What will I learn?

Pathology is a large and diverse field that allows a doctor to participate in multiple areas of the field or focus their scope to a specific area. It is a speciality that focuses on diagnostic work involving tissues, blood and body effluents.

The Master of Pathology programme offered by UM covers comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge to equip graduates with the necessary proficiency to become clinicians who are involved in diagnostic laboratory work and for the field of Forensic Pathology, the involvement with investigations into causes of death and medico legal work.


The course provides guided hands-on training with involved apprenticeship experience in handling laboratory practice in the hospital setting. The course also provides candidates exposure to leading a medical pathology diagnostic service; training other medical allied health professionals and medical undergraduates and to basic research methodology.

Career opportunity

Graduates are trained and can serve as:

  • Diagnostic laboratory clinicians (haematology, chemical pathology, anatomical pathology, medical microbiology).
  • Forensic Pathologists (forensic pathology).
  • Academic pathologists.
  • Research pathologists.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
RM 241,070 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected June 2021


University of Malaya

Jalan Universiti,


Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,

50603, Malaysia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Preference will be given to applicants having a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA 3.0 and above or its equivalent. A band 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic); or A score of 550 paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

For international students

Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Malaya or an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Senate and at least one year of post-registration clinical experience approved by the Senate. They should have qualified for registration as a medical practitioner under the Medical Act 1971 (Act 50) of Malaysia and satisfies the Departments requirement in an entrance evaluation recognized by the Faculty.

To obtain a score of 600 for a paper-based total (PBT); a score of 250 for a computer-based total (CBT) or a score of 100 for an internet-based total (IBT) for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or

To obtain a band of 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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About this uni

UM is the only Malaysian university to be among the Top 100 in the world and the Top 1% of the world's universities.

  • Ranked 70th in the 2020 QS World University Ranking
  • Over 200 world-class programmes to choose from
  • UM’s alumni include former Malaysian Prime Ministers
  • 32 courses ranked in the QS World’s Top 200 Subject Rankings