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Master in Pharmacy Practice
IMU’s Master in Pharmacy Practice provides a platform for aspiring pharmacists to improve their skillsets, to create an impact on their professional practice and fast-forward their career trajectories.
The first of its kind to be offered in a Malaysian private university, the Master in Pharmacy Practice programme is unique as it offers four areas of specialisation with research, namely Clinical Pharmacy, Social & Administrative Pharmacy, Pharmacy Management or Clinical Research.
Students are taught and supervised by an established faculty that pursues excellence in a wide range of research activity including published research in international peer-reviewed journals. Students also get to participate in collaborations with various local and foreign institutions in areas such as cancer, bioactive molecules, nutrition and environmental health.
This programme is available full-time or part-time, allowing pharmacists to continue working while undertaking a flexible schedule of campus-based classes and experiential learning, with online support and contact with tutors when needed.
Part-time: 2-4 years
The programme is offered in a blended mode, which means that you can undertake much of the study online, with some weekend on-campus sessions to attend face to face teaching and learning sessions. The online platform of IMU will allow you to access all the contents online. The face to face teaching and learning sessions will be scheduled on weekends to allow the working pharmacists to continue their job/practice and complete the master’s degree.
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Social & Administrative Pharmacy
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Clinical Research (Effective from Sep 2019)
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A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
|Applicants are required to have obtained:
||For Malaysian Students
|For International Students
The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:
APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES
|Malaysian Student (RM)||International Student (RM)|
|Refundable Caution Deposit||2,000||2,000|
|Student Association Fee per Semester||40||40|
- All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 25% bursary.
- Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
- Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
- Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees“.
- For information on Student Visa Application fee, please check the “Visas & Immigration“
Anil Tumkur Mruthyunjaya
- Conducting of clinical trial
- Linguistic validation of quality of life instruments
- Pharmacoeconomic evaluations – Quality adjusted Life years
- Patient reported outcomes
- Design and Evaluation of Pharmaceutical Pictograms
- Self-care for heart failure patients.
- Evaluation of self-reported medication adherence and its associated factors among epilepsy patients in Hospital Kuala Lumpur N Molugulu, KS Gubbiyappa, CRV Murthy, L Lumae, AT Mruthyunjaya Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy 2016;7(4):105
- Usage of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers in diabetic hypertensive patients-A Review A Tumkur, CTW Yee, ELC Yee, FS Sheng, TS Ern Manipal Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2016; 2(1):3-10
- Study of Premenstrual Syndrome Among Future Healthcare Professionals In Masterskill Global College N Molugulu, A Tumkur, KC Nilugal International journal of pharmacy and pharmaceutical scienes 2016;8(2):66-71
- Pharmaceutical Waste Management An Overview A Kadam, S Patil, S Patil, A Tumkur Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2016;9(1):3
- Humanistic and Economic outcomes among patients receiving Percutaneous Intervention PM Muragundi, AM Tumkur, R Shetty, N Udupa, AN Nagappa Value in Health 2016;3(18):A43
- Health professions education: skills instruction & assessment
- Medication safety
- Lee SW, Chong CS, Chong DW. Identifying and addressing drug-related problems in nursing homes: An unmet need in Malaysia? Int J Clin Pract. 2016;70(6):512.
- Lee SW, Lai NM, Chaiyakunapruk N, Chong DW. Adverse effects of herbal or dietary supplements in G6PD deficiency: A systematic review Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2017;83(1):172-179.
- Hasan SS, Teh KM, Ahmed SI, Chong DW, Ong HC, Naina B. Quality of life (QoL) and International Normalized Ratio (INR) control of patients attending anticoagulation clinics. Public Health. 2015;129(7):954-962.
- Hasan SS, Shamala R, Syed IA, Basariah N, Chong DW, Mei TK, Chin OH.Factors affecting warfarin-related knowledge and INR control of patients attending physician- and pharmacist-managed anticoagulation clinics. J Pharm Pract. 2011;24(5):485-493.
- Syed Shahzad Hasan, Pei Se Wong, Syed Imran Ahmed, David Weng Kwai Chong, Chun Wai Mai, Peter Pook, Therese Kairuz, Perceived impact of clinical placements on students’ preparedness to provide patient-centered care in Malaysia, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 2013 (5) 303-310.
Lo Yoke Lin
- Clinical pharmacy
- Clinical pharmacology
- Modeling and simulations
- Factors associated with abrupt discontinuation of dabigatran therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation in Malaysia SA Beshir, KH Chee, YL Lo International journal of clinical pharmacy 2016; 38 (5):1182-1190
- Rate and associated factors of novel oral anticoagulant-induced bleeding in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation in a university affiliated hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia S Beshir, S Sim, KH Chee, YL Lo Pharmacotherapy 2016; 36 (7):E84-E84
- Rapid and Simultaneous Quantification of Levetiracetam and Its Carboxylic Metabolite in Human Plasma by Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry LL Yeap, YL Lo PloS one 2014;9(11):e111544
- Valproate‐induced reversible sensorineural hearing loss: a case report with serial audiometry and pharmacokinetic modelling during a valproate rechallenge LL Yeap, KS Lim, YL Lo, MZA Bakar, CT Tan Epileptic Disorders 2014; 16(3):375-379
- Slow carbamazepine clearance in a nonadherent Malay woman with epilepsy and thyrotoxicosis LL Yeap, KS Lim, CC Ng, AHP Khor, YL Lo Therapeutic drug monitoring 2014;36(1):3-9
Mari Kannan Maharajan
- Public Health and Patient safety
- Pharmacy Education
- Technology Enhanced Learning
- Prevention of communicable diseases
- Preclinical cardiovascular pharmacology
- Influence of Perceived Risk on Willingness to Pay for Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Diseases M Maharajan, K Rajiah, SK Num, WY NGU, SLH Ying, YC Yan, YS Lin Value in Health 2016;19 (7):A870
- Pharmacy students’ knowledge and perceptions about adverse drug reactions reporting and pharmacovigilance K Rajiah, MK Maharajan, S Nair Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal 2016;24(5):600-604,
- Ebola: Emergency preparedness and perceived response of Malaysian health care providers. K Rajiah, MK Maharajan, SZB Samsudin, CL Tan, ATY Pei, AW San Ying American Journal of Infection Control 2016; 44(12):1720-1722,
- Zika Virus Infection: Current Concerns and Perspectives MK Maharajan, A Ranjan, JF Chu, WL Foo, ZX Chai, EYY Lau, HM Ye, Clinical reviews in allergy & immunology, 2016;51:383.
- Cervical Cancer Prevention in Malaysia: Knowledge and Attitude of Undergraduate Pharmacy Students Towards Human Papillomavirus Infection, Screening and Vaccination in Malaysia MK Maharajan, K Rajiah, KNS Fang, LY Lui Journal of Cancer Education, 2015; 1-9
- Patient safety
- Drug safety and efficacy
- Medication adherence
- Prescription auditing
- Evaluation of attitude and perception of retail pharmacists towards patient safety. P Sivanandy, M Marikannan, WT Tyng, LT Wee, YL Chong. ISPOR- 7th Asia Pacific Conference- Value in Health, 2016; 19(7): A823.
- Case report on Diabetic Amyotrophy. P Sivanandy, R James. Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2016; 9(3): 204-205.
- Current trends in the management of Ebola virus disease-an updated systematic Review. Palanisamy S, Shim HS, Ong YC, Dayalini R, et al. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, 2016; 6(8): 589-595.
- Evaluation of patient safety culture among Malaysian retail pharmacists: results of a self-reported survey. Sivanandy P, Maharajan MK, Rajiah K, Wei TT, Loon TW, Yee LC. Patient Preference and Adherence, 2016; 10: 1317-1325.
- Microwave assisted synthesis and evaluation of some thiazole analogues as antitubercular agent. Sumathy A, Palanisamy S, Arathi KN, Karthik D, Srinivasan M. Asian Pacific Journal of Pharmacy and Phytochemistry. 2016; 1(01) :2-10.
- Patient safety
- Drug Utilisation Review
- Drug – food interactions
- Comparison of relevant safety information stated on OTC medications used for cough and cold in Malaysia SS Piyush. Mittal, Cheng Jiaxin Journal of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems 2015
- Hydromorphone (OROS): Its efficacy in acute and chronic pain RK Verma, P Mittal, A Barua, S Kumar Scientific Research and Essays 2013; 8(35):1676-1678
- A study on the role of vitamins and minerals supplementations in the treatment of tuberculosis SM A. K. Singh, J. B. Gogoi, N. C. Pant, P. Mittal, V. Juyal Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development 2013; 4(2)
- Drug-dietary interaction potential of garlic on glimepiride treated type 2 diabetic Wistar rats P Mittal, V Juyal Journal of Diabetology 2012; 3, 2
- Antibiotic resistance-A global issue of concern R Bisht, A Katiyar, R Singh, P Mittal. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research 2 (2), 34-39
Pravinkumar Vishwanath Ingle
- Pharmacy Education
- Clinical Research/study related to diabetes mellitus
- Public health and Patient safety
- Drug utilisation review
- Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs)
- Development and novel therapeutics in hepatocellular carcinoma: a review. Ingle PV, Samsudin SZ, Chan PQ, Ng MK, Heng LX, Yap SC, Chai ASH, Wong ASY Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 2016;12:445—455
- A prospective Study on Adverse Drug Reactions from Pegylated Interferon Alfa-2a and Alfa-2b in Combination with Ribavirin in Hepatitis B and C. P. V. Ingle, S. D. Patil, S. A. Sharma*, P. H. Patil Journal of Pharmaceutical Research & Clinical Practice 2016; 6(1):1-6
- Study of rational prescribing and dispensing of prescriptions with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in orthopedic outpatient department. PV Ingle, PH Patil, V Lathi Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research 2015;8(4):278-281
- Anaemia as a Risk Factor for Maternal-Perinatal Complications and Pregnancy Outcomes in Pregnant Womens P. V. Ingle, S. D. Patil, *J. M. Patel, P. N. Dighore Journal of Pharmaceutical Research & Clinical Practice 2015;5(3):1-7
- Clinical Impact of Thyroid Dysfunction in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus. Pravin V Ingle*, Hetalben A Patel, P. N. Dighore, PH. Patil. International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences 2015; 3(2):327-334
Syed Imran Ahmed
- Public Health
- Health Professions’ Education
- Qualitative Methods (Phenomenological Approaches)
- Quantitative Designs including (Cross-sectional, Case-Control
- Psychological health and menopause-specific quality of life of Malaysian women with type 2 diabetes SS Hasan, K Thiruchelvam, SI Ahmed, AM Clavarino, AA Mamun, Asian Journal of Psychiatry 2016;23:56-63
- Beliefs and practices of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among HIV/AIDS patients: A qualitative exploration. IA Syed, SAS Sulaiman, MA Hassali, K Thiruchelvam, SH Syed, CKC Lee. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2016;8(1):41-47
- Adverse drug reactions and quality of life in HIV/AIDS patients: Advocacy on valuation and role of pharmacovigilance in developing countries. IA Syed, SAS Sulaiman, MA Hassali, CKC Lee HIV & AIDS Review 2015;14(1):28-30
- A qualitative insight of HIV/AIDS patients’ perspective on disease and disclosure IA Syed, S Sulaiman, S Azhar, MA Hassali, K Thiruchelvum, CKC Lee Health Expectations 2015; 18(6):2841-2852
- Factors associated with poor CD4 and viral load outcomes in patients with HIV/AIDS IA Syed, SAS Sulaiman, MA Hassali, SH Syed, LH Shan, CKC Lee Journal of Medical Virology
Wong Pei Se
- Elderly care
- Pharmacy Education and Pharmacy Career
- Asthma management
- Self-medication practices
- Babar MG, Hasan SS, Ooi YJ, Ahmed SI, Wong PS, Ahmad SF, Mnm-Rosdy NM, Malik NA. Perceived sources of stress among Malaysian dental students. Int J Med Educ. 2015 ; 2(6):56-61
- Saw PS, Nissen LM, Freeman C, Wong PS, Mak V. Health care consumers’ perspectives on pharmacist integration into private general practitioner clinics in Malaysia: a qualitative study. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2015 ;19 (9) :467-77 (IF: 1.676)
- Shazia Qasim Jamshed, Pei Se Wong, Heng Chin Yi, Gan Siaw Yun, Muhammad Umair Khan, Akram Ahmad. Self-medication practices among female students of higher educational institutions in Selangor, Malaysia: A quantitative insight. Journal of Pharmacy And Bioallied Sciences. Available here
- Exploring The Role Of Pharmacists In Private Primary Healthcare Clinics In Malaysia: The Views Of General Practitioners. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 2016 (In press)
- Thiruchelvam K, Hasan SS, Wong PS, Kairuz T. Residential Aged Care
Medication Review to Improve the Quality of Medication Use: A Systematic Review. JAMDA 2016 (in press)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About the Course Structure
The specialisations are Clinical Pharmacy, Social & Administrative Pharmacy, Pharmacy Management and Clinical Research.
You may select any specialisation available, based on your interests or job requirements and future career plan.
The programme is accredited by the MQA and the Malaysian Ministry of Education.
This mixed mode Programme has course work (Semester 1 and 2) and research project (Semester 3) in the curriculum. There are modules in semester 1 and 2 and each specialisation has their own set of modules (maximum 6 in 2 semesters). You will be able to get 20 credits from all the modules and the remaining 20 credit is from Research Project.
The duration for full-time is 1.5 years and part-time 2 to 4 years.
IMU has come out with an innovative idea of a blended learning mode for MPP. Most of the Teaching and Learning activities are student-centerd and self-directed. All the Teaching and Learning materials of MPP programme is available online and a greater percentage of Teaching and Learning activities are delivered online. The teacher-centered activities and the activities which need a hands-on training and a facilitation from an expert are scheduled as face-to-face sessions. The percentage of online and face-to-face sessions is based on the suitability of the content and the type of learning activity in each module.
All IMU students access information about their programme of study via the IMU e-learning portal, that contains course materials, timetable, module guide, etc. You will get access to the elearning portal once you have registered for the programme/module.
A full-time student may complete the course in 1.5 years.
A part-time student may complete the course in 2 years minimum, and 4 years maximum.
A full time student can take up to a maximum of 3 modules per semester and a part time student can take 1-3 modules per semester
Any extension of time may normally be granted on non-academic grounds, and only at the sole discretion of the Senate of IMU. However, the maximum duration to complete an MPP programme is 4 years.
Yes, you may change from full-time to part-time, ideally within the first 2 semesters.
The modules will be delivered at a fixed schedule for both full-time and part-time students together. The face-to-face sessions are scheduled only in the weekends. A part-time student can choose the module(s) based on their convenience in each semester. They need to pay the fees based on the number of modules selected in that semester. For a part-time candidate, the schedule for the fee payment is personalised, based on his or her selection of the modules in a semester.
For the classes and coursework of the modules they selected, they can refer to the MPP timetable in each semester.
For a part-time student, the research project is available after they have completed selected modules (up to 12 credits) including Research Methodology and Scientific writing. It can be carried out at your workplace with the help of your assigned research supervisor. The duration of research module is from minimum 6 months (1 semester) to maximum 12 months (2 semesters).
Yes, All MPP students research is supported by IMU. Your research project will be supervised by 2 supervisors from IMU. The research project grant application process will go through IMU Joint committee foe Ethics and Research. The research project will be funded up to RM 10,000.
No. Current Malaysian immigration regulations specify that international students must undertake full-time study to be granted a visa.
There is a 2-week break between each semester.
All the modules have 100% in-course assessment. The in-course assessments are the combination of assignments, case studies, critical reviews, presentations, and projects. Each module may have 2-4 type of in-course assessment.
The research project dissertation is evaluated in Semester 3.
You will submit your assignments through the University eLearning portal (virtual learning environment).
You will be provided a unique username and password for access.
Eligibility Criteria and Admission
A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in pharmacy with a cGPA of 2.50 and above.
If the cGPA is less than 2.5, a relevant working experience (5 years) will also be considered.
Not applicable for local students. For International students from countries in which English is the first language, International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English are exempted from the English Language requirements. For others, any one of the following is required.
IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
TOEFL (PBT) : Overall score of 410-413; or
TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 34; or
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 160; or
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 180; or
Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 36;
There is no age limit.
You are eligible to apply if you meet the requirements.
March and September
You may apply as a full-time or a part-time student. If you receive your PRP posting during your candidature, you may continue studying while working. If you feel you need more time to complete the coursework, you may opt for part-time candidature.
Provisionally Registered Pharmacists (PRP) who opts to pursue R&D training as pre- registration requirement will undergo intensive training under Research and Development (Academia) setting for a period of 52 weeks. The Research Project in this programme in Semester 3, consist of 22 weeks. You may extend your research work further to fulfil the requirement for PRP.
Apply and confirm your acceptance of an offer by paying the registration fee.
If you are a Malaysian student it is preferable for you to apply at least 1 month before commencement of the programme.
If you are an international student it is preferable to apply at least 2 months before commencement of the programme so that there is adequate time to process your student visa application.
The normal time period for processing applications is between 2 and 4 weeks, if you have submitted the application with all supporting documents and you have paid the application fee.
A 25% bursary in tuition fees is available to all IMU alumni.
You may also apply for the MyMaster or MyBrain scholarship. There is a possibility of receiving a scholarship of up to RM10,000.
In the past, several successful candidates have been granted this scholarship for some postgraduate programmes.
For all international students there is a special bursary is available. Please contact admissions department for more details.
The application fee is RM150 for local students and RM450 for international students. This fee is payable upon application submission and is non-refundable.
The registration fee of RM1,100 for local students and RM3,400 for international students is payable upon acceptance of an offer and is non-refundable.
The tuition fee rates for full-and part-time candidature are the same. For a part-time candidate, the schedule for the fee payment is personalised, based on his or her selection of the modules in a semester.
There are careers fairs, networking events are happening in and out of university. There are a variety of academic and professional skills training by experts from IMU and other international universities. You are encouraged to attend any of the training sessions, which is suitable for your future career.
In addition to this, we run a workshops on ‘How to improve your CV’ with an aim to equip you with the skills to make high-quality CV and to perform well in interviews.
We encourage you to be proactive to learn more about your chosen career and to develop your professional skills and network.
Accommodation & Other Facilities
As an IMU postgraduate student, you may use all the teaching and learning facilities at our campus. Our library collections comprise both printed and online materials.
You may access the IMU Library online, and utilise a variety of online databases and e-journals that are accessible on-campus or off-campus via the Students’ Portal.
The Students’ Portal contains useful information such as class timetable, examination results, course registration information, the latest information on course materials and important announcements.
All students will be given an email account – IMU mail – to correspond with their lecturers. All course-related announcements will be sent to students via this email account.
Yes. Accommodation rentals are separate from MPP Programme fees.
The cost of you incur will depend on your lifestyle. There are plenty of options available around IMU Bukit Jalil area. You are advised to work out your budget prior to your arrival in Kuala Lumpur so that you will be financially well-prepared for the duration of your studies.
ENQUIRIES? CONTACT US
Interested in applying for one of our programmes?
You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:
- Verified copies of your academic qualifications
- Evidence of English language proficiency
- A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport
These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made.
We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!
WHY STUDY PHARMACY PRACTICE AT IMU
IMU is a leader in health professions and health sciences education in Malaysia
Programme streams and research experience relevant to your field
The research topic can be selected based on your stream. Working pharmacists can undertake research in their workplace. The starting point for practice-related research is often a problem that needs to be systematically understood.
Flexibility for working professionals and support for learning
“The pharmacy profession is undergoing evolution worldwide, and modern day pharmacists extending their professional roles to meet the changing health care needs around the world. This Master’s programme can help pharmacy graduates to develop into an advanced practitioner, with enhanced leadership and research skills. The programme is offered in a blended mode, which means that you can continue in practise whilst undertaking postgraduate education.”
DR MARIKANNAN MAHARAJAN
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director
BPharm (TNMMU), RPh, MPharm (AU), PhD (SASTRAU)