Applying To Universities In The UK
MABECS will assist you through all stages of the application
process and will also monitor your application for you until you
secure a place at a UK university.
We have a weekly courier service to our office in the UK, so once you have filled in your applications forms and/or have documents to be forwarded to the university, return these to us, to be forwarded at no cost to you.
The application process is different for undergraduate and postgraduate
Applications for undergraduate programmes of study in the United
Kingdom are made through a UCAS form.
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a central
agency based in the UK which acts on behalf of UK universities and colleges of higher
education to process applications for entry to first degree courses.
MABECS is registered with UCAS as a CENTRE.
Frequently Asked Questions
The information below pertains to entry in the year 2013.
Q: How can I make an application via UCAS?
A: All applications to UK universities through UCAS must be done electronically, via UCAS Apply. This electronic application can be made at the MABECS office, under the guidance of a consultant. If you are based outside KL/PJ, we will still be able to guide you throughout the process. Please use our buzzword to apply, so we can view and check your application, on our system.
Q: When do I apply?
A: Generally, international applicants can apply through UCAS in the normal way, from September preceding year of entry until 30th June in the year of entry.
Therefore, if you are looking to enter university in 2013, you can submit applications forms through UCAS, from September 2012 until 30th June, 2013.
There are however some important exceptions to this date - see below.
Q: Are there exceptions to the above dates?
- Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science.
The closing date for applications to these courses is 15 October
preceding the year of entry
- Oxford or Cambridge. The Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) and the UCAS form must reach the University of Cambridge by 20th September preceding the year of entry, for those wishing to be interviewed in Malaysia.
UCAS applications to Oxford need to be submitted by 15th October preceding year of entry-there is no additional application form for applications to the University of Oxford.
There are also various Admissions tests that applicants for various courses at the both Universities, need to sit for.
At undergraduate level, you can apply to Oxford OR Cambridge, NOT BOTH.
- Art & Design courses. There are two routes for applications to courses in Art & Design. Please contact MABECS for further information.
- Competitive and Popular Courses
If you are applying for a course that does not fall under the above headings but which is competitive and popular, we would strongly advise that you apply by the 15th of January of the year of entry, which is the deadline for receipt of UCAS applications, from home students (i.e. UK students).
Q: How many universities can I apply to?
A: Generally you are allowed up to five choices on your UCAS form.
However if you are applying for dentistry, medicine or veterinary science, a maximum of four choices in each of these areas is permitted
Q: Will MABECS help me if I need assistance when completing the UCAS Apply?
A: Absolutely! We will be happy to discuss your application with you and guide you through it. We will also be able to provide feedback on your personal statement.
Q: Is there a fee for applying through UCAS?
A: Yes, UCAS charges £23 for processing your application (2013 entry).
This can be paid by Credit Card (preferred method).
Postgraduate applications can be made directly to each university via MABECS. Most universities accept on-line applications and your MABECS consultant will be able to provide guidance with this. Please indicate MABECS as your representative in Malaysia, in your on-line application.
All documents are sent via a weekly DHL courier to our UK office and forwarded to the universities from there. These services are provided free of charge, to our applicants.
There is no limit to the number of applications you are allowed to make, if you can find suitable courses.
However it is common practice to submit 3 to 5 applications, having identified the most suitable universities/courses.
There are usually no ‘closing dates’ or deadlines for
applications to a postgraduate course of study although several
universities do suggest April or May in the year of entry as the
Some courses at Oxford and Cambridge require applications to be
submitted in December, preceding the year of entry.
Popular courses may become ‘full up’ quite early in
The earlier you apply the better your chances of being considered
by the university of your choice.
Your application, should usually be accompanied by the following documents:
- Certified copies of all diploma and degree certificates and
transcripts (preferably from SPM onwards)
- Research topic outline (in the case of research programmes)
- Financial guarantee or sponsorship letter (if available)
- Letters from 2 suitable referees, each on original letterhead
- Proof of English Language proficiency
- Biodata page of passport
- Other documents like CV, personal statement, etc
Many university on-line applications will allow you to upload these documents electronically. However if any documents need to be sent directly to the university in question, we will courier your application documents to the UK, free of charge.
Many university web sites now have a facility to make on-line applications.
If you decide to make an on-line application:
- Keep a copy of your application form or reference number
- Remember that an on-line application, must be followed up with
your supporting documents, as listed above
- In your on-line application, please indicate MABECS as your representative in Malaysia
- Your MABECS consultant will be able to guide you through the process and may also be able to make an on-line application, on your behalf
The university will not make a decision until these supporting
documents are received.
You can send your supporting documents to MABECS, to be forwarded
to the university.