MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry

MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry

The Master of Science degree in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry is suitable for graduates with a degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or related disciplines and is targeted at recent graduates or those in current employment within the pharmaceutical or chemical related industries. The course provides graduates with the opportunity to sharpen, extend, and increase their existing knowledge and understanding in the areas of 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.



MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Master of Science)


March and September

Total Duration

1½ years – 6 years

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Tuition Fees

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.


Applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Chemistry / Pharmacy / related science with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the HEP Senate; or
  2. 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
  3. A bachelor’s degree 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 (PBT) Overall score of 410-413
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
  • 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“.
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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?

The MSc degree programme is an 18-month course of study at IMU which begins each year in March and September. The programme consists of two semesters of theory followed by a third semester in which the student is required to complete a research project. Each semester comprises 20 weeks. Classes (lectures, practical sessions, workshops, tutorials) will be held every Saturday of each week of the Semester. The minimum time of completion is 18 months, while the maximum time is 6 years.

Core courses include:

  • Semester 1 – Spectroscopy I & II, Separation Techniques, Research Methodology and Writing Skills
  • Semester 2 – Principles and Practices of Green Chemistry, Natural Products, Quality Management and Regulatory Systems, * Selectives
  • Semester 3 – Research Projects (Research Project can only be undertaken upon completion of All Semester 1 modules)

* Selectives include Recent Development in Pharmaceutical Sciences; Drug Discovery, Design and Development; Pharmaceutical Microbiology; and Bench to Market.

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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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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