Want to graduate with a UK degree but it is just not wise to live abroad at these tumultuous financial times?

Lucky for you! In the recent few years, there have been a handful of UK universities branching out to opening campuses here in our homeland, establishing their first ever Asian campus. What makes this tremendous news for students is that not only you get to obtain a UK degree, you get the same quality of education at a local price!

(All rankings are based on the QS World Rankings 2015/2016)

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)


Location: Semenyih, Selangor
Estimated Pre-University Costs: RM26,000 / year
Estimated Business Bachelor's Degree Costs: RM35,690 / year
Estimated Engineering Bachelor's Degree Costs: RM45,700 / year

Founded in the UK in 1881, The University of Nottingham brings its over-a-century worth of experience to Malaysian students in 2000. With an outstanding research facility and international academic staff, Nottingham graduates are educated and nurtured into proactive individuals with the “Nottingham Advantage” – standing out in employability, soft skills, recognition and industrial experience. It is no wonder why they have an extensive network of notable alumni, from Theo James who starred in the blockbuster trilogy Divergent, to Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak. For sports-lovers, take part in the annual Nottingham Tri-campus Games where sporting teams from each campus have a friendly competition.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM)


Location: Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Estimated Pre-University Costs: RM24,000 / year
Estimated Business Bachelor's Degree Costs: RM33,100 / year
Estimated Engineering Bachelor's Degree Costs: RM40,800 / year

Heriot-Watt University has just came into Malaysia in 2014, but this top-ranked institution has been providing career and industry-driven curriculums since its establishment in Edinburgh since 1821. With a niche excellence in the field of Engineering and Actuarial Science, programmes are designed and delivered based on industry needs, opening wider employment opportunities for graduates. Not to mention its cutting edge and modern ‘green’ campus in the heart of Malaysia’s administrative hub, Putrajaya.

University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC)

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Location: Nusajaya, Johor
Estimated Pre-University Costs: RM27,000 / year
Estimated Engineering Bachelor's Degree Costs: RM47,700 / year (locally), RM118,300 / year (UK)

Located in the education hub of EduCity, Nusajaya, Southampton University is setting foot into Malaysian grounds in providing top-class Engineering programmes to Malaysian students at a local price. All programmes ensure you the ‘Southampton’ experience as you study your last 2 years in Southampton, UK. This molds graduates into well-rounded, experienced and highly-skilled engineers, ready for employment. Did you know? 4 Southampton graduates are currently on a 1-year internship with Formula 1.

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Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed)

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Location: Nusajaya, Johor
Estimated Pre-University Costs: RM26,000 / year
Estimated Biomedical Science Bachelor's Degree Costs: RM40,240 / year
Estimated MBBS Costs: RM95,000 / year

NUMed is the perfect choice for aspiring doctors or medical officers who wish to get an international MBBS degree without having to worry about high living costs and expensive tuition fees. This top-ranked medical school is a branch of one of the top medical schools in UK and you will be able to opt to experience both campuses, if you like. With the curriculum being identical to the one in its main campus, students receive the equal quality of education when they study in NUMed at a local price!  

University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM)

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Location: Nusajaya, Johor
Estimated Pre-University Costs: RM21,000 / year
Estimated Business Bachelor's Degree Costs: RM36,775 / year

With consistent world rankings, The University of Reading has been producing high quality graduates since its establishment in 1893. 123 years later, this institution launched its Malaysian campus in Nusajaya, providing programmes ranging from Business, Law and Built Environment. With extensive modules and industry-driven structures, well-rounded students are nurtured with expertise. Of course, you would graduate with a University of Reading degree, even if you finish your programme locally!