Three Malaysian public universities conduct postgraduate medical courses: Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
The purpose of these Master’s is to specialise in a subject that the candidate is passionate about, which will hopefully be the next step in a long and dedicated career. There are subspecialities within these specialised subjects which may be the focus of further research. For example, in Clinical Oncology, subspecialisations are either defined by the patients the candidate treats, i.e gynaecologic oncologist (for women) or paediatric oncologist (for children); or by the treatments the candidate uses, i.e radiation, surgical or medical oncologist.
Universiti Malaya offers Master’s in a range of different specialities, for example Master of Anaesthesiology (MAnaes), Clinical Oncology, Family Medicine, Medical Physics (MMPhysics), Medical Science (MMedSci), Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MObGyn), Pathology (MPath) and Surgery (MS). These programmes are structured to include both coursework and clinical duties.
A Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Senate and at least one year of post-registration clinical experience approved by the Senate is required. The candidate should qualify for registration as a medical practitioner under the Medical Act 1971 (Act 50) of Malaysia and satisfy the Department’s requirement in an entrance evaluation recognised by the Faculty.
Universiti Malaya also offers the Doctor of Medicine (MD), which is a doctorate level degree held by medical doctors, and is reserved for those who have contributed significantly to the academic study of medicine and surgery. The candidate must already have the necessary medical experience before application to this programme.
To be registered in this programme, the physician should be a graduate of at least two years’ standing in medicine and surgery of an approved university. The candidate must submit a thesis which must be original work on a subject approved by the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty.
A candidate must submit the thesis between two and five years after the date of the initial registration. The candidate should give at least three months' notice in writing to the Registrar of his or her intention to submit the thesis for examination.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia also offers Master’s in a range of specialities, including Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Community Health and Emergency Medicine. It also offers Master’s in Medicine in Anaesthesiology, Paediatric, Psychiatry or Radiology, as well as Master’s in Surgery in General Surgery, Opthalmology, Orthopaedic and Otorhinolaryngology.
The course duration is four years. Candidates must possess a degree in Doctor of Medicine from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, or an MBBS, MD, or equivalent with it from acknowledged universities;
clinical experience of at least two years and is fully registered with Malaysia’s Medical Board.