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Your guide to studying Medicine in Malaysia

Course Duration

3 - 4 Years

Average Fees

MYR 45,000 - 250,000

Average Salary

MYR 35,000 - 240,000

Job Demand

What is Medicine?

Medicine is the science and practice of the prevention of diseases.

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 like a boss? Are you dedicated and willing to put in hours upon hours of effort coupled with a lack of sleep to achieve your goals in life? Then perhaps you may want to consider a career in medicine. Read on as we treat any misconceptions of what you’ll have to go through.

The subject looks into the different metho...

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 like a boss? Are you dedicated and willing to put in hours upon hours of effort coupled with a lack of sleep to achieve your goals in life? Then perhaps you may want to consider a career in medicine. Read on as we treat any misconceptions of what you’ll have to go through.

The subject looks into the different methods of diagnosis, treatment methods and ways to prevent the same illness from occurring. Studying medicine takes a lot of hard work and long hours, however the end result is what most Doctors are in for.

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What are the subjects covered under Medicine?

Mathematics

Biology

Physics

Chemistry

Normal Structure & Function of the Human Cell, Tissue & Body System

Normal Response & Process to Disease State. Upper & Lower Limbs Musculoskeletal Systems

Body Reaction to Physical, Chemical and Biological Agents

Clinical Methods and Introduction to Community Medicine

What you need to get on a Medicine course?

Diploma in Medicine

SPM : 5 Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and another subject.

O-Levels : 5 Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and another subject.

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) : B4 each in 3 subjects in Biology, Chemistry, Physics (or Mathematics or Additional Mathematics).

Degree in Medicine

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

A-Levels : BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or MathematicsUEC 6A including A1 in Mathemathics and Advanced Mathematics

Matriculation, Foundation in Science, Pre-Medical Course : CGPA 3.0 (out of 4) in 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics, and provided the course in not less than 1 year in the same accredited institution and the minimum entry qualification is 5 Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathemat

United Education Certificate (UEC) : B4 each in 5 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics

South Australian Matriculation (SAM) Victorian Certificate of Education Australia Year 12 / Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) : Aggregate or average of 80% or the equivalent of B in 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 or New Zealand Bursary : Average of 80% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

Canadian Pre-University (CPU) or Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP/Canadian Grade 12/13) : Average of 80% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

Diploma in Health Science : CGPA 3.5 (out of 4), and provided the course is not less than 5 semesters or 2 ½ years in the same accredited institution and the minimum entry qualification is 2 Bs in Biology, Chemistry or Physics and 3 credits each in English, Mathematics (or Additiona

How does your education pathway look like?

What skills do you need for a Medicine course?

Hard-working

You always finish your homework on time when everyone else slacks off. You wake up early so that you’re never late to school. Medicine will require you to work harder than you ever have, with books thicker than encyclopaedias hours longer than the River Nile. You’ll need to be a hard worker to be able to cope.

Good time management

You know exactly what you’ll be doing at any point in a day because you have it all mapped out systematically. In medicine, you’ll have to manage to eke out any little sleep you can get, study, attend long lectures, complete assignments and cut up cadavers, sometimes all at the same time. So you better be good with managing your time.

Caring

While shows like House and Scrubs (Dr. Cox) popularised the cool doctor with no emotional attachment tag, in truth and reality, doctors need to care. As you’ll learn in medical school, your best teacher is your patient, so you better treat them well!

Good communicator

You have no issues conveying a complicated assignment to the rest of the class because you’ve mastered the art of simplifying complicated information into simple terms everyone can understand, without skimping on the details.

Good with Numbers

While everyone else dreaded the day the Additional Mathematics exam fell on, that was your easiest paper. You didn’t really have to study much either, because by just listening in class, you were able to pick up all the skills needed. While some may have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths, you were born with a calculator in yours.

Not easily grossed out

One big skill that many students fail to think about prior to enrolling in medicine is being grossed out. In medicine, you’ll deal with blood, sweat, tears (Some of them may be yours!), poop, pee, vomit, more blood among other things. So you’ll need a stomach made of iron to not feel queasy when time arrives.

Where can you study Medicine in Malaysia?

For a start, here are some of the most popular Medicine schools in Malaysia.

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