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*updated on 26/7/2014


I love my medical school years! . Despite the ups and downs there are a lot of things I learnt while in Med school.

I studied in International Islamic University Malaysia (Kuantan) Kulliyyah of Medicine Batch 2008. Reminiscing, the cost I have to pay to go to the medical school is very minimal. I got a scholarship from JPA, with a 10 year bonded contract. Upon breaching the contract, I will have to pay a sumptuous amount of RM 250,000. That amount translates to about, USD 80,000. Cheap for a medical school. My clinical years were in Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Hospital Temerloh, and Hospital Pekan. We even went to Kg. Bantal, that is deep in the heart of Pahang, near Taman Negara.

A rural training. But not so backwards. Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, mat not have a Cardiothoracic service yet, but it has a Cardiology Dept at least. Now, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, and Respiratory all are available for specialist consultation. Not bad hey. I know certain medical schools couldn’t even get to see a Cardiologist for their cardiology sessions.

The total cost of my studies is a cheap one. I earned roughly about RM 3500 per month ( RM 40 K/ annual ) and well that’s ok if you live in Kuantan. USD 1000 for medical doctors. Not much but it pays the bill. My smaller brother may earned more than I do now, he works as an engineer in a big GLC.

I research some of the medical school fees in Malaysia. I found this website. Private medical school fees.

To sum up,

1.International Medical University (IMU) RM 370,000 kaching!

2. Monash University Malaysia Campus RM 450, 000 kaching!

3. Penang Medical School RM 500,000 kaching!

4. Melaka Manipal College RM 300,000 kaching!

5. Asian Institute of Medicine, Sciences and Technology RM 250,000 kaching

6. Royal College Medicine Perak RM 278,000

7. University College Sedaya RM 250,000

8. Allianze College of Medical Sciences RM 310,000

9. Cyberjaya University College of Medicine RM 250,000

10. Management and Science University MSU RM 300,000

11. MAHSA University College RM 250,000

12. Taylor’s University College ? RM 300,000

13.  read more from their  website

But in the end, all of these graduate will eventually become housemenship. So university have to buck up to produce the best graduates. All knowing graduates.

Now Russian graduates have a very bad reputation in local hospitals. Indonesian grads also having the same notorious attention. So buck up!

* updated

I just want to update all the courses fees . I found this nice table from

I dont know whether the information I have provided is misleading or not. But hey you guys have to do some research then.

Go and have a look. All credits goes to

I noticed there is a sudden increase in numbers of visit to this page! I wonder what will happen to the Egypt graduates if still the ‘state of emergency’ is not lift up.

Isn’t there like a compensation or transfer of credits? Any input!


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December 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

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  1. Salam and hello there,

    I came across your website, thanks to my dad, he himself did a lot of research for me.

    I was a sponsored student studying in Russia, up until my third year, until I decided to come home & continue my studies locally, due to my health condition – and I figured it would be very much more comfortable for me receive my treatment here in Malaysia.

    Thanks to this post I’m able to explore my options not only in terms of academic excellence, but also economically.

    My sponsorship understands my condition and still willing to pay for my tuition fees, since I have no problem in my academic, just maybe I need to sharpen my medical skills due to long absence from the med school.

    If I may ask for your opinion, is CUCMS good for furthering my studies? Or perhaps if you have other suggestion, it would be very kind of you to reply to this comment.

    Many thanks & may Allah bless.



    January 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    • Many thanks for visiting this site.

      I am not the best person to answer this question.But I will try to answer from the past experience.

      When I was in Hosp Serdang, CUCMS students had their rotations in my ward. I found that their approach is very hollistic. In one of the student conference, that we held during my students days, CUCMS student have a session where students are able to express their thoughts and ideas of the topics that their discussing. A kind of ‘ reminiscing sessions’. These sessions are conducted for giving out their thoughts, and how they can apply understanding of the topics. So the teaching becomes a dialogue process, instead of a monologue, one way communication. Students have to recall what they have learnt and how they can apply to this new teaching. This is quite interesting because lecturer will get to know their students very well.

      Secondly, if I am not mistaken their degree programme in the medical studies is a two part programme. The first part is a degree in basic medical sciences ( pathology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology) and the second part in the clinical medicine ( internal medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics). So if a student wants to end their studies earlier, the first degree is enough to proceed to masters programme in the basic medical sciences.

      This is only my personal opinion.
      Thank you.

      Muhammad Khairul

      January 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    • I am a year 4 cucms students..and yes it is a good place to study medical knowledge and to learn how to become a good doctor. Lecturers are superb!


      May 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    • So how are things going?


      February 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    • Hello,

      Thank you so much for the information. I have problem and hope you can advise me a bit. My son studied MBBS degree in one of Sri Lankan state universities as a foreign student although we are Sri Lankan. He has completed 2 years and due some personal problems he is unable to continue his studies there in. Therefore, I am seeking your help whether any information that you know, would be helpful for my son to pursue rest of his studies in good university in Malaysia??? Please drop me mail if possible.

      By the way I am an Engineer, working in Doha Now.

      With kind regards,


      Ahamed - Doha

      December 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      • Dear Mr Ahamed,

        Thank you for visiting my humble little site.

        I understand that your son, is already in the medical programme in a Sri Lankan university, and your concern thereof.

        I know that Cyberjaya University College (, previously had helped one of my friend who was unable to complete his studies in the UKs due to some personal problems. He had transferred his credits and graduated in Basic medical sciences there. I met this person during my Forensic posting as a junior house officer.

        Usually the first 2 years in medical school are the Basic Medical Sciences.( Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Histology, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine, and so forth..)

        The next 3 years are more of clinical sciences ( Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obs and Gyane and Orthopaedic, Paediatrics)

        So may be you can try the same thing my friend did and requested for a transfer of credit. Usually you will need an academic transcript from the current university and then try to approach the relevant institution.

        May be this will help him.


        January 3, 2015 at 8:52 am

    • Salam wannuraisyah, boleh tak share mcm mana utk buat credit transfer dr Rusia ke Malaysia universiti? Sbb sy pun sponsored student dan ada mslh health condition. Terima kasih


      September 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    • Hi wan …can you find out more about Quest medical school in perak/ or MSU selangor …is there any student graduate from that university ….please help to give some feedback.



      March 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  2. i want to study medicine and surgery at malaysia . How many rm make a naira

    Akinlamilo opeyemi

    July 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm

  3. am from nigeria,pls i wish to study medicine in malaysia but i don’t even know how to apply. Pls be kind to me and guid me through or give me procedures on how i can apply online.

    saheed sodiq

    July 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    • Assalamualaikum Mr Sodiq,

      Thanks the interest in studying Medicine in Malaysia. Malaysia as you had already known is a developing country. A lot of opportunities are available in Malaysia. In Malaysia there is a handful of Medical colleges. I graduated from International Islamic University of Malaysia. (MBBS). It is a semi-private university which I think you can apply.

      The list of university on top are the private universities. I would suggest you check first with the local government bodies in Nigeria whether the medical schools above are listed in the local and recognized in your country.

      Malaysia has her own specific overseas’ medical schools that she recognizes. Usually a local medical council like for example in Malaysia, which are the Malaysian Medical Council and the Public Service Department has a combined record of which universities are listed in as a recognized medical school.

      This is important to set the standard of the medical curriculum.

      Like from my university it the link is or

      Requirement as follows

      Basic Academic Qualification

      A pass in the IIUM Matriculation Centre’s final examination* with GPA of not less than 3.0 and fulfilling all other requirements for promotion to the first year of a degree program at IIUM;

      Three principal passes in the STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia; Advanced Level) examination obtained at one sitting, including General Paper and two of the following papers: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics;

      Two principal passes in the STPM obtained at one sitting including General Paper, and two subsidiary passes in two of the following papers: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics;

      Three principal passes in the GCE ‘A’ Level examination obtained at one sitting in three of the following papers: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics

      Successful completion of any one of the following examination:

      Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia Examination (SSABSA); OR

      Associate American Degree (AAD)

      So i think from Nigeria, you must have A levels. Correct me if I am wrong.



      July 28, 2013 at 6:51 am

  4. Asalamu Alaykum,
    I am a muslim U.S citizen. I earned my BS in Clinical Laboratory Science. I am currently working full, and I am planing to go medical school. The problem I am facing is that if I want to go to medical school in the U.S, I must take loan, close to $1700. I do not want deal with (Ripa) interest because it is haram. I was searching if there is a muslim organization or muslim banks that can lend money to muslim student. However, so far none in the U.S. I am now looking to counteries like Malaysia, Pakistan or India where I really do not know any about these counteries. Do Malaysia medical schools lend money to a muslim American student if he want to study their schools? Please feel free to send an email.



    August 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    • Br Mohamed, Medical Schools don’t give out loans. I think by law they can’t because they are educations institutions and not financial organizations.


      August 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    • Waalaikumussalam,

      Bro Mohamed,
      Your question is very specific.

      Do Malaysian medical schools lend money to a muslim American student if he wants to study medicine in their school?

      FYI, in Malaysia, the medical schools are divided into two – Government medical schools and Private medical schools. For goverment medical schools – I don’t think Universities such as, University of Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia UKM Medical Centre, and Science University Malaysia USM offers any financial aids to students.

      But for privately funded medical schools I am still not sure whether they can provide financial assistance. You have to do some research by yourselves – getting to know which university will provide financial assistance. I studied in International Islamic University Malaysia, and I received a scholarship. IIUM however do not provide any study loan as was told to me when I started my studies.

      I dont think any of these universities are providing educational loans, because they are registered as a teaching institutions under University Act 1971 . However, It does mentioned that, a loan can be given if approved by Minister, Part I Power of the University –

      paragraph — to grant loans or financial assistance to deserving students on such terms
      and conditions as may be approved by the Minister;

      Link –

      Another way is to call up Islamic banks in Malaysia, and asked for their loans. In Malaysia the educational loans are mainly provided by a government body that serves the people for loans- PTPTN under the Ministry of Higher Educations Malaysia.


      So, basically,no. Medical schools in Malaysian medical school does not provide a study loan. However, if you want an interest free, riba’ free loans then you have to approach Islamic banks to get further infos



      August 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

  5. hi , I 1 to ask how about UCSI medical graduate ???


    August 26, 2013 at 4:16 am

  6. Hello sir, is there any Lincoln University College Medical graduates done their clinical year in hospital you’re working? Can I know how was their performances?


    August 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

    • Sorry I have not work with graduate from the mentioned university. Lincoln university is in nz right?


      August 26, 2013 at 10:47 am

      • Lincoln University College in Malaysia..


        August 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

      • Can you suggest the best ipts for medical programme? Im thinking to pursue my study at lincoln university, petaling jaya. But Ive read an article that govt urged to cancel lincoln’ collage license. Can we trust lincoln university?


        September 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      • Dear Farah
        I am not at the position to discuss which ipts offer the best medical education. Ive been working with grads from other universities. You can email me in private to discuss.


        September 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

  7. Salam alaik.

    Iqy Haziq Mohamad from Cairo University. Currently studying 4th year Medicine.

    Im sure u guys have heard about the situation going on in Egypt. With all the coup d’etat and all. Until now, 12th Sept 2013, Egypt still lies in a state of emergency where people arent allowed to leave their houses from 11pm-6am. Kind of like a curfew thingy.

    Ok, talking bout the Malaysian students in Egypt, currently, most of us are back here in Malaysia for summer holidays. And due to the uprising in Egypt, Majlis Keselamatan Negara has made a decision not to allow us to return to our respective universities. At least until the uprising subsides..

    Heard about the news that a delegation from the Ministry of Higher Education + Embassy of Malaysia in Egypt went to meet up with the Egyptian government n uni’s n finally came to an agreement to delay the starting of our next semester..
    It should be on the 3rd week of September but now has been delayed to 19th October 2013..

    The MOHE also made some several meetings with the sponsors (JPA, MAIWP, MARA, YP, YT, etc) n one of the decisions was that the MOHE would rather have these students be transferred to local IPTA/S.

    But as this decision from MOHE stands, several problems arise.
    1. Fees for Medicine studies in Malaysia are waay expensive than Egypt, which is just RM24k/year. A total of just RM150k/head for 6 years studies. Compared to IPTA/S in Malaysia as u mentioned above.

    2. Competition for places.
    There are 7 main universities which offer medicine in egypt. And each university holds about 500-1500 Malaysian students. Should a transfer be done, how do u expect almost 5000 students to each have a place to study in Malaysia?

    3. Some of the IPTS such as IMU are willing to receive students from Egypt but one the conditions was to start from the 1st year again. Even students stdying in the 5th year in egypt would have to start all over again. They wont accept credit transfer bcos not all universities in egypt uses the credit hour system.
    Owh cmon, its already hard enough to just study medicine, n now the IPTS wants us to start all over again? Frankly speaking, Im tired of memorizing Staph Aureus.. ==’

    But out of all this mess, Malaysian Medical Council expects a win-win situation. So, they told us to just continue in Egypt, but with high alert from the MKN n MOHE..

    Would this be enough for just a short explanation from a student studying in Egypt? I hope so.
    Thx for reading. Smiles.


    September 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  8. Hi Mr Khairul, I’m Aaron from Sabah. I’m interested to do medicine since my secondary school day but due to my not so superb results and fierce competition to enter medic school, i end up to do bachelor in biology. Im done with my study now but the urge and passion to further my studies in medics is getting wild. So im going to find as much as possible info abt how im going to enter medic school eventhough i’ve to start frm the beginning. Please advice me. Thank u. Greeting frm the Land Below the Wind. Have a nice day 🙂

    Aaron Solibun

    November 30, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    • Hi Aaron, thanks for visiting this site!.

      As you have pointed out, SPM is only one examination before going to college.

      If you are still interested in doing medicine, my advice is try to go to a hospital first, and tag first with any of the doctors that you know. To understand medicine first you have to feel and face the challenges as a doctor! Medicine I would point out to you is a very good place and is a noblest of work a person an have.

      But you have to consider also the downside of it because medicine requires passion and persistence. But at the end of the day, you would need to do the judgement call whether to do medicine or not. Beside that, you would need a really good heart to become a doctor. It is not about the money!

      So my advice!
      1. Tag with a doctor- a good doctor first
      2. Try to understand the nature of their work
      3. Try to understand to possibilities of carrier growth in medicine
      4. Try to learn the downside of medicine
      5. Try to learn the things that doctors learn.
      6. Decide to do medicine or not
      7. Always remain positive!


      December 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

      • Hi Khairul, thank you so much for the reply. I really appreciate it. Yes, I’ve “kamceng” with some physician during volunteer activity with MERCY Malaysia medical outreach program in interior of Sabah. I’ve ask them some questions about pursuing career in meds and they do advice me about drawbacks of meds etc.and I’m plan to do foundation study such Australian matriculation or Monash University Foundation Year before entering medicine school. What do you think? I’ve made my mind after considering those advice’s.

        Aaron Solibun

        December 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

    • hye aron , if u dun mind could u please give me ur email address? because i have things to ask u
      Or perhaps can u send me an email to my email address? its
      Thank you aron. 🙂


      June 9, 2014 at 1:08 am

  9. If I may ask for your opinion, is MSU good for furthering my studies in medicine?

    Thank you & may Allah bless.


    January 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    • I am not at the position of answering whether msu is good or not. What makes the university good is a very difficult question. But what really makes a good doctor is – a good person.

      Hope helps.


      January 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      • Thank you for your reply,,hope to be one of the best muslim doctor 🙂


        January 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

  10. Hi Khairul. U seems to be unavailable here for a couple of weeks or more i guess. All de best in life 🙂

    Aaron Solibun

    January 11, 2014 at 5:11 pm

  11. salam n hi..can u please suggest me which private univ’s that offer good medical or pharmacy degree?i wish to email u personally but there’s no email address that i should write to


    February 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    • dear lily,
      in regards to which university is the best for doing this and that, medicine and pharmacy, I can give you a personal consultation. But I will need your email, thank you!


      February 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      • here’s my email


        February 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      • Will get to you shortly? Any specific question that you would like to ask?


        February 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      • yes..could u please suggest which private univs that offer medic n pharmacy course? thanks ^^,


        February 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  12. i want to study medicine and surgery in malaysia how many years does it take and their rate of payement

    christopher ifeanyi

    February 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  13. How did you obtain the JPA scholarship? Did you get it after getting your SPM results? How did you apply for it??


    March 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    • For local university usually students will be offered jpa scholarship. Local universities such are IPTA status.

      This does not include private universities.

      Other alternatives are ptptn, ATM scholarships and private bank study loan.

      If you score your spm well you will usually benefit from the jpa scholarship.

      Good luck


      March 27, 2014 at 12:45 am

  14. assalamualaikum brother..can u please suggest me which private univ’s that offer good medical degree?i wish to email u personally but there’s no email address that i should write to


    May 24, 2014 at 7:20 am

    • Waalaikum salam
      Vivi, I am not in the right position to tell you which uni is good or not. These are only my personal experience and it does not reflect overall credibility of an instution.
      But in terms of learning and money wise I can give you an idea.


      May 24, 2014 at 8:17 am

  15. Hello Khairul, I have one question to ask. I am currently a 4th year 2nd semester student (medical) in Russia. Is it possible to get credit transfer in any of the university in Malaysia?


    June 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    • sorry for the super late reply. Wards had been extremely busy. But to answer that, I dont think so.
      You have to ask directly to the Dean of Medicine, whether they are allowing for transfer of credits.

      I know for sure that, during the Egypt Hosni Mubarak revolution things, friends were able to transfer their credits to local uni.


      June 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

    • Hey!
      I’m a 2nd year 2nd semester medical student studying in Russia. I would like to continue my studies in Malaysia. I came across this website and saw your queries here. I would like to know more about the procedure. Could you help me with this personally? Thank you.

      Kousalya Krisnasamy

      February 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      • Dear Ms Krisnasamy,

        I think you should approach the dean of the faculty of medicine in any malaysian medical school first. I have seen a few of my family friend’s sons, who went to private med uni in malaysia. At the time, it was the Egypt revolution, and the malaysian goverment need to take care the safety of our malaysian students overseas, fortunately, they were able to continue pursuing their study in Malaysia.

        I dont know about the situation in Rusia and Ukraine though.

        But give it a try. Make an appointment and talk to the Dean. Maybe can make some arrangements?


        February 21, 2015 at 8:31 am

  16. Hello Dr. Khairul. I intend to pursue medicine, however I’d prefer a relatively reasonable (cheap) place as my family is not exactly well off..
    Sadly I didn’t gain admission to the local unis. Egypt seems to be the only hope, yet the political condition & safety there is questionable.
    What would you suggest?

    Helena Aishah

    July 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    • Hi, my suggestion is try to go to local university first. Try to ‘sneak in to local university with a ptptn or JPA scholarship.

      Egypt is not your only hope. You have lots of other choices. But you have make your options open.

      So basically, there are 2 things
      1. Where to study?
      2. How to fund your studies?


      July 15, 2014 at 11:11 am

      • Well doctor, what do you mean sneak into the local universities? Esp with a jpa scholarship (which would be a dream come true if I can get it)?

        I honestly want to go to med school, very much. And I am open to any suggestions 🙂

        Helena Aishah

        July 16, 2014 at 12:50 am

  17. My daughter finished her A-level waiting for her result now. She had applied to IMU with condition acceptance. Now as a mother, I am seeking for advice from you to which local uni and how I could get financial aids.


    July 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    • Hi Anita, I am so sorry for the late reply. I had been very busy managing the wards, and on call for the last few days were quite taxing.

      Congratulations to your daughter, on getting the offer from IMU.

      I am at no position of telling which University is good or bad. But I do know that, the more exposure the medical student has during their studies, the better they are in working and coping with patients.

      True enough, theory is important. But you have to understand that studying and working are two different things.

      I studied in International Islamic University (UIA) in Kuantan, Malaysia. My exposure is different from friends who graduated from Ireland, Egypt or Indonesia.

      I know this because my sister is studying in Ireland and my other brother is studying in Egypt. And, I have also personally known those graduates from Indonesia.

      So you see the exposure is different. The focus on diseases are different and the working environment are different.

      I have interviewed almost 100 housemen, and most of them do not know what to expect from working in a government hospital such as in Malaysia.

      I have also friends graduated from IMU, whom are doing very excellent in their studies and post graduate studies.

      I guess the best tool is to adapt and change accordingly to the system and work her way when she is in the system

      UM, UKM and USM are the major three big medical school in Malaysia. They are semi government and is back by our tax monies. They have major post graduate curriculum and, their system is already proven at the level of national and international.

      Private Uni such as , IMU , Manipal Medical College, PMC ( my sister got a place in this school) and Cyberjaya Medical school are the private school that are also available in Malaysia which has very good reputations.

      I have met those graduates from Egypt, Russia, Indonesia, and grads from UK and Ireland.

      I would not blabber about which one is good or bad, because again I am not qualified to do that.

      In Malaysia, basically the financial support form the government are 3
      1. JPA
      2. MARA
      3. PTPTN
      4. Ministry of Defence (MOD)

      other private scholarship are also available,

      but I would not delve too much because not many of my friends had the opportunity to get these private scholarships. But I do know that some of them had these ‘private scholarship’
      such as Robert Kuok Foundation, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and etc..

      Lastly, FAMA or ‘Father and Mother’ scholarship.

      I guess that’s all. The sad thing is not many private scholarships are available.

      Hope this helps.

      Muhammad Khairul

      July 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

  18. Salam,

    I’m interested to apply for medicine in Malaysia. I’ve just finished my A-Level and I would like to know which Unis are best in terms of tuition fees, academic and environment? So far, what I’ve got in mind are CUCMS, IIUM, Taylors University, UniKL, AUCMS, AIMST and Lincoln University College. I’m looking for the one that has affordable fees and MBBS certificates that are recognized internationally since I’m intending to work in the UK in the future.

    However, if I changed my mind and would like to do housemanship in Malaysia, what’s the requirements to be eligible? FYI I only have O-level/GCSE and A-Level with no SPM because I’ve been living in the UK for 6 years now. My nationality is Malaysian though.

    Plus, Can I also ask how to apply for scholarship or any other financial aid for medicine?

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Diyar Harraz

    July 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    • Hi Diyar,

      Thanks for visiting this humble page of mine.

      I understand that you would like to work in the UK. You see, in the UK they have an exclusive system for themselves.

      Medical schools in Malaysia are not recognised in the UK. But it is recognized under WHO – you can check this under Avicenna directory.It is a directory of Medical School in the world and most of the university in Malaysia is recognise under WHO or under the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research

      UK has her own special programme called PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assesement Board) under the General Medical Council.

      Let say if I want to work in the UK, I need to take this test first. The PLAB.

      But those graduated from the UK, can almost work everywhere. This is where it matters to get your Bachelor’s degree.

      General Medical Council ( GMC) regulates all the doctors who wishes to work in the UK. Doctor have to register under GMC and there is a specific GMC no.

      Likewise in Malaysia, we have the Malaysia Medical Council (MMC) no. It is like a register of all the doctors who are qualified to work in Malaysia.

      Apart from that in the UK, you will need a License to Practice. Similarly in Malaysia, we have the APC or Annual Practising License which is signed by the Director General allowing you to practice here.

      But exceptions to certain UK universities, such as Newcastle University of Medicine in Nusajaya ( and I think there is a conjoint system with Royal College of Physician. (

      Taylors University, I have not met yet those graduate from Taylors Unversity. But I do know that their programme is an International programme.

      Other Bachelor’s degree in Malaysia, are from University of Nottingham in Malaysia, but I do not know whether they have a medical programme in Malaysia- I don t think they have.

      And in the UK, if you look under the PLAB/ GMC requirement those who are from EC are not required to take the test.

      Read more here –

      So take your pick!

      There are other pathway to work in the UKs as a Doctor, but I will not discussed in here in the open.

      If you change your mind and let say if you want to work in Malaysia, all the university listed are recognized in Malaysia. WIth O-Level/GCSE and A-Level you can study anywhere in Malaysia.

      But I would suggest for you to continue your studies in UK.

      My sister got a scholarship under JPA to study in Ireland. And her Bachelor Degree is recognised in the UK and Malaysia. She had just passed the final under the PMC-RCPI programme. So I guess you can choose this university if you want to work in the UK or Malaysia or what they called, Licentiate (

      In terms of financial aid, not many would offer Scholarship to study medicne.
      in Malaysia,
      1. JPA
      2. PTPTN
      3. MARA

      If you have gain admission into a UK university I think they will be no problem to apply for MARA scholarship.

      So Good luck!

      Muhammad Khairul

      July 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

  19. Hi Graduate from IIUM. IIUM was the best place. However difficult to get a place for Medical Education for foreign students. Please can you tell me about Melaka Manipal Medical Collage? Have you worked with their graduates. If you need to email me your personal view this is my email add :

    Therimakase Banya


    August 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm

  20. Hi Sir,
    I plan to further study at local private university in Malaysia ,I plan to take a degree physiotherapy courses,my questions is :
    *which local private university offer this course?
    *which local private university in physiotherapy is qualified by JPA,Malaysian Physiotherapy Association(MPA) and foreign university?
    *How much is the cost if taking this course in local private university?
    *MAHSA University also offer the course which is Bachelor of Physiotherapy(Hons) -Dual award with Anglia Ruskin University-Does it is qualified by JPA,MPA and other foreign university?


    December 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    • Hi Tan,
      Sorry for the late reply.

      I am sorry I will not have the right information for you. I understand that your interest is in Bachelor in Physiotheraphy.

      But of what my limited knowledge all the medical and health care related Programme in Malaysia, are closely monitored by an accredited MQA.


      December 17, 2014 at 7:39 pm

  21. Salam, I find this post extremely helpful…still I would like a better insight on what is the differences between medicine and dentistry and which would be a better option now..I’m really confused to be honest…thank you yea. It would be great of you could drop me an email about it at


    February 4, 2015 at 2:00 am

    • Waalaikum salam Diana,

      It had been a very busy week for me in Hosp Kajang.

      In Medicine – there are many subspecialites,

      Medicine is “the big trunk” of knowledge tree then you have the main branches-

      Basic Medical sciences -anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology pharmacology, immunology, virology, parasitology and so on…

      Then you have another branch which is the applied medicine, e.g are- internal medicine, surgery, obstetric and gyanaecology, orthopaedics and so on..

      Under internal medicine, you have – cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, diabetology, nephorology and haematology and on and on..

      Under paeds, you have – all the paeds subspecialities..

      All and all.. to be a good Housemenship you need to know a little bit of that, a little of this and, indepth of certain topics and some topics that you might need to know only. That is the tricky part.

      I guess in Dentistry, the general picture is similar like Medicine.

      So you see the knowledge is very very expansive.

      But that you really need to ask a practicing dentist to answer your doubts.

      But all and all, remain positive.


      February 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

      • Thanks for the insight…you see I have completed my diploma recently…with a cgpa of 3.5 above in science…but, my main concern is generally about how to cope, how to study, would I have time to socialize,and would I have a life after all,as people would say, doctors have got no life…those are my main concern..I don’t plan to fail you see…
        that means be it dentistry or medicine, is the field of study pretty much the same?


        February 24, 2015 at 1:10 am

  22. hi,i am a nigerian i wish to study medicine in malaysia but i don’t know how to go about,please i wil like to how much it wil cost me if i enrol in a government funded school

    mzengeh philipo

    March 14, 2015 at 6:10 am

  23. Salam.. I need to ask you a few questions abt pharmacy course. Here’s my email


    March 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm

  24. Slm khairulorama, where are u know.. What happen to u know..?

    Siti fatimah Omar

    March 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    • Waalaikumusalam, things had been very busy for me. So I hope everyone is well.
      Wishing everyone good luck on their journey.


      Muhammad Khairul

      April 23, 2015 at 7:29 am

  25. Assalamualaikum Doctor,
    My daughter just finished her spm and scored only 8As and B+ in chemistry.she got UIA(asasi Sains Hayat) n matrik kuala Pilah She intends to do medicine..can asasi sains hayat change into medicine? My husband is really concerned and wants her to enroll her in any private college..should she proceed w UIA or go to private college to pursue her ambition


    May 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    • Dear Masnin,

      Congrats to your daughter, and all he hardwork paid off.

      Actually from my experience you can see the Dean to request for a appeal of changing from the Sains Hayat to Medicine. A lot of my friends did that during my studies. The matriculation in UIA is 2 years then she will go to Kuantan, usually that the way.

      But she can also enrolled into the Kulliyyah of Medicine, directly from private colleges using A levels

      hope this helps.


      Muhammad Khairul

      May 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      • thank you for the reply…Is Kulliyah Med in UIA? actually I’m thinking of sending her to Egypt but she’s not really keen


        May 27, 2015 at 6:09 am

      • yes, Kulliyah of Medicine in in IIUM Kuantan.


        June 17, 2015 at 10:42 pm

  26. Assalamualaikum,
    Is it possible to study medicine with a cgpa of 3.44? Also, which one do you think is better: studying medicine at local private university or overseas?
    Thank you.


    May 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    • Waalaikumussalam waramatullah hi wabarakatuh

      Yes, It is possible to enroll with 3.44

      Studying medicine local is the best. Because then you will know the setting, the learning syllabus, and the local variant of the disease.


      Muhammad Khairul

      May 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm

  27. HI there Dr. Khairul,

    I have got a younger brother who sat for his Matriculation and scored a 4 Flat for the first semester and currently waiting for his second semester result.

    He applied for Local IPTA through UPU and got selected to three uni’s for interviews ( UKM, UMS , UNIMAS)

    However due to his average result in SPM I’m not so confident on him getting an admission in any of the above stated universities.

    Well lets say he doesn’t get it, so then a few queries if you could help me out with

    1) I was told its better studying in a local IPTS rather than overseas. Just want verification on this ?

    2) If i am to try to apply for him in a local IPTS, which would be the best if Money isn’t a concern ? I understand you can’t really decide on which is the best based on your previous posts but if you could list down a few good ones so i could check on them.

    3) What is the difference in studying 5 years in Malaysia and studying 3 years here, and say 2 years in UK or some other kind of twinning ( IMU ) ? is there a major difference ? Would there be any major advantage if my brother is to settle down here in Malaysia.

    I hope you can get back to me on the following matters Dr.

    Thank you.


    May 22, 2015 at 1:00 am

    • Hello Mr Jamal,
      Thank you for visiting this humble site.

      For question no. 1
      1) I was told its better studying in a local IPTS rather than overseas. Just want verification on this ?

      This is a difficult question to answer.

      Certain local IPTS are good, and I have no qualms about it, and at the same time, certain overseas IPTS are also good.

      But which one is a better choice, I would not expose this in this blog because of reputations of the university, and at the expense of doctors graduating from these universities.

      After all, I am not a qualified person to comment, this university is good or not.

      Below are the documents that, I think will be helpful to open up to other selection of universities.

      i. A list from Malaysia Medical Council and the requirement is also available.

      ii. This is the minimum entry requirement before entering medical school

      To get into the local IPTA to medicine is very difficult because of the requirements.
      I prefer to answer this in personal communications.

      2) If i am to try to apply for him in a local IPTS, which would be the best if Money isn’t a concern ?
      I understand you can’t really decide on which is the best based on your previous posts but if you could list down a few good ones so i could check on them.

      You see, ethically it is wrong for me to downgrade or be preferential to any medical schools. I prefer to be on a neutral side and let those people who do the accrediting, credentialing, and assessing, do their job.

      If I have a younger brother who would like to study medicine, I would ask him to study in IMU, PMC, Manipal, why? because I have work with colleagues that had graduated from these universities.

      You see, the quality of the graduates especially being a doctor is not only depending on the university’s teaching, or external environement, I quote what my Prof said, ” To be a doctor, first you need to be a good person.” – Prof Naznin, it is both internal qualities that will make or break a doctor.

      There is no hard and fast rule.

      You may want to read on Dr Pagavalan’s Avalan, he has his own view on medical schools, education, his rants and ideas, and so forth.

      3) What is the difference in studying 5 years in Malaysia and studying 3 years here, and say 2 years in UK or some other kind of twinning ( IMU ) ? is there a major difference ? Would there be any major advantage if my brother is to settle down here in Malaysia.

      The programme in Kuliyyah of Medicine was a full 5 year course. Everything was on local setting, the learning, the environment, the headaches, and so on.

      The teachings of both, theory and clinical bedside teaching, is done in local hospitals and clinics.

      For elective postings, some of us went to Institut Jantung Negara, University Malaya, Overseas universities joining other univeristies programmes, joining specialized post graduates posting, or remedial which means some of us had to resit the exams which we had failed previously.

      I would say that, we were still having lesser international exposure as compared to most of our collegues in the UKs, Australia and US, or those doing twinning programme.

      Twinning basically provides that edge, of having been in ‘that’ university. Being taught, or lectured by ‘that’ Prof. So yes, it is an advantage.

      Some of my friends who have graduated from overseas university, have both registered with General Medical Council (GMC) of the UKs, and locally, Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) so they are at the most advantage position. They can work in both setting, locally and abroad.

      Hope this helps.

      Dr. Khairul

      p.s may be you would be interested in this

      Muhammad Khairul

      May 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

  28. I just want to say,

    Jazakallahu khairan kathira… to everyone

    May Allah reward you with the best

    I hope the information i have provided will help you.

    Muhammad Khairul

    May 23, 2015 at 9:57 am

  29. Salam,

    Thank you for such informative page. I have a quick question with regards to malaysia public medical school admission. I had received my Bsc in biology back in year 2011 in the US with a cgpa of 3.95. Prior to that, I was enrolled in IB program. Im currently working with a company in Malaysia. Now Ive decided to go to a medical school in Malaysia. My question is, after 4 years of leaving my undergraduate school (im currently 28 years old), will I be able to apply to public medical school in Malaysia which is usually done through UPU? If dats not possible, then I truly appreciate it if you could throw out some suggestions. Thank you so much for your time and help.


    June 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

    • Wow. Thank you for visiting this humble website.

      I have been very busy lately. Sorry.

      It is good that you have decided to join the medical healthcare services. Well, if you push hard you can get through to any private medical universities and shouldnt be of any problem.

      But to join the public medical univerisity, this is very hard. The placing in the medical school is very limited.

      So if you want to join, private medical school is an avenue and oppurtunity to get into.

      But most importantly, you must know what you will go through. Because being a doctor does not end with graduating at medical school, it goes a long way into the housemanship, medical officer compulsory services and so on.

      But hey, always take thing as a challenge.

      Good luck.


      June 17, 2015 at 10:41 pm

  30. Assalamualaikum doctor,i just want to know is it russian graduates still not adaptive and not good enough?There are people who criticize russian graduate as well as indonesia and egypt but some of the blogs i went through,they didn’t.In fact they claim to say that russian/egypt/indonesia graduates is getting better now and all of the medical school is actually good.I honestly need your opinion cause i’m so confuse and what do you think of volgograd state medical university in russia?i really hope that you can reply.Thank you so much doctor 🙂


    June 13, 2015 at 12:05 am

    • waalaikumussalam warahmatullah hi wabarakatuh,

      I think your question is
      1) Do russian medical graduates have poor coping skill adapting to local Malaysian hospital setting?

      You have to look at this question in many angles. I have friends who have MRCP part 1 and part 2 graduated from Volvograd university and now pursuing PACES to complete their membership exam.

      But at the same time, there are those ‘bad apples’ in the system. So yeah!

      Good luck

      Muhammad Khairul

      June 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm

  31. Hi,

    I find your blog interesting and hope you can help me with some information for my students.

    I am a Nigeria Education Adviser working with a company called IT-Smiths Limited.

    I help Nigerian students locate and apply for Universities abroad.

    Currently,I have a couple of students with interests in studying in Malaysia.A few of them opted for Mahsa University to study MBBS.

    I need to know if there are scholarships available for International students in Mahsa or in Malaysia as a whole.

    If there are any,kindly advise.

    Thank you.

    Tope Echo

    June 26, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    • Hello Mr Echo,

      For your information, I am not affiliated with any of the medical school organisation.

      In terms of scholarship, my personal opinion is that, most private universities do not have a full scholarship allowance.
      There are certain requirement for students to apply for scholarship especially of a medical school scholarship rightfully MBBS or MD.

      I know there are certain private medical schools are funding minimal amount of the students study fees but that is also limited.

      The allocation is very limited and usually is given to a citizen of Malaysia.

      I hope this helps,

      Interantional Medical University –

      MAHSA University College Haji Abdullah Scholarship Fund-

      Melaka Manipal scholarship- you have to search and wait for this

      some other sites which you can visit is this;



      June 27, 2015 at 8:11 am

  32. Assalamualaikum doctor
    Thanks for this wonderful information
    I am from somalia i finished my MBBS in somalia and my wish is to specialize in malaysia especially in the IIUM. Any help with that? Like the admission and the fees and what courses they offer? Thanks


    July 15, 2015 at 1:02 am

  33. Hi Dr. Khairul. Im Irene. would like to ask for ur kind advice. Will it be possible to study for MBBS with a diploma pharmacy holder with CGPA3.45 n a 5 years experience working in pharmacy at specialist hospital? if possible, it only applies to private uni or can apply UPU as well?
    Apart from MBBS, kindly advise for Bpharm as well. Thank You very much.


    July 29, 2015 at 10:38 pm

  34. HI
    thank you for your best information ever
    can you help me to compare between masha university and monash university
    which one is worth to spend your time and money studying medicine
    i could go any of them but i could not decides which because i believe monash is better but in the same time masha is not that bad and my brother is studying there


    August 12, 2015 at 12:42 am

    • Dear Dawman,

      My aim for this website is to provide the insider knowledge on medical school in Malaysia.

      I have first hand experience with grads from all over the world, multiple universities and thank god, I have manage some of their problems with decisions of where to go and proceed with their studies.

      Again, I am not ‘the’ qualified person to say which university is the best.

      Between Monash and MAHSA, MAHSA is a local private uni. The studies are fully conducted in Malaysia.

      The clinical years, 3rd year and beyond is conducted in Hospital Kuala Lumpur. And, you will get the feel of local medical students grads in MAHSA. It is not that bad. But you will get to know everyone, and knowing everyone who’s who in the medical fraternity.

      So year everything is ” Malaysianised’.

      I have a friend also from Monash University, And mind you the degree that you will be conferred is from an established University, a Monash Australian Degree.

      Some of my friends were able to study in Australia for elective postings there, and it is a good international exposure to be able to do elective in overseas.

      “Internship places in Victoria are guaranteed only for Australian citizens and permanent residents who have completed their medical degree in Victoria. Australian citizens and permanent residents who completed their medicine degree outside Victoria (including Monash University Malaysia campus) will find it very difficult to obtain internships in Victoria. Non-Malaysian citizens will not be eligible for internships in Malaysia.”

      But to work there, I don’t think they will allow.

      So I guess, it is still up to you, where do you want to work.

      If you planning to work in Malaysia, then any local private uni will accept.

      But if you plan to work overseas, it is a good idea to study abroad, and then come and work in Malaysia



      August 12, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      • Dear khairulorama
        Thank you very much . I tank you again for your concern.
        i know it is better not to compare bt two medical schools but i have to
        now , i am already overseas , whether i study in Masha ( Malaysia uni) or Monash ( Australian) . i will get a good career in Arab world
        what i meant is should i go to Monash or Masha
        Monash starts after 6 months from now
        Masha stars now after 1 month from now , also my brother studying there medicine becasuse he was not accepted in Monash, as result he chose Masha
        so now i have no idea which one to choose , should i wait for Monash or just go Masha
        or the good question is what is the different really bt them
        if my brother studied at Masha , i studied at Monash and we both graduated what will be the different instead of he can work at Australian and i am not



        August 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      • Thank you for your kind comments.

        It is good to know that you will have a good and stable career in the Arab world.

        Like i have mentioned before, the system of learning may be different. These are the little differences in the University, but the core subjects will be the same.

        The acceptance, recognition, alumnus, and networks of people you know will also be different, as these are important for your carrier breakthroughs.

        Whether, you want to wait for Monash, or Masha, this is a decision that only you will know the consequences.

        I am sorry i cannot respond to the question which university is better than the other.


        August 16, 2015 at 8:31 am

  35. Hi..good website.. but dear fellow can’t just label Russian grads are not doing well.. I am one of the 1st batch to come out of a recognised university from Russia..and I am doing well in my own private GP setting. Not only me.. but I know so many grads from Crimea ukrine and Russian universities thats doing very well. Many are also specialist now.
    Its the current students and their mentality. Everything seems to easy now days.. sponsors after sponsors for the point they failed to understand why they went to Russia & Indonesia.
    Not to blame the universities.. they are teaching well..if students dont attend classes ..this is what we get at the end.
    Maybe another research should be done on Russian & Indonesian universities and compare the foreign students and their see if its only our Malaysian students thats not doing well.. or others aswell.
    Hope you dont get me wrong.. but not all foreign grads are bad. We are very much hands on than the local grads.


    October 8, 2015 at 8:27 am

    • well ruski, you are quite right and your comment is very much appreciated.

      I have even got friends who are already specialist who graduated from Russia and Indonesia.

      what really matter, is how hard you want to work, and how longed you yearned to learn.

      Thanks again for visiting this humble site of mine.

      Feel free to jot down your experience in Russia in this site, and share your experience.


      October 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  36. Hi! Dr Khairul. Actually I’m looking for university of pharmacy. I’m still confusing either choosing a government or private university. I’m interested to study oversea and if have chance I’ll prefer twinning program. Can you give me some suggestion about the university with good tuition fee, academic and environment?

    Betty Tang

    December 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm

  37. Assamalaikum,
    I’m trying to apply for my younger sister for IIUM so as to keep her in a protected environment.
    My question is that as per the requirements, we need to get a govt scholarship which is mentioned as “Applicant’s Undertaking or Sponsorship Letter from the Government (for MBBS, Dentistry & Pharmacy applicants”

    We do not have the sponsorship letter from the govt. but we can pay the fees. Can you tell us on how to proceed ?

    Syed Taukir

    February 24, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    • Also bro Khairul, let me know if Segi / Mahsa is good in terms of Islamic environment? Are heir courses offered as MBBS or MD or are they the same ?

      Syed Taukir

      February 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      • Dear Mr, Syed Taukir,
        I am very sorry for the super late reply. It has been extremely crazy in the wards and work.

        For the questions;

        1. I dont think you will need the sponsorship letter because you can do direct payment to the university. I have friends who were paying directly to the university for the tuition fees and all.

        2. If you want to look for an Islamic environment university, I for once can only recommend IIUM other university I can not recommend.


        March 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm

  38. Salam. May I have youR email as I am interested to ask you more abt this field? Thank your for your replies! 🙂


    March 7, 2016 at 2:30 am

  39. uh oh pardon me for those typos :/


    March 7, 2016 at 2:31 am

    • Hi,
      I dont really give out my emails add.

      If you have any burning questions you can post it here. Thank you!


      April 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm

  40. Hello, may I know is it hard to get a housemanship in Malaysia right now? Will students from some universities have a greater advantage in getting housemanship? And does it really matter which medical school you will be graduating from? Since all of them are recognised and allow you to be doctor anyway. Thanks in advance 🙂


    May 16, 2016 at 6:32 pm

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