University Profile

Background

In line with UTAR’s aspiration to be a premier university with academic and research excellence, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences was established on 16 November, 2009 to offer medical and health sciences programmes to students at its Sungai Long Campus.

This faculty aims to produce medical doctors and related health science professionals to spearhead nation building in this Information Age as well as to actively conduct medical research in the areas beneficial to human community. Students will be given training, both in-depth and broad-based, on fundamental principles, advanced technology and practical aspects of medical professions. The teaching approach combines classroom instruction with web-based learning, and fosters open interactivity between staff and students; among students; and between the university community and the teaching hospital. The final objective is to train multi-skilled medical and health science graduates who are able to spearhead scientific, technological and wealth creation for the country, while giving the best medical and health services to the community at large.



Centres of Healthcare Research

There are 3 centres for research associated with Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, viz.
• Centre for Cancer Research
• Centre for Stem Cell Research
• Centre for Research in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Centre for Cancer Research

  • The Centre for Cancer Research aims to provide state-of-the-art facilities and develop integrated research programmes for fundamental and translational cancer research in Malaysia. The key areas of research will encompass early cancer detection, prognostic monitoring and development of therapeutic strategies for cancer treatment.

Centre for Stem Cell Research

  • The Centre for Stem Cell Research aims to promote multi-disciplinary stem cell research activities leading to the advancement of knowledge on the mechanisms of cellular reprogramming and stem cell differentiation leading to the translation of basic research findings into clinical benefits and improvement in the quality of healthcare in Malaysia. The Centre also collaborates with the community, industry and the government to provide innovative solutions and to facilitate knowledge transfer.

Centre for Research in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • The Centre for Research in Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to enhance and promote multi-disciplinary research leading to the advancement of knowledge and product development in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and translate basic research into clinical benefits and improvement in the quality of Traditional Chinese Medicine education and treatment in Malaysia.


Healthcare Programme Outline

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences offers 4 medical and health sciences courses. MBBS and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) courses are 5-year degree programmes, whereas Nursing and Physiotherapy courses are 4-year degree programmes.

These 4 programmes share the same basic science subjects in the first year, although the width and depth will depend on the requirements of the 4 courses. The students of the 4 different courses have an opportunity to collaborate and share inter-professional experience in learning during this period.

All 4 programmes have received provisional accreditation by MQA and are recognised by the repective professional bodies such as the Malaysian Medical Council and the Nursing Board of Malaysia.

Career Prospects for the MBBS programme

  • Upon successful completion of the medical degree, graduates are provisionally registered with the Malaysian Medical Council and undergo a two-year compulsory internship as house-officers in accredited government hospitals. On satisfactory completion of postings in the main specialties of medicine and their assessments, the house-officers would be eligible for full registration and undertake a compulsory service at any government / public university hospitals or medical centres as a medical officer.

    After completing compulsory service, the medical doctors can either continue as medical officers in government service or go into private practice as a private practitioner. If they are interested in becoming a medical specialist, they can pursue a postgraduate degree, the clinical masters, which will take about 4 years. After that, they can sub-specialise in a particular clinical discipline with an additional 3 years of sub-specialty training. Alternatively, those who are more interested in research, can pursue a PhD or Doctorate of Medicine degree, after their clinical masters.

    Clinical masters, subspecialty diplomas, PhD or Doctorate of Medicine can all be undertaken in Malaysia, with the exception of some uncommon sub-specialty fields. Certain foreign advanced professional degrees such as the MRCP (UK), FRCPath (UK), FRCPA (Australasia) can also be pursued in part or completely in Malaysia.

Career Prospects of the TCM Programme

  • Upon successful completion of the TCM course, UTAR graduates can take up a range of work opportunities related to TCM. These include practice as a TCM practitioner, acupuncturist or tui-na therapist in the TCM department of government and private hospitals, or Chinese Medicine Clinic/Hospital; TCM consultant in healthcare; sale and marketing executives for TCM products; TCM products development staff; or educator in TCM sector, research staff in academic institutions or herbal companies.

Career Prospects of the Nursing Programme

  • Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates are required to sit for the Registration Examination conducted by the Malaysian Nursing Board. Once they pass the Registration Examination, they will be provisionally registered with the Malaysian Nursing Board if they wish to work in Malaysia. The Malaysian Nursing Board Register is recognised by many countries overseas.

Career Prospects of the Physiotherapy Programme

  • UTAR graduates will help alleviate the current national shortage of qualified graduate physiotherapists and be the trainers for the future generation of physiotherapists. Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Malaysian Physiotherapy Association (MPA). Graduates can expect to find national or overseas employment as physiotherapists in various health sectors such as hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, geriatric care centres, physiotherapy clinic, community settings, health and fitness clubs, education and research, and others. Graduates may also apply for postgraduate education locally or internationally at institutes of higher education.


Academic Facilities and Resources

The faculty is housed in the Sg Long Campus and shares a 10-storey building with the Faculty of Accountancy and Management. The building has been renovated to cater to the special needs of the new faculty. Existing facilities are:


Building/Facilities Name

Total Net Square Feet (NSF)

Lecture Halls

3,630

Tutorial Rooms

4,826

Computer Laboratories

4,975

Internet Laboratories

775

Computer Research Laboratories

630

Laboratories

10,000

Counselling and Guidance Room

200

Cafeteria

4,800

Exam Strong Room

320

Reception Lobby

6,780

Bookstore

160

Administration Offices

9,636

Library

14,480

Carpark

76,501


For teaching and research in medical and health sciences, the following additional facilities have been added:

• Medical Museum with anatomy models, pathology models and computer stations for electronic learning

• Two Multimedia Resource Centres with virtual simulation programmes for basic medical sciences and clinical sciences

• Molecular Biology and Genetic laboratories with nucleic acid amplification, sequencing, fingerprinting and microarray equipment, as well as chromatographic, spectrometric and crystallography equipment for the characterisation of biochemical molecules

• Four cell/tissue culture laboratories

• Microscopy unit with microscopes for light and fluorescent examination

• Animal holding facilities

• Clinical Skills Laboratories with mannequins, simulated body parts and systems, and tools for physical examination and procedures

• Simulated general ward with beds, bed-side fittings, ripple mattress for treatment of ulcers, bed sensor strip for preventing falls, male and female mannequins

• Simulated ICU with control panel, oxygen, suction and monitoring equipment

• Infection control isolation room with anteroom, washroom, hand washing and disinfection facilities

• Simulated labour room and nursery

• Treatment room with bed, nursing sets, resuscitation trolley, etc.

• Physiotherapy (PT) centre with PT beds, wheel chairs, EMG machine, wax bath, foot/hand baths, infra-red, ultrasound, transcutaneous nerve stimulator, electrical muscle stimulator, walkers, etc.

• Gymnasium with rehabilitation equipment

• Clinic rooms with examination couch, X-ray box, etc. for patient interview, examination, counselling, specimen collection, etc.

• Bedroom and Bath-room Suite for the handicapped

• Multi-Discipline Laboratories for tutorials, small group discussion, problem-based learning, practicals and seminars

Support Services and Development Activities

Within the Sungai Long campus, there is a UTAR branch library occupying two floors (14,480 sq ft) to support the teaching-learning activities of the healthcare programmes. The most notable service is the provision of on-line library services and the electronic databases which the staff and students can access anywhere and on-demand. In addition, there is a Student Affair Department which looks after the extra-curricular needs of the student population. A student counselor is available on site. There are clinics to cater for the health needs of both the staff and the students within the Sungai Long Town.

Types of Desired Graduates (attributes) to Produce for the Healthcare Industry


• Have adequate knowledge of basic sciences for application in clinical practice
• Have skills and competence in the formulation of diagnosis and patient management
• Able to communicate effectively
• Able to work independently and with others in a team
• Have commitment to professional, ethical and social responsibilities
• Capable of self-directed, life-long learning with skills in information and resource management
• Have critical thinking, problem solving, and research and development skills
• Have commitment to disease prevention and health promotion of the community
• Aware of family and community issues in healthcare delivery

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Details on scholarships and loans are available on the UTAR website: www.utar.edu.my

Please check the Admission Homepage.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is a very young faculty, established only in November 2009. The MBBS course has only 2 intakes and the health science courses (TCM, Nursing and Physiotherapy) had their first intake in May 2011. The academic staff are very experienced teachers. We have among the teachers 3 professors who are Fellows of the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia as well as Fellows of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia. In the last two years, the faculty staff have attracted more than RM3 million for research purposes.

Course Directory

Bachelor’s Degree Level

Medicine (MBBS)

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    Offered at : Sg Long Campus
    Awarding Body: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
    Fee (RM): Refer to UTAR website
    Duration: 5 Yrs
    Entry Requirement: STPM/A-Level/UEC/Foundation/Diploma/Equivalent
    Full/Part Time: Full Time
    MOHE course Approval No.: KP/JPS(KA10873)01/15

Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Bachelor of Chinese Medicine (Hons)
    Offered at : Sg Long Campus
    Awarding Body: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
    Fee (RM): Refer to UTAR website
    Duration: 5 Yrs
    Entry Requirement: STPM/A-Level/UEC/Foundation/Diploma/Equivalent
    Full/Part Time: Full Time & Part Time
    MOHE course Approval No.: KP/JPS(KA11119)07/15

Nursing

  • Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)
    Offered at : Sg Long Campus
    Awarding Body: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
    Fee (RM): Refer to UTAR website
    Duration: 4 Yrs
    Entry Requirement: STPM/A-Level/UEC/Foundation/Diploma/Equivalent
    Full/Part Time: Full Time
    MOHE course Approval No.: KP/JPS(KA11299)10/15

Physiotheraphy

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
    Offered at : Sg Long Campus
    Awarding Body: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
    Fee (RM): Refer to UTAR website
    Duration: 4 Yrs
    Entry Requirement: STPM/A-Level/UEC/Foundation/Diploma/Equivalent
    Full/Part Time: Full Time
    MOHE course Approval No.: KP/JPS(KA10816)10/15

Words of Encouragement to Prospective International students


UTAR Sungai Long Campus is an English speaking campus where learning is conducted in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment. You will be served by a team of creative, communicative and caring UTAR staff.

Contact Details


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

Professor Dr Cheong Soon Keng, Dean of Faculty (cheongsk@utar.edu.my)

UTAR Sungai Long Campus, Bandar Sungai Long, 43000 Kajang, Selangor
Tel No : 03-9019 4722
Fax No : 03-9019 1959
Website : www.utar.edu.my
MoHE Approval Number : KP/JPS(KA10816)10/15