A Simple 10-Minute Guide to Be a Doctor in Malaysia

Do you have a strong desire to help the ill? Do you have a deep interest in science and the human anatomy? These reasons may lead you to consider pursuing a medical degree. If you’re into medicine but unsure of the required pathway, the following guide will give you a clearer idea of the process to study medicine in Malaysia.

Who Are Medical Practitioners?

Medical practitioners are medically qualified people whose responsibility is to maintain and restore the health of a patient. Their job scope includes disease diagnosing, treatment and prevention. Besides being responsible for alleviating the pain of a patient, medical practitioners also conduct medical research to understand diseases and develop new treatment methods. Practitioners also have crucial roles in the planning and implementation of health programmes.

The Medicine Pathway

Similar to other degree courses, SPM graduates have to go for pre-university programmes before enrolling in a medicine degree programme. Choices include STPM, A-Level, Australian Matriculation, Matrikulasi or Foundation in Science. Since entry to medical school is very competitive, there is a minimum qualification required for you to pursue a degree in medicine.

  • STPM and A-Level: A minimum of either BBB, ABC or AAC in 3 subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics/Mathematics).
  • Australian Year 12 high school course or Matriculation: A minimum of 80% average or ATAR 80.0 in 3 subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Physics/Mathematics)
  • Matrikulasi or Foundation in Science or Pre-Medical course: A CGPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) in 3 subjects (Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
  • Unified Examination Certificate: B4 in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Additional Mathematics, and Mathematics)


•You need at least a grade of B, each in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and an additional subject at SPM, O-Level or equivalent.

• Certain institutions may require you to pass an interview since admission to a medicine degree is highly competitive.

Generally, an undergraduate medicine degree in Malaysia is for five years. Students who study medicine in Malaysia have to undergo housemanship after graduation, which is a compulsory internship to work in the Government Hospital. This further training ensures that you have both the knowledge and experience to be a competent medical practitioner. Upon completion of your housemanship, you will then become a fully registered medical practitioner and qualified as a medical officer (MO) in Malaysia.

After that, most medical practitioners will opt to work for a few years before furthering their studies in a 4-5 year long postgraduate programme to specialise in a certain area such as surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine and many other fields of medicine. Besides that, you will need to undergo 2-4 years of supervised training to be accredited as a medical specialist.

In brief, you would generally need seven years to be a qualified medical practitioner. Your pathway to a doctorate degree in medicine would be more than 10 years.

Where to Study Medicine in Malaysia?

You can choose between local and private institutions that offer a Bachelor of Medicine or Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Here is a list of universities offering a degree in medicine:

Public Universities:

•University Malaya

•University Kebangsaan Malaysia

•Universiti Sains Malaysia

•Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

•Universiti Putra Malaysia

•International Islamic University Malaysia

•Universiti Teknologi MARA

•Universiti Malaysia Sabah

•Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia

•Univerisity of Sultan Zainal Abidin

• National Defence University of Malaysia

Private Universities:

•International Medical University

•UCSI University

•AIMST University

•SEGi University

•Taylor’s University

•Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

•and many more…

Note: Ensure that the Malaysia Medical Council accredits the medicine degree offered by your desired institution before enrolling. This is to make sure that you are a recognised medical practitioner and able to practice medicine in Malaysia.

In Conclusion

Despite the challenging nature of a medical programme, you will still be able to succeed by possessing certain qualities such determination, empathy and critical thinking. Hopefully, this guide clarifies your pathway to study medicine in Malaysia. All the best on your journey towards a qualified medical practitioner!