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, techniques for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of drugs, quality management and the regulatory environment, and research skills including writing proposals, scientific writing and specialized laboratory skills.

IMU’s Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme consists of two 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!

KEY FACTS

Degree

MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Master of Science)

Commencement

March and September

Total Duration

Full time : 1 – 2 years
Part-time: 2 – 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 15% bursary.

A bursary of RM8,000 is available for international students joining the 2020 intake.

Royal Society of ChemistryThe 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.

ABOUT ODL

What is ODL?

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.

 

Benefits of ODL

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

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.

 

Your Commitment

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.

 

Support from University

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!

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The mixed mode programme consists of two semesters and is a combination of course work (21 credits) and research (22 credits). New semesters commence in March and September each year and each semester comprises 20 weeks.

Face-to-face teaching and learning activities are conducted on weekends.

The Course Modules include

  • Modern Analytical Techniques for Qualitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • Modern Analytical Techniques for Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • Principles of Drug Discovery (4 credits)
  • Computational Drug Discovery Techniques (4 credits)
  • Quality Management and Regulatory Systems (2 credits)
  • Research Methodology and Scientific Writing (3 credits)
  • Research Project I (4 credits)
  • Research Project II (18 credits)

The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.

Semester 1 (20 Weeks)

  1. Course work modules including Research Methodology & Scientific Writing
  2. Research Project I

Semester 2 (20 Weeks)

  1. Course work modules
  2. Research Project ||

LEARNING AND DELIVERY METHODS

Teaching and learning methods are in line with objectives of programme modules. The research module and student centered learning delivery methods throughout the programme enhances your analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills, promote your professional development and prepares you for the current challenging work environment.

Programme Structure Analytical & PharmChem

ASSESSMENT

There are no end of semester examinations. Students’ progress is evaluated based on continuous assessment including assignments, progress reports, supervisory evaluation and presentations. Research dissertation will be assessed at the end of Semester 2.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
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 Students

  1. IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  2. TOEFL (PBT) : Overall score of 410-413; or
  3. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 34; or
  4. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 160; or
  5. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 180; or
  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 36;

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  1. International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  2. International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.

Note

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information.

APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES

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 (Conventional Mode) 43,000 53,750
Tuition Fees (ODL Mode) 38,800 38,800
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • A bursary of RM8,000 is available for international students joining the 2021 intake.
  • 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

OUR TEAM

Prof Mallikarjuna Rao Pichika


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Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Consultancy), School of Pharmacy BPharm (India), MPharm (India), PhD (India), FRSC

Prof Mallikarjuna Rao Pichika is a Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy. His is at present the Associate Dean (Research and Consultancy), School of Pharmacy looking after the research activities in the School and the Head for the Center of Excellence, ‘Bioactive Molecules and Drug Delivery’, Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI). Prof Mallikarjuna’s research specialisation is in medicinal chemistry with a special emphasis on drug discovery and development. He has authored more than 60 research papers in national and international indexed journals and his publications receive about 1000 citations. He has patents for the development of herbomineral formulations.

A/Prof Ng Chew Hee


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Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc (Hons) (USM), MSc (USM), PhD (USM), MRSC, MMIC, SBIC

A/Prof Ng Chew Hee has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate chemistry courses for more than 20 years. He has been awarded more than RM1.8 million of research grants and published more than 70 journal papers. His research areas cover Coordination Chemistry, Biological Inorganic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, application of metallodrugs as anticancer and antiprotozoal agents, nanoparticle-metal complex conjugates, and recently genetic and epigenetic factors affecting the drug resistance/ sensitivity of anticancer metal complexes. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Committee for Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conferences (AsBIC). He is an active member of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry as member of the Industrial Chemistry Section, Chemistry Education Section and Malaysian Chemistry Quiz Technical Committee (K3M).

A/Prof Ooi Ing Hong


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Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc (Hons) (UM), MSc (UM), PhD (UA, Ohio), MACS, MRSC, AMIC

A/Prof Ooi Ing Hong is the former head of department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy. He received the IMU Achievement Award for T&L Innovation for leading the pharmaceutical team in designing and developing the MAPC programme in 2012, which was accredited by MQA with a perpetual status in 2014. He is a member of Joint Technical committee-Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) working group for chemistry degree programme standards, and a member of IKM industrial chemistry section. He also serves as a scientific committee of international conferences on nanotechnology: fundamentals and applications. His research interest is on synthesis and characterisation of polymeric materials for biomedical applications.

Dr Lee Choy Sin


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Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc (Hons) (UM), PhD (UM)

Dr Lee Choy Sin has 11 years of teaching and postgraduate research supervision experience. Her research expertise is in organic synthesis, polymer chemistry and oleochemistry and her research products include biocompatible and biodegradable polymeric scaffolds, polymer excipients for pharmaceutical formulations and bioactive polymeric reactants for antimicrobial coatings. She has secured numerous national and international research grants, namely Japan Toray Science Fund, ERGS, FRGS, MPOB-GSAS and e-science funds and she has filed 2 patents in Malaysia and regional countries. Dr Lee was awarded The Young Scientist Award 2018 by the Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologists’ Association (MOSTA). She won two Silver Medals in the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) under the categories of Materials (2017) and Medical and Health (2019).

Dr Sreenivasa Rao Sagineedu


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BPharm (India), MPharm (India), PhD (UPM), CChem, MRSC

Research Interest:
Natural products chemistry & drug discovery, organic spectroscopy and pharmaceutical analysis

Dr Chin Swee Yee


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BSc (Hons) (UMS), MSc (UM), PhD (UKM)

Research Interest :
Synthesis of nanoparticles and bioactivities of nanoparticles

Dr Murugesh Kandasamy


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BPharm (India), MPharm (India), PhD (India)

Research Interest:
Expertise in pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism studies, PK-PD analysis, physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling

Dr Vasudeva Rao Avupati


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DPharm (India), BPharm (India), MPharm (India), PhD (India), RPh (India)

Research Interest:
Computational drug discovery and hybrid molecular design and synthesis of bio-active molecules

Dr Low May Lee


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Dual PhD Synthesis (UPM & Marie Curie) , BSc Chemistry (UPM)

Research Interest:
(i) Metal-based compounds for therapeutic, bioimaging, biosensing and catalysis applications (ii) Smart, stimuli-responsive/bioinspired materials (iii) Molecular self-assembly (iv) Nanomedicine

Dr Thiagarajan Madheswaran


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BPharm (India), MPharm (India), PhD (South Korea)

Research Interest:
Topical delivery/transdermal delivery using nanoparticles, self-assembled liquid crystalline nanoparticle-based drug delivery, nanoparticle-based drug delivery for cancer therapy, nanoparticle-loaded hydrogel

Dr Wong Lai Chun


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BSc (Hons) (UM), MRes (UNN, UK), PhD (UNN, UK), MRSC, CChem

Research Interest:
Organic synthesis, analysis of pharmaceuticals and environmental contaminants

GUEST LECTURERS

Dr Irene See


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BSc (Hons) (UPM), PhD (UPM)

Dr Irene is an experienced research and development manager with almost 3 years’ experience in natural products manufacturing industry and 8 years’ experience in natural products research. Dr Irene also conducts in-house manufacturing training to ground staff as well as product training to customers in different languages. Part of her job duties also involves designing and setting up laboratory and manufacturing facilities, and to follow through with conducting research, and manufacturing the end product. She is skilled in the area of natural products, cell culture, product development and research & development. Dr Irene is currently a technical excellence associate at Reckitt Benckiser (Thailand).

Tan Poh Lee


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BSc (Hons) (UPM)

Tan Poh Lee has more than 10 years of industry experience in the area of research & development (R&D) at Furley Bioextracts Sdn Bhd. She is currently the R&D manager at the company. Furley Bioextracts is a recognised industry leader of Biotechnology in Malaysia. Tan leads the R&D team in tasks which include creating customised testing, product development, product prototyping, process optimisation and regulatory affairs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

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WHY STUDY ANALYTICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY AT IMU

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 28 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

The curriculum has been developed to meet high international standards and stringent Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) standards. The 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.
Pursue a Master's Degree While Working Full Time

Pursue a Master's Degree While Working Full Time

Face-to-face teaching and learning activities are conducted on weekends for the convenience of students who have personal or work commitments on weekdays. Students have the option to conduct the research project at their workplace, and the flexibility to choose the optimum number of credits to take each semester to suit their personal, work and study commitments. ODL mode offers additional flexibility to study out of campus
Research Partnerships<br />

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.

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“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.”

DR WONG LAI CHUN
Senior Lecturer & Programme Director
PhD (UK), CChem, MRSC

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