RCSI Masters of Science in Health Research (Part-Time)

at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC – formerly Penang Medical College (PMC))

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This 2-year, part-time innovative programme is tailored to the career development needs of medical, allied health professionals, social science graduates or professionals looking to pursue or switch to a career in research. It is also suitable for those with no medical background but are looking to contribute to the industrial perspective of health research.

The course teaching is designed to facilitate people working full-time, adopting a blended learning approach, including weekend teaching and distance learning. The research component includes hands-on workshops and designated times for direct interaction with research supervisors.

Students are jointly registered with RCSI and RUMC and have access to RCSI’s e-library.

Graduates are awarded a Master of Science from the RCSI and National University of Ireland (NUI). This is a level 9 award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) in Ireland and is compliant with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE).

Download the Brochure: RCSI MSc in Health Research 2018_Online Brochure

E-mail: postgraduate@rcsiucd.edu.my  or Call: +6 (04) 217 1999


Intake: check with Admissions

Duration: 1 year, 9 months + viva

You will be conferred a Master of Science Degree in Health Research upon successful completion of the full programme. However, should applicants prefer a shorter course, you will be conferred:

  • a Postgraduate Certificate upon successful completion of first 2 semesters
  • a Postgraduate Diploma upon successful completion of first 3 semesters


Bachelor’s Degree with minimum cGPA of 2.50

English Language Proficiency


The programme consists of 6 modules (9 months), followed by a research dissertation delivered by expert academics and researchers from Ireland, Malaysia and other countries.

Attendance is compulsory for six (6) weekend classes per semester.

The research component also includes hands-on workshops and designated times for direct interaction with research supervisors.

Supervisors are chosen based on your research area of choice. You may also choose your own research supervisor/s.

Modules are:

Semester 1 - 3 months
  • Introduction to the Research Process
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Semester 2 - 3 months
  • Basic Biostatistics
  • Measuring Health Outcomes
Semester 3 - 3 months
  • Advanced Biostatistics
  • Qualitative Research
Semester 4 - 1 year

Research & Viva


A variety of summative and formative assessment methods will be used in each moduleto evaluate student learning of the defined learning outcomes.


Applicants may apply for:



RM 40,000 only


10 students maximum to maintain quality and personal level of assistance for each student.


Submit Applications Online 

Closing Date: 2 August

Late applicants may be considered should seats still be available and time permits admissions and registration processes with RCSI and RUMC before classes start in early September.

E-mail: postgraduate@rcsiucd.edu.my   or Call: +6 (04) 217 1999

List of students since 2014


E-mail: postgraduate@rcsiucd.edu.my   or Call: +6 (04) 217 1999