University Brunei Darussalam

Welcome To UBD

Universiti Brunei Darussalam is one of the fastest growing young universities in the world. Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, UBD is a comprehensive university with a vibrant multicultural campus, an accessible, welcoming environment, a diverse student body and an emphasis on lifelong learning.

At UBD, we believe that empowering students in their education is vital to preparing them for a constantly changing world. UBD’s innovative GenNEXT curriculum balances student-centric flexibility with academic rigour and real-world experience. All UBD students are required to leave the university during their third year ie. Discovery Year. This is a unique experiential component of our bold and innovative GenNEXT curriculum where students choose to undertake programmes such as (i) Study Abroad Programme, (ii) Incubation, (iii) Internship or (iv) Community Outreach Programme.

Leveraging on its niche position in Southeast Asia, UBD is a research-intensive university. Established peaks of research excellence include Biodiversity, Energy, Asian Studies, Catalysis, Islamic Studies and Governance, Data Analytics Precision Genomic Medicine and Herbal Research. UBD provides a conducive research environment for dynamic conversations for scholars who want to make real academic, social and economic impact.

Our focus on teaching and learning excellence and an innovative curriculum, our commitment to high impact academic and applied research, our emphasis on international partnerships, makes UBD an ideal base for researchers and students looking for a vibrant academic career.

Our Vision

People. Expertise. Aptitude. Relevance. Leadership

Our Mission

“To empower future-ready leaders through innovative education and enterprising research, driven by nation aspirations and guided by the values of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB)”


The undergraduate GenNEXT degree is a student-centric approach to education that lays a solid foundation for life-long learning.


State-of-the-art facilities as well as a diverse and thriving academic environment make UBD an exciting institution for research, earning partnership with internationally renowned universities worldwide.


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International Exchange

UBD welcomes students from all over the globe to study, offering ample opportunities to learn more about Brunei Darussalam and interact with locals on and off campus.

Significant Achievements

In keeping up with the demands of the nation and the world, UBD has expanded its research thrusts to include even more research groups and studies which are impactful and relevant. These include:


Data Analytics

An emerging area with widespread applications in different sectors such as health care, education, finance, communication and the oil and gas sector, UBD’s Institute of Applied data Analytics (IADA) has gathered a core team of experts in optimisation and predictive analytics. UBD faculties and other research institutes within and beyond UBD can collaborate with this team to undertake quality research in their respective fields. The focus of the Institute is to enable multidisciplinary collaboration among experts within UBD whilst strengthening the Data Analytics expertise of the Institute.


Sensor Technology Research

Covering a wide spectrum of research topics in almost all areas of science, technology and many other disciplines, this group focuses on developing sensors for use in the key areas of Food Security & Smart Farming, Environment and Weather Monitoring using IoT (Internet of Things) and Health Monitoring. The pool of research capabilities that can be developed in this group will provide a competitive edge in training and educating students, staff and technical personnel that can support the development of a knowledge-based economy for Brunei Darussalam.


Catalysis Research

Catalysis is the speeding up of a reaction by a catalyst material. Many major industries around the world utilise catalysis technology; from petrochemical refinery, photovoltaic systems for solar energy, biofuel and hydrogen fuel production, to food and pharmaceutical manufacturing. These industries are identified for Brunei’s economic diversification and most of them involve catalysis as their core technology. Hence, catalysis research and capacity building is pivotal for Brunei’s future economic diversification.


Herbal Research

Brunei Darussalam is home to a wealth of unique flora and fauna, which may hold the potential to supply bioactive natural products of high commercial value. Based on traditional folklore, a number of local plants have been used to relieve common ailments such as fatigue, diarrhea, high cholesterol and sugar levels, minor cuts and bruises, either by consuming the plants or using them as ointments and creams. However, there is little scientific evidence to support these claims. This research area focuses on investigating the biological, chemical and pharmacological properties of these local medicinal plants.


Other research thrusts in UBD which has already gained innovative partnerships with leading international universities and enterprises include:


Biodiversity Research

Brunei Darussalam is abundant in natural wealth, both in the pristine tropical forests and the rich, unexplored marine landscapes. As one of the top forested nations in the world, Brunei’s forests are among the most diverse on Earth. Recent studies revealed over 160,000 trees from more than 1,000 different species exist within a 25-hectare forest dynamics plot at UBD’s premier international field research facility, the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC). Records of new plant, animal, and microbial species discovered from the Sultanate continue to expand significantly. Bioprospecting of novel chemicals and therapeutic agents, environmental studies and research on marine biodiversity are also key strengths of biodiversity research at UBD.


Energy Research

Brunei Darussalam’s oil and gas industry continues to be the heart of the country’s economy but it aims to lower carbon emission through the use of technology. UBD has energy research as one of its priority areas, which contributes to the economic diversification of Brunei Darussalam and innovates ways for the reduction of carbon emission. These objectives are achieved through the development and deployment of advanced materials. The energy and material science research initiative encourages collaborations with regional universities to facilitate multidisciplinary energy research.


Asian Studies

Strategically located in Asia, Brunei Darussalam has access to a wealth of resources and knowledge that enables UBD to establish research initiatives focused on historical, economic, cultural and social issues in the region. Through its collaborations with other major centres of Asian Studies, UBD provides a vibrant and dynamic research environment for international scholars and Bruneian academics to engage in joint research projects, generating world-class research on those issues.


Islamic Studies

With special focus on Islamic Governance, Islamic Civilization, Islamic Finance, Management, and Science, Technology and Education (including Halal Industries), Islamic Studies aims to serve as a key hub for community empowerment through education, research, and engagement. It brings local, regional and international expertise together to address perennial issues relevant to contemporary Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Islamic Studies offers ways in which Muslim states and communities can be defined in terms of their place and role in the global context, and for non-Muslim communities to better understand the Islamic worldview.




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I have just received my GCE A-Level results. How do I calculate my total A-Level points?

Total GCE A-Level points are calculated based on the tariff points assigned to each grade, as follows:


Grade A* = 140

Grade A = 120

Grade B = 100

Grade C = 80

Grade D = 60

Grade E = 40


So, for example, if you obtained 3 A-Levels with grades BBC, that equates to 100 + 100 +80 for a total of 280 points.

I am interested in applying to UBD. How do I do so?

Applications to UBD are done online, via the UBD Admissions System (OASys) found on the UBD website. Alternatively, you can use the link given, which will take you to the OASys page.


When can I start applying and when is the closing date for applications?

Applications for August 2023 are now open. The closing date is Thursday, 2nd March 2023.

What documents do I need to upload onto the application form?

You are required to upload the following documents: 

  1. Copy of your IC; 
  2. Copies of your academic certificates / results (O-Levels, A-Levels, Advanced Diploma, HND, Bachelor degree, etc), including transcripts (where applicable); 
  3. Copy of your English proficiency qualification (IELTS, TOEFL, UBD-EPT), where applicable; 
  4. Scanned copy of Borang B (obtainable from HECAS website). 


There is no need to submit hard copies of application forms.

Do I need to apply on HECAS?

Yes, all applicants will be required to apply and submit an application on HECAS.

What programmes does UBD offer?

UBD offers 7 undergraduate programmes, which are:


Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (major in Brunei Studies)

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Health Science

Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of Digital Science

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements for individual programmes can be found at the following link:

I have not met the entry requirements for admission to undergraduate programmes. What are my options then?

If you have not met the minimum entry requirements, you may be eligible for our University Bridging (UniBridge) programme instead, whereby upon successful completion of the programme you may proceed to selected undergraduate programme the following semester. 

The entry requirements for the UniBridge programme can be found at the following link: 

Only the programmes listed below are available upon completion of UniBridge: 

  1. Bachelor of Arts 
  2. Bachelor of Arts (major in Brunei Studies) 
  3. Bachelor of Science 
  4. Bachelor of Business 

My O-Level / A-level / Advanced Diploma / HND results will only be released in July / August. Can I still apply?

You may still do so, using your predicted grades. Should your predicted grades meet the minimum entry requirements, you will be given a CONDITIONAL OFFER for admission. You will be required to submit your confirmed results as soon as you have received them, before you will be issued your full offer letter.


For those doing Advanced Diploma / HND, you may apply using your latest transcripts first. Should your results meet the minimum entry requirements, you will be given a CONDITIONAL OFFER for admission. You will be required to submit your final results as soon as you have received them, before you will be issued your full offer letter.

I have satisfied all the entry requirements, apart from the English requirement. What are my options then?

You will be given a CONDITIONAL OFFER, subject to you meeting the English requirement for admission. You may choose to sit for alternative external English tests (e.g IELTS or TOEFL), or you may sit for UBD’s English Proficiency Test (UBD-EPT). Your full offer letter will only be issued upon submission of your final English results.

I am a Brunei citizen (Yellow IC). Will I get a government scholarship during my study in UBD?

Eligible students will have their government scholarship applied for them by UBD. The award of the government scholarship is based on several eligibility requirements, which are:

-At least Grade C6 in Bahasa Melayu O-Levels;

-At least Grade C6 in English O-Levels, or its equivalent;

-Less than 26 years of age on 1st September 2021;

-Full-time study;

-Not employed.

Where can I get more information on the programmes?

You can visit the following websites for more information: 


Offering Faculty 


Bachelor of Arts 

Faculty of Arts and Social Science 

Bachelor of Arts 

(major in Brunei Studies) 

Akademi Pengajian Brunei (Academy of Brunei Studies) 

Bachelor of Business 

UBD School of Business and Economics 

Bachelor of Science 

Faculty of Science 

Bachelor of Digital Science 

UBD School of Digital Science 

Bachelor of Engineering 

Faculty of Integrated Technologies 

Bachelor of Health Science 

PAPRSB Institute of Health Science 

Who can I contact with regards to admission matters?

You may contact the UBD Admissions Office via email at



Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Jalan Tungku Link,

BE 1410

Brunei Darussalam


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