Complete Guide to Biomedical Science Degree in Malaysia
What is Biomedical Science?
Biomedical Science is a branch of health science. Biomedical Science practitioners work closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in order to deliver the best possible patient care. Biomedical Science practitioners often work with human samples to research, diagnosis, and treat disease.
In short, the Biomedical Science practitioner diagnoses the patient, the doctor delivers the prognosis and treatment. What this means is that the Biomedical Science practitioner uses tools and techniques in the lab to accurately diagnose the problem with the patient, gives the results to the doctors, who then inform the patient of their condition and suggest the best possible treatment plan based on patient history and needs. They also are vital in new medical discoveries and technologies through ground-breaking research work.
Various Fields of Biomedical Science
Biomedical Science consists of several fields that Biomedical Science practitioners can specialise in. Most universities in Malaysia that provide a Biomedical Science Degree also equip students with valuable business and legal knowledge such as patent law, communication, and entrepreneurship within the course structure. As there are more than 26 fields or areas of specialisations, here are the top 5 fields of Biomedical Science in Malaysia.
||Closely linked to patient health as it concerns analysis of bodily fluids and samples for diagnostic and therapeutic using lab technology.
||Use of bioinformatics and genomic lab technology to treat and prevent illness and disease.
||Study of the function, disorders and treatment of the immune system.
||Study and prevention of infectious diseases caused via bacteria, fungi or viruses.
||Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness and diseases using microorganisms.
Studying Biomedical Science in Malaysia
A Biomedical Science Degree in Malaysia usually takes 3 years with additional internship periods. Studying at an institution that also has a masters pathway will ensure you have lecturers who are up to date with the latest happenings, and will also give you a chance to be directly involved in research and development.
|SPM / IGCSE
||Masters / PhD
|1 - 1.5 Years
||3 - 4.5 Years
||1 - 3 Years
It is a good idea to study Foundation in Science in the same university you plan study your Biomedical Science Degree. Thus, Foundation in Science is perfect if you have decided on what and where to study as the course is shorter and more focused on the subjects you will need in your degree.
A diploma is not a wise choice as reputable universities will not accept it as an entry requirement to a Biomedical Science Degree. Anyone who plans to make Biomedical Science their career should be prepared to continue to post-graduate.
Subjects in a Biomedical Science Degree Course
You can expect these core subjects when you study a Biomedical Science Degree in any university in Malaysia:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Cell Biology
Minimum Entry Requirements
The general minimum entry requirement to pursue a Biomedical Science Degree in Malaysia:
Biomedical Science is ideal for you if…
- You want a career in medical research and development
- You like being in the lab, experimenting and documenting
- You want to be in medicine but don’t want to be a doctor
- You are prepared to be a student for the next 4 to 7 of your life
- Words like ‘Infectious Disease’, ‘Epigenetics’ excite or interest you
Biomedical Science in Malaysia
Fresh graduates of a Biomedical Science Degree can expect a starting salary above the market average, making about RM 30,000 to RM 38,000 a year. The industry is expanding rapidly as pharmaceutical companies are focusing on maximising on Asian medicine. This has increased the demand of competent Biomedical Science Degree graduates who can research and develop new treatments.
In Malaysia, as the country develops its health-tourism sector, the expanding medical sector will need more Biomedical Science practitioners who are updated with all latest knowledge and are able to work with the high tech laboratory equipment.
Besides being a Biomedical Scientist, graduates can also go into the following careers:
- Clinical Laboratory Technologist
- Medical Microbiologist
- Medical Sales Representative
- Data Analyst
- Sales & Marketing
In short, Biomedical Science is a rapidly expanding field in South East Asia with many job opportunities!
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