The IMU Foundation in Science (FiS) provides the academic preparation required for admission into a science-related degree. Students will be equipped with strong fundamental knowledge and skills to pursue study in the areas of medicine and health sciences.

Subject to specific entry requirement, the completion of the Foundation in Science will allow students to gain entry into IMU degree programmes or to other degree programmes in Malaysian universities as it is a MQA accredited programme.

Students will enjoy the exposure to science given by IMU lecturers through workshops, seminars, experiments in the laboratories or lectures by visiting professors from IMU’s partner universities. This opportunity will build the students’ interest in a particular field and help students to choose the pathway leading to their career choice.



Awarded by IMU – the Leader in Medical and Health Sciences Education

The Foundation in Science is awarded by IMU, Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 23 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.


Pathway into an IMU Degree Programme

The Foundation in Science gives you a direct route and pathway into one of the undergraduate programmes in medicine and health sciences in IMU.


Interaction with Academic and Healthcare Professionals

As a student at IMU, you will have access to academic experts in medical and health sciences education.


Early Integration into Medical and Health Sciences University Life

You will have access to our University facilities and can take advantage of the on-and-off campus activities within the campus community. This gives students an early integration into a medical and health sciences university from the start of the Foundation in Science.


High Quality Curriculum with Affordable Fees, Convenient Start Dates

With its affordable fees, the Foundation in Science has a high quality curriculum and offers three start dates across the year so you can choose the time frame that is most suitable for you.



Foundation in Science


April, July and September

Total Duration

1 year

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The Foundation in Science is a 1-year programme and conducted in 3 semesters. Assessment will be in-course as well as summative. Students are taught the core academic subjects together with English language.

The Cross Boundary Studies offered will enable students to work in collaborative groups to explore an issue in a multidisciplinary approach, strategise and implement changes to have a positive impact on the issue. Students will be able to communicate how they apply their knowledge and apply it to solve the issue of concern.

Selected modules will be linked to the IMU degree programme to enable lecturers in these programmes to build linkages and introduce health science specialisations to the students.

Students will be assessed through class tests, end of semester examinations, practical work, reports, assignments, problem-based learning sessions, projects and presentations of their work.


Semester Contents

Semester 1
  • Biology 1
  • Chemistry 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Computing Studies
Semester 2
  • Biology 2
  • Chemistry 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • English for Healthcare Professionals
  • Physics for Health Sciences
 Semester 3  For Medicine and Dentistry Pathway
  • Thinking Skills
  • Cross Boundary Studies
  • Biology 3
  • Biosciences
  • Choose ONE of the below:
    – Application of Statistics (OR)
    – Psychology in Healthcare
 For Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences Pathway
  • Thinking Skills
  • Cross Boundary Studies
  • Biology 3
  • Chemistry 3
  • Choose ONE of the below:
    – Application of Statistics (OR)
    – Psychology in Healthcare


  • Pass SPM/O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics and 2 Science subjects and two other subjects.
  • Pass O-Levels equivalent qualification based on MQA guidelines
  • IELTS: Overall band score of 5.0 or equivalent.

Click here to view Requirements for Undergraduate Conditional Offer.


The foundation programme provides the academic preparation required for admission into IMU. Students offered a place in the IMU Foundation in Science programme will also be given a conditional offer into one of IMU’s local undergraduate programmes, subject to achieving the entry requirements and meeting all prerequisites*.

To be eligible for a conditional offer, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

Target IMU Degree
Medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Nutrition Dietetics with Nutrition Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Medical Biotechnology, Chinese Medicine, Psychology Chiropractic Biomedical Science
Foundation in Science Grade Required
cGPA 3.50**
(min cGPA 3.00 in Biology and Chemistry and Physics / Mathematics)
cGPA 3.80**
(min cGPA 3.00 in Biology and Chemistry and Physics / Mathematics)
cGPA 3.00 (including B in Chemistry) cGPA 2.50 with minimum cGPA 2.50 in Biology or Physics and Chemistry cGPA 2.50 with minimum cGPA 2.50 in Biology and Chemistry cGPA 2.50 cGPA 2.75 cGPA 2.50 in 2 subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics / Mathematics)
SPM/O-Levels Grades Required
Pass with 5Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and another subject.

Malaysian students are required to attain a credit in Bahasa Melayu and English

Pass with 5 credits, 3 of which must be from either Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics or English Pass SPM/O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics, 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects

*Applicable to Malaysian students only. For International students, please refer to the University.

**Applicants are required to pass the IMU Admissions Interview.


Malaysian Student (RM)
Application Fees 150
Registration Fee 300
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000
Tuition Fees (1 year) 24,300
International student administration fee 2,400
  • * Tuition fee is payable by semester
  • ** Administration fee is payable together with Registration fee
  • Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees”.
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.



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Who is eligible

Malaysian and international students are eligible to apply. Minimum O-Level / SPM grades required are listed below.


How to Apply

Scholarship applications can only be made after applying for the FiS programme. Eligible candidates will be invited via email to apply for a scholarship.

Required documents for submission are:
• SPM or O-Level results;
• Co-curricular report with GPA score or grade (applicable only to Malaysians);
• A personal statement with at least 100 words.

These documents must be submitted to Admissions Department 7 working days after the closing dates. If an applicant is awarded a scholarship, the scholarship value will be deducted from Semester 2 fees.


Scholarships Available

    • The scholarships range from RM 2,000 – RM 6,000.
    • Candidates are required to achieve As in at least 3 Science subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry) and English in order to be eligible for the FiS scholarship.
    • Please refer below for scholarship eligibility:
Scholarship Amount SPM / O-Levels Required
RM6,000 9 A+ / A
RM5,000 8 A+ / A
RM5,000 7 A+ / A
RM4,000 6 A+ / A
RM2,000 5 A+ / A



Scholarships are ONLY open to all local and international students who have completed either the SPM or O-Level qualification at the immediate preceding year before admission into IMU.

Example: If the student is applying for admission into 2014, he/she is only eligible to be considered for the scholarship if he/she has completed SPM or O-Level in 2013 and met the requirements for scholarships. There should not be no gap year between the completion of SPM or O-Level to the commencement of study in IMU.

Scholarship will only be awarded based on the actual SPM or O-Level results and not on forecast results. Eligible candidates will be required to pay Semester 1 fees to register into the course and qualify for the scholarship.

Important: Scholarship is not automatically disbursed and is subject to approval from the Scholarship Selection Committee based on the candidates’ actual SPM or O-Level results and achievement in ECA. An interview is not required.

IMU Scholarship Committee may vary the selection requirements as and when it deems necessary.


When is the intake for IMU FiS?

April, July and September

What is the duration of the programme?

1 year (3 semesters)

What are the entry requirements?

Entry Requirement into IMU FiS

Malaysian Students

Pass SPM/O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics and 2 science subjects and two other subjects (Those who intend to study Dentistry, Medicine or Pharmacy in IMU must have at least 5Bs in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English)

International students
Pass O-Levels equivalent qualification based on MQA guidelines and meet the equivalent requirements.

English Requirements:

SPM or O-Levels: Minimum a credit in English;or

IELTS: Overall band score of 5.0 or equivalent.

IELTS entry requirements for undergraduate programmes for all students would be a minimum overall band score of 5.5 for all health sciences programmes, and minimum overall band score of 6.5 for Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Science and Nutrition. Local students could also have MUET as the English language entry requirement to the undergraduate programmes.

Why study FiS in IMU?

The 1-year FiS programme is designed to streamline the pathway for students who have decided to pursue an undergraduate programme at IMU.

Hence, the FiS curriculum is geared specifically towards the medical and health sciences areas of knowledge, which provides you better preparation for undergraduate studies in those fields.

As a student of our foundation programme, you will be a full member of the University community and will have full access to all the opportunities and facilities the University has to offer.

What are the semester contents?

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

Who Are the IMU FiS teaching staff?

The Foundation in Science is the flagship programme of IMU’s Centre of Pre-University Studies. The Centre is headed by Professor Peter Pook , who is the also the Vice President overseeing IMU’s Schools of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  The programme was developed by a team of education experts led by Dr. Chia Chee Fen, Assistant Director for IMU Centre for Education. Both of these key figures have extensive professional experience in education.

A team of highly experienced teaching staff is being assembled to deliver the curriculum. This team will be guided by the rigorous quality standards IMU has implemented over the last 21 years in the delivery of its undergraduate courses.

How does the IMU FiS give ‘preferred enrolment’ into IMU programmes?

When you enrol for IMU FiS, you will also receive a conditional letter of offer to join certain IMU local undergraduate programmes upon completion of the FiS. The programmes that you will be offered will depend on your entry level qualification grades (SPM/O-Level) into FiS. This conditional offer will give you preferred entry into an undergraduate programme subject to you meeting ALL other entry requirements of the undergraduate programme. Application fees for the undergraduate programmes will be waived. For Medicine and Dentistry, students are required to attend compulsory interview as one of the requirements.

NOTE: Meeting all pre-requisite requirements does not guarantee admission to any IMU degree.

Will I have to re-apply for the IMU undergraduate degree after completing my FiS?

Application process would be simplified as FiS students will be required to confirm their selected undergraduate programme during their studies in IMU. Medicine and Dentistry applicants will need to go through the interview sessions. Application fees to the undergraduate programme will be waived except for Medicine and Dentistry.

Can I study Medicine or Dentistry with IMU FiS qualification?

YES, the IMU FIS does allow you to pursue a degree in Medicine or Dentistry at IMU with the following conditions:

  • Only the IMU LOCAL programme will be available. You will not be able to pursue the Partner School Programme (PMS/PDS) with foreign universities.
  • You must achieve the minimum SPM grades at point of application to FiS (5Bs in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English).
  • You must achieve the specified FiS cGPA (3.50 and above). Conditional offer into these programmes will only be given if your cGPA is 3.8 and above.
  • Even with the minimum grades, enrolment is NOT guaranteed as there will still be an interview process for degree level enrolment.
Is IMU FiS recognised by other universities apart from IMU, either local or international?

If you plan to continue your studies outside of IMU (either in Malaysia or overseas) please note the following:

– The IMU FIS programme in 2014 will be in its inaugural year, and thus not  fully accredited by MQA yet and therefore may not be recognised by all local private universities in Malaysia (IPTS). So please check in advance with your preferred degree level university before joining IMU FiS.

– At this moment in time, all established foreign universities do not recognise the IMU FiS for entry into their Medicine or Dentistry programmes. If your plans include foreign study it is recommended that you pursue an established pre-u course like A’levels or IB to give you maximum flexibility.

Can a student register for an IMU Partner University twinning programme / credit

NO. With the IMU FiS, students are only eligible to apply for the local undergraduate programmes offered by IMU.

Are there any scholarships available for IMU FiS programme?

Yes, scholarships will be available and they range from RM 2,000 – RM 6,000. The scholarship amount that students are eligible to apply will depend on their exam results upon application to IMU FiS. Please refer below for scholarship eligibility:

SPM / O-Levels Total Discount
9 A+ / A RM6,000
8 A+ / A RM5,000
7 A+ / A RM5,000
6 A+ / A RM4,000
5 A+ / A RM2,000
NOTE: 1. The scholarships is OPEN to all including international students who met the criteria above
NOTE: 2. Currently, there are no other government or private scholarships / loans (PTPTN, JPA, etc) that are offered to the IMU FiS programme.
How do I apply for scholarships?

IMU will be offering scholarships for students with good results in their actual SPM / O-Level examinations. Eligible students will be notified through the FiS offer letter given to them, to apply for the scholarship.

Required supporting documents:

– School leaving certificate

– Office bearer at school level

– Representation at State or National level

– Personal statement of at least 100 words

There will be limited places and allocation is decided by the scholarship committee based on the documentation submitted. Recipients will then be notified a month after applicants submitted their applications on the conditional offer of the scholarship, pending for the actual scholarship amount based on actual examination results, that will be deducted from semester 2 onwards (for Jan intake).


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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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program director Sharon Chan

“The IMU Foundation in Science programme is the pathway for entry into IMU’s local degree programmes. It facilitates students’ smooth and successful transition into degree programmes of their choice. Therefore this programme is the key to a promising career pathway.”

Senior Lecturer and Programme Director
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