PhD in Medical & Health Sciences (by Research)

PhD in Medical & Health Sciences (by Research)

Postgraduate research forms a major and expanding part of the IMU’s academic development. Working for a research degree gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of a discipline and to become familiar with current techniques and methodologies.

The Faculty has high teaching standards and attracts first-class teaching staff from Malaysia and abroad. It prides itself of the facilities and support it gives to students and on the calibre and dedication of its academic and clinical staff. The Faculty fosters a broad range of active research programmes in its campuses in Bukit Jalil and Seremban.

Much of its success in research and teaching results from the Faculty’s capacity to attract external research funds. The IMU faculty has strong national and international connections and is involved in collaborative projects with other leading medical research institutions. Many staff have made major international contributions in their respective fields and are very experienced in supervising postgraduate students.

Today, more than RM1 million internal funds have been allocated for research every year. Research activities have increased substantially, especially in externally-funded collaborative research projects. IMU was designated by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia (MOSTI), as a private university that is allowed to apply directly for and receive research funds. Our researchers have received funding for collaborative research projects in nasopharyngeal carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, breast cancer, infectious diseases and environmental health. Other external funding agencies of IMU are Ministry of Health, Ministry of Higher Education, MAKNA, Toray Foundation and many other private research institutions. In 2011, IMU received 21 externally sponsored projects amounting to RM1,465,465 and produced 212 publication of which 116 were in ISI journals with a total Imparct Factor (IF) of 274.029.

KEY FACTS

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Commencement

Throughout the year

Total Duration

2 – 6 years (full-time)
4 – 8 years (part-time)

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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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

  • A Master’s Degree accepted by the HEP Senate; or.
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a masters degree that are accepted by the HEP Senate.
Note:
  • There shall be no direct entry from bachelor’s degree level to doctoral degree level.
  • Candidates registered for Master’s Degree programmes with at least CGPA 3.67 at bachelor’s degree level may apply to convert their candidacy to the Doctoral Degree programmes subjected to
    (a)  having shown competency and capability in conducting research at Doctoral Degree level
    (b) approval by the HEP Senate.
  • Applicants with the appropriate experience will be given priority of selection.
The Standard English Proficiency requirements for IMU programmes are usually, overall band scores of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (PBT) or 79 (IBT), TOEIC 620, Pearson 55 (PTE), Cambridge 45 (CPE) or 52 (CAE) or MUET band 4 or any other recognised English language qualification. IMU also admits international students from countries in which English is the first language or from any Malaysian or international institutions where the curriculum is conducted fully in English.All students at entry who do not have proof of any of the above recognised competencies in the English language will be required to sit for an English Placement Test to assess their language competency. If any of the students fail the English Placement Test then they will be required to attend a course on Academic Writing. The English Placement Test and the Academic Writing Module are offered at a cost.

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 7,200 14,050
  • 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“.
  • For information on Student Visa Application fee, please check the “Visas & Immigration

FEE STRUCTURE

MALAYSIAN STUDENT

TOTAL (RM)
Tuition Fee per Semester 7,200
Examination Fee 2,500

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

TOTAL (RM)
Tuition Fee per Semester 14,050
Examination Fee 2,600
  • Total duration:
    • 2 – 6 years (full-time)
    • 4 – 8 years (part-time)
  • There are 2 semesters in a university year.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What postgraduate programmes are offered by IMU?

The Postgraduate School of IMU offers the Master of Science (MSc) by research in the fields of Medical Sciences and Community Health and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical and Health Sciences (Research).

What are the main features of the programmes?

Both programmes are research-based and the degrees will be awarded by the IMU on the successful completion of a thesis. Examination is by assessment of the thesis, the research on which it is based and a viva voce.

What are the semester contents?

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

What is the duration of each course on full-time basis?

MSc

  • Minimum of 1 year (2 semesters)
  • Maximum of 4 years (8 semesters)

PhD

  • Minimum of 2 years (4 semesters)
  • Maximum of 6 years (12 semesters)
What is the duration of each course on part-time basis?

MSc

  • Minimum of 2 year (4 semesters)
  • Maximum of 6 years (12 semesters)

PhD

  • Minimum of 4 years (8 semesters)
  • Maximum of 8 years (16 semesters)
How are supervisors selected?

The selection of supervisor(s) will depend very much on the research area and be based on mutual agreement between both parties. The principal supervisor must be engaged within IMU whereas a co-supervisor can be from any established institution. All supervisors are subject to the credentialling guidelines of IMU.

Who will award the Degree?

The degrees will be awarded by the successful completion of a thesis. Examination is by assessment of the thesis and includes an oral examination concerning the thesis and the research on which it is based. The evaluation comprises examination of the thesis and a viva voce.

What are the areas of research available at the IMU?

The areas of expertise of the IMU faculty are as follows: IMU academic staff members who supervise the research candidates have wellestablished reputations nationally and internationally in their areas of expertise. These senior faculty take part in international conferences and are in touch with key researchers form other countries.

  • Environmental Health
  • Human and Medical Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cancer/Oncology
  • Molecular Biology/Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Community Health
  • Building-Related Illnesses
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical Research
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Psychology (Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Criminal Psychology)

IMU academic staff members who supervise the research candidates have well-established reputations nationally and internationally in their areas of expertise. These senior faculty take part in international conferences and are in touch with key researchers form other countries.

Minimum Entry Requirement
  • Admission as a candidate for the degree of MSc.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.
  • Admission as a candidate for the degree of PhD.
    • A masters degree accepted by the HEP Senate; or
    • Other qualifications equivalent to a masters degree that are accepted by the HEP Senate.Note:
      i. There shall be no direct entry from bachelor’s degree level to a doctoral degree level.
      ii. Candidates registered for Master’s Degree programmes with at least CGPA 3.67 at bachelor’s degree level may apply to convert their candidancy to the doctoral degree programmes subjected to:
      a) having shown competency and capability in conducting research at Doctoral Degree level.
      b) approval by the HEP Senate.

 

English Language Requirements

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.

When do I apply?

Throughout the year

What are admission procedures?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Biotechnology degree is awarded by IMU.

What sort of jobs/careers can be undertaken with this degree?
  • Applications for admission are accepted continuously throughout the year.
  • An interview with the faculty is required and is part of the evaluation process.
  • The completed application and all supporting materials (transcripts, research proposal) must be on file before the application can be processed and evaluated.
  • Successful applicants are notified of their acceptance by letter.

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Interested in applying for this programme?

You will be required to submit a research proposal to [email protected]. Once your research proposal has been reviewed, our Admissions personnel will contact you.

If your proposal is accepted, you can proceed with submitting an application via our online application system. Kindly prepare the following documents prior accessing the system:

  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 the programme soon!

 

Start the application process!

Prof Chu Wan Loy

“The IMU postgraduate programme leading to the MSc and PhD in Medical and Health Sciences is primarily obtained through research. Research areas include bioactive molecules, vaccine and drug development, therapeutics, pharmaceutics, cellular mechanisms and molecular basis of pathogenesis, clinical research, community based health issues, nutrition and dietetics, behavioural studies, and medical education. Supervisors are highly experienced faculty members with impressive track record in research and international recognition.”

PROF CHU WAN LOY
Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (UKM), PhD (UM)

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