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General Studies

The General Studies Office hosts the five compulsory U1 units for undergraduate students. We offer course advice to students on any matters related to General Studies.

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General Studies Units

As a student at our Malaysian campus, it is a Ministry requirement for you to successfully enrol and complete some of the General Studies (GS) units. Before you graduate, Malaysian and International students have to complete the following GSU1 units:

Malaysian Students

International Students

MPU3113 Ethnic Relations

MPU3173 Malaysian Studies

MPU3123 Islamic and Asian Civilisations

MPU3143 Communicative Malay

MPU3212 National Language A

Bachelor’s degree students:

  • In addition to the GS U1 units, you need to complete each U2, U3 and U4 unit respectively.
  • At Monash University Malaysia, units within our various degrees have been recognised by the government as meeting the U2, U3 and U4 General Studies requirements. You can check out the approved list of units here.
  • The Course Management Office in each School will help ensure that the units you undertake during your degree cover the U2, U3 and U4 requirements.

Diploma of Higher Education Studies students:

  • You need to complete all U1 units during the course.
  • Completed U1 units will be auto-exempted upon progressing to the Bachelor's degree course.

If you are enrolled in a Bachelor's degree course, then yes.

However, if you are enrolled in a Diploma of Higher Education Studies or a 1-Year Honours degree course, then you only need to complete the required U1 units. You do not need to enrol in U2, U3 or U4 units.

Enrollment

The GS U1 units can be undertaken at any time and in any sequence before the end of the course/upon graduation.

To complete one of your General Studies units, you need to make sure that you are already enrolled in the unit(s) first. How do you enrol? Well, the same as you would for any other unit!

Step 1: Log into your Web Enrolment System (WES) account, and choose your General Studies unit from the list of available sessions.

Step 2: Where applicable, check the timetable for availability and indicate the preferred lecture slot by selecting the option(s) provided in Allocate+ after enrolling.

Watch the instructional video here for guidance and assistance (required to log-in to my.monash). Alternatively, students may seek further information or assistance from your respective Course Management Office in enrolling/registering for GS U1 unit(s).

Exemption

As a rule of thumb, you can only obtain an exemption from General Studies if:

  • You are a local student who has scored a minimum Credit "C" for your SPM Bahasa Melayu (only applicable for MPU3212 National Language A).
  • You have already completed your General Studies requirements at another institution (applicable for all General Studies units).

Eligible exemptions for MPU3212 National Language A will be processed upon admission to Monash University Malaysia, while exemptions for other units will be handled on a case-by-case basis by your respective Course Management Office. You will need to provide a copy of your transcript showing that you have completed the same U1 unit to the Course Management Office.

*Note: You cannot apply for exemptions if you have previously completed Malaysian National Subjects with MPW unit codes as these pre-dates the current General Studies requirements.

Unfortunately not. The Ministry of Education Malaysia does not consider the Malay language assessed at IGCSE O'Level to be equivalent to SPM Bahasa Melayu.

Additional Fee

No fees are required to be paid as your General Studies U1 Units enrolment is included in your course fees.

GS U1 Units Implications on Degree Course

Simply put, none.

Although it is compulsory for you to pass these units, your General Studies grades are not included in the calculation of your overall GPA.

However, if you have done well in these units and would like to have them reflected in your academic transcript, you can put in a request to have them included before your graduation.

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Get In Touch

Tel: (+603) 5514 6162 / (+603) 5514 6082

Email: mum.generalstudies@monash.edu

You can also call us on our general line at +603 5514 6000 from 9am to 5pm (Malaysia time) Monday to Friday, and our friendly staff will help connect you to the right person.