Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

MB BS Honours

MB BS Honours

R/721/6/0046 (5 Years with study opportunity in the UK in 4th year)

Course Overview

The NUMed Malaysia five-year MB BS programme is identical to that of Newcastle's UK provision. It will provide a general medical education, suitable for all types of doctor and serve as the foundation for later career specialisation. This page gives you an overview of the MB BS programme.

Our MB BS Honours programme is an integrated five-year undergraduate medical course.

The Newcastle UK MB BS programme is recognised by:

Our programme is equivalent to the one delivered at our Medical School in the UK. Following successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the degrees Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) by Newcastle University, UK.

All five years of the MBBS programme are delivered in Malaysia. However, there are opportunities during the fourth year of the course for some study at our Medical School in the UK.

You may also have the opportunity of studying for an extra year in the UK for an intercalated research qualification at either the Bachelors or Masters level. See the intercalation section for more details.


Programme brochure

Download a printable ‌MBBS Brochure 2018 (PDF: 1.271MB) 


Programme aims

We produce graduates who are fit to practice as doctors in line with the professional standards set by the General Medical Council, UK and Malaysian Medical Council.

During your studies you will gain all that is required to prepare you for clinical practice as a pre-registration house officer. What you learn with us will help you to develop your future career.

Newcastle University UK is a modern university with a rich heritage dating back to 1834. The reputation and popularity of the University is underpinned by the high-quality teaching and learning experience and the research opportunities available to students.

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


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


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 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

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 specialization.

A practical approach

The Newcastle MB BS course is a integrated programme which is hands-on. We develop your clinical skills from the outset, and you meet real patients early in the course.

The programme features supervised study projects. These introduce you to clinical research methods and allow you to study topics of your own choice in depth. You will also develop the key skills of:

  • communication
  • information handling
  • reflective practice 
  • decision making
  • attitudes required for professional practise as a doctor

Structure Outline

Years 1 and 2

During Years 1 and 2 you learn about all aspects of medicine, with a particular focus on normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour.

You will cover:

  • ageing
  • cardiovascular system
  • cell and molecular biology
  • clinical examination skills
  • communication
  • endocrinology
  • ethics
  • gastrointestinal System
  • haematology
  • human anatomy
  • human physiology
  • infectious diseases
  • metabolism
  • neuroscience
  • nutrition
  • pathology
  • professionalism
  • renal system
  • research principles
  • respiratory system
  • social medicine

Practical experiential learning

You will gain clinical experience through regular clinical skills teaching in the laboratory, and through hospital and community visits. Patients play an active role in Years 1 and 2, and you come into contact with them from the very beginning through links with community based medical practitioners.

In Year 1 you will oversee the development of a pregnant woman and her family for the Family Study project.

In Year 2 you undertake an in-depth study of a patient with a chronic illness.

Years 3, 4 and 5

Much of your learning will take place in the Government Hospitals and Community Clinics of the State of Johor. These include: 

  • Hospital Sultan Ismail 
  • Hospital Sultanah Aminah 
  • Hospital Permai 
  • Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail, Batu Pahat
  • Hospital Enche' Besar Hajjah Kalsom, Kluang
  • Klinik Kesihatan Gelang Patah
  • Klinik Kesihatan Taman Universiti
  • Klinik Kesihatan Sultan Ismail
  • Klinik Kesihatan Mahmoodiah 
Year 3

In Semester 1 of Year 3 you will undertake a clinical rotation that focuses on an Introduction to Clinical Practice. This leads on to a four week period of assistantships in Medicine / Surgery and Primary care where you will be embedded as part of a clinical team.

In Semester 2 you will undertake three, six-week clinical placements in:

  • Mental Health
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Women’s Health

Year 3 will conclude with a six-week Student Selected Component (SSC) where you will undertake a supervised clinical placement covering a topic of your choice.

Year 4

In Semester 1 of Year 4 you will undertake a 14-week block of study on clinical decision making. This will run concurrently with the second SSC. 

The subjects covered in Semester 1 cover all the clinical sciences with a particular focus on investigative medicine. In Semester 2 you will undertake some core clinical rotations. These will take place within a variety of clinical and community settings.

Year 4 finishes with the eight-week elective. This is an opportunity for you to experience medicine almost anywhere in the world. For many students this is the highlight of their medical studies. 

The elective also provides an opportunity for you to undertake a period of study with our colleagues in the UK.

Year 5

In Semester 1 of Year 5 you will revisit and enhance your skills and knowledge with clinical rotations in:

  • Mental Health
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Primary care

You will also undertake a course that prepares you for practice as House Officer. This course focuses on regulatory issues, advanced communication, prescribing and working under pressure. The course concludes with ‘Finishing School’ rotations in Acute Care and further assistantships in Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care.

Student-Selected Choice

The student-selected choice (SSC) strand of the curriculum runs throughout the programme. You are provided with an induction to the programme, which develops your skills in information retrieval, analysis and critical appraisal. This gives you the opportunity to study topics of your own choosing. Some SSC topics can be undertaken in the UK.

Intercalated Study

Motivated medical students may step aside from their medical studies to undertake a period of additional study in the UK. This is known as intercalated study.

This opportunity may be particularly attractive if you wish to explore an area in greater depth and gain experience in research. The options include (but are not limited to):

  • joining the third year of any of our BSc degrees in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences (after successful completion of Year 2 MB BS)
  • undertaking a Master of Research or MPhil qualification (after the successful completion of either Year 3 or Year 4 MB BS)

Students who successfully finish an intercalated year of study will be awarded either a BSc Honours degree or a Masters degree from Newcastle University, UK. Intercalation students will return to the Malaysian campus to conclude the rest of their MBBS programme.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and assessment of the MB BS honours programme delivered at NUMed is equivalent to the UK programme.

Teaching methods

Medicine is taught in different ways by different institutions. Understanding the ways in which you learn best will help you to decide which style of learning will suit your needs.


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. The learning outcomes for the programme are defined as:

  • clinical and communication skills
  • knowledge and critical thought
  • professional behaviour

You need to demonstrate the appropriate level of attainment in each of these three domains before being allowed to progress to the next Stage.

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.


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.

Medical degrees

The Newcastle University medical degrees MB BS awarded to NUMed Malaysia 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, and 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.

Housemanship and registration

Malaysian graduates

In order to gain full registration with the GMC and/or the MMC, you must undertake an internship as a preregistration house officer in an approved clinical setting. Malaysian students will be able to take their pre-registration internship (2 years) in a house officer post provided by the Malaysian Government in a Government Hospital. After completing the housemanship period, you will be eligible for full registration in Malaysia, but Malaysian citizens will be required by the Ministry of Health to undertake a further 2 years of compulsory service.

In addition, if you wish to apply for full registration with the GMC you would need to complete your pre-registration internship as described above at one of our approved hospitals for provisionally registered doctors and be awarded a Certificate of Experience by the University.

In the UK the recognised programme for provisionally registered doctors is the first year of the Foundation Programme (F1) provided by the NHS Postgraduate Deaneries. However it is uncertain that you will be able to complete the first year of foundation training in the UK, unless you can get a work permit under UK immigration rules, which constantly change. Currently, applicants can apply to the UK under a Tier 2 visa, or a Tier 5 visa for a limited list of countries.

International graduates

International Graduates are very unlikely to obtain a pre-registration internship in Malaysia in a Government hospital, and you should therefore ensure that your own country will offer you a house officer post after qualifying at NUMed. However, discussions are progressing with the University of Malaya Medical Centre, a university hospital, and an option to undertake the House Officer programme should become available there.

Recognition of the MB BS degree outside Malaysia

Both Newcastle University UK, and Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia are listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. NUMed’s FAIMER School ID is: F0003188 and Newcastle University’s UK campus is: F000346.

NUMed is a constituent/branch campus of the medical school (Faculty of Medical Sciences) of Newcastle University (University of Newcastle upon Tyne). Graduates receive the degrees, MB BS, from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

There is currently specific recognition of Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia by the Medical Councils of India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Applicants from those countries are advised to register with the appropriate medical council before entering medical school.

While the Newcastle MB BS is recognised by most other countries, applicants from outside Malaysia are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their own country.

Career paths

Once you have successfully completed your pre-registration training, a period of supervised basic specialty training follows. Whichever career path you choose, all doctors must continue learning throughout their career, and our degree programme has been designed with this long-term aim in mind.

In Malaysia, once you have completed your housemanship and compulsory government service, you would be able to practise as a Medical Officer or progress to postgraduate study and qualification.

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.

Keeping you up to date

NUMed Malaysia will keep you updated throughout the course on:

  • how to plan for your future career in medicine
  • important deadlines in the house officer application process
  • any changes that may occur in the registration or immigration regulations that may affect you

Fees & Funding

The overall cost of obtaining Newcastle University medical degrees in Malaysia is around 40% less than the cost of obtaining the same degrees in the UK.

Student fees

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.

Fees 2018 entry

Malaysian students

RM95,000 per annum, for each of the five years of the programme.

International students

RM105,000 per annum, for each of the five years of the programme.

Fees 2019 entry

Malaysian students

RM95,000 per annum, for each of the five years of the programme.

International students

Tuition fees for 2019/2020 has not yet been confirmed. 

Other expenses

You should note that the NUMed Malaysia fees do not include the cost of your living accommodation.

There is a range of accommodation at varying prices for you to choose from at NUMed's own managed apartments, the Student Village at EduCity, or local private accommodation.

View indicative secure accommodation costs.

Scholarships and financial assistance

Scholarships and loans are currently provided to Malaysian students only.


NUMed does not offer scholarships to local or international students.

The Vice Chancellor’s NUMed Merit Awards

Each year, progression awards are awarded to those of our students who have achieved academic distinction in their previous year of study. Each award is for one year and is equivalent in value to 10% of the annual fee.

Further information

Other scholarship and financial assistance information can also be found below:

20% Alumni Discount

Please be informed that we are offering a 20% tuition fee discount for all alumni who are self-funding for an undergraduate degree. 

 Eligibility Criteria 

  1. Apply for a degree awarding undergraduate programme at Newcastle University. 
  2. A graduate of  Newcastle University.  That is, you must have qualified (or due to qualify) on a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
  3. Partially or Wholly self-financing for the tuition fee element of the programme.  You are self-financing if you are paying all or part of your tuition fees yourself.  Students in receipt of funding support that includes scholarships, tuition fee discounts, bursaries  or any other contribution towards their study costs will receive the discount on the balance of the tuition fee not covered by the funding support. 

 Details of the discount 

  • Applicants for the Alumni Tuition Fee Discount must be beginning their studies on a qualifying programme of study at the University.
  • Awards cannot be made retrospectively and must be awarded during the admission process or the first year of study at Newcastle.
  • If the discount scheme changes part way through your degree (eg we introduce a new percentage discount), you will stay on the discount scheme applied at the start of your degree.
  • Alumni discount is valid only when candidates register for studies during the academic year specified in their offer letter.
  • 20% alumni discount will apply for all full years of study.
  • 20% alumni discount applies only to the net fee that a student would otherwise pay – that is, after any other scholarships or award from the University have been deducted.
  • 20% discount on tuition fees is not transferable. The University does not permit the 20% fee discount to be used for any other purpose.
  • It is the duty of the student to tell the University if s/he has applied for or obtains funding for his/her tuition fees. If we find a student in breach of this regulation, the University is entitled to suspend any further discount at once and may seek to recover any or all amounts of previous payments made.
  • The University reserves the right to vary or withdraw the alumni discount at its sole discretion.

 If the applicant transfer from one programme to another as part of normal progression arrangements, he/she will not be eligible for the alumni discount on the subsequent programme.  Eg. a student who progresses from Foundation to the MBBS/BMS programme would not be eligible for this discount as this is part of the normal progression arrangements for MBBS/BMS.

Refund Fee Policy

Withdrawal from a programme of study

In accordance with Newcastle University's policy on tuition fees refunds, the amount of any tuition fees refunded is dependent on the date of withdrawal from the course of study.

If a student withdraws at any time within the first semester of the first year of a programme, no refund will be made for the first semester fees.

For withdrawal from semester two of the first year onwards, tuition fees are charged on a weekly basis up to the date of withdrawal from the programme. No refunds can be made before the student has:

  • notified, in writing, the NUMed Malaysia Student Office of intended withdrawal
  • the Student Office has been formally notified of your withdrawal by the Dean for Academic Affairs
  • the last date of attendance is confirmed

It will also be necessary for the student to make a written request for a refund of Tuition Fees.

Expulsion or suspension

In line with the policy of Newcastle University, the parent institution, a student expelled or suspended as a result of disciplinary proceedings shall have no right to a refund of Tuition Fees.