Medicine Course Overview

Medicine Course Overview

The study of medicine provides you with scientific knowledge essential to diagnosing health problems and prescribe suitable treatment (including medication). You will also learn scientific principles and experiments in fields such as histochemistry, human embryology and neuroscience.

What will you study?

You will learn a variety of aspects, from anatomy to human development and the ageing process. You will explore systems and structures of bodily function, along with physical responses and dysfunction, using pictures generated by non-invasive imaging methods (such as radiography, computerised tomography, ultraasound and magnetic resonance imaging). You will also be required to dissect small aniimals and human cadavers in the course.

Core subjects

Anatomy; biochemistry; first aid; immunology; medical microbiology; medical science; pathology; pharmacology; pharmacy; physiology.

Typical course duration

A medical degree will normally take first years to complete. Before you can qualify and practise as a medical doctor in Malaysia, you must complete two years of housemanship and three years of government service after graduation. If you wish to specialise, you will need another four years of study and training, on average.


You will need excellent grades all around, particularly in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

What do graduates do?

Doctors can work in private and public hospitals, clinics and specialist centres, as well as with organisations such as the Malaysian Red Crescent Society and St John Ambulance.

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