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Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery


Course overview

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 specialisation. At the medical school in Malaysia, the course is five years, full time, and the next intake is September 2024.


A practical approach

The Newcastle MBBS course is an integrated programme that is hands-on. We develop your clinical skills from the outset, and you meet real patients early in the course.

We introduce you to clinical research methods and allow you to study topics of your own choice during the course. You will develop communication skills, information handling, reflective practice, decision-making and attitudes required for medical practice.

Programme structure

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment of the MBBS honours programme delivered at NUMed Malaysia is equivalent to the UK programme.

Teaching methods

A variety of methods are used to enhance your learning, including seminars, lectures, simulations and clinical skills, and you will also receive feedback throughout the course.


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 through clinical exams, written exams, a portfolio of competencies, written assignments and professional behaviour.

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.

Quality and ranking

Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of the most highly regarded medical degrees in the UK. The excellence of our programmes has been confirmed by the General Medical Council (GMC). We are ranked:

  • 17th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2023 (Medicine category)
  • Global Top 110 University - QS World University Rankings 2024
  • Top 100 for Medicine - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024
  • 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
  • 4th in the UK and joint 24th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023
  • Top 100 for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2024 (Published 2023)
  • Global Top 140 University - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

Professional Accreditation

The Newcastle UK MBBS programme is recognised by:

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Your future

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 MBBS medical degrees awarded to NUMed 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. You 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.

Find out more about provisional registration with the GMC.

Additional information

Medical Licensing Assessment

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA).

It is proposed that the MLA will set a common threshold for safe practice. Doctors who wish to work in the UK will need to show that they meet that threshold before the GMC grants a licence to practise. All students in UK medical schools will need to pass the MLA.

This will be a requirement for all those graduating in the academic year 2024- 2025 in the UK, and international medical graduates. Students will need to have passed a programme that includes the MLA.

The MLA will be a two-part assessment in the form of:

  • An Applied Knowledge Test (AKT). This test will be the same for all UK students and international medical graduates. A GMC-appointed exam board will set each paper and the pass standard. For UK medical students, schools will set test dates. We will provide the test paper, to be delivered at the school. We will also deliver the test for international medical graduates. We'll do this at a number of locations worldwide, possibly using delivery partners. The intention is that this will be a computer-based test.
  • A Clinical and Professional Skills Assessment (CPSA). For UK medical students, universities already run assessments of clinical and professional skills. We will set requirements that these assessments need to meet. If the medical school's clinical assessment meets those requirements, students who pass it will have passed the CPSA element of the MLA.

Find out more about the MLA.

Malaysian Medical Council Requirement

This requirement is applicable for both Malaysian and International applicants. 

All applicants entering the medical programme via matriculation, foundation or pre-medical programme, except those with a degree qualification, STPM or A-level shall have passed and attained a minimum of 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics/Additional Mathematics and one other subject at SPM/IGCSE level or equivalent. 

Entry requirements

Students who have completed the SPM, O-Level or equivalent programmes must first complete a recognised pre-university qualification as a basic requirement for entry to an undergraduate degree at NUMed Malaysia.

Whatever pre-university qualifications you offer, they should include the science subjects Biology, Chemistry, and Physics/Mathematics at a level equivalent to A-Level or STPM.

A UCAT result is currently not required for entry to NUMed Malaysia. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

English Requirements

Please refer to the table below on the English Requirements for MBBS programme:

TestExamination BoardMalaysian StudentsInternational Students

O-Level English 1119

Cambridge International Examinations




Cambridge International Examinations

C2, C1


IGCSE English - First Language

Cambridge International Examinations



IGCSE English - Second Language

Cambridge International Examinations




Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia




Cambridge English Language Assessment / British Council



Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Educational Testing Service



Pearson Test of English Academic




Certificate in Advanced English (CAE),

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE),

Cambridge Linguaskill

Cambridge English Language Assessment



*IELTS 6.5 in each of the four elements of the test is required.

Other Requirements

Fees and funding

The overall cost of obtaining Newcastle University medical degrees in Malaysia is lower 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.

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Malaysian students: RM 100,600 per annum, for each of the five years of the programme.

International students: RM 121,000 per annum, for each of the five years of the programme.

Get in touch

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Telephone (MY): +607 5553800
Telephone (WhatsApp): +6011 12315411; +6012 7849456

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