University Putra Malaysia Founded in 1931 as the School of Agriculture, UPM’s main campus is in Serdang, Selangor. It was formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia or the Agricultural University of Malaysia. Now, UPM offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in most fields such as science, engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, business and social science.

Today, UPM is made up of 16 faculties, 16 centers, nine institutes, one school, and one academy. Within each faculty are a number of individual departments, spread across two campuses. The main campus, covering over 1,000 hectares of land, is situated in the town of Serdang with a branch campus, set within 700 hectares, is located in Bintulu, a coastal town in Borneo.

In total, around 24,000 students attend UPM including approximately 4,500 international students. Just over half of the student body is made up of undergraduates, with around 10,000 studying at postgraduate level. Each year, UPM accepts around 1,300 inbound exchange students, sending about the same to study overseas.

There are 17 colleges for accommodation, a range of associations and clubs, including many arts and cultural clubs


  • It was ranked as the 159th best university in the world in 2020 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and it was ranked 33th in Best Asian Universities and the 2nd best university in Malaysia.

  • UPM has met its target to be among the top 200 world best universities in the QS through the Putra® Global 200 (PG200) initiative which is a key aspiration in the UPM Strategic Plan 2014-2020

  • Although UPM’s International Student indicator is the highest in the country this year, UPM’s highest jump is actually the Employer Reputation indicator. This indicates that our students, research and extension activities are recognised by the industry with 23% of International Students

  • UPM has the rating of 601 World University Rankings according to (times higher education)

  • The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world baedon Study Portal Master research.


UPM offers excellent facilities to meet the diverse needs of its campus community in line with its philosophy as a premier academic institution of global stature.

  • Library

UPM’s Sultan Abdul Samad Library is among the finest in the region with an impressive range of reading materials in diverse formats. This state-of-the-art facility provides various services and is supported by a professional team of library liaison officers.

  • Sports Complex

UPM’s sports complex includes first-rate facilities such as a stadium, an international-standard swimming pool, soccer and rugby fields, and basketball, tennis and badminton courts.

  • Student Health Centre

This is a modern facility that offers full-fledged medical services including dental, x-ray, physiotherapy and dispensary. Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Cultural & Arts


Average tuition fees per year & living costs per year

Tuition fees: 

Undergraduate: RM15,540
Postgraduate: RM40,000
Application fees: USD 50 / RM200
Living costs: USD 359 per month
Accommodation costs: MYR 1,920



Types of Program

Minimum TOEFL Score

Minimum IELTS Score

Bachelor Programs

  • Paper Based: 500
  • Internet Based: 70

5.5 Academic

Master Programs

  • Paper Based: 550
  • Internet Based: 79-80
  • Computer Based: 213


6 Academic

PHD Programs


Academic Requirement for admission in University Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Bachelor Programs

  • National Higher School Certificate (or an Advanced Level or the equivalent of 12 years of basic education) with the grade 80% and above. 
  • Or

A Diploma from recognized Institutions with at least a CGPA of 3.00.

  • Note: Some programmes are required applicant to undergo an interview session before being accepted

Master Programs (Coursework)

  • A Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field 
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum CGPA 2.75 out of 4, in a related field, can be accepted in some coursework programs


Master Programs (Research)

  • A Bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field  

PHD programs

  • A Master’s degree with minimum CGPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent, in a related field.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum CGPA 2.7 out of 4, in a related field, can be accepted.



Off-campus Accommodation

  • Off-campus accommodation around the UPM campus is within the radius of 1KM-10KM. There are

  • various flats, a serviced-apartments, condominiums, and terrace houses. The cost can vary from

  • RM 500 – RM 2,000. You can use Uroom website to findsuitable accommodation or you may contact the following recommended apartment forbooking:

On-Campus Accommodation

  • UPM Residential Colleges

  • KMR OnePutra Residence

  • UPM Guest House

  • Temporary Accommodation