How to become a doctor?
The field of medicine is a career path which is and always will be of great importance and need in society. One of biggest reasons for choosing medicine is because it is a rewarding career path. It allows students to look into the greater good in society and working on helping others with their expertise. Some of the other reasons for choosing medicine include the diversity of career options, getting into a career in a highly demanding market and also the level of job security and stable livelihood that one can achieve. In order for an individual to become a doctor, their higher education and medical training is of great importance. There are several pathways students can choose to become a doctor.
Recommended Pathway to become a Doctor in Malaysia
|O-Level / SPM / Year 11 /SSC / IGCSE|
|GCE A-Levels / STPM / HSC /Year 12 / IB / UEC|
|Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS – 5 years)|
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1. MAHSA University
MAHSA University is an academic institution that was built on the vision to create academic excellence in the South-East Asian region along with the mission to build qualified medical professionals that can serve the nation. Some of their visions include the emphasis on the highest quality of education, practical training and integrating local and international networking.
2. SEGi University
SEGi University is one of the largest private university providers with campuses in 5 locations within Malaysia. SEGi offers a wide range of programs for students and has over 130000 alumni worldwide. SEGi offers various host programmes from their partner universities in the UK, USA and Australia. Some of their notable partner universities include University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Troy University and Minnesota State University, USA.
3. Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science is a top-tier healthcare university which is located on a green-friendly campus in Malaysia’s first smart city and offers more than 20 program under the healthcare department. Cyberjaya University is one of the leading universities for medicine due to its academic strengths which include over 200-leading academic staff from backgrounds like the Ministry of Health and National Anti-drugs Agency.
4. Taylor’s University
Taylor’s University is known as the top private university in Malaysia for its excellent study options, relevant curriculum and teaching methods. It is often considered a benchmark for other institutions for its level of professionalism. With over 70, 000 alumni, Taylors takes pride in the holistic education it offers its students which includes graduate capabilities as well as industry-relevant curriculum.
5. International Medical University
International Medical University (IMU) is a prestigious university that specialised in the different paths of medicine, health science and complementary medicine. Students at IMU are exposed to research projects through the course of their degree and encouraged to integrate their education with further research in healthcare. IMU has established a strong global network of diverse partner universities around the globe. IMU’s partner universities include universities from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Ireland, China and UK.
MAHSA University has over 10, 000 alumni from all over the world and their networking as an institution are very strong. Their affiliate partner university, Anglia Ruskin University in the UK was named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world by the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings. MAHSA core teachings in their medical fields in enhanced by their excellent facilities and integrated digital laboratories which allows students to get acquainted with innovative technology throughout the course of their education.
SEGi universities main priority for their medical students is to create a student-centred collaborative learning experience while building medical health professionals who are team-based and able to excel in their career. SEGi University is the first Malaysian University that earned 5 for Prioritising Society’s Needs in Malaysia – by QS Stars and a TIER 5 Setara rating in 2013.
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS)
Cyberjaya Medical University focuses highly on cultivating problem-based learning skills in their students which enhances teamwork and leadership. In order to get students holistic learning experience, the university focuses on collaboration with student clubs and societies. They collaborate with a relief group MERCY Malaysia which adds to their unique take on student learning as students learn about volunteer relief operations.
Taylors School of Biosciences focuses on creating a learning environment for its student in which they receive the best teaching and research facilities, locally or internationally. With the networking and various accolades they hold to their name, Taylors builds strong platforms within the industry which creates excellent opportunities for their alumni. Taylors University holds various Dual award course that allows students to graduate with certification for Taylors as well as University of West England with the option of student mobility in the last year.
International Medical University (IMU)
With a field like medicine and a prestigious university like IMU, a student’s employability and future scope are positive. IMU is the only private medical university in Malaysia to receive the self-accreditation status from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). This accreditation is awarded by the MQA to public and private universities on the basis of the institutions solid and reliable internal quality assurance system.
Comparison of Salary
The average senior pay for a Physician / Doctor, General Practice is about RM 81,852 per year in Malaysia according to Jobstreet.
Top 5 Medical Universities in Malaysia
Annual fees (2019)
|International Medical University (IMU)|
|Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS||5 years||RM 98,000|
|Bachelor of Dental Surgery||5 years||RM 119,600|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine||4 years||RM 24,750|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons)Biomedical Science||3 years||RM 37,000|
|Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)||5 years||RM 73,980|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nursing||4 years||RM 19,475|
|Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)||5 years||RM 68,810|
|Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)||4 years||RM 32,425|
|Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Hons)||5 years||RM 70,160|
|Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences|
|Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)||5 years||RM 60,860|
|Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)||4 years||RM 30,925|
|Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)||5 years||RM 78,620|
|Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)||4 years||RM 40,725|
Disclaimer: The program and fees listed are provided as a general guide only, the information was captured from the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.
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