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Master of Surgery (MSurg)

The word ‘surgery’ is derived from the Greek Churriguera meaning ‘hand work’. The exact art and the subtle science that is demanded from experts in this field is clearly illustrated in the Master of Surgery programmer offered by UM.

The programmer is committed to increasing future experts in the field of surgery. Students are exposed to the finer points of surgery, as well as equipped with comprehensive preparation in the fundamentals. Students will be able to improve the care of surgical patients, and effectively addresses the demands of practicing surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, surgical patients, and the public.

  • Comprehensive rotations in all general surgical sub-specialties
  • Exposure to non-general surgical specialties of your choice
  • Direct supervision by experienced and internationally recognized teaching staff
  • Opportunities to hone skills in both technical and non-technical skills relevant to surgical practice
  • International collaborations in clinical, educational and research arenas
  • Career Opportunity
  • Graduates of this programme are in high demand locally and internationally, in both private and public sectors, and many have gone on to high-ranking administrative posts within the healthcare system.
  • The programme provides a sound basis for careers in clinical, educational and research fields.
  • Successful graduates interested in academia may be invited to join the faculty.
  • Course Structure
    The programme of study comprises three stages as follows:

    (1) Phase I, comprising:

    (a) six (6) months of General Surgery posting including courses in Applied Basic Sciences and Principles of Surgery;

    (b) the option of a further six (6) months of General Surgery OR two posting of three (3) months each in Accident and Emergency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Intensive Care, Anaesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radiology or any other surgical specialty not covered in Phase II, subject to approval by the Department of Surgery and Faculty of Medicine.

    (c) initiation of a research project

    (2) Phase II, comprising:

    (a) twelve (12) months of rotation in surgical specialties comprising four (4) postings of three (3) months each: two compulsory postings in Urology and Neurosurgery, and a further two postings in any of the following: Cardiothoracic Surgery or Critical Care Medicine, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Paediatric Surgery.

    (b) continuation of a research project

    (3) Phase III, comprising:

    (a) Twenty four (24) months in General Surgery including rotating through general surgical sub-specialties, namely Colorectal, Upper GI, Hepatobiliary, Breast, Endocrine and Vascular;

    (b) submission of a research project

    (4) A candidate is required to keep a log book throughout his period of study to document tasks undertaken.

    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 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) 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 month of June.
    Fee Structure for Citizen
    Fee Structure for Non-Citizen
    Last Update: May 06, 2019