ABOUT FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE

The IMU Foundation in Science gives students a proper grounding for a science-related degree, especially in the areas of medicine and health sciences.

The curriculum is designed to stimulate critical thinking and build a life-long love for science via interactive workshops, seminars, experiments or lectures by visiting professors from IMU’s renowned partner universities.

Students will not only learn the fundamental scientific principles and skillsets, they will also be motivated to explore their interests in a particular field of science to help them choose the pathway leading to their career choice.

Subject to specific entry requirement, students who successfully complete the Foundation in Science programme will be able to gain entry into IMU or other Malaysian universities as it is a MQA accredited programme.

The IMU Foundation in Science programme has 3 start dates across the year so you can choose the time frame that is most suitable for you.

KEY FACTS

Foundation

Foundation in Science

Commencement

April, July and September

Total Duration

1 year

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COURSE STRUCTURE

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

MALAYSIAN STUDENTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
  • 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.

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 Nursing
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 (min cGPA
2.33 in 2 subjects
from Biology and/
or Chemistry and/or
Physics/Mathematics
cGPA 2.50 (min cGPA
2.33 in 2 subjects
from Biology and/
or Chemistry and/or
Physics/Mathematics
cGPA 2.50 cGPA 2.75 Overall cGPA 2.50 or 55%
(In 2 subjects from:
~Biology; and/or
~Chemistry; and/or
~Physics / Mathematics)
cGPA 2.50
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 SPM / O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics, 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects. Pass with minimum 5 credits in Bahasa Melayu, Mathematics, 2 other subjects and Biology
English Requirement
Minimum C in SPM/O-Levels English; or IELTS – Overall band score 5.0 Pass in English

*Applicants are required to pass the IMU Admissions Interview.
**For those applicants without a credit in Biology, a credit in Chemistry / Physics and a Pass in Biology is required.

Please check all terms and conditions for your chosen FiS to undergraduate degree programme pathway in advance.

APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES

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.

FEE STRUCTURE

MALAYSIAN & INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

TUITION FEE
Foundation in Science 24,300

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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:

  • 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?

IMU’s Foundation in Science programme serves as the students’ stepping stone into an illuminating experience in healthcare education and eventually a bright career pathway in professional healthcare in the University’s extensive range of undergraduate programmes, those of its international partner universities.

Can a student register for an IMU Partner University credit transfer programme?

Yes, to most of IMU’s Partner University credit transfer programme .

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).

READ STORIES OF THE PROGRAMME

RSS Foundation in Science – IMU News

  • Out of My Comfort Zone 14 Dec 2018
    Mook Hui Ping who graduated with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division, shares her journey from Foundation in Science to a degree in Psychology at IMU.
  • A Step Closer to IMU Degrees 22 Nov 2018
    Sneak previews into the IMU degree programmes gives its Foundation in Science students a wider perspective of the healthcare fields as whole.
  • Stepping Stone to Success 7 Nov 2018
    8 high achieving Foundation in Science (FiS) students won IMU scholarships to pursue their undergraduate degree in the form of tuition fee waivers.

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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 FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE AT IMU

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

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 26 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.
Pathway into an IMU Degree Programme

Pathway into an IMU Degree Programme

The Foundation in Science programme provides the necessary preparation for admission into IMU’s undergraduate programmes including most of its credit transfer options to our prestigious partner universities worldwide. Students enrolled in the IMU FIS programme will be given a conditional offer into one of IMU’s undergraduate programmes, subject to meeting the entry requirements and all prerequisites.
Interaction with Academic and Healthcare Professionals

Interaction with Academic and Healthcare Professionals

As a student at IMU, you will have access to academic experts in medical and health sciences education.
High-Quality Curriculum with Affordable Fees, Convenient Start Dates

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.
Early Integration into Medical and Health Sciences University Life

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.

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.”

SHARON CHAN MIN HUI
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director
Centre for Pre-University
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