Malaysian Matriculation Programme (MMP)

If you are considering what's your next step after secondary school, here's what you need to know about Malaysian Matriculation Programme (MMP)!
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Introduction

The Malaysian Matriculation Programme (commonly referred to as Matrikulasi) is a popular route into university. As a pre-university programme in its own right, the Malaysian Matriculation Programme is a hot ticket because it only requires a registration fee of RM255– the rest is fully sponsored by the Malaysian government.

Duration

There are 2 types of Matriculation programmes:

  • 1 Year Programme*
    (Takes place over 2 semesters)

  • 2 Year Programme**
    (Takes place over 4 semesters)

* Offered to both Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera students.
** Offered to Bumiputera students only.

Approximately 10% of places within the Malaysian Matriculation Programme are offered to non-Bumiputera students.

Intakes

The intakes for the Malaysian Matriculation Programme depend on the programme type. The intake for the 1 Year Programme (Program Satu Tahun or PST) is in April of each year, whereas the intake for the 2 Year Programme (Program Dua Tahun or PDT) is in May.

Structure & assessment

All in all, there are 3 streams for students to choose from:

  • Accounting Stream

  • Science Stream

  • Technical Stream

While all streams are available to students who have enrolled in the 1 Year Programme, only Science Stream students can enrol in the 2 Year Programme, which utilises the same syllabus offered in the 1 Year Programme. The difference is that students in the 2 Year Programme will be taught the syllabus over the course of 2 years.

Students are assessed via end-of-semester exams. The exams account for 70% to 80% of the scores for core subjects, and 50% of the score for the English Language paper. The rest of the final scores are contributed by lab work and assignments.

The grading system used by the Malaysian Matriculation Programme is the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)system which is implemented in many public and private universities.

Colleges

The Malaysian Matriculation Programme is offered by the following colleges:

  1. Kolej Matrikulasi Melaka, Masjid Tanah

  2. Kolej Matrikulasi N. Sembilan, Kuala Pilah

  3. Kolej Matrikulasi P. Pinang, Kepala Batas

  4. Kolej Matrikulasi Perlis, Arau

  5. Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan, WP Labuan

  6. Kolej Matrikulasi Johor, Tangkak

  7. Kolej Matrikulasi Perak, Gopeng

  8. Kolej Matrikulasi Kedah, Changlun

  9. Kolej Matrikulasi Pahang, Gambang

  10. Kolej Matrikulasi Selangor,Banting

  11. Kolej Matrikulasi Kelantan, Pasir Putih

  12. Kolej Matrikulasi Sarawak, Kuching

  13. Kolej Matrikulasi Teknikal Kedah, Pendang

  14. Kolej Matrikulasi Teknikal Pahang, Jengka

  15. Kolej Matrikulasi Teknikal Johor, Pontian

  16. Kolej MARA Kuala Nerang, Kuala Nerang

  17. Kolej MARA Kulim, Kulim

Source: Ministry of Education

Subjects

Accounting Stream

  • Accounting

  • Business Studies

  • Economics

  • Mathematics

Science Stream

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Mathematics

  • Physics

Technical Stream

  • Engineering Chemistry

  • Engineering Physics

  • Engineering Studies

  • Mathematics

It is RIGHT for you if…

  • You have an extremely tight budget

  • You want to enter a public university

  • You want to keep your study options open

It is WRONG for you if…

  • You want a good route to an overseas university 

  • You prefer a more challenging pre-university course

  • You value a wholesome and well-rounded pre-university experience