MSc in Molecular Medicine

What is Molecular Medicine? Basically, it is the specialised development of medical treatment through the fundamentals of cell, biological pathways and genome.

Advances in Molecular Medicine have facilitated major breakthroughs in disease diagnoses, management and treatment. Today, doctors are able to offer tailored cancer therapy with the improved understanding of human genome and gene pathways. Further advances in metabolomics and bioinformatics tools enable scientists and clinicians to predict drug response and improve treatment outcomes.

In Malaysia, there is growing demand for Molecular Medicine specialists especially with government’s initiatives to support the biotechnology sector with the establishment of Bio-Nexus company incentives.

The IMU Master of Science in Molecular Medicine programme is designed to cater for medical or basic sciences graduates seeking advanced training in cellular and molecular biology, genetics as well as drug development and treatment.

The curriculum provides equal emphasis on knowledge (coursework) and skills (research) with interactive lectures, case studies and discussion. Problem-based learning methods are used to stimulate analytical thinking. Students are required to propose research plans that will be put into action during the final semester. Similarly, students will have the opportunity to design laboratory management policy and product commercialization plans through the selective modules offered under the programme.

One unique feature of the programme is the flexible delivery of the coursework with classes held on weekends or online. Students also have the opportunity to conduct their research project in a related industry or their own workplace.

KEY FACTS

Degree

Molecular Medicine (Master of Science)

Commencement

March and September

Total Duration

18 months (full-time)
4 years (part-time)

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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.

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 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

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 40,000 53,650
  • 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“.
  • For information on Student Visa Application fee, please check the “Visas & Immigration

FEE STRUCTURE

MALAYSIAN STUDENT

ُSEMESTER TOTAL (RM)
Semester 1 10,000
Semester 2 10,000
Semester 3 20,000
Grand Total 40,000

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

ُSEMESTER TOTAL (RM)
Semester 1 13,600
Semester 2 13,300
Semester 3 26,750
Grand Total 53,650

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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?

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 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.

READ STORIES OF THE PROGRAMME

RSS MSc in Molecular Medicine – IMU News

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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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WHY STUDY MOLECULAR MEDICINE 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 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 Experience Faculty

Renowned and Highly Experience 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 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.
Flexible Learning Options

Flexible Learning Options

The programme adopts a credit-based modular curriculum structure that allow students to choose the number of modules to register each semester. The teaching and learning activities include conventional classes on weekends, and off-campus blended learning on weekdays. Students could take up to four years to complete the entire programme, enabling full-time working adults the options to plan and fit their studies around their work, family and other commitments.
Innovative Curriculum

Innovative Curriculum

The curriculum of this programme is innovative, carefully planned and aligned to meet the demands and expectations of Molecular Medicine. This would offer great career advancement as a research scientist in academia, research institutes, clinical setting or industries worldwide. It would also pave the way pave the way for PhD study at IMU or elsewhere.
Research Partnerships

Research Partnerships

Students will benefit from the University’s research collaborations with various partner universities, as well as foreign and locals research institutions in areas such as cancer, bioactive molecules, nutrition, environmental health, stem cells etc.

MSc in Molecular Medicine Dr Chong Chun Wie

“IMU MSc Molecular Medicine Programme is designed to cater for medical or basic sciences graduates seeking advance training in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, as well as drug development and treatment. The programme prepares students for career opportunities in medically focused biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; and equips students with enhanced skills to carry out research at a higher degree in related fields. The coursework is conducted in a highly engaging and conducive environment to stimulate learning experience. Comprehensive practical training is also provided via hypothesis-driven and disease-oriented research project.”

DR CHONG CHUN WIE
Lecturer & Programme Coordinator
PhD (UM), BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (UM)

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