Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours)
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours), or in short MBBS (Hons) at Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia is a five-year undergraduate medical course designed to deliver an equivalent program to that of the Australia-based MBBS (Hons) degree. The entry criteria, learning outcomes and the assessments including marking standards are the same as those in the Clayton campus in Australia. After completing the program, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) degree by Monash University.
The course has received accreditation from the Australian Medical Council (AMC), making it the first medical program fully conducted in Malaysia to be accredited by a foreign medical accreditation council. It is also the first medical course taught fully outside Australia & New Zealand to be accredited by the AMC. This means that its graduates will be recognised to practice in Australia without having to take an additional examination.
All students will undertake Years one and two at the 12-acre campus in Bandar Sunway. Years three to five will be based at the Clinical School in Johor, with clinical studies centred at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, a tertiary and referral hospital in Johor Bahru, the southern-most point of the Malaysian Peninsula located just across the causeway from Singapore.
In the early years of study, the basic medical sciences are taught in the context of their relevance to patient care. Later in the course, clinical teaching builds upon and reinforces this strong scientific foundation. An emphasis on clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals, is a feature of the Monash course. The entire MBBS (Hons) course is completed in Malaysia, with the exception of three months in the final year of the program, where students will be trained in clinical settings in Australia.
Students who have successfully completed at least the first two years of this undergraduate course at Monash University may also have the opportunity of studying for an extra year for an Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours). During the 12-month period required to complete the BMedSc(Hons), students undertake research activities and complete a minor thesis. They may then graduate with both the MBBS (Hons) and the Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) after six years of study.
At a glance
■ The MBBS program is a highly integrated course with the objective of developing skills in critical thinking, self-directed learning, reflection and professionalism.
■ Basic medical sciences are introduced in the early years while clinical exposure and skills training occurs in the later years.
■ There is a strong emphasis on clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals.
Ranking and recognition
Monash University Malaysia has been given Self Accreditation Status by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) through the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) is accredited by:
■ The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
■ The Australian Medical Council (AMC)
■ The Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC)
■ The Medical Council of Thailand
■ The Medical Council of Mauritius (MCM)
Monash is ranked:
■ 39th in the world for Medicine by the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2016).
■ 35th in the world for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016.
For more information on rankings please refer to the Monash University website: