The increase in the occurrence of existing diseases and the continual emergence of new or exotic diseases and re-emergence of old diseases place increasing demands on healthcare delivery. In Malaysia, there has been rapid growth in the healthcare system over the past few years. An efficient laboratory service is essential for a good healthcare system.

Appropriate healthcare management relies greatly on results of clinical laboratory investigations and patients’ lives may depend on the experience and expertise of the Biomedical Scientist.

Malaysia has a vision to become a developed country by 2020. Much emphasis is given to various high-technology projects including biomedical research. Promotion of biomedical research is essential for progress of medicine and advancement of healthcare.

The Biomedical Scientist, equipped with the appropriate knowledge and expertise, evolves with the changing trends in modern technology to fulfill the trust and reliance expected of them.



Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Biomedical Science (IMU)

Biomedical Science degree from Partner Universities


August and September

Total Duration

3 – 4 years

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Credit transfer options to the University of Newcastle, Australia, University of Otago, New Zealand, University of Strathclyde, Scotland and St George’s University of London, England.


A-Levels CDD (including Biology / Physics and Chemistry)
STPM Pass with minimum cGPA of 2.50 in Biology / Physics and Chemistry
Australian Matriculation 65% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 in Biology / Physics and Chemistry
NCEA Level 3 Pass (Average of 60% in Biology / Physics and Chemistry)
Canadian Grade 12/13 Pass (Average of 60% in Biology/ Physics and Chemistry)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B in 5 subjects (including Biology / Physics and Chemistry)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate or  TER/ UAI/ ENTER/ ATAR 75 or cGPA 2.50 in Biology/ Physics and Chemistry
Indian Pre-University Pass (60% aggregate in Biology / Physics and Chemistry)
Ministry of Education Matriculation# Pass with minimum cGPA of 2.50 in Biology / Physics  and Chemistry
International Baccalaureate (IB) 26 points (including Biology / Physics and Chemistry)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) cGPA 2.50 in Biology / Physics and Chemistry
Foundation * # Pass with minimum cGPA 2.50 / 55% in Biology / Physics and Chemistry (Foundation in Biosciences / Foundation in Science / Foundation in Engineering)
Degree BSc: cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science, Diploma in Microbiology, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology – cGPA 2.75 (including 2 science subjects)

All qualifications should include Biology / Physics and Chemistry and attained 5 credits at SPM level or equivalent level, 3 of which in the following subjects (Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, English) (except Diploma and Degree level).

# The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution.

* IMU does not accept any foundation in science courses from other colleges/universities for its dentistry programme except for foundation in science by IMU.

Foundation in Science qualification from other colleges/universities will be considered on case by case basis for admission into the Medicine & Pharmacy programme. In addition, it is only applicable for application into the IMU local programmes and not for all credit transfer options. Student with IMU Foundation in Science can apply into the IMU programmes with credit transfer option (except for medicine & dentistry), upon meeting eligibility of the required entry requirement of the intended programme.

Please contact IMU for more details and before embarking on any foundation in science programmes. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, kindly contact 03-2731 7272.


English Language Requirement

Applicants are required to have this at the point of entry:

MUET Band score of 3 (for Malaysian students only)*
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5 (for Malaysian students)*Overall band score of 6.0 (for International students)*
Those who opt for overseas option must achieve an overall band score of 7.0.
Overall score of 513 (PBT) / 183 (CBT)/ 65 (iBT)
Biomedical Science/ Nutrition ( International students only)
Overall score of 550 (PBT) / 213 (CBT) / 79 (iBT)

* ONLY applicable for those who are completing the entire degree in IMU, Malaysia.

The University requires all Malaysian students to submit a valid MUET / IELTS / TOEFL in accordance to the requirements at the point of admission.

Password English Test

  • Students without IELTS, MUET or TOEFL can opt to sit for the Password English Test which is available only in IMU and must obtain the equivalent score required for IELTS. Students who have successfully enrolled using the Password English Test are still required to sit for the MUET, IELTS or TOEFL exam (where applicable) within the first year of their studies in IMU. This is ONLY applicable to those who are completing the entire degree in IMU, Malaysia. Please contact Admissions Office for further information or to register for the test.
  • The entry requirements and English requirements are subject to change.


As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in biomedical science, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.



United Kingdom


New Zealand



Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
Tuition Fees 109,500 117,300
  • 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.



Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science 3 3 6 18,250 109,500 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle Bachelor of Biomedical Science 3 3 18,250 54,750 3 A$25,390 A$38,085 172,814
Credit Transfer to University of Otago Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science 3 3 54,750 5 NZ$32,000 NZ$80,000 278,750
Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science 4 2 4 73,000 2 4 £15,600 £31,200 282,040
Credit Transfer to St. George’s University of London
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
3 1 2 36,500 2 4 £13,650 £27,300 219,410


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science 3 3 6 19,550 117,300 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle Bachelor of Biomedical Science 3 3 19,550 58,650 3 A$25,390 A$38,085 176,714
Credit Transfer to University of Otago Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science 3 3 58,650 5 NZ$32,000 NZ$80,000 282,650
Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science 4 2 4 78,200 2 4 £15,600 £31,200 287,240
Credit Transfer to St. George’s University of London
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
3 1 2 39,100 2 4 £13,650 £27,300 222,010
  • International rates based on exchange rates: A$1 ≈ RM3.1, €1 ≈ RM3.3, £1 ≈ RM6.7, C$1 ≈ RM3.3, USD1 ≈ RM4.4, RMB1 ≈ RM0.7, NZ$1 ≈ RM2.8
  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases.


The International Medical University (IMU) has introduced a new scholarship programme for 2015. Scholarships will now be available for most IMU programmes. There will be two types of scholarships available:

1. Full Tuition Fee (100%) for full duration of programme
2. Partial Tuition Fee (50%) for full duration of programme

Scholarships application will be strictly by invitation only upon submission of admission application to a specific programme at IMU.

These scholarships will be awarded to students demonstrating outstanding academic excellence, extra curriculum participation and leadership qualities. Scholarship application will be strictly by invitation only upon receiving an offer letter for admission into the specific programme at IMU.


Scholarships Available

Programmes Intake Full Tuition Fee (100%) Partial Tuition Fee (50%) Application Closing Date
Biomedical Science Feb 3 Jul 2015
Sep 21 Aug 2015

Pre-U Grades Required for Scholarship Eligibility

Pre-U Qualification A-LEVELS
MOE Matrikulasi
Australian Matriculation
Approved FiS
Biomedical Science ABB 91 – 100 3.34 – 4.00 3.80 – 4.00 38 – 45 B3 B3 A2 A2 A2 95 – 100 3.80 – 4.00 3.50 – 4.00

How to Apply

  1. Make an online application for the programme of your choice at www.imu.edu.my/slim-oaa.
  2. Upon successful application and meeting the scholarship’s eligibility requirements, student will be invited to apply for the scholarship via email.

Scholarship Details

  1. Scholarships will be awarded with bonding subject to the programme awarded.
  2. All scholarships will only cover the tuition fees and no allowance for living expenses, books and study-related equipment.
  3. The amount will be disbursed on a semester to semester basis
  4. Students are required to maintain the required minimum cGPA of 3.50 per semester in order to continue with the scholarship. Failing which, the scholarship may be discontinued with immediate effect.
  5. Students who withdraw (academic and non-academic reasons) without completing the programme will be required to repay the amount that has been disbursed for the financial award given.
  6. Repeat modules will not be covered and continuation of the financial award will be on a case by case basis.
  7. IMU Scholarship Committee may vary the selection requirements as and when it deems necessary.

Other Scholarships

For more information on other financial aid, please click here.


What are the aims of the programme?

Biomedical science is the study of basic sciences that relate to medicine including biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, parasitology, pharmacology, haematology, immunology, histopathology and cytopathology.

The IMU Biomedical Science programme has been designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the basic sciences that are related to medicine and to develop skills in different biomedical areas.

The aim of this programme is to provide training for undergraduate biomedical science students that would prepare them to work effectively in healthcare services which includes diagnostics, therapeutics, determining the nature of diseases, quality control, prevention, control and treatment of diseases.

This programme also aims to provide the students with technical and analytical skills to carry out biomedical research. Furthermore, the programme also prepares them to pursue postgraduate studies in a range of disciplines.

What are the key features of the programme?

The programme has incorporated key features to prepare the modern biomedical scientist. These features offer an appreciable advantage by enabling students:

  • To have a sound knowledge of the functioning of the human body in physiological and pathological states via the body-organ systems courses.
  • To develop knowledge, skills and attitudes through a structured in-house learning experience. The learning experience will be delivered through various teaching-learning approaches. In-house practical sessions will be conducted using simulated and clinical specimens.
  • To gain practical experience while working under close supervision alongside experts in the respective biomedical science disciplines, through attachments at appropriate hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, university and/or research laboratories.
  • To develop further laboratory experience and expertise while working as an apprentice, under minimal supervision. This period of attachment as an apprentice provides an opportunity to demonstrate the trainee’s expertise in a prospective employment environment and a long-term career prospect.
  • To acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to the biomedical science disciplines which would prepare the graduate for further training in postgraduate biomedical science programmes, and where feasible, medicine and allied health sciences.
  • To develop professionalism. Opportunities will be given to the students to put theory into practice in their development as an effective member of the healthcare team.
  • To develop their curiosity and enthusiasm for the biomedical sciences through student-centred learning activities including Portfolios of Learning, Problem-Based Learning and Research Projects.
What are the teaching/learning approaches used?

In addition to didactic large group teaching sessions (Plenaries), the programme is also delivered through small group teaching sessions (Problem-based learning, Laboratory practicals, Workshops, Computer-aided learning, Tutorials, Seminars, Presentations and Attachments / Placements). Such small group teaching sessions will provide opportunities for the development of a range of skills necessary for the biomedical scientist. The projects in Semester 6 will provide opportunity for the student to conduct studies in biomedical field and it is hoped that students will acquire critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for postgraduate training later.

What are the semester contents?

Semesters 1 and 2 of the course introduces students to concepts and theories in the basic sciences of biotechnology and helps students develop competence in basic areas of laboratory practices. The students will also be taught essential skills in the application of IT knowledge that are relevant to a medical biotechnologist. In Semesters 3 and 4, students will be shown how to apply core knowledge in basic science in areas of medical biotechnology and develop skills to critically evaluate the concepts, techniques and applications of medical biotechnology. Students are also made aware of the relationship between medical biotechnology and community needs. In the final semesters of 5 and 6, students will be given the opportunity to develop cognitive and practical know-how in designing and conducting biotechnological research that meet the requirements of the industry.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • General Pathology and Introduction to Histotechnology
  • Biological Science
  • General Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Human Biology
  • Medical Laboratory Instrumentation
  • Professionalism and Personnel Development for Biomedical Scientists
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • Statistics for Biomedical Scientists
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Cardiovascular System
  • General Pharmacology
  • Haematology
  • Laboratory Management I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioanalysis
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Histopathology & Cytopathology
  • Management and Experimentation on Animals
  • Natural Products in Medicine
  • Renal System
  • Respiratory System
Semester 4 Short Semester Semester 5
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Genomics and Molecular Diagnostics
  • Law and Ethics for Health Professionals
  • Immunology
  • Parasitology and Entomology
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Current Trends in Biomedical Science & Research Methodology
  • U4 (Soft Skills for Higher Education)
  • Selective 1
  • Central Nervous System
  • Endocrine System
  • Forensic Science and Pathology
  • Laboratory Management II
  • Radiobiology
  • Reproductive System
  • Selectives
  • Research Project I
Short Semester Semester 6
  • Research Project II
  • Research Project III
  • Toxicology
  • Practical Attachment – The Apprentice
  • Selectives 2

1. The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.
2. The MPU modules are compulsory modules imposed by Ministry of Higher Education under the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 (Act 555). All students must take these modules and pass as a prerequisite for the award of the degree.

Who will award the degree?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science degree is awarded by IMU. The partner universities will award their respective degrees to students who transfer to their school.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through their class tests, practical reports, workshops, portfolios, projects, logbooks, written reports, presentations, dissertations and end-of-semester examinations.

Are there any industrial placements?

There will be 8 weeks of industrial placement in the attachment semester.

What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction is English. Students who come from a system of education in which the medium of instruction is not English are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency in English by making their own arrangements to attend additional English Language classes before entering IMU.

What sort of jobs/careers can be undertaken with this degree?

Biomedical scientists may be employed by public and private hospital laboratories, public health laboratories and private pathology laboratories. Biomedical scientists analyse specimens of blood and body fluid, enabling diagnosis of illness and evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment. Their nature of work includes performing chemical analysis of body fluids and haematological analysis of blood samples, isolating micro-organisms and matching the blood of donors to recipient to ensure compatibility.

Biomedical scientists may be involved in medical, veterinary and agricultural research in universities and research/health institutions. Industries employing biomedical scientists for research and development include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, cosmetics and toiletries. Examples of biomedical science research include research on causes and cures of diseases for example, cancer, AIDS and hepatitis, animal cloning, gene therapy as well as discovery, development and production of biopharmaceuticals, diagnostic products and chemicals.

Biomedical science graduates can undertake postgraduate degrees in any of the related disciplines. They could also pursue a career in education. The biomedical science degree can be used as graduate entry into medicine. Biomedical science graduates can also enter the police force in the area of forensics or enter scientific journalism.

When do I apply for a placement in IMU?

You can apply as soon as you have your forecast or actual results.


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!



“The IMU Biomedical Science programme is uniquely designed to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, competent and analytical. The curriculum emphasises on professionalism, ethics, lifelong learning and critical thinking. Students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes through in-house training, practical attachments and apprenticeship in selected disciplines. They will also undertake a research project. All this training will produce readily employable graduates.”

Lecturer & Programme Director
BSc Ag (TN Ag), MSc Biotech (TN Ag), PhD Immunology (J Nehru U)

Cert No: KLR 0500119

KPM/JPT (R/721/6/0033)09/2019





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