STAYING healthy has become a significant part of modern living; even more so during these difficult times as we grapple with rising non-communicable diseases and new infectious ones, such as the recent Covid-19 pandemic.
This recent outbreak has alerted authorities in Malaysia and all around the world that we are in need of more medical practitioners.
And even though at the time of writing this article, the Malaysian Ministry of Health has affirmed that there are enough doctors to deal with the current situation, the need for more healthcare professional cannot be overlooked.
It is these trying times that show the importance of doctors and professional caregivers to the community and in a larger picture, the world.
If you have the ambition of leading in this heroic profession, you should start your journey with a rigorous and thorough foundation to build your solid career.
Considered among the top medical universities in Malaysia, the Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) provides world-class education to students inculcating them with a global perspective locally.
Newcastle University’s Malaysia campus is integral to EduCity's international higher education hub in the Iskandar Malaysia development corridor.
This custom-built 13-acre (5.3-hectare) campus has clinical studies that are centred in Hospital Sultan Ismail and other government hospitals and community clinics in and around Johor Baru.
Starting from a foundation course, NUMed has degree programmes in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences (BMS). Known for its solid research work, the Newcastle University in the UK offers high-quality teaching and a full-on learning experience
Its research opportunities are available to all its students.
Part of the prestigious Russell Group of educators, Newcastle University, UK is consistently ranked among the top 20 in the UK for its research work and for its enriching student experience.
This excellence is certainly replicated here at its Malaysian campus.
Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
NUMed’s Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme offers a pre-undergraduate study for Malaysian and international students who wish to study medicine, biological or biomedical sciences, or science at undergraduate level.
Once graduating from this course, the student can continue on locally at NUMed, opt to proceed in the UK at Newcastle University, or at another Malaysian higher education institution, depending on the final grades.
The programme builds the student’s study skills, enabling them to enter a degree-level education at any higher education institution, while introducing them to the practical experience of British university teaching methods.
The foundation programme also trains students to be competent in the English language and helps them develop confidence in communicating and learning in that language.
It also gives students the confidence to undertake self-evaluation, which helps them identify their additional needs.
The foundation programme has two intakes every year, in May and September.
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
This fully integrated five-year undergraduate medical course in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in NUMed is identical to the one taught in Newcastle University, UK.
It provides a general medical education suitable for all types of doctors, and forms a springboard for career specialisations later in their careers.
Once they graduate, students would be fit to practise as doctors, following the professional standards laid out by the UK General Medical Council and the Malaysian Medical Council.
With this programme Newcastle University aims to deliver an educational experience that covers sufficient range, depth and rigour to students in Malaysia. They would acquire the knowledge, understanding, practical skills, competencies and professional attitude required for them to experience the clinical practice first-hand, as a pre-registration house officer.
From there on, they would be able to build a sturdy career for their future.
The Medicine and Surgery MBBS Honours programme is delivered at the NUMed campus and the course is equivalent to the one delivered at Newcastle University UK’s Medical School, and once the students graduate, they are awarded the degrees Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) by Newcastle University, UK.
Although students can opt to complete five years of the programme in Malaysia, there are opportunities during the second and fourth year in course to study for some time at the university’s Medical School in the UK.
Students also have the opportunity of studying for an extra year in the UK for an intercalated research qualification at either the Bachelors or Masters level. NUMed only has one intake each year, in September.
Bachelor of Sciences (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences
NUMed’s BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences is a 2+1 programme with Newcastle University in the UK.
This course teaches a range of subjects that are related to medicine, including the study of key areas like biochemistry, genetics, physiology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology.
This provides a multidisciplinary approach of understanding how the human body functions in health and disease.
The programme is split into two parts: First is a two-academic year course conducted locally in NUMed, Johor, which is similar to the one taught on the main campus in the UK.
The second is a one-academic year course at the UK campus, enriched with research-led teaching and comes with an intensive research project in one of the highly regarded research institutes in Newcastle University Medical School.
The course is equivalent to the one delivered in the UK campus and culminates in a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree award by Newcastle University, UK upon successful completion of the programme. NUMed has only one intake each year in September.
In 2015 NUMed began a new chapter as it follows the and since then, with the focus depending on the need and opportunity that arises in Malaysia, and this is further dependent upon international funding and NUMed research faculty expertise.
Its research is focused upon three themes of Medical Education, Applied Health Research and Cancer.
NUMed’s research team now has 10 researchers from the UK and Malaysia, working together across different disciplines to produce projects with impact to address local needs. They also collaborate with researchers from other higher education institutions and health care facilities locally and across the world.
The work with these local and foreign collaborators is largely aimed at tackling the United Nations Sustainability Goal Challenges, facilitating the exchange of people, ideas, practice and technology, which has allowed solutions to common problems to be found cost effectively and efficiently.
NUMed has hosted PhD students and postdocs from the UK and Malaysia and aims to host more researchers in the near future.
Reputable at the core
The Medical School in Newcastle University, UK is a world-leading collaboration of research scientists, medical doctors and teaching professionals with a reputation for innovation and excellence for both research and teaching.
The MBBS and BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences programmes are consistently two of the most highly regarded courses of their type in the UK.
With research as a main contribution to the advancement in healthcare and more, Newcastle University, UK was confirmed in 2015 as one of the leading universities for medicine in the world by the Leiden Ranking. This accolade places the university’s Faculty of Medical Sciences among the Top 50 in the world for biomedical and health sciences.
Newcastle University is among the best British universities for medicine in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2018. It is ranked seventh in the UK for overall student satisfaction, with a score of 95% in the National Student Survey 2016 and its research ranked ninth overall in the UK, in the “Clinical Medicine” category (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
The university is also in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
NUMed is accepting applications for its May and September intake for Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, as well as September intake for BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).
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