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Diploma Programmes

The Diploma programmes are designed to develop and equip students with both professional and practical skills for entry to degree level of study which leads to employment prospects in the fields of Computing, Engineering, Accounting, Design, Media, International Studies and Business.


Diploma Duration:

  • 5 semesters (2 years of full-time study) - Diploma in Accounting / Business Administration / Business with Information Technology / International Studies.
  • 6 semesters including internship (2 years of full-time study) - Diploma Information & Communication Technology / Design & Media.
  • 6 semesters (2+ years of full-time study) - Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Admission Requirements:

General admission requirements for APU & APIIT Diploma programmes are as follows:

* Pass in English is required at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level or equivalent.


** Credit in English is required at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level or equivalent.
Pass in Mathematics is required at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level or equivalent.

Note: Please take note that a Credit Pass in Mathematics at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level is required for progression to BSc (Hons) in Information Technology with a specialism in Business Information Systems.


  • Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • 3 Credits in at least 3 subjects at SPM level including Mathematics and any Science Subject (Science, Physics, or Chemistry) with a minimum of a pass in Bahasa Malaysia, Sejarah (History) and English;
    • 3 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 3 subjects at IGCSE/ O-Levels including Mathematics and any Science Subjects (Science, Physics, or Chemistry) with a minimum Pass in English at SPM/ O-Level/ IGCSE;
    • 3 Credit (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC including Mathematics and any Science subject (Science, Physics, or Chemistry) with a Pass in English;
    • Pass Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) or its equivalent with a pass in Mathematics, English and ONE (1) relevant science/ technical/ vocational subject at the SPM level;
    • Recognised Certificate in Engineering/Engineering Technology or its equivalent;
    • Recognised related Vocational and Technical/ Skills Certificate or its equivalent with ONE (1) year of relevant work experience or a minimum of ONE (1) semester of a bridging programme;
    • A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

Malaysian Students who do not possess a Pass in English at SPM/IGCSE/UEC; will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend the APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Foundation/Diploma/Certificate programme.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS (only applicable to International Students)

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements

DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

DIPLOMA IN DESIGN & MEDIA

• IELTS : 4.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 397
• TOEFL IBT : 30-31
• Pearson (PTE) : 30
• MUET : Band 2

DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

DIPLOMA IN ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

DIPLOMA IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

• IELTS : 5.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 410-417
• TOEFL IBT : 35-45
• Pearson (PTE) : 36
• MUET : Band 3

DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING

• IELTS : 5.5
• TOEFL PBT : 550
• TOEFL IBT : 46-59
• Pearson (PTE) : 42
• MUET : Band 4

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during
the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES