The NUMed Malaysia five-year MB BS programme is identical to that of Newcastle's UK provision. It will provide a general medical education, suitable for all types of doctor and serve as the foundation for later career specialisation. This page gives you an overview of the MB BS programme.
Our MB BS Honours programme is an integrated five-year undergraduate medical course.
The Newcastle UK MB BS programme is recognised by:
- General Medical Council, UK(GMC)
- Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
- Sri Lankan Medical Council (SMC)
Our programme is equivalent to the one delivered at our Medical School in the UK. Following successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the degrees Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) by Newcastle University, UK.
All five years of the MBBS programme are delivered in Malaysia. However, there are opportunities during the fourth year of the course for some study at our Medical School in the UK.
You may also have the opportunity of studying for an extra year in the UK for an intercalated research qualification at either the Bachelors or Masters level. See the intercalation section for more details.
Download a printable MB BS Programme Brochure (PDF: 1.8MB)
Our Malaysian campus is part of the EduCity international higher education hub in Iskandar Puteri, Johor.
Clinical studies are undertaken in the Hospital Sultan Ismail and other Government Hospitals and Community Clinics in and around Johor.
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We produce graduates who are fit to practice as doctors in line with the professional standards set by the General Medical Council, UK and Malaysian Medical Council.
During your studies you will gain all that is required to prepare you for clinical practice as a pre-registration house officer. What you learn with us will help you to develop your future career.
Newcastle University UK is a modern university with a rich heritage dating back to 1834. The reputation and popularity of the University is underpinned by the high-quality teaching and learning experience and the research opportunities available to students.
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 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
- The Guardian University Guide 2015
- The Complete University Guide 2015
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.
Medicine is concerned with the training of knowledgeable, caring, competent and skilful professionals, who understand health and disease. Our curriculum is designed to provide a general medical education and a foundation for your later career specialization.
A practical approach
The Newcastle MB BS course is a integrated programme which is hands-on. We develop your clinical skills from the outset, and you meet real patients early in the course.
The programme features supervised study projects. These introduce you to clinical research methods and allow you to study topics of your own choice in depth. You will also develop the key skills of:
- information handling
- reflective practice
- decision making
- attitudes required for professional practise as a doctor
Years 1 and 2
During Years 1 and 2 you learn about all aspects of medicine, with a particular focus on normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour.
You will cover:
- cardiovascular system
- cell and molecular biology
- clinical examination skills
- gastrointestinal System
- human anatomy
- human physiology
- infectious diseases
- renal system
- research principles
- respiratory system
- social medicine
Practical experiential learning
You will gain clinical experience through regular clinical skills teaching in the laboratory, and through hospital and community visits. Patients play an active role in Years 1 and 2, and you come into contact with them from the very beginning through links with community based medical practitioners.
In Year 1 you will oversee the development of a pregnant woman and her family for the Family Study project.
In Year 2 you undertake an in-depth study of a patient with a chronic illness.
Years 3, 4 and 5
Much of your learning will take place in the Government Hospitals and Community Clinics of the State of Johor. These include:
- Hospital Sultan Ismail
- Hospital Sultanah Aminah
- Hospital Permai
- Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail, Batu Pahat
- Hospital Enche' Besar Hajjah Kalsom, Kluang
- Klinik Kesihatan Gelang Patah
- Klinik Kesihatan Taman Universiti
- Klinik Kesihatan Sultan Ismail
- Klinik Kesihatan Mahmoodiah
In Semester 1 of Year 3 you will undertake a clinical rotation that focuses on an Introduction to Clinical Practice. This leads on to a four week period of assistantships in Medicine / Surgery and Primary care where you will be embedded as part of a clinical team.
In Semester 2 you will undertake three, six-week clinical placements in:
- Mental Health
- Child and Adolescent Health
- Women’s Health
Year 3 will conclude with a six-week Student Selected Component (SSC) where you will undertake a supervised clinical placement covering a topic of your choice.
In Semester 1 of Year 4 you will undertake a 14-week block of study on clinical decision making. This will run concurrently with the second SSC.
The subjects covered in Semester 1 cover all the clinical sciences with a particular focus on investigative medicine. In Semester 2 you will undertake some core clinical rotations. These will take place within a variety of clinical and community settings.
Year 4 finishes with the eight-week elective. This is an opportunity for you to experience medicine almost anywhere in the world. For many students this is the highlight of their medical studies.
The elective also provides an opportunity for you to undertake a period of study with our colleagues in the UK.
In Semester 1 of Year 5 you will revisit and enhance your skills and knowledge with clinical rotations in:
- Mental Health
- Child and Adolescent Health
- Women’s Health
- Primary care
You will also undertake a course that prepares you for practice as House Officer. This course focuses on regulatory issues, advanced communication, prescribing and working under pressure. The course concludes with ‘Finishing School’ rotations in Acute Care and further assistantships in Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care.
The student-selected choice (SSC) strand of the curriculum runs throughout the programme. You are provided with an induction to the programme, which develops your skills in information retrieval, analysis and critical appraisal. This gives you the opportunity to study topics of your own choosing. Some SSC topics can be undertaken in the UK.
Motivated medical students may step aside from their medical studies to undertake a period of additional study in the UK. This is known as intercalated study.
This opportunity may be particularly attractive if you wish to explore an area in greater depth and gain experience in research. The options include (but are not limited to):
- joining the third year of any of our BSc degrees in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences (after successful completion of Year 2 MB BS)
- undertaking a Master of Research or MPhil qualification (after the successful completion of either Year 3 or Year 4 MB BS)
Students who successfully finish an intercalated year of study will be awarded either a BSc Honours degree or a Masters degree from Newcastle University, UK. Intercalation students will return to the Malaysian campus to conclude the rest of their MBBS programme.
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching and assessment of the MB BS honours programme delivered at NUMed is equivalent to the UK programme.
Medicine is taught in different ways by different institutions. Understanding the ways in which you learn best will help you to decide which style of learning will suit your needs.
At Newcastle, we use an integrated approach. This means that you develop core knowledge, taught in systems, with early clinical exposure. You will start to gain clinical skills from the beginning of Year 1.
You receive case-led teaching in your first two years, which means using clinical cases to help you make the links between your new knowledge and clinical practice.
You will undertake early clinical experience through contact with patients and visits to general practice and hospitals. This gives you a clinical context in which to develop your core knowledge.
We assess your progress in a variety of ways. The learning outcomes for the programme are defined as:
- clinical and communication skills
- knowledge and critical thought
- professional behaviour
You need to demonstrate the appropriate level of attainment in each of these three domains before being allowed to progress to the next Stage.
The exams that you take in Malaysia are identical to those taken by Newcastle University Medical students in the UK. You will receive continuous feedback on your performance throughout the course.
Upon successful completion of the entire programme you will be awarded Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) Honours, which will be conferred by Newcastle University UK.
The Newcastle University medical degrees MB BS awarded to NUMed Malaysia graduates lead to professional recognition and are subject to the requirements of both the UK General Medical Council (GMC) and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).
After you graduate you will be eligible for provisional registration with both the GMC and MMC, and will have to complete a compulsory internship or housemanship. After successfully completing the compulsory period of housemanship training you will be eligible for full registration.
Housemanship and registration
To gain full registration with the GMC and/or the MMC, you must undertake an internship as a pre-registration house officer in an approved clinical setting.
Malaysian graduates will be able to undertake their pre-registration internship (two years) in a house officer post provided by the Malaysian Government in a Government Hospital. After completing the housemanship period, you will be eligible for full registration in Malaysia, but Malaysian citizens will be required by the Ministry of Health to undertake a further two years of compulsory service.
In addition, if you wish to apply for full registration with the GMC you would need to complete your pre-registration internship, as described above, at one of five approved hospitals for provisionally registered doctors and be awarded a Certificate of Experience by the University.
In the UK the recognised programme for provisionally registered doctors is the first year of the Foundation Programme (F1) provided by the NHS Post graduate Deaneries. However it is unlikely that you will be able to complete the first year of foundation training in the UK, as under existing UK immigration rules you may not be able to get a work permit.
International graduates are very unlikely to obtain a pre-registration internship in Malaysia and you should therefore make sure that your own country will offer you a house officer post after qualifying at NUMed.
Recognition of the MB BS degree outside Malaysia
Both Newcastle University UK, and Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia are listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. NUMed’s FAIMER School ID is: F0003188 and Newcastle University’s UK campus is: F000346.
NUMed is a constituent/ branch campus of the medical school (Faculty of Medical Sciences) of Newcastle University (University of Newcastle upon Tyne). Graduates receive the degrees, MB BS, from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
While the Newcastle MB BS is recognised by many different countries, applicants from outside Malaysia are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their own country.
Once you have successfully completed your pre-registration training, a period of supervised basic specialty training follows. Whichever career path you choose, all doctors must continue learning throughout their career, and our degree programme has been designed with this long-term aim in mind.
In Malaysia, once you have completed your housemanship and compulsory government service, you would be able to practise as a Medical Officer or progress to postgraduate study and qualification.
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.
Keeping you up to date
NUMed Malaysia will keep you updated throughout the course on:
how to plan for your future career in medicine
important deadlines in the house officer application process
any changes that may occur in the registration or immigration regulations that may affect you
Fees & Funding
The overall cost of obtaining Newcastle University medical degrees in Malaysia is around 40% less than the cost of obtaining the same degrees 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. There are no hidden extra costs.
Fees 2017 - 2018
RM95,000 per annum, for each of the five years of the programme.
RM105,000 per annum, for each of the five years of the programme.
You should note that the NUMed Malaysia fees do not include the cost of your living accommodation.
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.
View indicative secure accommodation costs.
Scholarships and financial assistance
Scholarships and loans are currently provided to Malaysian students only.
- Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) is available to Bumiputera students who wish to study for the MB BS at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia. The sponsorship is under MARA’s Open Application Scheme.
NUMed does not offer scholarships to local or international students.
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.