How Malaysian and NZ qualifications compare

Find out how New Zealand qualifications compare to qualifications gained in Malaysia.

How the comparison works

NZQA and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) have completed a joint project as part of a Free Trade Agreement to compare New Zealand and Malaysia’s Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees.

New Zealand–Malaysia Free Trade Agreement

The project found that:

  • the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees on the NZQF and MQF are broadly comparable
  • the quality assurance systems that underpin the NZQF and MQF at the level of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees are compatible.

The comparison is intended to make it easier for education providers and employers to understand the qualification and how it compares to similar qualifications in their country. Our arrangement with Malaysia does not guarantee that a qualification completed in the other country will be automatically recognised as equivalent.

Degree New Zealand - NZQF level Malaysia - MQF level
Bachelor's 7 6
Master's 9 7
Doctoral 10 8

Read the full report

The Comparability of Qualifications in New Zealand and Malaysia: A Comparative Analysis of Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Degrees (PDF, 4.7MB)

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