General Studies consist of units which are required to be undertaken for every student enrolled in an undergraduate degree either in a Malaysian public and private higher education institution effective October 2013 onwards, as prescribed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
All Malaysian and international students are compelled to enrol, undertake, complete and pass these units as a pre-requisite to the award of an undergraduate degree and / or honours degree.
Course / Categories
1-Year Honours Program
Bachelor Degree (ALL courses)
MPU3113 Ethnic Relations
MPU3123 Islamic and Asian Civilisations
*Malaysian students whom did not obtain a Credit or undertake Bahasa Melayu (BM) in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will be required to enroll, undertake, complete and pass MPU3212 National Language A.
The Malaysian government requires an international students to maintain a minimum of 80% attendance. The attendance is recorded on Monash attendance system (called aPlus+) and students will receive an email notification on a weekly basis for those absence 3 or more consecutive and monthly basis for attendance falls below 80%.
Non-compliance may result in:
Notification to the Police, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and Immigration Department of Malaysia; and
Cancellation / non-renewal of your student pass resulting in your course discontinuation
What do you need to do?
Attend ALL scheduled meetings and maintain regular contacts with your main supervisor;
Devote the required amount of time in research;
Inform your main supervisor at the earliest possible time, when you have difficulty attending any meetings and/or meeting deadlines; and
Submit the Honours/Postgraduate Diploma Student Progress Statement on a monthly basis.
Step-by-step instructions for the submission of Honours/Postgraduate Diploma Student Progress Statement:
Step 2: Complete the form with your student details and submit to your main supervisor. Ensure your main supervisor has completed and signed on the Honours/Postgraduate Diploma Student Progress Statement.
Step 3: Sign and acknowledge on the Honours/Postgraduate Diploma Student Progress Statement.
Step 4: Submit the completed Progress Statement for the month to the Course Management Office or School Research Office no later than the 2nd of the following month.
(Note: You should repeat the above steps on a monthly basis in order to complete your submission of the Honours/Postgraduate Diploma Student Progress Statement.)
“Can I take time off from my course once I have enrolled?”
– Students who are enrolled and subsequently wish to apply to take a period of leave from their studies may apply for an intermission of up to one calendar year (two consecutive semesters).
– The period of intermission taken by a candidate shall be counted towards the time limits for course completion.
– While on intermission, you are considered to be a student of the university for the period of the intermission. To maintain your place with the University, please note that students on intermission are still required to re-enroll during the scheduled re-enrolment period in October/November for the following year.
How to apply:
Applications are to be made using an 'Intermission Application form' available at the school’s Course Management Office.
Applications should be made prior to the census date in the current semester to limit the financial and/or academic penalties.
If you are an international student, you will also need to obtain approval for intermission from the ISP by submitting your form to ISP counter at Building 2, level 2.
As a Monash student, you’re required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes of the units. You normally have one chance to complete each assessment task or exam.
If you can’t complete an assessment task or exam due to exceptional circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for special consideration.
Exams are held from Monday to Friday over a three-week period at the end of semesters one and two. As your exams may be scheduled for any session within this period, you should ensure you are available for the entire three weeks.
Accessing your exam timetable
Six weeks before the start of the exam period, you can view your personal exam timetable:
In my.monash through the Exam timetable tile
Or in the Web Enrolment System (WES).
Bring your student card (M-Pass)
To confirm your identity, you need to bring your student ID card (M-Pass) to every exam. If you don't have one, bring your passport. If you don't bring an approved form of photo ID to your exams, you could be fined or reported to your faculty, so make sure you bring your ID with you.
Examinations conducted at Malaysia campus start times are:
If you are planning to discontinue your study, you may wish to discuss with staff of your school course management office or your lecturers. You may wish to consider applying for intermission as an alternative.
Should you decide to proceed with course discontinuation, you should be aware of the strict deadlines which apply with regards to discontinuing units and courses and the financial and academic penalties that will be applied.