Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MSc)

MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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.



MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Master of Science)


March and September

Total Duration

1½ years – 6 years

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Tuition Fees

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


Applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. A Bachelor Degree in related discipline with a minimum cGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  2. A Bachelor Degree in related discipline with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, but not meeting cGPA 2.75,  can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment; or
  3. A Bachelor Degree in related discipline not meeting cGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.
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) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 450
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 40
Tuition Fees 43,000 57,500
  • 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“.
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Semester 1 12,000
Semester 2 13,000
Semester 3 18,000
Grand Total 43,000


Semester 1 16,000
Semester 2 17,300
Semester 3 24,200
Grand Total 57,500


What is the aim of the programme?

The programme aims to:

  • equip graduates with the relevant knowledge and analytical skills to cope with the ever-changing environment of pharmaceutical and analytical chemistry.
  • develop key personal skills which includes time management, organisational skills, computing skills and statistical analysis capability and to nurture a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • prepare graduates to be innovative and responsive to technological changes.
  • provide an opportunity for students to undertake a research project and conduct cutting-edge research in the pharmaceutical field.
  • provide graduates with enhanced prospects for employment within the pharmaceutical and chemical-related industries leading to a fulfilling career.
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:

  • 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?

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

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 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?
  • The course is delivered over weekends for the convenience of working graduates. Regular working hours of students in employment would not be disrupted.
  • The course is offered on a modular basis, allowing students to enrol in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 of each year.
  • The course allows students to complete any single module and receive a Certificate of Attendance. This aspect provides employers with the opportunity to up-skill an employee in a specific area.
  • IMU has established partnerships with the local pharmaceutical and chemical related industries.
  • The course has been designed based on current industry needs and practices.


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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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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.

MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry_Dr Sagineedu

“Graduates of this programme will have developed a greater depth of knowledge and advanced skills that are essential for R&D, biomedical & pharmaceutical analysis to pursue careers in academia, biotechnology, drug discovery and development, and QA/QC.”

Senior Lecturer & Programme Director
BPharm (AU), MPharm (AU), PhD (UPM), MRSC (UK)



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