Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours

Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours

R/720/6/0035 (3 years with 3rd year in UK)

Course Overview

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

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 MBBS and BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programmes are consistently two of the most highly regarded courses of their type in the UK.


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

  • top 10 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • top 150 – Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 100 – Medicine category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • 91% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
  • 9th in the UK – Research Excellence Framework 2014 (Clinical Medicine category)

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 12 universities in the world, and only four in the UK, to achieve five plus QS Stars from QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the first international assessment of its kind. More than 150 universities in over 35 countries have now signed up to the QS Stars rating system

Find out more about Newcastle University's quality.

Professional Accreditation

Professional Accreditation* 

This degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB)

Accreditation by the RSB recognises academic excellence in the biosciences that educates the research  and development leaders and innovators of the future.

*All professionals accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Course Details

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 programme is offered at NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle University UK.

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 one other subject at a level equivalent to A-Levels or STPM.

English Requirements

You must be proficient in both spoken and written English. You can demonstrate this through the IELTS test, or equivalent (e.g. MUET). An IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (or MUET 3), with no individual band less than 6.0 must be achieved.

TestExamination BoardMalaysian StudentsInternational Students
SPM1119 Cambridge International Examinations B N/A
IGCSE English - First Language Cambridge International Examinations C N/A
IGCSE English - Second Language Cambridge International Examinations B N/A
MUET Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia 3 3
IELTS Cambridge English Language Assessment / British Council 6.5 6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Educational Testing Service 90 90
Pearson Test of English Academic Pearson 62 62
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Cambridge English Language Assessment 176 176
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Cambridge English Language Assessment 176 176
Cambridge Linguaskill Cambridge English Language Assessment 176 176


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:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • chemical
  • 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.

Career paths

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 BMS Alumni 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.

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.