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Study Guide: Medicine (MBBS) in Malaysia

Have you always pictured yourself helping people? Have you always dreamt of having a stethoscope swung around your neck, walking through the halls of a hospital? Are you dedicated and willing to put in hours upon hours of effort to save lives? Then perhaps you may want to consider to study in medicine.

WHAT IS MEDICINE?

Medicine is the field of health and healing. Nurses, physicians, and a range of experts are included. It involves medical research, disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, among many other aspects of health. Medicine seeks to maintain and improve good health. In order to be a medical expert, you need to have MBBS degree. What is MBBS? MBBS is an undergraduate study, the first degree that a professional in medicine must take. It is meant to train students in all fields of medicine.

The field of medicine is vast and interdisciplinary as a whole. There are numerous departments in medicine, and before you can specialise in one area, you must complete years of training and experience in all of them. Listed below are a few of the medical specialities in medical degree.

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Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Psychotherapy

Internal Medicine

Orthopaedics

Radiology

Emergency Medicine

Paediatrics

Surgery

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO STUDY MEDICINE?

These are the general entry requirements to pursue a degree in Medicine.  Entry requirements for some universities may be higher, so do make sure you check the details carefully.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO STUDY MEDICINE

PRE-REQUISITE

SPM/O-Level: A pass with 5Bs including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics or Additional Mathematics (applicable to Government Matriculation, Pre-U in Health/Pure/Applied Sciences and Foundation in Science)

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A-Level: Minimum BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Mathematics

  • Australian Matriculation SAM/SACE International: Minimum ATAR 80 including Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics or Aggregate/Average of 80% or the equivalent of B in Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics

  • Canadian Pre-University programmes: Average of 80% in any 3 subjects in Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Mathematics

  • Foundation in Science or Matriculation programme: Pass with minimum CGPA of 3.00 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics

  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum 30 points including 2 science subjects/Mathematics at Higher Level (HL) and 1 science subject at Standard Level (SL) with a minimum score of 4 each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Mathematics

  • UEC: Pass with minimum B4 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics

  • STPM: Minimum BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics or Mathematics

  • Diploma in Health Sciences: Minimum CGPA 3.50 with minimum 2Bs each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

  • IELTS: Band 6.0​

  • MUET: Band 4

  • UEC English: B4

  • 1119 (GCE-O): Grade B

  • Completed Pre-University/Diploma that was conducted in English

OTHER REQUIREMENT

All eligible candidates are required to attend an interview​

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY IN MEDICINE?

In Malaysia, a medical degree takes at least 5 years to complete and the total anticipated costs for a 5-year medical degree might range from RM250,000 to RM650,000. Most medical degrees are split into 2 phases — Phase 1 and Phase 2.

  • Phase 1: The first 2 years of your degree focuses on pre-clinical training in an academic setting where you will learn the theoretical basics of medical science. Some subjects you will study are:

    • Anatomy

    • Biochemistry

    • Microbiology

    • Pharmacology

    • Pathology

    • Clinical Medicine

  • Phase 2: The next years of your degree will be spent on clinical training, with clinical rotations at hospitals and health clinics. You will receive hands-on experience with patients and will have the opportunity to test out several clinical specialities such as general medicine, surgery, paediatrics, and internal medicine.

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MEDICAL DEGREE?

A medical degree is best for people who are prepared to devote a significant amount of time to becoming doctors. Most medical graduates who earn a degree will go on to complete the criteria to become doctors after they graduate. Even yet, if you have a medical degree, there are other career options besides being a doctor.

If you would like to be a medical specialist, you will need to pursue the relevant postgraduate qualifications. Here are some medical specialist careers:

  • Paediatrician

  • Psychiatrist

  • Dermatologist

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon

  • Ophthalmologist

  • Radiologist

  • Vascular Surgeon

If you prefer alternative career options in non-clinical fields, you can consider the following jobs:

  • Hospital Administrator

  • Medical Researcher

  • Medical Journalist

  • Lecturer

  • International Aid Worker

Note: Check if your medical degree is accepted by the Malaysian Medical Council. Otherwise, you may be banned from practising medicine in Malaysia.