The University of Malaya academic staff is responsible for teaching and research. More than 2,000 academic staff teaches approximately 300 courses each year.

Doctor of Medicine (MD) - by Research

This programme is designed especially with medical practitioners of University Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) in mind.

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) is a doctorate level degree held by medical doctors. In the United Kingdom and many other Commonwealth countries, the M.D. is a higher doctoral degree reserved for those who have contributed significantly to the academic study of medicine and surgery. Unlike the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) offered by U.S medical schools and some Malaysian medical schools, this is a doctorate programme and the candidate must already have the necessary medical experience before applying for this programme. 

Medical practitioners pursuing academic medicine will find it an enriching and essential experience.  For non-academic medical practitioners, the possession of this training will give them an added advantage in applying the fruits of medical research in patient care.
Career Opportunity
A diverse range of career opportunities is open to holders of the M.D. degree, including university posts, specialist posts in the government and the private sectors, as well as in industry. 
Course Structure

To supplicate for the degree of Doctor of Medicine, a candidate shall submit a thesis which must be original work on a subject approved by the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty and at the discretion of the examiners be examined in such manner as the examiners think fit on the subject matter of the thesis and related subjects;

A candidate may not submit this thesis earlier than twenty four (24) months nor later than five (5) years after the date of his/her initial registration except with the approval of the Senate. A candidate shall give at least three (3) months notice in writing to the Registrar of his/her intention to submit his/her thesis for Examination.

Language Requirement

A non-Malaysian applicant whose degree is from a university or institution of higher learning where the medium of instruction for that degree is not the English language and where the applicant wishes to follow a programme and/or write his tesis in the English language shall be required:


  1. To obtain a score of 600 for a paper-based total (PBT); a score of 250 for a computer-based total (CBT) or a score of 100 for an internet-based total (IBT) for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or


  2. To obtain a band of 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Entry Requirement
  1. A registered medical doctor with at least two years standing in medicine and surgery from the University of Malaya, or another approved University; or
  2. possesses any other qualification as may be approved by the Senate from time to time;
Intake Schedule
Twice a year in Semester 1(September) or Semester 2 (February).
Fee Structure for Citizen
Fee Structure for Non-Citizen
Last Update: May 06, 2019