Chinese Medicine (CM) has its origin more than 2500 years ago, greatly influenced by the teachings and written works of great herbalists, acupuncturists, philosophers and physicians. They emphasised man’s relationship to the environment, considering the human body to be a mini universe governed by opposing forces (yin-yang) which kept the body working in balance and harmony. In health, the opposing life forces of yin and yang were in balance while in illness there was an imbalance. CM studies the person in health and disease from the aspects of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation in a holistic manner. The range of treatments in CM include herbal therapy, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, tuina, bone and spine manipulations, dietary therapy, exercise therapy like qigong and taijiguan.

Currently, there is a worldwide trend to integrate certain Chinese medicine practices like acupuncture and herbal remedies to complement the management of pain and reduce side effects of drugs used to treat chronic diseases. Today many universities in Australia, Canada, the United States of America, Europe, including France in addition to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore have degree and postgraduate degree courses in Chinese medicine.


Traditional Chinese Medicine in Malaysia

The Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia recognises that a large proportion of its multiethnic population consults CM practitioners and use other traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) practices with importation of herbal products being 3 to 4 times the value of allopathic products. The Complementary Medicine Unit in the MOH coordinates and implements policies related to training and registration of practitioners with the aim to integrate T&CM into the national healthcare delivery system. It introduced standards for courses at diploma and degree levels to be enforced by the Malaysian Quality Agency (MQA). The Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act once passed by Parliament will regulate the T & CM practices.



Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine Degree from Partner Universities


February and September

Total Duration

4 – 5 years

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Our partner universities: RMIT University, Australia, Shanghai University of TCM, Shangdong University of TCM and Guangzhou University of TCM.


A-Levels EE (Science stream)
STPM cGPA 2.50 (Science stream)
Australian Matriculation 65% aggregate or TER/ UAI/ ENTER/ ATAR 75 (incl 2 Science subjects)
NCEA Level 3 60% (incl 2 Science subjects)
Canadian Grade 12/13 60% in 6 subjects (incl 2 Science subjects)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B6 in 5 subjects (incl 2 Science subjects)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate in 4 best subjects or TER/ UAI/ ENTER/ ATAR 75 or GPA 2.00 (incl 2 Science subjects)
Indian Pre-University 60% (incl 2 Science subjects)
Ministry of Education Matriculation# cGPA 2.00 (incl 2 Science subjects)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 24 points (Incl 2 Science subjects)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) Not applicable
Foundation * # cGPA 2.00 or 50% (Foundation in Science)
Degree Pass
Diploma Diploma in Science, Diploma in Microbiology, Diploma in Traditional and Complimentary Medicine – cGPA 2.50Diploma in Traditional and Complimentary Medicine with 2 years working experience in the related field – cGPA 2.00

# 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.

** Please contact Admission Office for further information on the acceptance of international qualifications for admission into IMU.


English Language Requirement

Applicants are required to have one of these at the point of entry:

MUET Band score of 3
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5 (International students)
Students who are transferring to RMIT University are required to have an overall band score of 6.5 (not less than 6.0 for individual bands)
China’s Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Students who are transferring to China universities are required to have HSK 4 prior to transfer and HSK 5 prior to graduation**

** UEC students with a pass in Chinese Language are exempted from HSK.

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 chinese medicine, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia and China.









Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
Tuition Fees 99,000 113,000
  • 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) Chinese Medicine 4 4 8 long semesters 10,300 99,000 - - - - -
4 short
Credit Transfer to RMIT University Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) 5 3 6 long semesters 10,300 74,250 2 4 A$28,800 A$57,600 252,810
3 long semesters 4,150
Credit Transfer to China 5 3 6 long semesters 10,300 74,250 2 4 RMB30,000 RMB60,000 116,250
3 long semesters 4,150


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine 4 4 8 long semesters 11,500 113,000 - - - - -
4 short
Credit Transfer to RMIT University Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) 5 3 6 long semesters 11,500 84,750 2 4 A$28,800 A$57,600 263,310
3 long semesters 5,250
Credit Transfer to China 5 3 6 long semesters 11,500 84,750 2 4 RMB30,000 RMB60,000 126,750
3 long semesters 5,250
  • 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.
  • All fees are accurate at time of print.
  • Special bursary available for 2015 intake.
    IMU option – Fee before bursary is RM120,000 (Malaysia) or RM134,000 (International).
    Credit transfer option – Fee before bursary is RM90,000 (Malaysian) or RM100,500 (International).


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

Full Tuition Fee (100%)
Partial Tuition Fee (50%)
Application Closing Date
Chinese Medicine Feb 9 Jan 2015
Sep 21 Aug 2015

Pre-U Grades Required for Scholarship Eligibility

Pre-U Qualification A-LEVELS
MOE Matrikulasi
Australian Matriculation
Approved FiS
Chinese Medicine 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 is the structure of the programme?

The IMU Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine (CM) is a 4 year full-time course taught in English and Mandarin where necessary. After graduation, the graduate must spend 12 months in an accredited hospital by the Public Service Department of the Malaysian Government as an intern. Upon satisfactory internship, the Chinese medicine practitioner (CMP) can be registered by MOH to practice in Malaysia.

The IMU’s CM course trains CMPs to deliver evidence-based healthcare services. The course fulfills the requirements of the MQA (Malaysian Quality Agency). At the end of the course the student should have acquired knowledge and relevant skills to be a competent practitioner; has a good command of Mandarin, Malay and English; is able to communicate with all stakeholders; has acquired the attributes of a professional, is a team player, a life-long learner, a critical thinker with knowledge of research techniques, the CM business and takes time to reflect on actions taken.

The IMU has partnerships with several universities of TCM in China (Shanghai University of TCM, Shangdong University of TCM, Guangzhou University of TCM, Beijing University of TCM) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) for students to transfer after 3 years in this programme. After an additional 2 years, the graduates will be awarded the bachelor degrees in CM of the respective partner universities.

The CM course consists of modules in basic Medical Sciences and Chinese Medicine. The contents will be delivered via many delivery modes, including case studies, practice visits, attachments to hospitals or clinics and supervised clinical practice. A research project in Semesters 7 aims to develop skills of scientific inquiry, observation, analysis and scientific writing.

What are key features of the programme?

This course has incorporated a number of key features to prepare the graduate for challenges beyond graduation. These proactive features enable students to acquire the following outcomes.

  • A solid foundation in the basic medical sciences to build a good understanding of the structure of the human body, its functions and disease processes from the western scientific aspect. This will be taught by lecturers who have experience teaching medical, pharmacy and nursing students.
  • Knowledge of Chinese philosophy of balance (yin and yang), the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and the importance of Chinese classics and their contribution to the development of Chinese medicine.
  • Knowledge of the importance of diet and exercise in therapy.
  • Knowledge of the concepts and theories, important for development of acupuncture, moxibustion, tuina, herbal therapy.
  • Able to speak and write Mandarin, Malay and English at a functional level.
  • Acqusition of relevant practical and clinical experience.
  • An inquiring mind, skills of discovery, analysis and presentation.
  • Knowledge of the laws and ethics governing the practice and business of CM in Malaysia.
  • Knowledge of CM business, the setting-up and management of a CM clinic and CM herbal shop.
  • Interaction with students in other healthcare courses like chiropractic, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, psychology and pharmaceutical chemistry. This will facilitate interdisciplinary networking and friendships which would develop into better inter-professional working hips after graduation.
When do students get clinical exposure?

During semester 12, students will spend a substantial amount of time in hospital or clinic attachment, observing clinical Chinese medicine practitioners. This will progress to supervised clinical practice under experienced CMPs.

Are there any Internship placements?

IMU will guide students in securing internship placements in hospitals which are accredited by the MOH and the Public Services Department (PSD), Malaysia, so that our graduates will be able to register with the MOH and can work in government hospitals and clinics as well as in the private sector.

What are the semester contents?
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • Chinese Medicine Theory
  • Botany and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Information Acquisition and Analysis
  • English
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Limb & Trunk Anatomy
  • Basic Mandarin 1
  • Basic Mandarin 2
  • Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine 1
  • Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine 2
  • Medical Classical Chinese 1
  • Head and Visceral Anatomy
  • Cell Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Chinese Materia Medica A
  • Chinese Materia Medica B
  • Medical Classical Chinese 2
Semester 4 Semester 5
Semester 6
  • Chinese Medicine Herbal Formula A
  • Chinese Medicine Herbal Formula B
  • Acupuncture Theory & Practice 1A
  • Acupuncture Theory & Practice 1B
  • Human Physiology 1
  • Human Physiology 2
  • Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine – Internal Classic
  • Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine – Shang Han Lun
  • General Pathology
  • Medical Microbiology & Genetics
  • Acupuncture Theory & Practice 2A
  • Acupuncture Theory & Practice 2B
  • Chinese Medicine History
Semester 7 Semester 8 Semester 9
  • Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine – Golden Chamber
  • Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine – Wen Bing
  • Acupuncture Techniques 1
  • Acupuncture Techniques 2
  • Systemic Pathology
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Chinese Medicine Internal Medicine 1
  • Chinese Medicine Internal Medicine 2
  • Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine Clinical Skills Development: Radiology
  • Clinical Skills Development: Diagnosis
  • Differential Diagnosis in Western Medicine 1
  • Differential Diagnosis in Western Medicine 2
  • Moral Education / Islamic Studies
  • Malaysian Studies
Semester 10 Semester 11 Semester 12
  • First Aid and Emergency Conditions
  • Chinese Medicine Traumatology
  • Psychology for Healthcare Professionals
  • Chinese Dietary and Exercise Therapy
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice in Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Medicine Gynaecology
  • Research Project
  • Management for Chinese Medicine Practice
  • Chinese Medicine Paediatrics
  • Medical Laws, Regulations & Ethics
  • Chinese Medicine: ENT and Ophthalmology
  • Chinese Medicine: Dermatology
  • Supervised Clinical Practice 1
  • Supervised Clinical Practice 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.

What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction is English supported by Mandarin when required. Students who are not proficient in English or Mandarin are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency in English and Mandarin by making their own arrangements to attend additional English and Mandarin classes before entering the IMU.

Who will award the degree?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine degree is awarded by IMU.

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

Once registered with the MOH, the Chinese medicine practitioner can work in any of these positions.

  • Chinese medicine practitioner in integrated healthcare in a government or private hospital.
  • Chinese medicine practitioner in a Chinese medicine hospital.
  • Acupuncturist in an integrated hospital or Chinese medicine hospital or clinic.
  • Chinese medicine practitioner in a private Chinese medicine clinic, as the owner and practitioner or as an employee.
  • With additional post graduate qualification as a lecturer in a University or Chinese academy. delivering courses (diploma, degree, post-graduate degrees or certificate) in Chinese Medicine or acupuncture.
  • A member in the sale and marketing of Chinese medicine products.
  • With additional post graduate training as a researcher in an academic institution or herbal or pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
What personality traits are best suited for a career in Chinese Medicine?

The person who is patient, has good interpersonal and communication skills, eager to learn, is dedicated and responsible, proactive and good tempered, is empathetic, self-reliant, generous and willing to share is best suited for this profession.


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!



“Chinese Medicine is an umbrella of holistic health preservation and healing practices which originated from China but is still in use in modern days. At IMU, the Chinese Medicine programme is taught in an integrative manner, where students will acquire knowledge of Chinese Medicine alongside western medical sciences. This integration is important as it combines the best of both medical systems. It is also the future direction of medicine. Through such studies, students equip themselves with evidence-based medical knowledge to deal with future challenges in healthcare.”

Lecturer & Programme Director
MSc (Imperial,UCL), BMed (Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Cert No: KLR 0500119

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





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