R/721/6/0009 (FA 4397) 4/2018

Degrees Awarded by the National University of Ireland

Programme Overview

Wholly-owned by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD), two of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious medical universities, RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC – formerly Penang Medical College (PMC)) medical degree programme offers students an experience of their lifetime.

The five-year programme is accredited by both the Irish and Malaysian Medical Councils. For the first two and a half years of the programme, you will be based in Ireland and undertake biomedical and early clinical sciences studies in RCSI or UCD. Upon completion of your pre-clinical studies, you will return to Penang, Malaysia for a further two and a half years where you will complete rigorous and extensive clinical training.

Successful graduates of the five-year programme are awarded medical degrees from the National University of Ireland, receiving the same qualifications as those who complete a full programme in Ireland. Our medical programme is continuously and rigorously evaluated by professional external examiners from around the world. This ensures that RUMC students receive the highest possible standard of medical training.

The programme consists of five key themes:

  1. Biomedical Science and Research
  2. Clinical Medicine
  3. Clinical Competence
  4. Population and International Health
  5. Personal & Professional Development


In the early part of your training, the focus is on biomedical science alongside an appropriate level of patient contact. As you progress through the programme your exposure to clinical medicine increases.

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2.5 years pre-clinical studies in Dublin at either the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) or University College Dublin (UCD)

2.5 years clinical studies in Penang at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC – formerly Penang Medical College (PMC)) and its Teaching hospitals


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Entry Requirements

Compulsory subjects for these requirements are Chemistry & Biology plus Physics or Mathematics

Entry Requirements 5 Year Programme Pre Medical Year Programme
GCE A-Level A B B B B B
American High School Diploma
cGPA of 3.5 with 3 Advanced Placements and a minimum score of 4 in Chemistry, Biology and Calculus or Physics GPA of 3.5 including competitive marks in Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Mathematics (without AP examinations)
(Matriculation) Monash University Foundation Pre-University Program (MUFY) or University of New South Wales (UNSW) Foundation or Western Australia Curriculum Council or HSC Sydney Australia  or  Trinity College Foundation Studies  or  Australian Universities Foundation Programmes or South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or Victorian Certificate of Education, Australia Year 12
 95 ATAR/ UAI/ Average  80 ATAR/ UAI/ Average
Canadian Pre-University (CPU) / Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP) / Canadian Grade 12/13
Not Applicable Average of 85% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma 36 points with bonus points with minimum score of 5 in HL Chemistry and HL Biology 30 points without bonus points with a minimum score of 5 in HL Chemistry and another HL Science subject or Mathematics

University Matriculation

CGPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) or better (Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English)­­ CGPA of 3.0 or better (Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English)
Foundation in Science (Malaysia) CGPA of 3.5 (Overall grades of 3As and 2B+) Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology+English CGPA of 3.0 (Overall grades of 5Bs) Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology+English
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) 1 B3, 4 B4s   (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and 2 Mathematics) 5 B4s   (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and 2 Mathematics)
Science Degrees BSc., MSc., PhD
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) / Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
Minimum overall result of 95% with no less than 80% in any individual subject Minimum overall result of 80% with no less than 75% in any individual subject
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)  *foreign language may be substituted with another subject if SPM or O-Level Bahasa Malaysia is achieved with a minimum of B
Minimum overall score of 550 points with minimum six (6) subjects which must include English, a foreign language*, Mathematics, Chemistry and one other lab sciences from the group of Biology (preferred), Physics, Chem/Physics. Minimum score of B is required in HL Chemistry. Minimum overall score of 480 points with minimum six (6)subjects which must include English, a foreign language*, Mathematics, one (1) lab science from the group of Chemistry (preferred), Biology, Physics, Chem/Physics. Minimum score of B is required in HL Science lab subject
English Language Requirement

IELTS/TOEFL/ SPM Cambridge 1119/ IGCSE English

IELTS: an average score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 for each component.

TOEFL: minimum score of 600 with test of written English at 475+
– minimum of 250 in computer-based test
– minimum of 100 in internet-based test

(Malaysians only) SPM Cambridge 1119/IGCSE English: Minimum of B

Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants with Foundation in Science, Pre-Medical Foundation (excluding RUMC Pre-Medical Year) and some Matriculation programmes must attain a minimum of the following at School Certificate level or its equivalent:

SPM / O-Levels 5 Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and another subject

Malaysian applicants must also have a minimum of credit in Bahasa Malaysia and English or its equivalent.

*Please note that all requirements stated above are minimum academic criteria and do not guarantee admission.