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Medicine: Faculty of Medicine

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Introducing the faculty

Welcome to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. We thank you for trusting us to care for your loved one since 1969. The Faculty of Medicine and it's dedicated teaching hospital has successfully trained 6000 Malaysian doctors and 5000 medical specialists and cared for so many lives since its inception. The Faculty of Medicine and The University of Malaya Medical Center pledged to continue its foundation's legacy which is to produce excellent Malaysian medical practitioners by Malaysian. We will keep working with you to be the premier hub of medical education and healthcare for the nation. We thank you for your trust and support in us. You allowed us to deepen our understanding of medicine through continuous medical education, impactful research and improvement in the quality of clinical care.

Dean Message

Prof Dato' Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman
Faculty of Medicine
University of Malaya

Through its almost 50 year history at the Lembah Pantai campus, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Malaya has produced thousands of medical, pharmacy, biomedical, and nursing graduates who have gone on to serve the nation both in public and private service. In recent years the Faculty has been at the forefront of the postgraduate clinical training program in a wide range of medical specialities leading to a Masters in Medicine degree. Additionally, it offers graduate programs leading to an MSc or PhD in various other biomedical fields including pharmacy, nursing, and molecular medicine.

As one of the few medical schools in Malaysia with its own dedicated teaching hospital, The Faculty of Medicine is fortunate to have on location a 1000-bed fully equipped University of Malaya Medical Center which provides excellent training facilities for both undergraduates and postgraduate students in all specialities to fulfill our mission of excellence in patient care, education and research. Meanwhile, the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang and Banting Hospital provides additional educational clinical experience for our undergraduate medical students.

The co-existence of a dynamic faculty and student population at the Faculty of Medicine with access to fully equipped facilities at the Faculty and the medical centre has given rise to the ability to conduct multiple research programmes that encompass the basic sciences, clinical, and translational research. In line with the University’s vision to be an internationally renowned insititution of higher learning in research and innovation, members of the Faculty are embarking on numerous research programs through internal and external grants most recently supported by a large High Impact Research Grant from the Ministry of Higher Education.

The University of Malaya highly welcomes international students to its postgraduate degree and research programs. The coming together of students from as far away and diverse a culture such as Iran, Sudan, the Maldives and Bangladesh together with Malaysians from all ethnic background creates a lively and exciting environment on campus in which to live and study in.

As the first medical school in the country, the University of Malaya is proud to continue in its tradition of producing the next generation of excellent physicians and scientists including future leaders of academic medicine. We invite you to learn more about our programs through this site.



The History of the Faculty of Medicine

The history of the University of Malaya started in 1949 when the King Edward VII College of Medicine and Raffles College was merged by Carr-Saunders Commission on University Education in Malaya to serve the needs of Singapore and the Federation of Malaya. The University of Malaya was reconstituted on 15th January 1959 a Court, a Central Council, a Guild of Graduates, a Chancellor, Pro-Chancellors, and a Vice-Chancellor with two equal and autonomous Divisions, one in Singapore and the other in Kuala Lumpur. On the 1st. January 1962, the Singapore Division became the University of Singapore and in 1980 known as National University of Singapore or “NUS”, while the University of Malaya remained in Kuala Lumpur to be the premier university in Malaysia. In May 1960, a Board of Studies was set up to look into the possibility of establishing a medical school in Kuala Lumpur. The Board of Studies Report in 1961 recommended that a faculty of medicine be built in Kuala Lumpur to produce 100 medical doctors annually for Malaya. University Statute established the Faculty of Medicine in September 1962.

Dr T.J. Danaraj assumed duty as the First Professor of Medicine and Foundation Dean of the Faculty on 1st. February 1963. A selected forty (40) Pre-Medical students were selected and admitted in May 1963. These pioneers were taught in the Faculty of Science while waiting for the development of the FOM infrastructures. The first batch of 64 students (including those promoted from the Pre-Medical course) was admitted to Year I (Pre-Clinical Year) of medical course proper in May 1964. Within five years of the faculty inception, the University Hospital (now the University of Malaya Medical Centre or UMMC) was officially opened by His Majesty the Yang Dipertuan Agong, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Ismail Nasarudin Shah Ibni Alharmahum Sultan Zainal Abidin on 5th. August 1968.

UMMC has since expanded rapidly from its original central tower to various modern and purpose build towers that cater medical education, clinical care and biomedical research. Collaborative research with overseas and local partners has brought FOM and UMMC to the forefront of biomedical science and technology through the advent of new knowledge and discovery. Medical research has become the second strength for the FOM, and various centres of excellence and research were built within the UMMC and Faculty of Medicine ground. The Faculty has also expanded in its teaching activities, training highly qualified medical and allied health personnel at both undergraduate and many postgraduate specialisations.

Vision and Mission


 To be the premier Centre of Excellence in Medical Education


  • To become a Premier Medical Centre that is world renowned and to provide excellent Health Care, Education and Research Programmes delivered with efficiency, sensitivity and enthusiasm Quality Policy.

  • To be an excellent organization that supports the research needs of the Faculty of Medicine and to achieve world class organization.

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