Since the 1996/1997 academic session, the University of Malaya (UM) has adopted a Semester System. In this system, each academic session is divided into two academic semesters, which consist of 14 teaching weeks in each semester. From the start of the 2000/2001 session, the Semester System was divided into the Three Year Study System (Sistem Pengajian Tiga Tahun) and the Four Year Study System (Sistem Pengajian Empat Tahun).
The University of Malaya is responsible to provide education and practice to all future graduates based on the integration of teaching, learning and research at a Bachelor and Masters level. Support from the efficient and competent quality management system of the University of Malaya has facilitated in the success of the university in running teaching and learning programs and research. The university's success in obtaining a MS ISO 9001:2008 Certificate in 2002 further substantiates the excellent quality of education management provided by the university. This made the University of Malaya the first public university to be awarded the MA ISO 9001:2008 Certificate.