Frequently Asked Question

1 - Is UMCCed under the University of Malaya or is it a Private College?

UMCCed is an entity (Centre) under the University of Malaya. This means that students who have completed the programmes at UMCCed will obtain a certificate from the University of Malaya.

2 - What is the difference between an Executive Diploma and a Diploma?

In terms of qualification standard, there is no difference in both diplomas. The executive diploma programme is an initiative by the government, mainly MOHE for working individuals to enhance their standards of living through lifelong education. Through this programme, individuals with a minimum of three-year working experience in related fields are qualified for a thirty (30) percent exemption from the total credit allocated. This makes the duration of study for executive diploma programmes shorter than normal diplomas for school-leavers.

3 - Are the Executive Diploma programmes from UMCCed recognised by MQA?

The Executive Diploma programmes are developed based on the MQA Standard and currently there are six (6) programmes which have been conferred full accreditation by MQA. Please visit the MQR website at to check on the programmes accreditation status.

4 - What is Self-accreditation?

It is a status conferred by MOHE that allows Higher Education Institutions (IPT) to accredit their own programmes without going through the Malaysian Qualification Agency. In April 2010, UM has obtained the Self-accreditation status with other seven public institutions which allows them to accredit all their programmes offered to ensure conformation to the quality standards as provided by Malaysian Qualification Agency. Through the Self-accreditation qualification, the programmes offered are at level 4 which is equivalent to the standard of a diploma in the Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF).

5 - What is the difference between MQA Accreditation and Self-Accreditation?

There is no difference in terms of quality and standard. The difference only lies within the process in acquiring the accreditation as follows:

  • MQA Accreditation: All institutions without Self-accreditation status must apply for programme accreditations from MQA. The evaluation and qualification processes are done by MQA. All programmes with full accreditation will be listed in the Malaysian Qualification Register (MQR) by MQA.
  • Self-accreditation: All institutions with Self-accreditation status need not to apply for programme accreditation from MQA. Evaluation and qualification processes are done internally by the respective institution using processes and methods approved by MQA. The institution only needs to acknowledge MQA and MOHE on the programmes that it has accredited. All programmes that have received full accreditation will be registered in the MQR by MQA.

6 - What is the difference between full accreditation and provisional accreditation?

Full Accreditation #&45; a formal recognition to a higher education provider that the certificates, diplomas or degrees to be conferred to graduates are in compliance with the MQA standards.

Provisional Accreditation #&45; the initial phase of evaluation which assists and facilitates higher education institutions to achieve the accreditation for programmes offered by enhancing the quality and standards set in the provisional accreditation evaluation. (Every programme needs to obtain provisional accreditation first as a condition to offer the said programme.)

Accreditation application for a new programme is done when the first batch of a particular programme is in their final year of study.

(Refer to

7 - I am currently pursuing a programme with an institution. Why is the programme not listed in the MQR?

This means the programme is not or not yet accredited by MQA for the following reasons:

  • The programme is new and is not yet due for MQA/Self-accreditation evaluation. The assessment will be conducted when the first batch of students is in their final year
  • The study programme is in the assessment process for MQA/Self-accreditation

(Refer to

8 - Does the MQR list study programmes that have obtained provisional accreditation?

No. MQR only lists programmes and qualifications which have obtained full accreditation by MQA or through Self-accreditation.

9 - Are the programmes and qualifications listed in MQR recognised by the Public Service Department (PSD) or professional bodies?

In principle, programmes and qualifications accredited by MQA or through Self-accreditation are recognised by JPA. However, it still lies under the jurisdiction of JPA to recognise the programmes and qualifications for appointment into the public service scheme.

(Refer to

10 - Are executive diploma holders from UMCCed qualified to apply for degree programmes at any university?

Executive diploma holders are not expected to have any problems to pursue their studies in any public or private university once the programmes have acquired full accreditation. However, the admission is subject to the quota or any additional conditions of the applied programme at the particular institution.

11 - Can diplomas from UMCCed be used to be promoted at any organisation/company?

Based on feedback from former students of UMCCed, many of them were given promotions and other remunerations after completing their studies. Public servants should not face any problem once the programmes acquired full accreditation. This is because the process of obtaining recognition from JPA can only be done after a programme has acquire full accreditation. We expect full accreditation and JPA recognition to be completed before the first batch graduates. However, promotion considerations are subject to other factors like available vacancies, work performance and others. Thus, UMCCed does not guarantee any career promotions to any students enrolled for our programmes. The topic of promotion is usually the right of the organisation/company.

12 - Can candidates who do not fulfill the entry requirement still apply?

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements are not eligible for the executive diploma program. However, for candidates with SPM to the number of credits less than 3 subjects but have work experience of more than 3 years, is eligible to apply for this program through APEL certificate by MQA. For more information about the APEL test, please visit the MQA website.

13 - How long does it take for students to complete their studies?

Normally, the duration of study is 2 years (4 semesters). However, if the students feel that they are unable to complete their studies within that period, they can apply for deferment. Students are given a maximum of 4 years (8 semesters) to complete their studies.

14 - Will students who have completed their studies be awarded scrolls in the same UM Convocation Ceremony as the degree students?

Students who have completed their studies will each be awarded a scroll in the Convocation Ceremony at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya. The ceremony will be held independently from the degree students.

15 - What is the medium of instruction?

The programmes will be conducted in both Bahasa Melaysia (BM) and the English language. Students will be supplied with notes in BM and English (students can only choose either one). For assignments and examinations, students may answer either in BM or English.

16 - Who are the lecturers of the programmes?

The teaching resources consist of UM lecturers and also instructors that are appointed from other public/private universities as well as practitioners that possess academic qualifications of at least a Master' Degree in the related fields.

17 - How much is the fee for the programmes at UMCCed and what are the methods of payment?

  1. The programme fee is RM13,600. UMCCed offers two modes of payment, which are:
    1. Lump-sum
    2. Instalment (please refer to Appendix 1 for the Fee Payment Schedule)
  2. Apart from that, students may also withdraw from Account II of their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for the overall payment of the programme fee. (Please refer to Appendix 2 for the EPF withdrawal process)
  3. Students may also apply for study loans from Bank (Kerjasama) Rakyat or any other bank that offers study loans
  4. Students are also eligible to apply for loan assistance or scholarship foundation states, subject to the terms and conditions set by each state

18 - Can students apply for course exemption?

Students are qualified to apply for exemption (up to 30% of the overall total credit hours), subject to the following conditions:

  1. Students need to have a minimum qualification of diploma from any public institution (IPTA)
  2. Courses that are applied for need to be 75% similar to that of UMCCed courses
  3. Only courses which obtained a minimum grade of C will be considered for exemption

Students will not be required to pay any fee for courses that have been exempted. UMCCed will only charge RM150 for the administration fee.