Application Instructions and Requirements for Admission
Important Note: Admissions decisions for September 2014 will be made on a monthly basis beginning in January. We encourage you to apply early, which may enable you to receive an early decision. The 2014 application will close on 31-May 2014 and there is no fee to submit an application this year. Please either mail the application form to Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, or submit the online application form. All supplementary materials (transcripts, test scores, letters of evaluation, etc.) must be mailed in a single envelope to Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine. Final year students may apply BEFORE receiving their completed academic transcript.
Requirements for Admission
- Required Academic Work
A degree in a science discipline (e.g. Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Engineering, etc.) with a CGPA of 3.3 or equivalent. Non-science degrees (e.g. Bachelor in Arts, Humanities or Social Science) with a minimum CGPA of 3.75 may be considered if the student has taken university level courses in biology and chemistry. Applicants must be or have previously been in attendance at institutions that are approved by the appropriate accreditation agency in the nation where the institutions are located. Each applicant must have received a Bachelors degree or its equivalent prior to enrollment in the School of Medicine. Conditional acceptances may be offered to students who will have their degrees conferred in the spring or summer of 2014.
- Official Transcripts
Applicants must send certified true copies of official transcripts with their application forms, or arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the institutions they attended to: the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine Admissions Office. In order to assess the classroom performance of an applicant, the Admissions Committee requires that all of the coursework submitted in fulfillment of admission requirements must be indicated by a defined grading system. Such a system must employ a range of numbers or letters to designate the comparative level of performance. If the applicant has received a grade of Pass/Credit for any of the specified premedical course requirements, it may be necessary for the instructor to submit a written statement evaluating the student’s performance in that course. The Admissions Committee will review transcripts individually in order to determine if the applicant has met minimum standards of achievement. Official detailed certificates and transcripts are required from:
- The pre-university program(s) attended by the applicant including: SPM, O-Levels, Matriculation, STPM, A-Levels, International Baccalaureate programs, or other program.
- All institutions where college level courses were taken including: the degree granting college and / or university attended by the applicant, and courses completed outside the student’s home institution.
- English Proficiency
All instructions at the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine will be conducted in English; therefore, all prospective students must demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written English. Malaysian candidates must submit scores for the the MUET Examination, while successful passage of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for all students whose undergraduate instruction was conducted primarily in a language other than English. English proficiency will also be determined by an interview with a member of the medical school admissions committee. A brief English aptitude test will be administered on the Interview day.
- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and Other Tests
International applicants are expected to take the MCAT and submit their scores with their applications. The MCAT is not required prior to admissions decisions for Malaysian applicants. Accepted Malaysian students who are planning to enroll will sit for the MCAT. If the MCAT is already completed, please submit results with the application.
The “Personal Statement” enables the Admissions Committee to become better acquainted with the applicant. The personal statement provides the Admissions Committee with information about the applicant’s interests and experiences that may not be known from reading other parts of the application, and a forum for the applicant to discuss why he / she is motivated to pursue a career in medicine, etc. However, the nature of the content is entirely left to the applicant’s judgment, and the space is limited to 5,000 words. There are two smaller Theme Essays that ask the applicant to answer specific questions. These essays are each limited to 500 words. All essays have to be original. The University views plagarism as a serious offence.
- Letters of Evaluation
A letter of evaluation from the applicant’s University advisor / tutor, and one additional letter of evaluation from a faculty member in a science department who have taught the applicant are required. Although not required, applicants may also submit letters from research supervisors, non-science faculty, employers, and graduate education faculty members if they have advanced degrees.
- For International Applicants
A passport number and expiry date must be indicated on the application. If an international student is admitted, a letter and financial statement will be required to verify that the student has sufficient funding available (tuition and living expenses) to attend Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine for 4 years.
- Application Review and Admissions Committee Decisions
While admission standards are highly selective, all applicants are assessed on the basis of their individual merits. There are no predetermined thresholds for grades or test scores. Following receipt of a completed application, the Admissions Committee will review applications and invite selected applicants for interviews. If invited to interview, the applicant will be notified by the Admissions Office to arrange a specific date, time and location for the interview. Personal interviews will be conducted in Malaysia. Skype interviews are available for applicants living abroad. Following the interview, the Admissions Committee will consider the entire contents of the application in making decisions including: information on application forms, academic performance, test scores, letters of evaluation, and interviews. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions on a rolling basis, typically about two weeks after the interview. The PUGSOM Admissions Committee is comprised only of the faculty and Admission staff. Their decisions are independent of any outside agency.
- Conditions of Admission
Selected applicants are admitted to the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine on a conditional basis (i.e. requirement(s) yet to be completed and receipt of final transcripts), and must fulfill all other conditions and requirements prior to enrollment.
(OPTIONAL) Other Standardized Tests: If available, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and / or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores would provide the Admissions Committee with additional information to assess the applicant’s potential to complete a rigorous academic program.
Summary of Entry Requirements
- A degree with coursework in science (e.g. Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Immunology, Chemistry and Engineering) - CGPA 3.3; Non-science degrees may be considered if the student has taken university level courses in biology and chemistry – CGPA 3.75
- Computer Literacy
- Fluency in English - MUET results (for all Malaysian candidates); TOEFL or IELTS results (for all students whose degrees were granted from a non-English speaking institution)
- Interview – There is an Admissions Committee chaired by the Director of Admissions. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview before admissions decisions are made.
- Letters - Two letters of evaluation from science faculty
- Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) - International applicants are expected to take the MCAT and submit scores with their applications.
- Communication Skills
It is expected that the student will have demonstrated precise and fluent communication in spoken and written English.
- Teamwork Skills
The applicant must demonstrate the ability to work successfully with others toward a common goal. A significant experience requiring teamwork is therefore expected in the course of the applicant’s academic and/or extra-curricular activities, and should be documented in the application.
Technical Standards for Admission
Applicants to Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine are considered without regard to disability, but with expectation that they can satisfactorily complete all parts of the curriculum within the prescribed four year period. The Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine does not offer a decelerated curriculum. In addition to certain academic standards, candidates for the M.D. degree must have abilities and skills in observation, communication, motor function, quantification, abstraction, communication, motor function, relationships and behavior. Some disabilities in certain areas may be overcome technologically, but candidates for the medical degree must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner without the use of trained assistants. The candidates must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. The candidate must be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care in emergency treatments to patients. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine motor muscular movement, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision. Those desiring additional information should contact the Admissions Office.
Note: Applicants who have not completed all of the listed courses or requirements will be considered on an individual basis. Conditional acceptances may be awarded in consideration of completing additional preparation before enrollment in September 2014.