Diploma in Culinary Arts

JPT/BPP(R2/811/4/0271)07/25, (MQA/A5864)
Duration of Study
2.5 Years
7 Semesters
Intake Period

This programme offers you the opportunity to transform your passion for cooking into a professional skill that will launch you into the lucrative world of food preparation. This internationally recognised diploma equips you with the theory and practice of food preparation, presentation and serving styles. You will be trained in the areas of inventory control, personnel management, basic accounting and menu planning. Our affiliation with world-renowned hotels will provide you with ample industrial attachment opportunities over the 420+ practical hours at the university.

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Entry Requirements

SPM/O-Level or equivalent A pass with a minimum of three (3) credits in any subject; or
UEC A pass with at least Grade B in any three (3) subjects; or
STPM A pass with a minimum of Grade C (GP2.00) in any subject; or
STAM A pass with a minimum grade of Maqbul (Pass) in any subject; or
SKM/SKK (Level 3) in related field  A pass with a minimum CGPA of 2.00; or
Certificate (Level 3, MQF) in related field A pass with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 in a related field or its equivalent


English Language Requirements* (for international students)

MUET 3.0
TOEFL 5 (Ess OL) / 30-31 (iBT)
Pearson 36
Linguaskill 140
ELS 106


*International students with qualifications from educational systems where English language is the main medium of instruction are exempted from this requirement.

International students who do not fulfil the English Language Requirements may join the Intensive English Programme at Nilai University which builds their skills in the language and prepares them for the Linguaskill examination.

Programme Module


  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism


  • Advanced Food Preparation – Practicum
  • Basic Business Administration
  • Basic Food Preparation - Theory
  • Basic Food Preparation – Practicum
  • Basic Hospitality Accounting
  • Basic Restaurant Service - Theory
  • Basic Restaurant Service – Practicum
  • Design and Layout of a Food Service Facility
  • Food and Beverage Cost Control
  • Food and Culture
  • Food Safety and Sanitation
  • Hospitality Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Intermediate Food Preparation – Practicum
  • Intermediate Restaurant Service – Practicum
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Menu Design and Planning
  • Nutrition for the Food Service Industry
  • Purchasing
  • Supervision in the Hospitality Industry


  • Summative (Culinary Arts)

Industrial Training

  • Internship

Mata Pelajaran Umum

  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi
  • Co-Curriculum
  • Environment and Development
  • Graduate Preparatory Course
  • Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban

Malay Language (Only for Malaysian students without a credit in SPM BM)

Programme Pathway

hotel management programme pathway

Career Prospects

Here are some career options after you’ve graduated with a diploma or degree in Hospitality & Tourism:

  • Chef
  • Commis/Cook
  • Cruise Ship Host
  • Hotel Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Restaurant Manager


Nilai University offers scholarships for students from various backgrounds, with the goal of helping students grow to be well-rounded and ambitious individuals and allowing them to reach their goals through quality education. We achieve this by combining academic excellence with a growth mindset for life-long learning.