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Universiti Teknologi Petronas 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Universiti Teknologi Petronas was established in 1997 as a private institution. The University offers admissions across its two faculties of Engineering, and Science and Information Technology, the former’s establishment being as recent as 2011. Out of the 7,116 current students at this coveted and top ranked university in Malaysia, about 11% are international students hailing from 35 different countries.

The institute offers 11 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs to choose from. Admission committee at the university evaluates the previous academic performance and the proficiency in English. Additionally, students also need to have a minimum CGPA requirement of 2.0 or more (varies with programs) while applying. The institute's acceptance rate is considered to be moderate which ensures greater chance at enrollment for students meeting all the basic eligibility criteria.

Some points regarding admissions at Universiti Teknologi Petronas are as listed below.

  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas follows a semester system with three intake seasons- January, May and September.
  • Applications for the January 2021, May 2021 and September 2021 semesters must be drafted by September 30, January 31 and May 31, respectively.
  • Academic transcripts and certificates must be certified by an issuing institution or authorized government agency.

Given below are the steps to be observed when applying at the institute for admissions:

  • Fill the online application form carefully.
  • Upload the scanned copy of passport information page, Passport-size photo (3.5cm x 5cm; jpeg/gif format), academic transcripts, certificates, and proof of English proficiency.
  • Submit the application and keep a close track of it for updates regarding admission decisions.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) Admission Updates

The university has shifted the classes online due to COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, a 50% fee waiver for the May 2020 semester is also proposed to lift off the burden of students. The dates for the commencement of January 2020 semester have also been pushed forward.


Application PortalOnline application
Application Fee (non-refundable)50 USD
Payment modeInternet banking, cash deposit, electronic fund transfer, or telegraphic transfer
Academic CalendarSemester-wise
Intake seasonsJanuary, May and September
Financial AidScholarships, loans and grants
English proficiency testIELTS or TOEFL
Work experienceRequired for some courses
Enquiry1-300-22-8887 Or 1128985499

Admission Deadlines

The application for admission to a range of courses at undergraduate and graduate level provided by Universiti Teknologi Petronas is open throughout the year. However, the application for all the semesters must be drafted before the following dates-

Intake semesterApplication Deadline
September 2020August 31, 2020
January 2021September 30, 2020
May 2021January 31, 2021
September 2021May 31, 2021

International Student Admissions

About 11% of the total student populace at the university is international students. International students have almost the same procedure of application as domestic counterparts. But, they have to prove their English proficiency in order to secure admission at Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

How to apply?

Application Portal: Online application

Application Fee (non-refundable): 50 USD

Biasc Admission Requirements: Universiti Teknologi Petronas expects international applicants to submit some documents as proof along with their application form.

  • Passport ID page copy.
  • Passport size photo with white background in jpeg or gif format (3.5 cm*5 cm).
  • Official academic transcripts and related certificates. All these documents must be certified by the issuing institution or authorized government agency.
  • English language proficiency proof.
  • Payment receipt.

Admission Process:

Applicants intending to successfully draft an application for admission at the university must follow the below-stated process-

  1. Log in to fill the application form and note the login details.
  2. Enter personal information, academic details, language proficiency and work experience.
  3. Choose three programs in the order of preference from the listed programs.
  4. Pay the fees and submit the form.
  5. You’ll receive a notification informing you about the form submission and it will have details like application reference number. An offer letter will arrive upon acceptance within days of drafting the application.

Country-specific Requirements 

Universiti Teknologi Petronas regards the following exams as entry requirements for students hailing from different countries for undergraduate admissions-

CountryEntry examination requirement
AfghanistanBaccalaureate / Baccalaureate Certificate (Grade 12 Graduation Certificate) for bachelor degree
BangladeshSecondary School Certificate (SSC) for diploma or certificate courses;
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)/ Intermediate Certificate for bachelor degree.
IndiaFor bachelor’s degree, the Indian qualifications that act as entry requirement are as follows- Indian School Certificate (class XII);
All India Senior School Certificate (by CBSE); Pre-Medical from Punjab University;
Pre-University examination from Mahatma Gandhi University
MaldivesUCLES O level / Secondary School Certificate (SSC) for certificate or diploma programs;
UCLES A level/ Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) for bachelor degree.
NepalSecondary Education Examination (SEE) for diploma or certificate programs;
Higher Secondary Education Certificate (HSEC) for bachelor degree.

English Proficiency Test Scores

International students who wish to get a seat in Universiti Teknologi Petronas must provide English language proficiency by providing scores like TOEFL, IELTS etc. Minimum scores for the same are as compiled below

ExamMinimum required score
TOEFL paper-based500
TOEFL internet-based59
TOEFL computer-based173

Visa Process for International Students

It is very important for international students to complete their visa application process for Malaysia well in time before applying to this University. The detailed visa application process for admission to the university is provided below:

Application for a student pass must be drafted by Universiti Teknologi Petronas to Education Malaysia Global Services. After applying for the student pass, apply for a single entry visa through the Malaysian embassy or High commission from one’s native country.

The documents required to obtain a visa to study in Malaysia are as follows:

  1. Nomination letter from current university.
  2. Offer letter from the university.
  3. Copy of student matriculation card.
  4. Copy of passport pages.
  5. Passport size photo.
  6. Health declaration.
  7. Academic transcripts.
  8. English language proficiency proof.
  9. Resume/CV.

Universiti Teknologi Petronas Undergraduate Admissions

Universiti Teknologi Petronas offers 14 undergraduate programs. Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Business Management, Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering are some important undergraduate programs.

Where to Apply: Online portal

Application Fee (non-refundable): 50 USD

Admission Requirements: Undergraduate applications at Universiti Teknologi Petronas have the following listed documents for application process-

  • Identity card/MyKad
  • Results for STPM or A-level or International Baccalaureate or diploma or foundation or matriculation or other equivalent qualifications.
  • Result for SPM.
  • Result for English proficiency (SPM/IELTS/MUET).
  • Proof of payment processing.
  • Parents or guardians salary slip.

Universiti Teknologi Petronas Graduate Admissions

Universiti Teknologi Petronas offers 40 graduate programs for students across the globe seeking to study in Malaysia to choose from. Corrosion Engineering, Drilling Engineering, Applied Computing, Petroleum Engineering, MBA in Energy Management, and Electronic System Engineering are some commonly chosen programs at the university.

Some popular graduate programs at the university are as follows-

RequirementsMBA in Energy ManagementM.Sc. in Applied ComputingM.Sc. in Process IntegrationM.Sc. in Petroleum ScienceM.Sc. in Drilling Engineering
Application Fee50 USD50 USD50 USD50 USD50 USD
Course duration (full-time)20-36 months12-36 months12-36 months12-36 months18-36 months
IELTS/TOEFLRequiredRequired (TOEFL- 550, IELTS- 6.0)RequiredRequiredRequired
Work experience-Recommended5 years work experience can waive off the CGPA requirement5 years work experience can waive off the CGPA requirementDissertation project requirement
Required CGPA3.02.502.502.503.0

Universiti Teknologi Petronas follows a twofold norm for admitting students. In this, the admission committee evaluates the previous academic performance of the students as well as the English language proficiency. If these two requirements are satisfied, the applicant is accepted and offered a seat at the university. To get admitted, the applications must be submitted well in time.

For the September 2020 semester, the application must be submitted latest by August 31, 2020. The visa process can begin immediately thereafter. For one time visa, students have to first apply for a student pass, following which they can apply for a visa at the nearest Malaysian embassy or High Commission.

Before applying for Universiti Teknologi Petronas admissions, applicants must note that they submit the supporting documents only through the online mode and not by post. Students need to wait for a duration of 1-2 months for the admission results to arrive after completing the application.


Ques. What’s the minimum CGPA requirement for M.Sc. in Petroleum Science at Universiti Teknologi Petronas?

Ans. A minimum of 2.50 CGPA is mandatory for admission in Petroleum Science course at Universiti Teknologi Petronas. However, it’s waived off if an applicant has a work experience of five years.

Ques. What’s the mode for application fee payment at Universiti Teknologi Petronas?

Ans. Internet banking, cash deposit, electronic fund transfer, or telegraphic transfer can be used for fee payment at Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

Ques. Is there any additional entry requirement for M.Sc. in Drilling Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Petronas?

Ans. Yes. One must satisfy the dissertation project requirement for admission in the aforesaid course at Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

Ques. What’s the format in which the passport picture must be uploaded at Universiti Teknologi Petronas?

Ans. Use either jpeg or gif format for uploading passport pictures at Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

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