An education at home and abroad
MOVING abroad can be a tough and stressful experience. The new environment is often very different and this can make settling in and adapting to the surroundings challenging. Luckily for students in Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), this is not an issue.
Ever since the British university opened a branch-campus for medicine in Johor in 2009, NUMed students have been offered the opportunity to study in the UK – many have taken advantage of it. Similarities from campus design to the teaching style help the students adapt quickly to life in the UK, which maximises the time they have to benefit from the experience.
“I always knew we shared the same syllabus and learning resources but it still surprised me just how many similarities there are between life in Newcastle University UK and NUMed,” third year Biomedical Sciences (BSc) student Aaron Tan commented.
“It allowed me to settle in easier than I could have imagined.”
All those pursuing a BSc degree at NUMed are offered the option to undertake their third year at Newcastle UK.
“Academically, the Biomedical Sciences course structure in NUMed is designed to be parallel to that in the UK,” added Tan.
Apart from learning the same course content, Tan said he was assessed by the same examinations and assignments. It has also been made even easier to settle as there are 12 students from his course at NUMed who went to Newcastle University UK within the same year.
It is not just the Biomedical Sciences students who have the opportunity to study in Newcastle UK, those pursuing a degree in Medicine (MBBS) have the opportunity too.
Each year, a number of NUMed medical students are selected to spend the summer at Newcastle University UK to undertake a research project.
The specialist projects allow the students to collaborate with a diverse range of students and faculty.
John Poon Jun Shang, MBBS student, who completed a 10-week project in the UK said: “The time I spent working with my counterparts in the UK made me realise the outcomes of studying at Newcastle University is the same in Malaysia as it is in the UK.
“Just like the medical profession, the Newcastle University standards are universal.”
The similarities between the UK and Malaysia campuses are useful for medical students as in 2015 NUMed became the first university outside of the UK to receive recognition by the General Medical Council (GMC) – the statutory body that registers and regulates doctors in the UK.
This was an important milestone for NUMed as it means Malaysians who study medicine at NUMed and carry out their postgraduate clinical training programme in selected Malaysian hospitals can now apply for full registration as doctors with the GMC as well as the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).
The synergies between NUMed and Newcastle UK do not only help with undergraduate degrees. A degree at NUMed can help prepare students for a Master’s degree.
Muzammil Nahaboo Solim, who recently completed the four-year MBBS programme at NUMed is currently studying in the UK for a Masters of Public Health (MPH).
Last year he was awarded a full scholarship to study for a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) at Newcastle University, UK.
“The university has been extremely generous with the funding and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I have been given to spend a year in the UK.”
Away from studies, students managed to explore their surroundings and made the most of life in the UK.
Newcastle University UK’s established international branch campus in Johor, Malaysia provides undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MBBS) and the Biomedical Sciences (BSc) – programmes that offer opportunities for periods of study in the UK.
A year’s Foundation Certificate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences is also available, the successful completion of which leads to progression to the MBBS or BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences programmes. All programmes of study are equivalent to those of Newcastle’s UK-based provision, and lead to the award of the same degrees.
Studying at NUMed Malaysia allows students to earn a reputable UK qualification from an internationally recognised university at a lesser cost than studying in the UK.
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Muzammil Nahaboo Solim, who recently completed the four-year MBBS programme at NUMed, is currently studying in the UK for a Master’s of Public Health (MPH).