flexible

Students who does not have enough money for a degree can start off with a diploma. He or she can work upon completion of the diploma and continue with a degree at a later stage.

Failure to meet university admission requirement 

The enrolment requirement for a diploma is lower compared to degree. Hence, students study for a diploma first. Later, he or she can choose to work or continue further studies.

How does diploma different from degree?
In many cases, a diploma is much like a degree except that it’s level and syllabus only covers the 1st or 2nd year of universities studies.

However, some diploma expecially for technical subjects can be quite job and skill focused rather than academic focused. These diploma courses focuses on getting a person trained and qualified in a particular business or trade. Their curriculum emphasizes more on how to handle on the job situations. Some includes on-the job training as part of the diploma course such as internship or industrial training. For example, pursuing a diploma in hotel management may involve training on basic hotel training and preparations of simple beverages.

Where as a degree course emphasizes significance on academics and most of them focus on broader field. The curriculum allow individual to undergo the course which is provided towards several subjects apart from one major subject. Typically, that one subject is called a “major” or “specialization” whereas other subjects are called minors or electives.

Diploma Programs in Malaysia

What are the examples of diploma courses offered in Malaysia?

  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Finance and Accountancy
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Diploma in Pharmacy
  • Diploma in Education
  • Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Diploma In Medical Laboratory Technology


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