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Obtain a Strong Start to Your Healthcare Career at NUMed

The global healthcare industry is evolving rapidly every day. As recent events have revealed, things can change in the blink of an eye. New diseases are emerging; new breakthroughs are  being made. Those who aspire to become competent healthcare professionals in this challenging climate need to be equipped with a strong educational grounding.

With its distinct heritage that dates back to 1834, Newcastle University in the UK has gained a strong reputation for innovation and excellence, with its medical and biomedical sciences  programmes in particular being highly regarded the world over. The opening of its international campus, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), in Johor, Malaysia, in 2009 has made quality UK  education more accessible to Malaysians as well as those around the region.

Bringing the best of Newcastle University to Malaysian shores, NUMed offers a Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme alongside its acclaimed undergraduate degrees in medicine and biomedical sciences, as well as opportunities for postgraduate study.

The Foundation programme is a 12-month pre-undergraduate programme for Malaysian students intending to pursue medicine, biological or biomedical sciences, or science at undergraduate level. Subsequently, those who successfully complete this programme as required will be offered a place on either the university’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme (subject to interview) or 2+1 BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme.

Equivalent to its UK counterpart, NUMed’s MBBS programme is recognised by both the General Medical Council, UK, and Malaysian Medical Council. While all five years of the programme are delivered in Malaysia, students will have opportunities to study up to 8 weeks at Newcastle University in the UK during their fourth year, or opt for an extra year in the UK for an intercalated research qualification at either Bachelors or Masters level.

The 2+1 BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme, on the other hand, covers a diverse study of key areas such as biochemistry, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology. The first two years of the programme are conducted at the Malaysia campus and students will complete their third year at the UK campus, during which students will be placed at one of the highly regarded research institutes at Newcastle University for research-led teaching and an intensive research project.

All programmes offered at NUMed are identical to those offered at Newcastle University, UK, and lead to the award of the same qualifications, but at significantly reduced costs.

In obtaining a solid education, students will also benefit from the university’s vast resources and best practices, including a high-calibre faculty. As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, Newcastle University comprises a world-leading collaboration of research scientists, medical doctors and teaching professionals. As such, students are able to reap the advantages of being taught and guided by a highly accomplished and experienced international faculty. Furthermore, NUMed’s faculty members are all required to obtain a Diploma in Medical Education, thus ensuring that they are well-equipped to optimally prepare aspiring healthcare professionals for their future careers. 

The university also adopts innovative teaching methods, including student-centred learning and flip classroom approaches to facilitate the holistic development of its students while also presenting opportunities for them to hone their critical thinking, creativity and confidence in order for them to be well-rounded healthcare professionals upon graduation.

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published on: 20 April 2020