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UKM ODL Accreditation



Is the programme accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)? 


Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has been granted a self-accreditation/Swa Accreditation status by the Minister of Higher Education effective 29 April 2010. Thus, MQA empowers the Senate of UKM to accredit its own programmes guided by the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) and relevant standards as well as policies of MQA and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).  


All the academic programmes of UKM with full accredited status are listed in MQR ( while programmes with provisional status are listed in the Provisional Accreditation (PA) listing at the MQA website (



What does Self-Accreditation / Swa Accreditation mean?


Self-Accreditation/Swa Accreditation is a status that entitles Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to accredit their programmes through the Senate without involving MQA. However, the status granted by MQA to universities that are confirmed to have a robust internal quality assurance system. Nevertheless, the accreditation does not include a professional programme that still needs to be accredited and recognised by the relevant professional bodies. You can obtain more information on self-accreditation via



What does it mean by Full Accreditation?

Full Accreditation is an evaluation activity to ensure that the activities of teaching, learning, and all other activities related to a programme offered by a Higher Education Provider (HEP) has quality standards and meets the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF)



What does it mean by Provisional Accreditation?

Provisional Accreditation is an evaluation exercise to determine whether a programme has met the minimum quality requirements before being awarded the Full Accreditation. Provisional Accreditation is often for new programmes. The application for full Accreditation can be made when the first cohort of students is in their final year of study.

Learning & Teaching of ODL


Where can I view my learning materials?

You can view your learning materials at UKM ODL LMS


What is LMS?

LMS is a learning management system. This is your central platform for learning activities as you go through your learning journey.


What types of learning materials are provided to ODL students?

ODL students will be provided with materials in the form of text (complete ODL module), video, games, discussions, self-check, and audio to maximize students' understanding of the learning content in the LMS.


What equipment is used for teaching and learning activities?

You need a computer or laptop with a camera, microphone, and speaker. You also need a strong internet connection and an up-to-date web browser.


How can I contact my lecturer for any academic questions?

Early every semester, you will be provided with your lecturer’s contact details. Other than that, you can find your lecturer details in the LMS.


Must I complete all the learning activities in LMS?

Your lecturer will monitor the course completion, and you must get at least 80% completion at the end of the semester.


Do I need to attend any physical classes?

For ODL students, you only need to join classes virtually (synchronous). No physical classes are required. Attendance will be taken for synchronous class. However, if you are unable to attend the virtual class, you still have the opportunity to re-watch the recorded video version. For programmes requiring face-to-face / physical classes (for example, involving practical or hands-on activities), you will need to attend the said physical classes.


Where do I submit my assignments?

All assignment submissions must be done through LMS. Your lecturer will guide you through the submission process.

Is there any group assignment or project?

It depends on your course content for each class. The list of assignments for each course will be posted on the LMS at the beginning of the semester. Your lecturer will also inform you of the type of assignments involved in your course.


UKM ODL Programmes

What is the age limit for the ODL program?

Please refer to the entry requirements stated on the ODL website (refer to Programmes)


What is the UKM ODL mode of study?

UKM ODL mode is fully online for local and international offerings.

Nevertheless, international students who required to be in Malaysia due to issues related to recognition/sponsorship, physical face to face sessions can be conducted.

Is the tuition fee for ODL programs the same, and how to pay my fees?

No. Fees vary for each program. The information about tuition fees can be found on the UKM ODL website Also, please refer to to know more about how to pay the tuition fees.


Is the ‘Open and Distance Learning’ stated in my scroll?

No. The Open and Distance Learning status only appears on your transcript. 


Is the UKM ODL program accredited?

Yes. The UKM ODL program has been accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


Can I switch my mode of delivery from conventional to ODL?

You are allowed to switch between modes of delivery within programmes offered via UKMShape only.

Can I switch between mode of studies from part-time to full-time and vice versa?

Yes. You are allowed to change your mode of studies from part-time to full-time or vice versa subject to academic rules and regulations.

What about the academic year or semester system that is applicable to ODL programmes?

There are three semesters in an academic year: September (Semester 1), January (Semester 2), and May. (Semester 3). This also implies that admission to the ODL programmes is possible three times throughout the academic year, subject to faculty approval. Apart from semester 1, new students may apply for admission to the programme at any time. The nomination of semesters 1, 2, and 3 correspond to the admission and academic sessions for any given academic year. Students who enroll in May 2022, for example, are considered semester 1 students for Semester 3 admissions, Academic Session 2021/2022. This is in line with the naming of the semester for all UKM programmes either conventionally or ODL.

Can I visit the campus?

Yes. You can come and visit the campus, but it is not necessary. 


Where will the convocation ceremony be held?

The convocation ceremony will be held at UKM Bangi, Malaysia. 


Where can I find more information about the UKM ODL?

Every new student will be provided with a student handbook. You can use that handbook as your essential guidance.

UKM ODL Support


Where can I view my profile, examination results, and the link to other resources?

You can visit


What types of support will be expected as an ODL student?

You will receive the types of support: administrative, library, student learning portal, finance, IT support, counseling, and general ODL helpdesk.


If I have any general questions, whom should I contact?

You may refer to


Can I apply for any financial support?

You are allowed to apply for any financial support offered by any financial institution for Malaysian students. But it depends on the requirements. Unfortunately, there is no financial support for international students at the moment. 


Who is managing the UKM ODL?

UKM ODL is managed by the Center for Shaping Advanced and Professional Education (UKMShape)

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