Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Foundation in Biological & Biomedical

Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Course code: N/010/3/0361 (12 months)

Course Overview

The course you will study is equivalent to the one delivered at our University in the UK. Following successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences by Newcastle University, UK.

This programme is intended to serve as a pre-undergraduate Foundation programme for Malaysian students intending to study medicine, biological or biomedical sciences or science at undergraduate level in Malaysia at NUMed, or another Malaysian HE institution, depending on the final grades achieved.

The Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme offered at NUMed Malaysia is approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA/FA 4131) and registered with the Ministry of Higher Education (N/010/3/0361).

The length of the programme is 12 months.

Programme aims

We aim to provide a programme which:

  • equips students with the English language competence they need to study at degree level at NUMed Malaysia or in another Higher Education Provider
  • provides students with the intellectual development and subject knowledge they need to be academically capable of studying medicine and/or biomedical science subjects at degree level at NUMed Malaysia, Newcastle University or in another Higher Education Provider
  • builds a students’ study skills so that they are capable of entering an Higher Education institution offering a degree level education
  • provides practical experience of British University teaching methods
  • enables students to develop confidence in communicating and learning in English
  • encourages students to undertake self-evaluation to help them identify additional needs
  • complies with University, MQA and QAA codes of practice
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Progression onto Programmes at NUMed

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences to the required level, will be automatically offered a place on either our MB BS programme (subject to interview) or our 2 + 1 BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme.

To qualify for admission to the MBBS programme at NUMed you must achieve an overall average grade of 75% with 70% in English for Academic Purposes, 75% in Biology 1, Biology 2 and Chemistry and 70% in Foundation Medical Studies.

To qualify for admission to the 2+1 BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences programme offered at NUMed and Newcastle UK you must achieve an overall average grade of 65% with 65% in English for Academic Purposes and 70% in Biology 1 and 2 and 55% in Chemistry.

JPA scholars intending to further their studies in Medicine or Biomedicine at NUMed must achieve a minimum grade of 3.75 to continue to benefit from JPA funding.

Progression onto Programmes at Newcastle University, UK

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences to the required level, will be automatically offered a place on a wide variety of programmes at Newcastle UK in both the Faculty of Medical Sciences  including: Pharmacy (MPharm), Biomedical Sciences (BSc or MSci), Biochemistry (BSc or MSci), Biomedical Genetics (BSc or MSci), Physiological Sciences (BSc), Pharmacology (BSc), Sports and Exercise (BSc), Food and Human Nutrition (BSc), Psychology (BSc) and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering including: Biology (BSc) Animal Science (BSc), Environmental Science (BSc) Agriculture (BSc), Agri-Business Management (BSc), Marine Biology (BSc), Chemistry (BSc and MChem) and Speech and Language Science (BSc).

Reputation and ranking

Reputation

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.

Ranking

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 are among the best British universities for medicine in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2018.

We ranked 7th in the UK for overall student satisfaction, with a score of 95% in the National Student Survey 2016.

Our research ranked 9th overall in the UK in the ‘Clinical Medicine’ category (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

We're also in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

History and quality

History

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.

Quality

Newcastle has become one of 18 universities in the world, and only two 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.

Course Details

This programme is intended to serve as a pre-undergraduate course for students intending to study medicine, biomedical or biological sciences or pharmacy at undergraduate level at NUMed, in Newcastle UK or in another Malaysian or UK higher education institution depending on the final grades achieved.

Entry Requirements

These entry requirements are specific to the NUMed Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. They are in addition to the general entry requirements.

Examinations and grades

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

SPM/IGCSE/O-Level

Normally 4As 1B each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and another subject.

English requirements

You must be proficient in both spoken and written English. You can demonstrate this through the IELTS test, or equivalent (eg TOEFL, MUET, O level or 1119).

An IELTS minimum overall score of 5.5 with no individual band less than 5 must be achieved.

Careers

Upon successful completion of the entire programme you will be awarded the Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, which will be conferred by Newcastle University UK.

Progression onto Programmes at NUMed

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences to the required level, will be automatically offered a place on either our MB BS programme (subject to interview) or our 2 + 1 BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences programme.

To qualify for admission to the MBBS programme at NUMed you must achieve an overall average grade of 75% with 70% in English for Academic Purposes, 75% in Biology 1, Biology 2 and Chemistry and 70% in Foundation Medical Studies.

To qualify for admission to the 2+1 BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences programme offered at NUMed and Newcastle UK you must achieve an overall average grade of 65% with 65% in English for Academic Purposes and 70% in Biology 1 and 2 and 55% in Chemistry.

JPA scholars intending to further their studies in Medicine or Biomedicine at NUMed must achieve a minimum grade of 3.75 to continue to benefit from JPA funding.

Progression onto Programmes at Newcastle University, UK

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences to the required level, will be automatically offered a place on a wide variety of programmes at Newcastle UK in both the Faculty of Medical Sciences  including: Pharmacy (MPharm), Biomedical Sciences (BSc or MSci), Biochemistry (BSc or MSci), Biomedical Genetics (BSc or MSci), Physiological Sciences (BSc), Pharmacology (BSc), Sports and Exercise (BSc), Food and Human Nutrition (BSc), Psychology (BSc) and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering including: Biology (BSc) Animal Science (BSc), Environmental Science (BSc) Agriculture (BSc), Agri-Business Management (BSc), Marine Biology (BSc), Chemistry (BSc and MChem) and Speech and Language Science (BSc).

Fees & Funding

The overall tuition costs of obtaining the Newcastle University Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme with NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle UK is significantly less than the cost of studying for the same programme in the UK.