Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MSc)

Competent Pharmaceutical and Analytical Scientists are in demand in the pharmaceutical industry. If you have a degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or other related disciplines, the IMU MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme could help you extend your knowledge and expertise in the field.

The programme encompasses drug discovery, drug design, drug development, pharmaceutical microbiology, product commercialisation, the biotechnology market, current trends in pharmaceutical technology, advanced analytical chemistry, separation techniques, research methodology, writing skills, green chemistry, quality management, natural products and the regulatory environment.

IMU’s Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme consists of three semesters and is a combination of course work and research. Learning activities are conducted on weekends for the convenience of working students.

This Programme is Now Available in ODL mode

Open and distance learning (ODL) provides working professionals an alternative to conventional programmes at universities, giving them the opportunity to earn a university degree without interrupting their career while providing flexibility and convenience for the student in their studies. Not sure if this is the programme for you? Try out our free trial lesson today!


MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Master of Science)


March and September

Total Duration

1½ years – 6 years

Mode of Delivery

Conventional / Open & Distance Learning (ODL)

Tuition Fees

All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 25% bursary.

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The MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MAPC) programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community and the oldest chemical society in the world. Accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry is a formal recognition that the programme is in line with international quality and standards. Employers are assured that graduates with accredited degrees have achieved the standards required to be considered professional chemists.

Open and distance learning provides working professionals with an alternative to conventional programmes at universities, giving them the opportunity to earn a university degree without interrupting their career.

As Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with 27 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education, IMU offers a few postgraduate programmes via this learning mode with students having the opportunity to benefit from all the teaching and support that the University has to offer.

Designed especially for students with employment, family or other commitments, this mode of learning provides flexibility and convenience for the student to schedule their studies around these obligations and around their lifestyle – allowing a student to plan and pace their own learning at a time and learning environment that is most suitable for the student. It also saves students from spending time travelling to the university, the costs of travelling to the university and the costs of staying near the university.

Teaching methods include a series of lectures (Powerpoint lectures, video lectures and i-lectures) supplemented by online discussions, forums and quizzes. For each subject taken, students will be part of a student online community. Students will also be assigned a mentor who will be available to answer any questions and provide feedback on their progress.

Students will be assessed fully online via the in-course assessment assignments and end of module assessment assignment so they don’t need to be at the University to sit your exams. They will the receive their grades and feedback online.

In order to do this, students will be required to have a desktop/laptop, internet connection, a headset and webcam to participate in online tutorials and other group activities, access to standard office software – such as Microsoft Word and Excel, plus any standard browser, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox and Skype for certain online sessions.

Time will be an ODL student’s most important commitment – understanding, working through and reflecting on all teaching materials. The hours spent per week on their studies for the duration of the programme depends on module taken.

ODL students are fully registered student of the University with all of the support and services available to them, the same as the on-campus students. Technical support will also be provided if students have difficulty in accessing the e-learning platform.

Not sure if this is the programme for you? Try out our free trial lesson today!

Chin Swee Yee

Ng Chew Hee

Ooi Ing Hong

Sreenivasa Rao Sagineedu

Vasudevarao Avupati

What is the aim of the programme?

The programme aims to:

What are the programme objectives?

The objective of the programme is to produce highly competent pharmaceutical chemists who are equipped with the knowledge and analytical skills that are essential for contributing to the research and development of drug products, quality control of pharmaceuticals, management improvement processes and regulatory science.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants are required to have obtained:

What is the structure of the programme?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure []

What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure []

What are the teaching/learning approaches used?

Teaching and learning methods vary in line with the objectives of the course modules. They include didactic lectures, workshops, tutorials, practical sessions and seminars.

How are the students assessed?

Students are continuously assessed throughout the degree via project works, critical reviews, practical reports, assignments and oral presentations. There are no written examinations. To progress from one semester to the next, students must perform satisfactorily during each semester.

Who are the teaching staff?

The teaching faculty reflects a wide range of backgrounds in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The faculty, comprising local and international lecturers with PhD qualification, have many years of academic and industry experience in various related field of specialisations that include pharmacy, pharmaceutical chemistry, polymer chemistry, natural products, inorganic chemistry, surfactant chemistry, oleochemistry, pharmaceutical technology, biotechnology, molecular biology, drug discovery, formulation and drug delivery, pharmacokinetics and pharmcognosy. All faculty are actively involved in research and much of their work has been published in ISI-indexed journals.

What distinguishes this programme from other similar courses?

RSS MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry – IMU News


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An Established Private Healthcare University

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 26 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU achieved the SETARA-2017 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.
Renowned and Highly Experienced Faculty

Renowned and Highly Experienced Faculty

Students will be taught and supervised by staff who are experts in their field with well-established reputations nationally and internationally. The academic community of IMU pursues and achieves excellence in a wide range of research activities. Many of them present their research findings in international conferences to keep up to date with the latest development in specialised areas. They also publish their findings in international peer-reviewed journals.
Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

IMU’s Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry curriculum has been developed to meet high international standards and stringent Malaysian Qualifi cations Agency (MQA) standards. The interactive and engaging curriculum delivery style enables the students to be focused, creating a conducive environment for experiential and lifelong learning.
Better Preparation for Working in a Challenging Environment

Better Preparation for Working in a Challenging Environment

The research module in the programme enhances the students analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills, promotes their professional development and prepares them for the current challenging work environment.
Research Partnerships

Research Partnerships

Students will benefit from IMU’s national and international research collaborations with renowned institutions in areas such as drug discovery, design and development, natural products, drug synthesis, pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis.

Senior Lecturer & Programme Director
PhD (UK), CChem, MRSC




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