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                   MBBS Admissions Policy – 2009 Entry




Table of Contents 
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY MEDICINE MALAYSIA (NUMed Malaysia)......... 2
 MBBS Admissions Policy – 2009 Entry ............................................. 2
   Description of Programme and Application..................................... 2
   Introduction.............................................................................. 2
   Equal Opportunities Statement .................................................... 2
   Disability .................................................................................. 3
   Health Requirements for Admissions and Continuing Practice ........... 3
   Occupational Health ................................................................... 4
   Fitness to Practise...................................................................... 4
   Central Criminal Registry Disclosure ............................................. 5
   Providing False or Misleading Information ..................................... 5
   Entry Requirements: .................................................................. 5
   The Admissions Process .............................................................. 6
   a)    Screening and Shortlisting ................................................... 6
   b)    Interview .......................................................................... 6
   c)    Making Offers .................................................................... 7
   English Language ...................................................................... 8




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NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY MEDICINE MALAYSIA (NUMed Malaysia) 
MBBS Admissions Policy – 2009 Entry  
Description of Programme and Application 
NUMed Malaysia MBBS is a five-year programme of study leading to the
award of the degrees MBBS from Newcastle University.
All applicants should read the description of the programme for entry in
2009 (NUMed Malaysia MBBS 2009 Programme). For the 2009 intake to
NUMed Malaysia, students will undertake Phase I of the programme at the
Medical School, Newcastle University, UK. On satisfactory completion of
Phase I, students will return to Malaysia to complete Phase II at the
NUMed Malaysia campus in Iskandar Malaysia. During the three years of
Phase II students will undertake clinical attachments in the Government
Hospitals and Health Facilities of the State of Johor.

Introduction 
The admissions process is supervised by the Senior Tutor for MBBS
Admissions, acting on behalf of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. The
Admissions Policy is intended to ensure that the process of student
selection is free from bias. It is based on guidelines from the UK Medical
Schools Council. In considering all applicants, the Medical School will take
into account the UK General Medical Council’s (GMC) guidelines on Fitness
to Practise.
The admissions policy is reviewed annually by the MBBS Recruitment and
Admissions Executive Committee. In order to ensure that all applications
are dealt with on the same basis, changes are not made part-way through
the admissions cycle.
As a member of the UKCAT consortium Newcastle University requires
valid 1 UKCAT scores as part of the entry requirements for medicine. (See
www.ukcat.ac.uk for further information)

Equal Opportunities Statement 
NUMed Malaysia aims to ensure equality of opportunity for applicants and
for all their students in teaching, learning and assessment, and in the
provision of services. The University aims to create conditions whereby
students are treated solely on the basis of their academic achievement,
ability and potential, regardless of age, religion or belief, ethnicity,

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    Definition of ‘valid’, UKCAT scores can only be used in the year you achieved them.

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gender, marital or family status, or disability. However, selection for a
medical degree course implies selection for the medical profession and all
applicants must have the potential to fulfil the duties of a doctor as stated
by the GMC in their document ‘Good Medical Practice’.
Admissions Selectors can be drawn from a wide pool representative of
gender and ethnicity and including individuals from both a healthcare and
lay background. All selectors and staff involved in the selection exercise
are aware of their responsibility to implement the policies of NUMed
Malaysia and Newcastle University, and have participated in training
sessions.

Disability 
NUMed Malaysia is committed to the equal treatment of disabled persons
and to the principles of the UK Disability Discrimination Act. Thus, an
applicant who is judged academically suitable will, subject to the
provisions of the Act, be neither treated less favourably nor placed at a
substantial disadvantage on the grounds of disability unless this can be
justified within the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act. It is
important for applicants to contact the Medical School Office to discuss
the course requirements, and any concerns they may have.          Applicants
should be aware that such requirements change from time to time in line
with evolving good practice and prevailing legislation.
Selectors assess individuals on their personal and academic merits
without reference to any declared disability.
Any applicant who (a) meets the academic requirements, (b) is called for
interview, and (c) has declared a disability on their Application Form, may
be contacted by Newcastle University’s Disability Support Service in order
to discuss the prospective student’s support requirements.         Applicants
are encouraged to disclose any disabilities, of whatever nature, on their
application.

Health Requirements for Admissions and Continuing Practice 
NUMed Malaysia has an overriding duty of care to the public with whom
students come into close contact. All students are required to comply
with the UK Department of Health’s guidance on health clearance for
healthcare workers. Early clinical contact at Newcastle means that
students will be asked to provide proof of their immunisation status on
entry. Immunity against the following is required: Polio; Tetanus;
Varicella (Chicken Pox); Diphtheria; Measles; Mumps; Rubella; TB.
NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle University follow the UK Medical Schools
Council protocol on blood borne viruses. For further information see:

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http://www.chms.ac.uk/publications.htm.
Early in the course students will be required to be screened for Hepatitis
B; Hepatitis C and HIV. All aspects of a student’s medical record will be
bound by the same duty of confidentiality as for any doctor-patient
interaction and informed by the same ethical guidance.      For their own
protection students are advised to commence an immunisation
programme for Hepatitis B.
The status of any individual in respect of blood borne viruses will not be a
factor in the admissions selection process and will not prevent them
completing the medical degree, but may require modification of the
programme.
All applicants who take up an offer from NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle
University are required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire.
From the information provided, the Occupational Health Service will
assess the immunisation status, and students will be required to fulfil any
stipulated requirements identified from this assessment.

Occupational Health 
In certain circumstances, it may also be necessary for applicants to
undergo an Occupational Health Assessment with an Occupational Health
Consultant, appointed by the University, before the offer of a place can be
confirmed. This assessment is designed to help NUMed Malaysia ensure
that applicants are not only able to undertake the rigours of the MBBS
programme, especially with respect to working with patients in the clinical
setting, and meet its outcomes in line with the statutory requirements of
the Malaysian Medical Council and the UK General Medical Council, but to
ensure also that any reasonable support can be provided.

Fitness to Practise 
For all applicants/students, issues of fitness to practise are taken into
account at admission and throughout the degree programme.
NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle University have a duty in the public
interest to ensure that students following degrees leading to professional
health care qualifications meet relevant professional standards for fitness
to practise. NUMed Malaysia and the University have a duty also to ensure
that no member of the public is harmed as a consequence of participating
in the training of doctors. In discharging these duties, the welfare and
safety of actual or potential patients is NUMed Malaysia’s chief concern.
In addition, NUMed Malaysia and the University have a duty of care to
their students, and must ensure that any decisions are made with the
best interests of the student at heart, as part of its support and welfare

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strategy. This includes being sure, as far as possible, that a student is fit
to undertake the rigours of a demanding programme of study and a
demanding profession.
NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle University have a procedure in place
designed to ensure the Fitness to Practise of their students.     This
procedure has been drawn up with specific reference to the guidance
provided by appropriate health care professional bodies. The Procedure
can be found at:
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/student-progress/pre-arrival/FtoP.doc

Central Criminal Registry Disclosure 
NUMed Malaysia requires that new medical students undergo a
background Central Criminal Registry, Malaysia and Singapore, (CCR)
disclosure check, or equivalent check dependent upon the Country of
residence of the applicant. This type of disclosure is designed to check
whether individuals have a criminal record or not. NUMed Malaysia will
request information relating to the criminal history of all applicants who
accept an offer of a place. We reserve the right to withdraw an offer if an
applicant does not declare any relevant caution or conviction in their
application. NUMed Malaysia reserves the right to discontinue a student’s
studies on receipt of an unsatisfactory disclosure.

Providing False or Misleading Information 
Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false
information shall be rejected. NUMed Malaysia and Newcastle University
reserve the right to cancel an application and withdraw any offer if it is
found that the application contains false or misleading information.

Entry Requirements: 
•   A-Level and STPM (Malaysia Higher Education Certificate) – Grade A
    in three subjects which should include Biology and any other two
    subjects (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking).
•   International Baccalaureate. For applicants offering International
    Baccalaureate qualifications, a minimum of 38 points is required, no
    subject should be graded less than grade 5 and with Higher Level in
    Chemistry or Biology of at least grade 6. A combination including 2
    Sciences and Mathematics at Higher Level, and three other subjects
    including English are desirable but not essential.
•   Any equivalent qualification (applicants offering qualifications other
    than those listed above are advised to contact NUMed Malaysia for
    clarification on whether their qualifications are acceptable).


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•   Graduate applications from candidates with a scientific background
    will be considered. Applicants must have achieved, or expect to
    achieve, at least an upper second class or first class Honours degree or
    an Integrated Masters degree.
•   UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) On entry into the programme,
    students will be required to have a UKCAT result. The UKCAT cut off
    score may differ in each admission cycle as the cut off is derived from
    the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to NUMed Malaysia
    in the current cycle. Successful applicants will be expected to achieve
    at lease the mean UKCAT overall. More information is available at
    www.UKCAT.ac.uk
    For 2009, if students do not have a UKCAT result upon acceptance,
    they will be required to sit the test.
Note:
NUMed Malaysia would normally expect applicants to have      achieved their
qualifications on their first attempt. Those who wish         resits to be
considered must provide information on any extenuating       circumstances
they wish to be considered. Supporting evidence must be      provided from
the school/college or a medical practitioner.
NUMed Malaysia does not normally consider applications from candidates
who have previously commenced a medical degree at another institution.
Applicants should contact NUMed Malaysia with supporting evidence
explaining why they left their previous medicine degree programme. The
circumstances will be considered and a decision made on whether an
application would be considered.

The Admissions Process 
The selection process involves three stages: a) shortlisting; b) selective
interview of shortlisted candidates; and c) making offers.

a) Screening and Shortlisting 
Applications are assessed initially to check the acceptability of
qualifications and whether the entry requirements are met, including
UKCAT. Applications fulfilling the academic requirements will be passed to
the next stage. Those failing to achieve the requirement given above are
not normally considered further.

b) Interview 
The purpose of the interview is to confirm whether the candidate has the
aptitude, motivation and personal qualities to succeed as a medical
student in NUMed Malaysia, and as a potential doctor of the future.


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Interviews will be held between May and July 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.
The interview will be conducted by two selectors. At the conclusion of the
interview each selector will grade the candidate’s performance and
complete an assessment form. These grades are used as the basis for
the decision making process for actual offers. Selectors will not convey
their recommendations to the candidates at the time of the interview or at
any time thereafter.
Interviews will be arranged whilst taking applicant requests on limited
availability into consideration, but this cannot always be guaranteed.
At interview applicants will be assessed and graded under the following
main categories:
1. Choice of NUMed Malaysia
   • Ability to justify choice of NUMed Malaysia
2. Reflection on care and role of a doctor
   • Commitment to the care of others
   • Insight into medicine as a career and the role of a doctor
   • Understanding of health services and health care delivery (funding;
      resources; manpower)
   • Understanding of ethical issues in medicine
3. Reflection on personal attributes
   • Learning styles
   • Communication skills. Ability to explain a specific concept
   • Non-academic and personal interests (ability to describe personal
      interests and expand on those described)
   • Personal attributes (strengths/weaknesses; self motivation;
      leadership; teamwork and coping with stress)
4. Overall impression
   • General communication skills, fluency, ability to deal with questions
   • Ability to verify personal statement by drawing on examples of non-
      academic and personal interests contained therein and expanding
      on them.
Selectors will expect applicants to show an element of reflection, evidence
of insight into their personal attributes, the learning that has resulted
from their experiences, and an understanding of the relevance of these
factors to a career in medicine.

c) Making Offers 
Candidates who have been unsuccessful at the shortlisting stage will
normally be informed by mid May 2009



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The final ranking of a candidate at interview will determine whether or not
they receive an offer of a place, and offers will be made to candidates in
order of merit. To ensure equity, offers will be made in writing by the
Administrator (MBBS), following interview, once all of the interviews have
been completed. Offers will be made no sooner than July 2009.
Offers will normally be conditional on achievement of Grade A in three
subjects at A-Level, or equivalent, see above.
For graduate candidates, offers will normally be conditional            on
achievement of at least an Upper Second Class (2i) Honours Degree.
Note: All results must be confirmed and received by August to coincide
with the release of the ‘A’ level results. Those applicants who hold an
offer and are appealing an A level grade must inform NUMed Malaysia as
soon as possible to obtain information on the timescales relating to their
offer.
Candidates will be expected to indicate within two weeks of the offer
being made whether they intend to take up a place on the programme.

English Language 
All applicants required to provide an English Language qualification must
have achieved/achieve a minimum score of 7 in each domain of the IELTS
or equivalent qualification. For further information see:
http://www.into.uk.com/newcastle/other_information

To contact NUMed Malaysia, please email numed@ncl.ac.uk




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