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.


Students who have excellent academic achievements in SPM are eligible for IMU’s Foundation in Science scholarship and bursary. The exact scholarship or bursary offered will vary depending on their results.



Foundation in Science


March, June and September

*June 2020 intake has been postponed to 1 July 2020.

Total Duration

1 year


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
  • Biology 3
  • Thinking Skills
  • Cross Boundary Studies
    Plus any TWO of the following four options*:
    1) Chemistry 3
    2) Biosciences
    3) Application of Statistics
    4) Psychology in Healthcare* Your two optional subjects are key to success in your proposed undergraduate course and should be chosen accordingly and as advised by your academic mentors.



Academic Requirements

Pass SPM/O-Level with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics and 2 Science subjects and two other subjects or equivalent qualification based on MQA guidelines.


English Requirements – IELTS

  • Overall band score of 5.0 (for those who did not obtain a Credit in English at SPM/O-Level)
  • Overall band score of 5.0

Click here to view Requirements for Undergraduate Conditional Offer.


Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information.


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
Medicine : cGPA 3.50* (min cGPA 2.00 in Biology and Chemistry and Mathematics) Dentistry : cGPA 3.70* (min cGPA 3.00 in Biology and Chemistry and Mathematics) cGPA 3.00
(including B in
cGPA 2.50 (min cGPA
2.33 in 2 subjects
from Biology and/
or Chemistry and/or
cGPA 2.50 (min cGPA
2.33 in 2 subjects
from Biology and/
or Chemistry and/or
cGPA 2.50 cGPA 2.75 cGPA 2.50 (min cGPA 2.50 or 55%
in 2 subjects from Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or  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 Mathematics, 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects.
Malaysian students are required to attain a credit in Bahasa Melayu.
English Requirement
Minimum C in SPM/O-Levels English; or IELTS – Overall band score 5.0

*Applicants are required to pass the IMU Admissions Interview.

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

*** FIS at the IMU gives an exclusive pathway to the University of Dundee and University of Strathclyde where extra credit exemptions are given to those taking the BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry and BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science for transfer to these respective universities.

** Science subjects – Biology / Chemistry / Physics


Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 300 1000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
International student administration fee - 2,400
      • * Tuition fee is payable by semester
      • ** Administration fee is payable together with the 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.



Foundation in Science 24,900*


Foundation in Science 24,900*


When is the intake for IMU FiS?

March, June 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 are available. Please refer to this link for more details.

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

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

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 28 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU achieved the SETARA-2017 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.
High Quality Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

High Quality Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

The Foundation in Science programme has a high-quality curriculum and is benchmarked to meet international standards.
Direct Pathway into Undergraduate Studies at IMU

Direct Pathway into Undergraduate Studies at IMU

The Foundation in Science programme gives you a direct pathway into the undergraduate programme of your choice available at IMU and most of its international partner universities
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.
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’s facilities and can take advantage of the on-and-off campus activities within the campus community, right from the start of the FIS programme which is fully integrated into the University campus


“The IMU Foundation in Science programme is designed to equip prospective students with the sufficient knowledge and skills needed to increase their efficacy to shine in the degree programmes of their choice. It is a preferred pathway designated for IMU’s local and overseas degree programmes. This programme has proven to facilitate smooth transition of our students into the various degree programmes which leads towards a promising career pathway.”

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