Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

MB BS Honours

MB BS Entry Requirements


These entry requirements are specific to the NUMed MB BS programme. They are in addition to the general entry requirements.

Examinations and grades

Students who have completed 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.

Applicants offering qualifications other than those listed below should email us to check if their qualifications are acceptable or not.

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

A UKCAT result is not currently required for entry to NUMed Malaysia.


Normally 15 points at A2 level (A=5; B=4; C=3; D=2; E=1). We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as A2 level entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Normally 37 points including the additional points available for the Theory of Knowledge / Extended Essay.


Normally 12 points, based upon the total of the best three SGP scores in the required science subjects.

United Examination Certificate (UEC)

Normally a score of 1, based upon the average of the best five subjects, including the required science subjects. Scores are calculated: A1=1; A2=2; B3-3; B4=4; B5=5; B6=6; C7=7; C8=8.

Ministry of Education Matriculation

CGPA of 4, including the required science subjects.

Australian Year 12 (ATAR)

Based on ATAR score of 90 as reflected on the transcript, including the required science subjects.

Ontario Grade 12

86%, based on the average of six best Grade 12 subjects, including the required science subjects.

Sri Lanka A-levels

Normally 15 points (A=5; B=4; C=3; D=2; E=1).

All India Senior School Certificate and Indian School Certificate

85%, based on the average of the best four academic subjects, including the required science subjects.


CGPA of 9 as shown on transcript, including the required science subjects.

Foundation programmes

NUMed Foundation Certification in Biological and Biomedical Sciences with a minimum CGPA of 3.50. (JPA scholars intending to further their studies in medicine at NUMed must achieve a minimum grade of 3.75 to continue to benefit from JPA funding).

Monash University Foundation Year score of 340 or above.

Additionally, foundation programmes in science of at least 12 months duration from other colleges and universities will be considered on a case by case basis, with a minimum CGPA of 3.75 or equivalent. (JPA scholars must achieve a minimum grade of 3.75 to continue to benefit from JPA funding).


Graduate applications from candidates with a scientific background will be considered. Applicants must have achieved, or expect to achieve, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

English requirements

An IELTS minimum overall score of 7 (or MUET 4), with no individual band less than 6.5 must be achieved.

Your proficiency in English will be judged further at the Medical Student Interview.

Health requirements

You are required to comply with both the minimum health requirements determined by the Malaysian Medical Council and those of the NUMed Malaysia Immunisation and Infection Risk Policy.

Immunity against the following is required: Tetanus; Varicella (Chicken Pox); Diphtheria; Measles; Mumps; Rubella; TB.


There is no opportunity to transfer your enrolment from the Newcastle MBBS programme delivered in Malaysia to the equivalent course delivered at our campus in the UK.

Except in very exceptional circumstances, NUMed Malaysia does not accept students applying for credit transfer from other medical schools or other degree programmes.

Medical Student Interview

Once we have considered your application and you are pre-selected, you will receive a letter of invitation to attend an interview.

Interviews will take place from January onwards each year for the following September entry.

Interviews will be held at the NUMed Malaysia campus in Johor, and in other centres within Malaysia.  This includes in Kuala Lumpur and in East Malaysia. In certain circumstances, we can arrange for the interview to take place elsewhere, including in the UK.

The interview, conducted by two trained selectors, will last approximately 30 minutes.

The interview format is designed to confirm whether you have the aptitude, motivation and personal qualities to succeed as a medical student in NUMed Malaysia, and as a potential doctor of the future.

At interview you will be assessed and graded under the following main categories:

  • motivation
  • reflection on care and role of the doctor
  • empathetic and ethical reasoning
  • critical thinking
  • communication skills

Selectors will expect you to show some insight into your personal attributes, the learning that has resulted from your previous experiences, and an understanding of the relevance of these factors to a career in medicine.

Within one week of your interview, you will receive a letter of outcome. This will inform you if you have been successful in obtaining a place to study medicine at NUMed Malaysia.