MSc in Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment originated 2500 years ago. WHO recognised it from 1970s and accept it as Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the world.

In collaboration with Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM), IMU is launching the Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSc in Acupuncture) programme which is approved by MOHE and MQA. All the courses are in English.

The MSc in Acupuncture programme is a part-time programme designed in mind for working professionals. The programme incorporates both online and face-to-face (mainly at weekends) learning activities to engage students, with the aim to train competent
acupuncturists who are knowledgeable and skilful in acupuncture practices such as needling and moxibustion techniques, Chinese medicine theory and diagnostics etc.

Students can opt to complete the programme locally or to go to SHUTCM for part of their studies to obtain an additional Master of Acupuncture from SHUTCM.



Acupuncture (Master of Science)



Total Duration

Master of Science in Acupuncture (IMU) : 2½-5 years part-time

Master of Science in Acupuncture (IMU) and Shanghai
University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Master of
Acupuncture : 3-5 years part-time

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Applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. A Bachelor Degree in Chinese Medicine, Medicine, Medical Sciences or its equivalent with a minimum cGPA 2.50 and above as accepted by University’s Senate; or
  2. A Bachelor Degree in Chinese Medicine, Medicine, Medical Sciences or its equivalent not meeting cGPA 2.50, will be subjected to a minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience
For Malaysian Students
Not applicable
For International Student

IELTS Overall band score of 5.0
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) Overall score of 160
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) Overall score of 180
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of 36
TOEFL (iBT) Overall score of 34


Malaysian Student (RM)
Application Fees 150
Registration Fee 1,100
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester– 40
Tuition Fees
Local Track 60,000

(Only for 2018 Intake)Double Degree Track120,000


  • Effective 2016, there will be a 15% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for all IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate study and meet the eligibility criteria
  • 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
  • All fees quoted are in Ringgit Malaysia unless stated otherwise.
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a reduction in tuition fees.


What is the aim of the programme?

Molecular medicine has been recognised as a major focused area of contemporary medical research, and had facilitated recent breakthrough in disease diagnosis, management and treatments. For instance, it is now possible to elucidate multiple metabolites and toxin derived from drug based on interomics approach, design highly specific and individualised treatments through genomics screening, bioinformatics and chemoinformatics assessment and enhance bioavailbility of new drugs by making use of nano-delivery.

The MSc in Molecular Medicine is designed for science and medical graduates seeking advanced training in molecular and disease-oriented research. This programme aims to deliver an exceptional curriculum to equip students with skills that meet the highest  demands and expectations of scientific rigour. The curriculum is innovative and draws
on the expertise of our world-renowned faculty who are also passionate researchers.

Core modules present the latest scientific developments in molecular medicine that are delivered through innovative andragogy. Students will appreciate the role of simple and complex molecules in human diseases and the ways in which systems biology, computational biology and chemical genetics have transformed research strategies and methodology in stem cell technology and therapeutics, drug design and development as well as medical and clinical research.

Upon completion, career paths are available as research scientists in academia, research institutes or industries worldwide. Graduates may also continue their education as PhD students at IMU or elsewhere.

What are the programme objectives?

The objective of the programme is to produce highly competent clinical and medical scientists as well as researchers and professionals in the health and life sciences who are well-equipped with up-to date knowledge and understanding of the advancement in molecular medicine.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants are required to have obtained:

  • A bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the HEP Senate; or
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.50 and not meeting CGPA of 2.75, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment; or
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.


English language requirement:
All students are normally required to provide written evidence of their ability in the English Language in order to study in IMU. The standard English Proficiency requirements are usually overall band score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 (PBT) or 79 (IBT) or MUET band 4.
What is the structure of the programme?

The IMU MSc Molecular Medicine programme consists of 2 semesters of coursework followed by a research project in the third semester. New semesters commence in March and September each year.
While all coursework classes are conducted on weekends to accommodate students that have personal or work commitment on weekdays; students that undertake the research project in the final semester would be required to be physically based at IMU. The minimum completion duration for the programme is 18 months and maximum is 4 years. A student must complete 40 credits (15 credits from core coursework modules, 5 from selective coursework modules and 20 from research project) to graduate.

Core modules are as follows:

Molecular Medicine (3 credit)
Immunology and Infection (2 credit)
Molecular Basis of Diseases 1 (3 credit)
Molecular Basis of Diseases 2 (4 credit)
Research Methodology and Scientifi c Writing (3 credit)
Research Project (20 credit)

Selective modules are as follows:

Bench to Market (2 credit)
Bioinformatics (3 credit)
Clinical Research 1 (2 credit)
Clinical Research 2 (2 credit)
Laboratory Management (2 credit)
Stem Cell Technology and Therapeutics (3 credit)
Drug Discovery, Design and Development (3 credit)

What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

What are the teaching/learning approaches used?

Teaching and learning activities include lectures, case studies, workshops, seminars, presentation, assignments, discussions and tutorials.

How are the students assessed?

In course assessment throughout the programme via written reports (case study report, critical reviews, assignments, CAL reports, scientifi c writing and etc.) and oral presentations in all coursework modules. Research dissertation, presentations and viva voce are used to assess research project. There are no end-of-semester examinations for all modules.

Who are the teaching staff?

Teaching and learning activities comprise both conventional and blended learning approaches integrated into lectures, case studies, workshops, seminars, presentations, assignments, discussions and tutorials. There are no laboratory practical in each coursework module, except in the research project.

Why choose this programme?
  • The programme is delivered through insightful and innovative research-driven approach by our experienced and internationally acclaimed faculty who are enthusiastic about sharing their vast experiences in molecular medicine.
  • Every student will have the opportunity to spend a minimum of six months engaging in a research project in any one of the IMU research thrust areas, in particular, bioactive molecules, drug discovery and delivery, population health as well as cancer and stem cells.
  • We have close research collaboration with researchers from our partner universities. Students would have opportunities to conduct their research in one of our partner universities in the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Research and teaching activities are supported by cutting edge facilities and well equipped modern research laboratories.
  • Students who are in full-time employment have the option of attending the course part-time due to the modular format of the programme. It may also be possible for them to conduct their respective research project at their workplace.


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Interested in applying for one of our programmes?

You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  1. Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  2. Evidence of English language proficiency
  3. 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!

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“IMU MSc Acupuncture is the first and only degree
acupuncture programme available in Malaysia. The curriculum of the programme is aligned with international standards, and to cater for the various background of students. It will meet the necessities of people who have shown a strong interest towards the development and standardised application of acupuncture.”

BMed (Acupuncture, Tuina and Orthopaedics), MMed (Acupuncture). He was Professor in Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, College of Acupuncture and Tuina and he has clinical and teaching experience specialised in acupuncture over 35 years in China. He also practiced Chinese Medicine in Norway, Singapore, Thailand as well as USA before.



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