Medicine in Penang Medical College (JPA Scholarship)
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After getting the JPA scholarship, off you go to INTEC, UiTM in sleepy Shah Alam where you will take your 2-year-long Edexcel A-Levels course. You will sit for all your papers at the end of the 2 years, and in between you will have to complete 2 essay tasks for Biology units 3 and 6.
Minimum entry requirements
1. A minimum A-Level result of ABB
2. A minimum IELTS band score of 7
Colleges you can twin to
The system in Penang Medical College (PMC) is similar to that of Melaka-Manipal Medical College (MMMC), where you fly off to an overseas country for your first 2.5 years and then return to Malaysia for the remaining 2.5 years. In the case of PMC, you have a choice of only 2 universities in Ireland to choose from:
University College Dublin (UCD)
This college is the college to go to if you want to experience life with those from other faculties, as UCD is not just for medical-related courses, but is open to students taking a wide range of courses. Hence, this college has more of a social life. If you go to this college, you will have to do much more research and self-study as compared to those going to RCSI.
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
This college is for those hard core med students who want to mingle with like-minded students studying medicine-related courses. The lectures are generally sufficient for passing exams in RCSI, so not much self research needs to be carried out, as compared to if you go to UCD.
The interview is a casual process in which the interviewer just wants to access your communication skills and whether you would be fit as a medical doctor. In the 2010 interviews, all of the INTECians bound to PMC passed their interviews, which indicates that the interview process is quite lenient and does not include stringent filtering of students.
Allowance in Ireland
Do not worry too much about the allowance money, as it is sufficient if you spend your money wisely and do your own cooking. Seniors have even travelled around Europe with the money saved from the JPA allowance given.