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Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the eye and vision. This important and dynamic speciality can be subdivided further into Glaucoma, Medical and Surgical Retina, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Neuro-ophthalmology, and Oculoplasty subspecialities.

During the period of training, trainees are exposed to the theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to all the subspecialities. Additionally, they are required to undertake a research project in order to complete the Masters in Ophthalmology degree. The general aim of this Masters degree training is to produce competent Ophthalmologists who are able to practice safely and effectively.

  • Successful candidates will be recognised as Specialists in Ophthalmology by the Malaysian Medical Council and Malaysian National Specialist Register (usually after a period of gazettement and/ or further supervised training).
  • Candidates are expected to be able to practice as Ophthalmologists in Malaysia. Additionally, recent graduates have also gone on to practice in Myanmar, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, United Arab Emirates and the Maldives.

(1) The programme comprises three stages as follows:

  • Stage I, in the first year of study, comprising training in the basic medical sciences, basic ocular sciences, basic ophthalmology and related medical and surgical disciplines;
  • Stage II, in the second and third year of study, comprising clinical ophthalmology training, medical postings and preparation of a case studies report for the number of cases which shall be as determined by the Department from time to time; and
  • Stage III, in the fourth year of study comprising advanced clinical training in Ophthalmology and a research project.

(2) A candidate shall keep a log book throughout his period of study to document tasks undertaken.

(3) No candidate shall be permitted to proceed to Stage II of the programme of study unless he has passed or been exempted from the Part I Examination.

(4) No candidate shall be permitted to proceed to Stage III of the programme of study unless he has passed the Part II Examination.

A non-Malaysian applicant whose degree is from a university or institution of higher learning where the medium of instruction for that degree is not the English language and where the applicant wishes to follow a programme shall be required:

  • 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).

1) Entry qualifications

  • Candidate, in the preceding academic session, has passed the Examination for the degree of Master of Medical Science in Clinical Pathology; or
  • Possesses a Master’s degree in Clinical Pathology or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate; and
  • Has in the preceding year, at least six month of practical experience in the chosen specialty.

2) Other requirements

  • Qualifies for registration as a medical practitioner under the Medical Act 1971 (Act 50) of Malaysia; and
  • Satisfies the Department responsible for the candidate’s programme of study in an Entrance Evaluation recognised by the Faculty.
  • Once a year in June.


Fee Structure for Citizen
Fee Structure for Non-Citizen

Last Updated: 05/08/2019