Undergraduate Medicine

Embark on your Journey in Medicine

Scholarships available


Sept 2023 INTAKE


(R3/721/6/0009) (06/28) (MQA/FA4397)


Internationally-Recognised Medical Education Delivered Transnationally

Studying medicine is one of the most rewarding pathways you can embark on. As an aspiring doctor, your journey with us is beyond an ordinary quest for medical education and we will partner with you on that journey as we have done with more than 2,100 graduates since our establishment in 1996.

Pursuing a medical degree is a noble endeavour, and our institution is dedicated to shaping you into a compassionate, and well-rounded medical professional. The unique structure of our medical degree programme provides you with a holistic learning experience complemented by an integrated, systems-based approach to the study of medicine.

At the core of our offerings is the esteemed Undergraduate Medicine degree (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Obstetrics), which has been crafted to not only instil a deep understanding of medical science but also to foster critical thinking, effective communication, and ethical decision-making. This comprehensive degree in medicine encompasses a wide range of subjects, ensuring that you are well-prepared to tackle the challenges that lie ahead in your medical career. Join us at the forefront of medical education in Malaysia, and let’s embark on this transformative journey together.

Why Study Medicine with Us?

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Internationally-Recognised Irish Medical Education Delivered Transnationally

  • Receive the highest quality of biomedical science and pre-clinical training during your Pre-Clinical Years in Dublin (at either RCSI or UCD).
  • Broaden your horizon as you return to Penang to continue with your Clinical Years.
  • Attain an immersive experience with the Irish and international students throughout the programme.

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Highly Cost-Effective Tuition and Return on Investment

  • Graduate with an Irish medical degree at a fraction of the cost with invaluable experience from Ireland.
  • Cost of living in Penang is significantly less than the living costs in Dublin.
RUMC Course reason

High-Quality Clinical Training

  • Develop your clinical skills throughout your journey in Medicine at RUMC.
  • Get unrivalled access to high-quality training hospitals during your Clinical Years.
  • Our medical students are the only group training at the Penang General Hospital and Seberang Jaya Hospital during their Clinical Years.
  • Obtain a smooth transition into your housemanship years as you become adept with the Malaysian hospital system.

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5 Years

  • 2.5 years of Pre-Clinicals in Dublin.
  • 2.5 years of Clinicals in Penang.
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Malaysian: RM620,000
International: RM740,000

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A Dream Come True.

An Immersive Experience from the Best of Both Worlds.

Envision a medical education that enriches your understanding and skills on a global scale. Our 5-year Medicine programme is delivered transnationally – beginning with comprehensive pre-clinical training in Dublin and completing your medical course with extensive clinical training in Penang.

This unique transnational approach to medical education brings together the strengths of two distinct locations, providing you with a holistic perspective that prepares you to excel in a rapidly evolving global healthcare landscape. The fusion of pre-clinical training in Dublin’s academic hub and clinical training centres in Penang allow you to graduate not only with an internationally-recognised medical degree, but also with a wealth of experience that shape you into a well-rounded medical professional.

During your Pre-Clinical Years in Dublin, you will:

  • Gain knowledge about the medical sciences of anatomy (including anatomy dissection), biochemistry and physiology.
  • Learn about normal human systems and analyse illnesses and treatment strategies related to the systems.
  • Build a strong foundation in pathology, microbiology, and pharmacology.
  • Be exposed to professional clinical practice and interaction with patients.

During Clinical Years in Penang, you will:

  • Obtain unrivalled access to practise over rotations in clinics and hospitals.
  • Establish a professional doctor-patient relationship and enhance patient-centred communication skill.
  • Acquire knowledge on performing physical examinations, taking patient histories and learn day-to-day duties in the hospital.


Fees Schedule – Malaysian Students Fees Schedule – International Students

The fees reflect fluctuating exchange rates and are correct at the time of printing. RUMC reserves the right to make changes to the fees without prior notice.

*A one-time immunisation fee up to 295 euro will be payable with first-year tuition fee.
*A one-time RCSI NUI fee of 135 euro will be payable.

Scholarships / Bursaries

We are committed to rewarding students of excellent academic achievements and have strong passion for the study of Medicine with our Scholarships.

Find out more about the available scholarships below.


If you are a Malaysian student looking to enrol into RUMC, you may be eligible for financial assistance, such as PTPTN, EPF and more.

Discover your funding options below.

Financial Assistance


STPM/ A-Level ABB in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics
International Baccalaureate 36 points (including bonus points)

AND attained a minimum score of 5 each in:

  • HL Biology
  • HL Chemistry
  • HL Mathematics
1. University Matriculation

2. Foundation in Science

3. Pre-Medical Course

CGPA 3.5 (out of 4.0) including 3 subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics

providing the course is not less than 1 year in the same accredited institution AND 5B’s each in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Another subject

In SPM/O-Level or its equivalent

1. Canadian Pre-University

2. Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP/Canadian Grade 12/13)

3. Ontario Secondary School Diploma Grade 12

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) 1 B3, 4 B4’s:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics
1. Monash University Foundation Pre-University Programme (MUFY)

2. University of New South Wales (UNSW Foundation)

Aggregate or Average of 90% or the equivalent of B in any 3 subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics
1. Western Australia Curriculum Council

2. HSC Sydney Australia

3. Trinity College Foundation Studies

4. Australian Universities Foundation Programme

5. South Australian Matriculation (SAM)

6. Victoria Certificate of Education Australia (Year 12)

7. Australian Matriculation

93 ATAR provided the subjects include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate 465 points with

1 H2, 2 H3’s in 3 subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics
International Foundation Group (IFG) Medical Foundation Programme Minimum overall average score of 80%, to include minimum scores of 80% in the Chemistry-based modules and no other individual module score less than 75%.


Minimum grade ‘B’ in the following subjects at High School:-

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics/Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • One other subject
Indian Pre-University Average of 90% in any 3 subjects with a score of 75% and above in each individual subject:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics

Obtain an Eligibility Certificate from National Medical Commission India.

Pass the NEET Exam with a score of 70%

Please note: At the time of publication, Indian nationals intending to practice in India at any stage in their medical career are required to sit the NEET examination in India and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the National Medical Commission of India, prior to commencing medical studies. This information is accurate at the time of going to print. Please check the most up to date rules and regulations re eligibility to practice in India post-graduation, with the National Medical Commission.

Candidates applying with the IB Diploma or A Levels may be eligible for consideration for either the five or six-year entry route, depending on their final year subjects and grades (see IB Diploma and A Levels entry requirements)

1. National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3

2. New Zealand Bursary

Average of 90% in any 3 subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics
America High School Diploma CGPA 3.50 (out of 4.0) with 3 Advanced Placements with a minimum score of 4 in the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics
General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihi) Science
95% – Entry into RUMC Foundation in Science (FIS)
CGPA 3.5 (out of 4.0)
Thai Matayom 6 Entry via Foundation in Science
Vietnam High School Entry via Foundation in Science


Diploma in Health Sciences CGPA 3.5 (out of 4.0) including 3 subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics or Physics

provided the course is not less than 5 semesters or 2 1⁄2 years in the same accredited institution


2B’s each in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

3C’s each in:

  • English
  • Mathematics or Additional Mathematics
  • Physics

In SPM/O-Levels or its equivalent

Bachelor Degree in Health or Pure Science or Applied Sciences CGPA 3.2 (out of 4.0) or Upper Second Class Honours (2:1)
Bachelor Degree in the Art or Humanities CGPA 3.5 (out of 4.0) or First Class Honours

**Applicants shall be required to pass an aptitude test and/or interview and/or a university entrance examination.


English Proficiency Test Malaysian International
(until SPM 2020)

1119 GCE-O / IGCSE First Language English 

Minimum grade ‘B’ English Speaking Countries
*Exemption from sitting for IELTSNon- English Speaking Countries
*Require to sit for IELTS/PTE/TOEFL iBT
(from SPM 2021)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Minimum grade ‘C1’ English Speaking Countries
*Exemption from sitting for IELTSNon- English Speaking Countries
*Require to sit for IELTS/PTE/TOEFL iBT
IELTS Overall score of 6.5 with each component not less than 6.0
PTE Academic Overall score of 58 with each component not less than 50
TOEFL iBT Overall score of 80 with each component not less than 18

English 1119 no longer accepted with effect from 13 April 2023.

**Below are the list of countries which the UK government classifies as majority native English speaking (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/english-speaking-countries)

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Australia
  3. The Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Belize
  6. Canada*
  7. Dominica
  8. Grenada
  9. Guyana
  10. Ireland
  11. Jamaica
  12. New Zealand
  13. St Kitts and Nevis
  14. St Lucia
  15. St Vincent and the Grenadines
  16. Trinidad and Tobago
  17. United Kingdom
  18. United States of America
Entry Requirement Malaysian International
Bahasa Malaysia (SPM) Grade ‘E’ (Pass) Not Applicable

**Student who does not meet the criteria above is required to sit for the SPM BM paper and attain a minimum of grade ‘E’ (Pass) before the completion of the RUMC Undergraduate Medicine programme.

Attention applicants from the European Union (EU):
Please note that as a general rule, RUMC is not able to accept applicants who are eligible for the Central Applications Office (CAO). However, we do review applicants on a case-to-case basis. For more information or clarification, please get in touch with our education counsellors.


What will you Study?

Our unique Medicine programme offers you the very best opportunities to gain an international medical degree whilst having unrivalled access to Malaysian clinical practice. We offer a modern systems-based approach to studying medicine, where all main areas of medical study will be covered to ensure you have the highest quality of medical education.

Throughout the 5-year Medicine programme, you will learn the fundamentals of basic and health sciences that focus on systems and skills, as outlined below.

Year 1-3

Year 3-5


  • Cardiovascular
  • Central Nervous System
  • Gastrointestinal & Hepatology
  • Genito-urinary
  • Haematology
  • Locomotor
  • Renal, Endocrine & Breast
  • Respiratory
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Tropical Medicine
Each system consists of:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics in Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Public Health & Epidemiology
  • Clinical Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Family Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Public Health
  • Psychiatry
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Forensic & Legal Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Clinical Elective

Besides medical council registration, you will also receive strong support from our Alumni Relations and senior academic members to mentor and guide you towards your career pathway.

Our internationally-recognised degree provides you with diverse medical career opportunities that come with options to practise overseas such as in the US, UK, Ireland and more.


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Certified copy of Birth Certificate, NRID/MyKad (Malaysians) and Passport Details Page (International)

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Medical screening checklist (bring along to Dublin) RUMC Medical Screening Checklist

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Final or Forecast Results from Current Pre-University Institution (i.e A-Level, IB, AUSMAT, STPM etc)

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IELTS/ TOEFL/GCE O-Level (1119 English)

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IGCSE/ SPM Results

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Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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FOR MATURE STUDENTS: Also University Transcript

Progression Pathway

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