MSc in Molecular Medicine

The IMU Master of Science in Molecular Medicine is a postgraduate programme that is designed for graduates seeking conceptually clear, personally engaging, and intellectually substantive advanced training in the field of molecular medicine. The impact of molecular medicine is indeed astounding and immense. For instance, in developing therapeutics for breast cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma and infectious diseases, a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, pharmacists and medical experts in IMU is designing novel analogs of bioactive compounds from their natural counterparts through computer-aided drug design. The use of genomic screen, bioinformatics and chemoinformatics enable our experts to select drug analogs that are highly specific and individualised. Metabolomics studies are done to elucidate the possible metabolites derived from the drugs as well as their possible toxicity. Our formulation experts make use of advanced nanodelivery materials such as functionalised nanocapsules and carbon nanotubes to enhance the bioavailability of drugs.

This programme aims to deliver an exceptional curriculum that is impactful and transformative, one that endows students with skills that are credible and transferable in order to meet the highest demands and expectations of scientific rigours. The curriculum is designed with innovations in mind drawing from the expertise of our world-renowned faculty who are also passionate researchers. The core modules in this programme prepare students for the hands-on research experience that is led by our experts. The comprehensive and outcome-based nature of the core modules encompass the latest scientific developments in molecular medicine that are delivered through innovative andragogy. Students will appreciate the intricate and revealing marvel of molecules in human diseases and be astounded by the ways in which systems biology, computational biology and chemical genetics have transformed the research strategy and methodology in stem cell technology and therapeutics, drug design and development as well as medical and clinical research.

The outcomes of this programme will provide a clear map in guiding graduates through the rugged terrain of competing theoretical and practical frameworks in the ever-evolving scientific landscape of molecular medicine. Upon completion of this programme, vast and rewarding career paths are available as graduates enter employment as clinical scientists or research scientists in academia, research institutes or industries worldwide. Graduates may also continue their education as PhD students at IMU or elsewhere. The IMU MSc Molecular Medicine programme welcomes graduates with basic degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Biomedical and Health Sciences.

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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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. A bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent in related discipline, as accepted by the HEP Senate; or
  2. A bachelor’s degree in related discipline 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 in related discipline not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.
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.

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
Tuition Fees 40,000 53,650
  • 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.
  • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, international students will have to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM1,000 and Medical Health Check fee of RM250 and Visa endorsement fee (depending on nationality) upon registration.
  • International students will also be required to pay Student Visa Renewal Administrative fee of RM140/year and Medical Health. Check fee of RM250/year.
  • Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees”.
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.

FEE STRUCTURE

MALAYSIAN STUDENT

MODULE CREDIT UNITS MALAYSIAN STUDENT (RM)
SEMESTER 1
1. Molecular Medicine 3 3,000
2. Immunology & Infection 2 2,000
3. Molecular Basis of Diseases I 3 3,000
4. Selective (minimum 2 credits) 2 2,000
Total 10 10,000
SEMESTER 2
5. Molecular Basis of Diseases II 4 4,000
6. Research Methodology & Scientific Writing 3 3,000
7. Selective (minimum 3 credits) 3 3,000
Total 10 10,000
SEMESTER 3
8 . Research Project 20 20,000
Total 20 20,000
Grand Total Fees (Entire Duration) 40 40,000

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

MODULE CREDIT UNITS INTERNATIONAL PER MODULE (RM)
SEMESTER 1
1. Molecular Medicine 3 4,000
2. Immunology & Infection 2 2,800
3. Molecular Basis of Diseases I 3 4,000
4. Selective (minimum 2 credits) 2 2,800
Total (3 Core Modules + 1 Selective) 10 13,600
SEMESTER 2
5. Molecular Basis of Diseases II 4 5,300
6. Research Methodology & Scientific Writing 3 4,000
7. Selective (minimum 3 credits) 3 4,000
Total (2 Core Modules + 1 Selective) 10 13,300
SEMESTER 3
8 . Research Project 20 26,750
Total 20 26,750
Grand Total Fees (Entire Duration) 40 53,650

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the aim of the programme?

The IMU MSc Molecular Science programme equips students with new theoretical framework and practical experiences in developing new therapeutic strategies that are based on sound knowledge in molecular medicine and to inculcate the highest standards of professional attitudes, leadership, ethical conducts and social responsibilities through inter-professional learning and scientific communications.

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?

The IMU MSc Molecular Medicine programme is an 18 – month course of study. The programme consists of two semesters of theory followed by a research project in the third semester. The first semester commences in March each year however the registration for the programme is open throughout the year. Students could enroll into the programme in the beginning of each module. Classes (lectures, case studies, workshops, seminars) will be held on Saturday. The minimum time of completion is 18 months while the maximum time is four (4) years.

Core courses include:
Semester 1 – Molecular Medicine, Immunology and Infection,Molecular Basis of Diseases I
Semester 2 – Molecular Basis of Diseases II, Research Methodology and Scientific Writing
Semester 3 – Research Project

Selectives include Bench to Market; Bioinformatics; Clinical Research I; Clinical Research II, Laboratory Management; Stem Cell Technology and Therapeutics; and Drug Discovery, Design and Development.

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?

Students are continuously assessed throughout the degree via project works, critical reviews, assignments and oral presentations during their first two semesters, followed by a dissertation in Semester 3.

Who are the teaching staff?

The teaching faculty reflects a wide range of backgrounds in the molecular medicine. 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 cell biology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, physiology, formulation and
drug delivery and immunology. All faculty are actively involved in research and much of their work has been published in ISI-indexed journals.

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.

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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 Molecular Medicine_Dr Yam Wai Keat

“The IMU MSc Molecular Medicine is recommended for science and medical graduates who are interested in molecular and disease-oriented research. It is an opportunity to expand their scientific knowledge in molecular basis of diseases, translational research, stem cell biology, drug design and discovery, disease prevention and includes an introduction to the commercial, legal and ethical aspects of the current bio-business world. This prepares students for careers opportunity in medically focused biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; and students will be able to gain and enhance skills required to carry out research for a higher degree in specific fields. The combination of coursework and research project offers a well-grounded, theoretically-informed as well as research-intensive learning programme for a comprehensive understanding in the field.”

DR YAM WAI KEAT
Lecturer and Programme Coordinator
PhD MRSC (USM), BSc (Hons) Bioinformatics (UM)

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