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

Master of Ophthalmology (MOphthal)

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the eye and vision. This important and dynamic speciality can be subdivided further into Glaucoma, Medical and Surgical Retina, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Neuro-ophthalmology, and Oculoplasty subspecialities.

During the period of training, trainees are exposed to the theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to all the subspecialities. Additionally, they are required to undertake a research project in order to complete the Masters in Ophthalmology degree. The general aim of this Masters degree training is to produce competent Ophthalmologists who are able to practice safely and effectively.


Successful candidates will be recognised as Specialists in Ophthalmology by the Malaysian Medical Council and Malaysian National Specialist Register (usually after a period of gazettement and/ or further supervised training).

Career Opportunity

Candidates are expected to be able to practice as Ophthalmologists in Malaysia. Additionally, recent graduates have also gone on to practice in Myanmar, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, United Arab Emirates and the Maldives.

Course Structure

(1) The programme comprises three stages as follows:

(a) Stage I, in the first year of study, comprising training in the basic medical sciences, basic ocular sciences, basic ophthalmology and related medical and surgical disciplines;

(b) Stage II, in the second and third year of study, comprising clinical ophthalmology training, medical postings and preparation of a case studies report for the number of cases which shall be as determined by the Department from time to time; and

(c) Stage III, in the fourth year of study comprising advanced clinical training in Ophthalmology and a research project.

(2) A candidate shall keep a log book throughout his period of study to document tasks undertaken.

(3) No candidate shall be permitted to proceed to Stage II of the programme of study unless he has passed or been exempted from the Part I Examination.

(4) No candidate shall be permitted to proceed to Stage III of the programme of study unless he has passed the Part II Examination.

Language Requirement

Foreign candidates who are their first degree is from a university where English is not the medium of instruction must have at least:

(1) A band 6 for IELTS; or

(2) A score of 550 paper based total or a score of 213 for computer-based total for TOEFL.

Without the language requirement above, the candidate must attend and pass the English Language Proficiency Programme (ELP) conducted by University of Malaya Centre for Continuing Education (UMCCed) at the level stipulated by the University.

Entry Requirement

(1) Entry qualifications

(a) The degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of the University or an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Senate; and

(b) At least one year of post-full registration clinical experience approved by the Senate.

(2) Other requirements

(a) Qualifies for registration as a medical practitioner under the Medical Act 1971 (Act 50) of Malaysia; and

(b) Satisfies the Department responsible for the candidate’s programme of study in an Entrance Evaluation recognised by the Faculty.

Intake Schedule
Once a year in the month of June
RM 35,508.00 (Local student)
RM 70,060.00 (International student)
(Fees above are subjected to amendment by the Management of University of Malaya)
Last Update: January 10, 2018