The BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences 2+1 programme offered by NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle UK covers the diverse range of subjects relating to medicine. It includes the study of key areas such as biochemistry, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology.
The course you will study is equivalent to the one delivered at our Medical School in the UK, and following successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the degree BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences by Newcastle University, UK.
The BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences (BMS) degree programme offered at NUMed Malaysia is split into two parts:
- Part I – two academic years, which mirrors exactly the programme offered in the UK, delivered at the brand new custom built 13-acre NUMed Malaysia campus in Iskandar Puteri, Johor
- Part II – one academic year at the Newcastle UK campus with research led teaching and an intensive research project in one of the highly regarded research institutes in Newcastle University Medical School
New discoveries in the biomedical sciences provide us with the prospect of finding new ways to prevent and treat the wide range of diseases that affect humankind. This programme provides a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the functioning of the human body in health and disease.
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Reputation and ranking
Newcastle University Medical School is a world leading collaboration of research scientists, medical doctors and teaching professionals with a reputation for innovation and excellence for both research and teaching.
Our MB BS and BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programmes are consistently two of the most highly regarded courses of their type in the UK.
In 2015, Newcastle University was confirmed as one of the leading universities for medicine in the world by the Leiden Ranking. It places our Faculty of Medical Sciences in the Top 50 in the world for biomedical and health sciences.
We rank among the best British universities for medicine in:
- The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
- The Guardian University Guide 2018
- The Complete University Guide 2018
History and quality
While NUMed Malaysia was only established in 2009, the history and heritage of the University in the UK dates back to 1834, when a School of Medicine and Surgery was first established in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Find out more about Newcastle's history.
Newcastle has become one of only 14 universities in the world to achieve five plus QS Stars from QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the first international assessment of its kind.
Find out more about Newcastle University's quality.
The BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme echoes the research strengths of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. You will be exposed to the very latest ideas in medical research and you will learn how new scientific knowledge is formed and developed.
The study of Biomedical Sciences covers the diverse range of subjects relating to medicine and the understanding of life processes at all levels, from the molecular and cellular to the whole organism.
Biomedical Sciences considers the molecular and cellular processes that underlie the functioning of both the healthy human body and disease states arising from metabolic and genetic causes and infectious diseases. The molecular basis of cancer, its diagnosis and its therapy are also discussed along with issues such as stem cell therapy, animal cloning and gene therapy.
This progrmme is offered at NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle University UK.
Our Biomedical Sciences programme is divided into two phases:
- Phase 1 (Stage 1 and semester 1 of Stage 2)
- Phase 2 (semester 2 of Stage 2 and Stage 3)
The first the years of the programme (Stage 1 and Stage 2) will be taught at NUMed Malaysia and the third year (Stage 3) of the programme will only be taught at Newcastle UK.
In order for you to progress to the third year of the programme in the UK, you must have successfully completed the first two years of the programme in Malaysia and have obtained the relevant visa for you to enter the UK.
Although Newcastle University and NUMed will make every effort to assist you with your application to obtain a visa to enter the UK, this cannot be guaranteed. You are advised to read carefully the UK government guidance for obtaining a visa.
Phase 1 - NUMed Malaysia
Phase 1 extends over the first 1 ½ years of the programme and is divided into two Stages. Phase 1 provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences. This gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you study your specialist optional biomedical sciences modules in Phase 2. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage to progress to the next year.
Phase 1 consists of the study of the following modules.
- Biochemistry (15 credits) examines the structures of macromolecular components of the cell, including proteins and nucleic acids, with emphasis on the diseases arising from defects in these components
- Cell biology (15) covers the roles of membranes, cellular interactions, particularly in nerves and muscles, hormones and other forms of intercellular communication that integrate cellular function
- Genetics (15) explains the basis of heredity and shows how genetic analysis can be accomplished in a range of organisms but with emphasis on human genes
- Microbiology and immunology (15) emphasises the role played by microorganisms in disease and describes the range of recognition and effector systems employed to defend the body against infection
- Pharmacology (15) introduces the principles underlying the rational use of drugs in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions, explaining what drugs do to the body and what the body does to drugs
- Physiology (15) involves the study of body function with emphasis on how organs and tissues work, on control mechanisms, and on how the body responds to changes in the environment
- Practical skills in biomedical and biomolecular sciences 1 and 2 (15 credits each) introduces practical laboratory skills and generic skills including scientific writing, IT and presentation skills
Stage 2 Semester 1
- Molecular medicine (20) covers recombinant DNA technology and its application to medicine, and cell membrane transport processes in cell function and in relation to disease
- Cell and molecular biosciences (20) covers cell signalling and gene expression
- Cell and molecular biology of the immune system (10) covering cell and molecular biology
of the immune system and chemotherapy of infectious diseases
- Practical skills in biomedical and biomolecular sciences 3 (10) covers laboratory skills, bioinformatics and statistics
Phase 2 - NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle, UK
In Phase 2, you study a range of topics relating to health and disease.
You also undertake an individual research project in an area of biomedical sciences that particularly interests you. This may be a laboratory project in one of our internationally rated research institutes, a clinical study under the supervision of one of the medically qualified staff, a project working with a local school or college or an IT-based project.
Finally you may also choose a vocational module, such as research in biomedical sciences, business for the bioscientist or healthcare organisation and practice.
Phase 2 consists of the study of the following modules.
Stage 2 semester 2 - NUMed Malaysia
- The nervous system and respiratory diseases (20) covers two strands: the neuroscience strand builds an understanding from basic cellular neuroscience through to behaviorally relevant function of network activity in the central nervous system (CNS); the respiratory strand develops a students’ understanding of the physiology of the lung, the molecular pathology and pathogenesis of a range of lung diseases and the diagnostic tools and treatments available for these diseases
- Clinical immunology and viral pathogens (20) covers two strands: the clinical immunology strand considers the role of the immune system in human disease; the virology strand considers the ways in which viruses cause human disease
- Human anatomy (10) develops a core knowledge and understanding of human anatomy
- Practical and presentational skills in biomedical sciences (10) enhances a students’ practical skills in immunology and bacterial pathogenicity and develops a students’ written, oral and presentation skills
Stage 3 semester 1 - Newcastle UK
You will study three modules, one from each of the following lists:
- Clinical ageing and health (20) considers firstly how and why older people become ill and discusses the epidemiology and pathology of a range of chronic diseases of the elderly, as well as issues around the care of the elderly and the impact of an ageing population on the UK and developing countries
- Immunology of Health and Disease (20) examines human immunity in health and disease; Newcastle University has considerable research activity in these areas and this module will focus on examining recent findings and techniques, including those obtained from immuno-compromised patients
- Epidemiology (20) introduces the methodologies underpinning epidemiological studies with selected examples focused on disease and public health issues
- Chronic disease (20) considers a number of classes of disease and will highlight the underlyingmolecular physiology/biochemistry and/or behavioural factors that lead to thesediseases
- Cancer biology and therapy (20) provides a background to the molecular basis of cancer and its therapy; the various causes, cellular and genetic processes central to the development of cancer will be discussed, alongside how this understanding is being exploited for disease detection, diagnosis and therapy
- Disease of the Human Nervous System (20) provides firstly an overview of the cellular anatomy, biochemistry and function of the human CNS, providing a framework to help you understand the second part of the module where preclinical and clinical lectures, together with molecular pathology, will highlight the various diseases associated with the CNS
- Medical biotechnology (20) informs students of the range of therapeutic molecules and diagnostic tools developed by the biotechnology industry over the last few years and identifies and explores new areas of research in the biotechnology industry
- Microbiota and pathogens: Mucosal Microbiota, Protozoa and Fungi (20) builds upon the students’ knowledge of basic microbiology and will develop their understanding of the molecular cell biology and evolution of the human microbiota and its role in health and disease in relation to selected pathogenic viruses, bacteria, protozoa and fungi; the module will provide an up to date review of the molecular cell biology and evolution of the human microbiota and pathogens
- Genetics of Common Diseases (20) address one of the major areas of current medical research and provides students with an understanding of the strengths and weakness of both the current subject knowledge in this area and the practical approaches to it. Understanding the genetics of common (complex) diseases has been identified as a major post-genome challenge.
Stage 3 Semester 2 - Newcastle UK
- Research Project (40) provides an opportunity to undertake a piece of original research in a top-rated research laboratory in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, to write a dissertation based on the latest developments in a particular area of research or to undertake an education or business-related project
- Experimental design and the process of research (40) is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a laboratory-based career. At the core of the module is a hypothetical workplace scenario, which forms the basis of an extended practical project
- Integrated biomedical sciences (10) develops a students' ability to design experiments and interpret scientific data
- Vocational module (10) can be any one of the following modules - Research in Biomedical Sciences, Business for the Bioscientist Healthcare Organisation and Practice, Science Communication, or Bioethics
Teaching and Assessment
The teaching and assessment for the BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme delivered at NUMed Malaysia is equivalent to what students studying the same programme in the UK receive.
The programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, practicals and small-group seminars. In seminars you may discuss the ideas covered in the lectures and the practicals, work through case studies, or have detailed discussions of recent research papers.
Throughout the course we emphasise the development of key skills such as oral and written presentation, teamwork and problem solving. We also ensure that you become competent in the use of computers for word processing, statistics, graphic presentation, data handling and analysis and literature searches.
The final-year project is the highlight of the programme and allows you to spend a period of time working on an original piece of work. The majority of students choose to do their project work in one of our eight research institutes, supervised by and working alongside leading scientists in their field. Some students choose to do a project of a different sort tailored to their own vocational aspirations. For example, you may undertake a clinical project, an educational project or a business-related project. Projects undertaken by our students cover a diverse range of topics and may lead to scientific papers or patents.
Assessment is based upon various course assignments and end of semester and/or end-of-year examinations. A major component of the final year is your research project, which accounts for one third of the marks at Stage 3.
You are expected to demonstrate the appropriate level of attainment before being allowed to progress to the next Stage. The assessment process is designed to encourage and reward transfer of learning from one Stage to the next. You will receive continuous feedback on your performance throughout the course.
Candidates will be assessed for degree classification on the basis of all the modules taken at Stages 2 and 3 with the weighting of the stages being 1:2 for Stage 2 and Stage 3 respectively.
Year in UK
Your third year of Biomedical Sciences will be carried out at Newcastle University in the North East of the United Kingdom.
The University has a wide range of support services that can help you with your transition to study in the UK.
Getting you ready for study in the UK
Before you arrive in Newcastle we will give you supportive pre-arrival information. We’ll help you through your accommodation application, and introduce you to your academic tutor in the UK.
When you arrive
When you arrive we will collect you from the airport. You’ll have a fun orientation programme where you’ll meet lots of new friends and find out more about living and studying in Newcastle.
Living in the UK
You will stay in University accommodation and we’ll help you to organise this.
There are lots of sports, social and academic societies and activities to join at Newcastle University.
Living expenses depend on your financial resources, tastes and interests. As a guide, including your accommodation, we estimate that you should allow around RM4,700 per month to cover your living costs in Newcastle.
Information for parents
We’ll support your son or daughter through every step of their study abroad. If you have any questions about their year in Newcastle, UK, please contact us.
Upon successful completion of the entire programme you will be awarded BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences, which will be conferred by Newcastle University UK.
There is great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry, leading or working as part of research teams. Many of our students choose this career path.
Industries employing bioscientists for research and development include:
- cosmetics and toiletries
- and food and drink
With a biosciences-related degree you could undertake medical, veterinary and agricultural research in universities and research institutes. Hospital and public health laboratories also employ a large number of bioscientists.
A large number of our graduates choose to take a further degree (either an MSc or PhD) before embarking on permanent employment. This is a step in a career path that can lead to senior, decision-making roles. Each year a number of our students use our degrees as a route for graduate entry into medicine or dentistry.
Apart from laboratory work, there are many other ways to use your degree. Some of our graduates choose to enter the legal side of the subject, using their scientific knowledge to advise on patenting, whilst others opt for careers such as scientific journalism.
As an alumnus of NUMed Malaysia and a Newcastle graduate, you are entitled to become a member of our Graduate Society and Newcastle’s Alumni Association.
Our graduates also embark on careers unrelated to the biomedical sciences, in management, accountancy and IT, for example.
Whichever career you choose, you can be sure that you will receive our advice and wholehearted support.
See below for examples of some career paths, or read our alumni profiles to see other types of employment our graduates have entered into.
You can also download our 'My Brilliant Career' brochure (PDF: 1 MB) which features our Newcastle graduates.
Academic researchAcademic research
After your degree, a new world of masters and doctoral qualifications opens. Research in universities is conducted into all kinds of questions and you can expect to make a contribution to the generation of new knowledge at an early stage. With funding to pursue your own research interests you could build a team of research students and staff and work with companies, clinicians and other scientists around the world to advance the biosciences.
I love my career because…
"I believe there isn’t a more noble profession than to save or improve the quality of a person’s life. Research at Newcastle has enabled me to learn from specialists at top universities, to collaborate with pharmaceutical companies and travel internationally to countries such as America for conferences and workshops." Sarah - PhD student
Medicine and dentistryMedicine and dentistry
Many students go on to apply for graduate medicine and dentistry, either the full course or via accelerated programmes. Help with the application process is provided by the School via talks from alumni, support sessions and personal statement clinics.
I love my career because…
"My Biomedical Sciences degree has provided me with solid foundations for a career in Medicine, I felt inspired by my three years at Newcastle University and have been fortunate in being able to apply my skills to the clinical environment." Simon – 4th Year Medical Student
Financial sectorFinancial sector
Bioscience graduates are successful in the financial sector because of the intellectual discipline that scientific training will give you. Accountancy, investment banking, insurance, and management consultancy are some of the options in this diverse sector.
This will appeal to you if...
"you are interested in a commercial working environment and have good numeric skills. Most financial employers employ graduates in roles with a high degree of customer or client liaison, so your communication and interpersonal skills are also key." Duncan – Fund Manager
Healthcare scientistHealthcare scientist
Work with medical staff to help investigate, diagnose and treat diseases by analysing samples and developing new techniques to improve services to patients. An extensive training programme and great promotion prospects mean that top healthcare scientists are high-flying professionals within the healthcare communities, managing large labs and providing advice at health board and even governmental level.
I love my career because…
"I get to do science every day while aiding clinicians in the diagnosis of patients with rare genetic disorders. It’s great to know I’m helping the understanding and medical management of the patient’s condition." Laura - Trainee Clinical Scientist
Clinical research and trialsClinical research and trials
UK companies, universities and hospitals generate many of the new drugs and therapies emerging globally each year. Each potential new treatment must go through an extensive clinical trial before launch, managed in pharmaceutical companies, specialist contract research organizations (which offer entry level positions to new graduates), universities and hospitals. After training, clinical research associates (CRA) can also work as freelancers, giving extra career flexibility.
This will appeal to you if…
"you have good organisational and administrative skills and enjoy working with data and information. Attention to detail and good writing skills are critical, as are people skills to communicate with medical doctors, researchers, patients and companies. With the option to spend a year in industry, if you are interested in this area we will help you look for suitable placements." Kim - Clinical Data Team Leader
Industrial scienceIndustrial science
A wide range of careers are open to our graduates in scientific companies. Roles in research and product development will directly use scientific knowledge and skills and we talk to the key employers regularly to ensure our graduates are “fit for purpose”. The UK has a strong and fast-growing life sciences sector with particular strengths in research and development.
This will appeal to you if…
"you are keen to use your scientific skills in your career to develop products and therapies to improve quality of life and health care. Scientific teamwork skills are essential in these roles, so you ensure our degrees give you many opportunities to develop them. We can also help you to secure a year’s placement in industry giving you a huge advantage on graduation." Suzanne - Research Scientist
Commercial rolesCommercial roles
Businesses in all employment sectors and of all sizes are enthusiastic about employing graduates of all disciplines, as long as they have a sound degree and good transferable skills. Roles include sales, finance, marketing, human resources, IT, logistics, purchasing and general management.
This will appeal to you if…
"you enjoy organising things, managing others or any manner of tasks – these roles are very diverse, but the reputation of Newcastle University and the quality of our Careers Service means that you’ll have a chance to meet many of the employers who choose to visit us to meet our students and explain their opportunities in person." David – Account Executive
Probably the most familiar of all the careers we mention here, teaching is a great way to use your degree, stay in science and work in a rewarding career which is never the same from one day to the next.
I love my career because...
"I like seeing the pupils’ development, teaching feels like I am making a valid contribution to a young person’s life. Biology was a subject I loved at school and it is fulfilling to see my pupils engaging with the subject. I especially enjoy seeing the pupils leave with their desired results." Zoe – science teacher
Fees & Funding
The overall tuition costs of obtaining the Newcastle University BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences on the joint 2+1 programme with NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle UK is around 40% less than the cost of studying for the same degree for three years in the UK.
A single inclusive fee is charged to cover the costs of tuition, library, laboratory, placements, examination, administration fees, and all other academic-related charges for each of the three years of the programme.
Fees 2017 - 2018
RM40,240 per annum, for each of the three years of the programme (both NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle UK).
RM44,100 per annum, for each of the three years of the programme (both NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle UK).
You should note that the fees don't include the cost of your living accommodation in either Malaysia or the UK.
There is a range of accommodation at varying prices for you to choose from at NUMed's own managed apartments, the Student Village at EduCity, or local private accommodation.
Newcastle University, UK has a wide range of accommodation options to suit a range of budgets and a choice of locations with the majority of University accommodation being within 10 minutes’ walk from the campus and city centre. Visit the Student Support section of the website for further information.
The Vice Chancellor’s NUMed Merit Awards
Each year, progression awards are awarded to those of our students who have achieved academic distinction in their previous year of study. Each award is for one year and is equivalent in value to 10% of the annual fee.
Other scholarship and financial assistance information can also be found below:
Refund Fee Policy
Withdrawal from a programme of study
In accordance with Newcastle University's policy on tuition fees refunds, the amount of any tuition fees refunded is dependent on the date of withdrawal from the course of study.
If a student withdraws at any time within the first semester of the first year of a programme, no refund will be made for the first semester fees.
For withdrawal from semester two of the first year onwards, tuition fees are charged on a weekly basis up to the date of withdrawal from the programme. No refunds can be made before the student has:
- notified, in writing, the NUMed Malaysia Student Office of intended withdrawal
- the Student Office has been formally notified of your withdrawal by the Dean for Academic Affairs
- the last date of attendance is confirmed
It will also be necessary for the student to make a written request for a refund of Tuition Fees.
Expulsion or suspension
In line with the policy of Newcastle University, the parent institution, a student expelled or suspended as a result of disciplinary proceedings shall have no right to a refund of Tuition Fees.