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General Information Academic Advisor Industrial Training Student Exchange Programme Award / Scholarship Academic Calendar

The Faculty of Business and Accountancy (FBA) offers the Bachelor of Accounting (BAcc), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and Bachelor of Finance (BFin) undergraduate programmes. For entry into these programmes, candidates must acquired the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) or its equivalent. Malaysian candidates are also required to take the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) whereas international candidates are required to have IELTS / TOEFL

The University of Malaya (UM) will confer the degree upon successful completion of the programme. The table below summarises the credit requirements and study period required to complete the programme:


Minimum Accumulated Credits

Study Period

















The grading system and the calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) adopted by the BBA, BAcc and the BFin programmes are those that are implemented throughout the University.

The courses offered are assessed through continuous assessment and final examination. The continuous assessment may consist of quizzes, assignments, a mid-semester examination and other forms of assessment.

The table below illustrates the assessment structure for each programme:

Programme Continuous Assessment (%) Final examination (%)
BAcc 40 60
BBA 50 50
BFin 50 50

FBA has adopted a semester system whereby there are two (2) normal semesters and one (1) special semester in an academic year. A normal semester lasts 14 weeks while a special semester lasts 7 weeks.

Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits for each semester, except for cases of impending graduation. Students who have obtained a:

GPA of 2.0 and above are permitted to register for up to 20 credits;
GPA of less than 2.0 are only allowed to register for up to 12 credits

There are four categories of course that are offered. Each programme has a specific number of credits to be fulfilled for each of the categories.

The table below summarises the requirements:

Programme University Courses (credits) Faculty Core Courses (credits) Programme Core Courses (credits) Faculty Elective Courses (credits) Industrial Training (credits) Total Credits
BAcc 22 28 61 15 12 138
BBA 24 15 43 30 10 122
BFin 24 18 44 35 10 131

Credit transfer may be granted in special cases to students who are currently studying for a bachelor degree in UM. For example, credit transfer may be given to students who have applied for a change of academic programme or have taken courses during a student exchange programme and have had their applications approved.

There are two types of credit transfer allowed by the University:

  • Credit transfer with grade
  • Credit transfer without grade

Approval for any credit transfer is subject to the following conditions:

  • The course content must overlap at least 80% of an equivalent course offered by the University; and
  • The grade or grade point obtained for the particular course must not be less than a C or 2.0
  • The course for which the transfer of credit is applied must be a course in a programme of study that is equivalent to the programme of study pursued by the student at the University.
  • Application for credit transfer should be submitted to the Dean not later than the Friday of the second week of lectures of a normal semester.

Credit exemption means students are exempted from registering for courses that they have taken prior to their registration into the programme of study at UM. These courses must be approved by the University Senate. Credit exemption courses will be given a grade K1, and no credits will be taken into account in the calculation of the GPA and CGPA.

To be considered for credit exemption, the professional certificate/diploma/degree qualification on which the request for credit exemption is based should have been taken less than five years prior to admission to the University.

The following conditions have to be met when applying for credit exemption:

  • The application must be made within the first two semesters of study;
  • The content of the course must overlap at least 80% of the equivalent course offered by UM; and
  • The grade or grade point obtained for the particular course must not be less than a grade C or 2.0

An application for credit transfer or credit exemption should be made using the prescribed form, which can be obtained from the Faculty. Completed forms must be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty not later than the Friday of the second lecture week of a normal semester together with the following documents:

  • The payment of the processing fees at the prescribed rate. These fees are non-refundable;
  • Compulsory supporting documentation, which includes the course learning outcomes, syllabus or course content and the grading scheme for the course for which credit transfer or credit exemption is applied; and
  • A copy of the certificate/diploma/degree concerned.

Details about credit transfer and credit exemption are available in the University of Malaya (First Degree Studies) Rules 2017 and University of Malaya (First Degree Studies) Regulations 2017 which can be accessed in the student portal (MyUM).

The University grades including the marks and their meaning are as follows:

Marks Grade Grade Point Level of Achievement
90 - 100 A+ 4.0 HIGH DISTINCTION
80 – 89 A 4.0 DISTINCTION
75 – 79 A- 3.7 DISTINCTION
70 – 74 B+ 3.3 GOOD
65 – 69 B 3.0 GOOD
60 – 64 B- 2.7 GOOD
55 -59 C+ 2.3 PASS
50 - 54 C 2.0 PASS
45 – 49 C- 1.7 FAIL
40 - 44 D+ 1.3 FAIL
35 - 39 D 1.0 FAIL
0 - 34 F 0.0 FAIL

Last Updated: 29/01/2021