Study Architecture in the UK: For Malaysian Students

City halls, churches and railway stations. Colonial buildings have always been a common sight to Malaysians. Built towards the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century, these colonial buildings play an important role in the part of Malaysia’s cities architectural landscape.

Whether you have seen it personally before or not, the splendour image of such building is still worth viewing. For Malaysians, these buildings tend to be their first exposure of the British culture and heritage and builds up their interest for British culture. Let us take a look at some of the colonial buildings found in Malaysia.


Kuala Lumpur railway station

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The railway station which was completed on 1910, was designed by British architect Arthur Benison Hubback, who was from Liverpool and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland. The University of Edinburgh helps architecture students gain excellent skills in design, spatial awareness, problem-solving and multitasking, which combine to form a strong and adaptable skill set.

Their BA and MA Architecture programmes offer routes into the architecture profession and graduates typically continue their studies to qualify as practising architects, in private practice, local and national government or large commercial organisations both in the UK and overseas.


The City Hall, Penang

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Constructed in 1903, and opened in 1906, it was originally called the Municipal Offices building. The building is found in George Town, adding to the elegant landscape of George Town, Penang. The town is officially declared a city by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1957. Being in the Commonwealth, Malaysian are always able to sign up for many available scholarships such as the Bournemouth University Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or the University of Hull Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.

For more information on scholarships, please visit:


Church of the Holy Rosary, Kuala Lumpur

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Built in 1904, the church was constructed by a missionary to be used as a place of worship and sanctuary. The church is built in a Romanesque architecture style of medieval Europe. In England, the Romanesque style is traditionally referred as Norman architecture. In the UK, it requires seven years of study to be an architect but students have the option of taking BA or BSc in architecture which requires three years. Building and planning degrees in UK are also usually three year programmes. However, some courses may require up to four years. Therefore, it is always earlier to start looking for your university and course as early as possible. A method to search for more than 100 universities across the UK without any unbiased opinion, while comparing admissions requirements, ranking, tuition fee, location, scholarship opportunities, would be to use the ApplicationUK platform at:


Ipoh Railway Station

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The Ipoh railway station was completed in 1917 which was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. Arthur Benison Hubback was the same person who designed the Kuala Lumpur railway station.

The presence of such colonial styled buildings will always remain as an architectural beauty to Malaysians and a constant reminder of the Commonwealth which has a vision for inculcating values of mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes equality, diversity and shared values. Designing such buildings generally requires many years of learning and practice. In addition, good mentorship and lecturers will play an important role in developing an architect’s skills and vision. If such architecture styles by Arthur Benson Hubback and Romanesque interest you, the UK will be the perfect place to kick-start your architectural dreams.




Students looking to take up architecture in the UK can browse through ApplicationUK to get an understanding of the universities that offer architecture at a postgraduate level or contact UKEC Malaysia to make an enquiry on undergraduate courses.

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