The English for Postgraduates (EPG) program is an English course conducted by the Language Academy in UTM. This course is for students who wish to pursue a postgraduate program in UTM but have not fulfilled the expected level of the English language requirements set by the

School of Post-Graduate Studies UTM

Students who are required to attend EPG in the first semester of their studies in UTM are those who have got insufficient scores from any ONE of the tests below:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
  2. International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic),
  3. ELS Certified Intensive English Program (CIEP) Language Centres in Malaysia, OR
  4. Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR).

The scores to attend EPG are as follows:

TOEFL (PBT) score of 525 – 549

Students attend and pass English for Postgraduate Programme (EPG), and simultaneously enrol at their respective Faculty

TOEFL (IBT) score of 69 – 78

IELTS Band 5.5

ELS Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) Level 107

Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR)

PTE Academic Score of 42 – 49

For more information on the English language requirements for postgraduate students, please visit


English for Postgraduate is divided into three separate courses and each course focuses on specific academic skills. Students are required to take these three courses in the first semester of their studies:

  1. Reading Skills for Postgraduates – ULAB 6100

Reading Skills for Postgraduates emphasizes on various skills such as identifying main ideas, analysing texts, making generalizations and predictions, inferencing, synthesizing, paraphrasing and summarizing.  It is aimed to expose students to read critically a range of authentic texts drawn from various academic texts.  Students are expected to be able to extract important information needed in order to prepare an academic paper.

  1. Writing Skills for Postgraduates – ULAB 6110

Writing Skills for Postgraduates aims at exposing students to the mastery of academic writing conventions, reading and writing critical analysis of text, note making, paraphrasing and summarizing.   Students should also be able to research and apply knowledge across different scholarly text and use references and quotations in avoiding plagiarism, and to use various language feature for the accuracy of writing.

Students should be able to incorporate all these skills needed to produce effective academic writing in their field of study. 

  1. Listening and Speaking Skills for Postgraduates – ULAB 6120

Listening and Speaking Skills for Postgraduates focuses on the skills of listening to academic lectures and talks.  It also covers key oral communication strategies by providing practice in appropriate language use, style and structure. Students should be able to speak and present their ideas effectively in situations such as participating in seminars and panel discussion and giving oral presentations.


The fees is RM 2500 (for all three Courses – ULAB 6100, ULAB 6110 & ULAB 6120) to be paid at the UTM Bursary

(Kindly save receipt in PDF to be shown to the Coordinator on the first day of class).


Please register all THREE courses online at your student portal @

ULAB 6100, ULAB 6110 & ULAB 6120

Section 01 for UTMJB

Section 90 for UTMKL

(Kindly save registration slip in PDF to be shown to the Coordinator on the first day of class)


ULAB 6100





5 pm


8 pm


3 hours/week x 14 weeks

42 hours

ULAB 6110



3 hours/week x 14 weeks

42 hours

ULAB 6120

Listening & Speaking


3 hours/week x 14 weeks

42 hours

Total Hours

126 hours

For further enquiries, please contact the EPG coordinator:

Dr. Rohani Othman


English for Post-Graduates (EPG)

Language Academy

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

81310 UTM Johor Bahru

Office:+607 5531785 | Mobile: +60197525299

Room              : 316 D05

Email              :