Pursuing a medical degree in the UK or Australia is an expensive endeavour and takes between five and eight years, depending on the university and if specialist training is taken up after. There are three universities ideally located in Subang Jaya (Selangor), Penang and Iskandar Puteri (Johor) offering Australian and British qualifications. Studying locally for a foreign degree makes not only astute financial sense, but also offers students a chance to familiarise themselves with the Malaysian medical system as they perform their clinical studies and placements at local public hospitals.
Monash University Malaysia
Monash University Malaysia offers a five-year undergraduate medical course at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (JCSMHS). This programme is the equivalent of the one in Australia and is the first medical course fully taught outside Australia and New Zealand that’s accredited by the Australian Medical Council. This means that Monash Malaysia graduates can practise in Australia without an additional qualifying certification. The JCSMHS also houses the renowned Brain Research Institute at Monash Malaysia, a prominent institute for neuroscience research led by one of the world’s leading comparative neuroscientists.
Approximate fees: RM 499,500 (Malaysian students); RM560,000 (international students)
Jalan Lagoon Selatan
Tel: 03 - 5514 6000
Newcastle University of Medicine (NUMed) Malaysia is the first British university in Malaysia to offer British medical degrees. Traditionally Malaysian students have always gravitated towards the UK for their medical degrees, but with rising costs, it makes sense to study locally for the same qualification. The undergraduate and postgraduate medical and biomedical degree programmes follow the British syllabus but are contextualised for Malaysia; students are also given study opportunities in the UK. At the end of the programme, students are awarded the MB BS – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Approximate fees: RM 475,000 (Malaysian students); RM550,000 (international students)
RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus
Established by two renowned medical universities in Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD), the RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) is the first accredited private medical school in Malaysia. Students spend the first half of the programme (2.5 years) studying at RCSI in Ireland or UCD in Dublin, and then they return to Penang to continue with the clinical curriculum at one of the best teaching hospitals in Malaysia. Partial and full scholarships are available.
Approximate fees: RM 620,000 (Malaysian students); RM 750,000 (international students)
4 Jalan Sepoy Lines
Tel: 04 - 217 1999