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For the core medical degrees programme, accreditation and quality are of utmost importance for recognition and practice. In the first two and a half years of the programme, students undertake their biomedical and early clinical sciences studies in RCSI or UCD in Ireland, returning to Malaysia for a further two and a half years to complete extensive clinical training in Penang.

Students are awarded the medical degrees of the National University of Ireland, receiving the same qualifications as those who complete a full programme in Ireland. Irish medical degrees are recognised and prized worldwide.

To ensure the highest standards are maintained, the programme is rigorously evaluated and is subject to continuous quality assurance, underpinned by external examiners from around the world. The programme is accredited by both the Irish and Malaysian Medical Councils.

Accreditation Logos


Accreditation by Malaysian bodies can be found at their various official sites:

MQA full or provisional accreditation:  http://www2.mqa.gov.my/mqr/ or http://www2.mqa.gov.my/pasp/

Malaysian Medical Council (MMC): http://www.mmc.gov.my/

For Ireland:

Medical Council, Ireland: https://www.medicalcouncil.ie/Education/

National University of Ireland: http://www.nui.ie/


World Directory of Medical Schools: https://www.wdoms.org/

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates: https://www.ecfmg.org/

Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research: https://www.faimer.org/

External Examiners

Forensic Legal MedicineGeneral Practice/Family MedicineMedicineObstetrics and GynaecologyOphthalmologyOtorhinolaryngologyPaediatricsPsychiatryPublic HealthSurgery
Forensic Legal Medicine:

  • Associate Professor Gilbert Lau

Centre for Forensic Medicine, Health Sciences Authority, Singapore

General Practice/Family Medicine:

  • Professor Shajahan Yasin

Head of School, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia


  • Professor Paedar G Noone

Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill School of Medicine, USA

Obstetrics and Gynaecology:

  • Professor Yong Eu Leong

Senior Consultant & Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, National University of Singapore

  • Professor Dr Kulenthran Arumugam

Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Office, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • Associate Professor Dr. Khairidzan Mohd. Kamal

Head, Department of Ophthalmology, Kulliyah of Medicine, International Islamic University, Kuantan, Malaysia

  • Dr. Lai Yoon Kee

Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang, Malaysia


  • Professor Dato’ Dr. Prepageran Narayanan

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Mr. S.P. Palaniappan,
Consultant ENT Surgeon

Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang


  • Dr Andrew Ewer

Reader in Neonatal Paediatrics, School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Birmingham, England
Honorary Consultant Neonatologist, and Director of Research and Development, Neonatal Unit, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TG, England


  • Dr Fiona Gaughran

Lead Consultant Psychiatrist, National Psychosis Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Physical Health Lead, Psychosis Clinical Academic Group, Kings Health Partners
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London

Public Health:

  • Professor Dr Zulkifli Ahmad

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UCSI University Terengganu Campus, Terengganu, Malaysia

  • Professor Dr John Arokiasamy

Head of Division, Community Medicine, International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Associate Professor Dr Rozita Hod

Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, UKM Medical Centre, Cheras

  • Professor Dr Mohd Rizal Hj. Abdul Manaf

Head of Department, Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, UKM Medical Centre, Cheras

  • Associate Professor Dr Aziah Daud

Head of Department, Department of Community Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Health Campus, University Sains Malaysia (USM), Kelantan Campus, Malaysia

  • Professor Dr Rahmah Mohd Amin

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia


  • Dr. R.R. Naidu

Hospital Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia