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Studying in the UK as part of your NUMed degree

Studying in the UK as part of your NUMed degree

Ever since the British university opened a branch-campus for medicine and biomedical sciences in Johor in 2009, Newcastle University Malaysia’s (NUMed) Biomedical Sciences (BSc) students have been offered the opportunity to study their final year in Newcastle UK, an opportunity the majority of students take.

Similarities from the design of the campus to the style of teaching help the students adapt quickly to life in the UK, which maximises the time they have to benefit from the experience.

Like so many of her classmates, Sophie Chin, a BSc student, took advantage of this opportunity and is currently doing her final year at Newcastle UK.

Why are you in the UK?

All Biomedical Sciences students are given the opportunity to spend a year in the UK. The course at NUMed is split between Malaysia and the UK. You have two academic years at the Malaysia campus and then spend a year conducting a research project at the UK campus. It is great because it’s a more financially viable way to get a high quality education and spend time overseas.

Was it difficult to settle in?

I always knew we shared the same syllabus and learning resources but it still surprised me just how many similarities there were between life at Newcastle’s UK and Malaysia campuses. It allowed me to settle in easier than I could have imagined. Academically, the Biomedical Sciences course structure in NUMed is designed to be parallel to that in the UK. Apart from learning the same course content, we are also assessed by the same examinations and assignments.

It has also be made easier as there are 12 students from my course at NUMed who came to Newcastle UK this year, so some familiar faces have helped me!

What are the other similarities?

At NUMed and Newcastle UK both campuses have the ReCap system which I was very pleased about. The system records each and every lecture on the campuses, even recording the lecturer’s voice alongside their lecture slides - so you can play any bits you’ve missed! This has been particularly useful when it comes to revision!

Part of life that I love at NUMed is the variety of student events that are organised. Throughout the year there are social occasions which are run by one of NUMed 20 student societies, clubs and organisations. So I was very happy that the same opportunities to get to know your fellow cohort were available at Newcastle UK - it was a great way to have fun and meet people!

What is the best thing about living in the UK?

Being a part of a culture that is so different from that at home is, paradoxically, both the best and most challenging part about living in the UK. It’s so interesting meeting and interacting with people from various backgrounds, cultures and academic interests. It is a two-way learning experience for everyone – we get to learn about different cultural practices from our peers, and we also get to share with them the highlights of Malaysia, especially the food! 

It has also been exciting exploring different parts of the UK. I have managed to visit a few cities so far, my favourite being Edinburgh and London.

What is the main difference of life in the UK?

The cold! We recently had winter and it was very chilly compared to home. I’m looking forward to the warmer months!

What have you learnt from your experience?

Living abroad has made me more independent. Over the past two months, I have been working on my final year research projects based in Newcastle’s research facilities across the city. This research opportunity has been the highlight of the degree as it requires me to think critically and work independently. I have gained a valuable life experience and am truly grateful for this opportunity.

This is the final year of your degree, what are you planning on doing?

The reason a Biomedical Science degree appealed was because the degree offers a wealth of opportunities. There are so many routes you can take after completing the degree. Many of my friends who graduated have started careers in a variety of industries; from Medicine, Dentistry and Clinical Research to Finance and Commercial roles. I am thoroughly enjoying my research project and am exploring the possibility of doing a PhD.

About NUMed

Newcastle University UK, has established an international branch campus in Johor, Malaysia to provide its undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MB BS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc).  Both programmes offer opportunities for periods of study in the UK.  The programmes of study are equivalent to those of Newcastle’s UK-based provision, and lead to the award of the same degrees. By choosing to study at NUMed Malaysia, students will obtain a reputable UK qualification, from an internationally recognized university, at a cost significantly less than that of studying in the UK. A Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences is also being launched in April 2015.  The successful completion of which will lead to progression to the MB BS or BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences programme.

published on: 13 April 2016