RSMURUSSIAN STATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY is one of the most prestigious world wide-recognized higher medical establishments with a 95 years history. RSMU offers pre-medical course for 10 months (SPM student). After which students continue with the medical degree for six years. Founded in 1906, the university has been in a permanent process of development and adaptation to the demand of modern society. Since 1963 the Foreign Student department has prepared over 2500 medical specialists globally. The English Medium Department has been in force since 1997 for those students who prefer taking preclinical courses in English for the first three years with simultaneous studying of Russian. RSMU is the perfect choice to get prestigious university education. Hostel furnished included in the yearly fees.

Russian State Medical University (RSMU) is one of the best choices for Malaysian students to pursue higher education in medicine. Currently, there are about 700 Malaysian students studying in this university. This amount increases every year.The university offers 6 years day-time medical degree to all foreign students. Upon graduation, the students will be awarded Doctor of Medicine with major in clinical medicine.


Russian State Medical University (RSMU) has 7 faculties for undergraduate courses:-

a) Therapeutic Faculty (formerly known as Medical Faculty)

b) Pediatric faculty

c)Medico-biological faculty

d)Moscow faculty

e)Psychological Social faculty

f)Stomatological (Dental faculty)

g)Pharmaceutical Faculty.

All Malaysian students are pursuing undergraduate course in medicine under Therapeutic Faculty as this is the only faculty which is offering medical degree recognized by Malaysian Medical Council (MMC).

The course

The 6 years medical course in RSMU is divided into 2 parts:-

a) Pre-clinical years (3 years)

b) Clinical years (3 years)

In both pre-clinical and clinical years, students have to attend classes and lectures in university and hospitals. The classes and lectures are mainly conducted in university during pre-clinical years while mainly conducted in hospitals during clinical years.During pre-clinical years, students learn basic medical subjects, including biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy, histology, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology,pharmacology, etc. Education in pre-clinical years is more theory based. This is essential for students’ basic medical knowledge as well as preparation for the clinical years. During clinical years, students learn advanced medical subjects, including therapy, surgery, dermatology, neurology, obstetrics and gynaecology, forensic medicine, traumatology, urology, physiotherapy, psychiatry, pediatrics, ophthalmology, etc. Education in clinical years is more practical based. Students have to communicate with patients in hospitals and take patients’ history. This prepares the students for their future career as medical professionals.


Grouping System

All students are divided into groups. Each group consists of about 10 students. Every group has its own instructor (lecturer) during practical classes. This ensures effective learning among the students.


Medium of Instruction

Students are free to choose their medium of instruction. There are 2 mediums of instruction available for foreign students:-

a) Russian Medium

b) English Medium.

Students who choose to study in Russian Medium have to attend classes and lectures which are conducted in Russian. All textbooks are written in Russian as well as examinations are conducted in Russian.Students who choose to study in English Medium are taught in English during the first 3 years (pre-clinical years) except Operative Surgery (a subject which students need to study in Russian during 3 rd and 4 th year). All classes, lectures and examinations are conducted in English during pre-clinical years.English textbooks are also provided by the library.

However, most subjects are taught in Russian during the last 3 years (clinical years). Students have to attend classes, lectures and sit examinations which are conducted in Russian. Students are required to communicate with the patients in Russian.Textbooks which are written in Russian are provided by the library.


Academic Semesters

There are 2 academic semesters in every academic year (that means 12 semesters in total for the entire 6 years course):-

a) Autumn Semester (1 st semester)

b) Spring Semester (2 nd Semester)

Every year, autumn semester starts at 1 st September and ends at middle of January (for students in pre-clinical years) or end of December (for students in clinical years). Spring semester starts on Monday of second week of February and ends at end of May or beginning of June.



There are 2 final examinations in each academic year:-

a) Winter Examination (after autumn semester) – January

b) Summer Examination (after spring semester) – June

The examinations are conducted in written and/or oral form. Numeral grading system (2 “not satisfactory”, 3 “satisfactory”,4 “good”, 5 “excellent”) is used in final examinations. Students need to score 3, 4 or 5 in order to pass the examinations. Besides final examinations, small tests are given to the students during practical classes. These tests are given every week or every month, depending on the subject.



Students have 3 main holidays in every academic year:-

a) New Year Holiday – from 1 st January to 7 th January

b) Winter Holiday (after winter examination) – from middle/end of January until first week of February

c) Summer Holiday (after summer examination) – from beginning of July until 31 st August

Most Malaysian students fly back to their home or have vacation during winter and summer holidays.