Program Overview

The Master of Orthopaedic programme is a 4-year full-time clinical training programme. It is  aimed at progressive mastery of knowledge, clinical skills, increasing responsibilities and independence in the management of orthopedic diseases, to qualify as an orthopedic surgeon. The programme recognizes the importance of acquiring the appropriate surgical skills in orthopedic practice. The programme is conducted with collaboration from the Department of Orthopedic, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia  Medical Center (UKMMC).  Candidates will be trained at accredited KPJ Hospitals for the first 2 years, before being posted at the Department of Orthopedic UKMMC in the 3rd and 4th year. This programme follows the same curriculum as other Master of Orthopedic programmes in the country. At the end of the 4 years training, candidates will sit the common Master of Orthopedic Final Examination conducted by the Malaysian Specialty Committee in Orthopaedic. This programme undergoes all the accreditation processes as prescribed by Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).

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Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Name : Assoc Prof (C) Dr Syah Irwan Shamsul Bahari

Email : [email protected]


  • Code – (N/721/7/0051) – (07/2020) (MQA/PA2645)
  • Duration– Full Time (4 Years / 8 Semesters)
  • Fees – RM250,000 / International : RM350,000
  • Mode : Full Time
  • Campus : KPJUC Nilai,  accredited KPJ Specialist Hospitals and UKM Medical Center
  • Intake – June and December


Malaysian Students:

  • Possess a Medical Degree (MD, MBBS and MBChB) or equivalent qualifications from Universities recognized by the Senate of the University College
  • Must be registered for medical practice by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and possess a valid Annual Practicing Certificate (APC)
  • Preference for candidates with 3 year experience as Medical Officer after housemanship at the time of entry in to the programme
  • Obtained satisfactory mark (band) in the Medical Specialist Pre-Entrance Examination (MedEx – Orthopedic) – starting 2022 intake.
  • Performance in previous examinations including a credit in Bahasa Malaysia in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).
  • Satisfactory performance at the selection interview conducted by KPJ University College and KPJ Specialist Hospital.
  • Evidence of financial guarantee or scholarship

International Students:

  • International candidates must have a valid Practicing Certificate from the country of origin and a Temporary Practicing Certificate (TPC) from Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
  • Graduates of Medical School outside Malaysia must complete at least 3 months of clinical attachments at Department of Orthopedics.
  • Proficient in the English Language: TOEFL score of 750 or IELTS grade 7 or an equivalent International English Competency test;
  • Evidence of financial guarantee or scholarship;
  • At least 3 years of working experience after housemanship/internship at the time of entry into the program
  • Not more than 37 years of age at time of enrolment


The programme follows the general standards set by the Malaysian Medical Council and the National Curriculum for Orthopedic Surgery.

This is a full-time 4 years clinical training programme.

All candidates accepted into this programme will be appointed as Registrars (trainee Medical Officer) at one of the KPJ Specialist Hospital (the base hospital) throughout the course. Registrars will received a monthly RM 5,000 cost-of-living allowance from the hospital. Registrars have to serve at the Emergency Department of the hospital (base hospital) for 48 hours a month (about 7 sessions per month). The rest of the time, candidates are rotated to accredited KPJ Specialist hospitals and UKM Medical Center to undergo training in orthopedics. 

In the first 2 years, candidates undergo a 3 to 6 monthly rotation at accredited KPJ Specialist Hospitals. At each hospital, candidate will perform clinical duties as a registrar at the orthopedic clinic of a senior orthopedic consultant. The hallmark of this training programme is “one-to-one” apprenticeship training, where each candidate will perform clinical duties with a senior orthopedic consultant at the clinic, ward and in the operating room. The consultant provides close supervision and immediate feedback to candidates.

Candidates sit and must pass the Part 1 Master of Orthopedic examination conducted at University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) within the first 2 years.

Candidates are posted to the Department of Orthopedic UKMMC in Year 3 and Year 4. They undergo sub-specialty postings together with other UKM candidates. Candidates are to write 10 case-writeups and encouraged to send articles for journal publication. Candidates are also required to conduct research and the research-work must be submitted as a dissertation 6 months before the final examination. Candidates will sit for the final National Conjoint Board of Orthopaedic examination conducted at public universities. After passing the final examination and fulfil all the training requirements, candidates will be awarded Master of Orthopedic KPJ Healthcare University College.