Professor Dr David L Whitford

President,CEO & Registrar, RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus


Welcome to the RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus website. RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) was formerly known as Penang Medical College until it successfully achieved foreign university branch campus status in 2018. RUMC was the first private accredited medical school in Malaysia and has been graduating doctors for over 20 years. It has gained an international reputation for the quality of its graduates, who experience undergraduate medical training in both Ireland and Malaysia. Its alumni are now working in many countries throughout the world.

RUMC’s unique undergraduate medical programme provides two and a half years of pre-clinical training in Ireland at either University College Dublin or the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. This international exposure enables our students to both gain medical knowledge and skills from leading international experts and researchers in the medical field as well as to develop soft skills and nurture networks of international colleagues that will be invaluable in future years. Students then return for their clinical training at RUMC in Penang, Malaysia. We have access to excellent high quality teaching in several hospitals in Penang. Teaching continues to be delivered by RCSI and UCD staff, and students graduate with a degree from the National University of Ireland – an internationally recognised medical qualification. Investing in a RUMC degree is acknowledged as good value both because of the quality of medical education and because of the guaranteed diversity of personal and cultural experience.

RUMC is also at the forefront of postgraduate medical and healthcare delivery with programmes and qualifications that enable healthcare professionals to develop and advance in their areas of specialism. Research from RUMC is highly cited and the university seeks to serve the communities around our campus as well as the region and the world over. Our doctors lead by example in positively impacting the lives of the people they reach and ensure that RUMC plays a role in the transformation of the world around us.

You are always welcome at the RUMC campus where we can demonstrate the enthusiasm of staff and students in transforming this world through high quality healthcare. Don’t hesitate to contact us and learn more!


Professor Hannah McGee

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, RCSI


A globally recognised and respected qualification is the building block on which a successful career in medicine begins. As a dedicated health sciences institution, RCSI is wholly focused on developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.

We pride ourselves in providing rigorously evaluated programmes that allow for a common degree award of the National University of Ireland in a number of regions around the world. Graduates of PMC are part of our global network of more than 17,000 alumni, who are highly recognised and much sought after internationally.

RCSI has a long heritage of providing medical education from our home in Dublin since 1784, and in Penang since 1996. We have a unique international perspective with a long tradition of educating students from more than 70 countries at our Dublin campus and more recently at our international campus locations.

We are proud of our strong links to Malaysia, with almost 800 Malaysian students coming to the College in the last decade. Our involvement in the joint programme at PMC (now RUMC) since 1996 was a natural extension of this long-standing relationship and we look forward to continue welcoming RUMC students to our ever-growing worldwide network of healthcare leaders.


Professor Michael Keane

Dean of Medicine,  & Head of School, UCD


UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science is proud of its reputation – shaped and built over the last 150 years – as an international leader in the provision of medical and healthcare education. Our students benefit from an innovative curriculum, access to world-renowned educators, and a network of clinical and educational facilities that is second to none.

Our graduates, including a President of Ireland, the President of UCD, and the current President of the Irish Medical Council, have reached leadership positions in Ireland and across the globe.

We are deeply proud of our longstanding relationship with RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (now RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus), and it has been our great privilege to welcome a new group of PMC (now RUMC) students to Dublin each year. Our student population comprises more than 50 nationalities and this diversity is one of the defining features of life at UCD.

We place community, friendship and support at the heart of our educational ethos. We are driven not just by the desire to provide students with the best possible education, but also by a belief that the doctors of tomorrow benefit from a supportive, collegial environment, in which extra-curricular talents and interests thrive alongside academic excellence.