Nutrition is the science that deals with the study of foods and nutrients and their effect on an individual. Dietetics is the practical application of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease. The graduates of this programme will be able to work as dietitians in the government and private sectors, providing healthcare services, food service management, and counselling in disease management and prevention.

IMU offers a professional degree programme leading to a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition. This 4-year course prepares students with the professional and personal qualities required for dietetic practice in a variety of workplace settings. The curriculum integrates academic teaching and learning with clinical, community, food service, research and management experience.

The graduates of this programme will be able to work as dietitians in the government and private sectors, providing healthcare services, food service management, and counselling in disease management and prevention.



Bachelor of Science (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition (IMU)

Degree from Partner Universities


August and September

Total Duration

4 – 4½ years

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Credit transfer options to the University of Newcastle, Australia and University of Otago, New Zealand


A-Levels CDD (including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry)
STPM cGPA of 2.50 (including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry)
Australian Matriculation 65% aggregate or TER/UAI/ENTER/ ATAR 75 (including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry)
NCEA Level 3 60% aggregate (including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry)
Canadian Grade 12/13 70% aggregate (including 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 GPA 2.50(including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry)
Indian Pre-University Average of 70%  (including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry)
Ministry of Education Matriculation# cGPA 2.50  (including 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 (including Biology / Physics and Chemistry)
Foundation * # cGPA 2.50 or 55% (including Biology/ Physics and Chemistry
(Foundation in Science / Foundation in Biosciences / Foundation in Engineering)
Degree BSc: cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science / Diploma in Microbiology / Diploma in related field)
cGPA 2.75

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 UEC, 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.
TOEFL* Overall score of 513 (PBT) / 183 (CBT)/ 65 (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 dietetics with nutrition, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia and New Zealand.



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 177,600 192,400
  • 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) Dietetics with Nutrition 4 4 8 22,200 177,600 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics 4 2 4 22,200 88,800 2 4 A$22,760 A$45,520 229,912
Credit Transfer to University of Otago
BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition
3 / 5 2 4 22,200 88,800 1 2 NZ$27,500 NZ$27,500 165,800
Credit Transfer to University of Otago
Master of Dietetics
- - - - - 2 4 NZ$37,100 NZ$74,200 373,560


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition 4 4 8 24,050 192,400 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics 4 2 4 24,050 96,200 2 4 A$22,760 A$45,520 237,312
Credit Transfer to University of Otago
BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition
3 / 5 2 4 24,050 96,200 1 2 NZ$27,500 NZ$27,500 173,200
Credit Transfer to University of Otago
Master of Dietetics
- - - - - 2 4 NZ$37,100 NZ$74,200 380,960
  • 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

Full Tuition Fee (100%)
Partial Tuition Fee (50%)
Application Closing Date
Dietetics with Nutrition 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
Dietetics with Nutrition 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.


Why choose this particular programme?
  • Globally, obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancers are on the rise due to increase affluence and sedentary lifestyles.
  • Diet can significantly impact prevention and treatment of such lifestyle related diseases.
  • Dietitians are needed to counsel and educate clients on appropriate diets, menu planning and food preparation in addressing illnesses or diseases for optimum health.
What is the structure of the programme?

The IMU Dietetics with Nutrition programme is designed to provide an integrated training in the science of nutrition and dietetics and its application to human health and well-being. The nutrition and dietetics programme is a four-year programme conducted entirely in Malaysia.

The first three years will be based in Bukit Jalil. The final year will require students to do professional training outside the IMU campus.

What are the key features of the programme?
  • First programme in Malaysia offering a degree in the disciplines of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Universities globally are beginning to offer a degree to provide graduates the edge to work in both clinical and community settings.
  • IMU curriculum is outcome-based whereby graduates will meet market demands for clinical and community dietetics such as food service dietitians, researchers and other job opportunities requiring the expertise in nutrition and dietetics area.
What are the teaching-learning approaches used?

The Dietetics with Nutrition programme utilises a combination of teaching and learning approaches which include lectures, tutorials, practical classes, seminars, problem-based learning, field visits, group/individual assignments, and development of communication skills.

Students are required to conduct a research project in the third year. Topics in nutrition and health related fields will be chosen. Students will be required to prepare a research proposal, to collect and analyse data, and to write a thesis at the end of the exercise.

With this knowledge and skills, the students are able to work in their future work environment as competent and effective professionals working in the clinical community and / or industry settings.

Who are the teaching staff?

The University has well-qualified, experienced teaching staff from the Dietetics with Nutrition programme. Over half have recent practicing experience and are qualified dietitians. The lecturers have postgraduate degrees in the area of nutrition and dietetics. The teaching staff are pioneers in this area of study and have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate student projects and dissertations as well as conducted workshops. They are also actively involved in research and have published extensively in the areas of nutrition and dietetics.

Other qualified senior professional staff of IMU will also provide lectures in the non Dietetics with Nutrition modules in Year 1 of the programme. Dietitians from various specialists hospitals will also be invited to teach in this programme.

How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed through their class tests, practicals, reports, workshops, essays, problem-based learning, projects, presentation, thesis and written examination.


An OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) is also conducted during the Final Year to ensure students are capable of providing competent and safe dietetic practice upon graduation.
Are there any industrial placements?

Industrial placements are professional posting scheduled for the entire 4th year and form the practicum part of the programme. Students shall be rotated through 20 weeks of clinical dietetics practicum in a hospital setting, 10 weeks of community nutrition practicum in a government and private facility/institution, and 10 weeks of food service management practicum in a food service industry.

What are the semester contents?
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
  • General Chemistry
  • Human Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Professionalism in Dietetics withNutrition
  • Principles of Human Nutrition
  • Statistics for Health Professionals
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Food, Culture & Nutrition
  • Principles of Food Preparation
  • Sports and Exercise Science
  • IT for Healthcare Services
  • Analysis of Nutrients in Food
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Basic Communication
  • Nutritional Assessment Methods
  • Nutrients & Metabolism
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • General Microbiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Community Nutrition
  • Food Service Management 1
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology and Clinical Management of Diseases
  • Nutritional Immunology
  • Selective
Semester 5 Semester 6 Semester 7 & 8
  • Food Service Management II
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • Nutrition Counselling and Education
  • Research Project in Nutrition & Dietetics 1
  • Enterprise Management
  • Nutrition in Health Promotion
  • Scientific Communications in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Safety and Regulations
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • Research Project in Nutrition & Dietetics II
  • Nutrition in Excercise in Sports
  • Environmental Issues and Nutrition
  • Selective
  • Clinical Dietetics Practicum
  • Community Nutrition Practicum
  • Food Service Practicum

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. Some of these modules will be taken at the beginning or the end of the programme while the rest will be taken within the eight semesters of the programme.

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 the IMU.

Who will award the Dietetics with Nutrition degree?

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

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

There are various job opportunities for the graduates of this programme. As qualified dietitians, they can seek employment in the following work places:

Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities
Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities dietitians provide nutrition care for patients in hospitals. They assess patients’ nutritional status, develop, implement and monitor medical nutrition therapies appropriate to the patient’s medical history and lifestyle. With sufficient years of experience and further certification, dietitians may specialise in paediatrics, gastroenterology, renal and other specific medical areas. Dietitians work in community-based healthcare settings such as medical clinics, long term care facilities and wellness centers to provide dietary consultancy for medical conditions and may perform home visits to assist patients’ compliance to dietary advice, and assist in disease prevention programmes.

Food service industry
Dietitians supervise meal planning and preparation in hospitals, workplace cafeterias, sports institutions and other facilities requiring large-scale food service such as schools, prisons, and long-term care homes. Dietitians manage the food safety procedures, menu development, budgeting and control.

Medical and healthcare related business/industry
Dietitians may be employed by wellness and food/nutrition-related or pharmaceutical industry to provide food and nutrition information to clients and patients. Dietitians provide advice on nutritional content, and use of therapeutic products.

Sports and fitness industry dietitians may be employed to provide dietary counselling to recreational and competitive athletes to improve performance and health. They serve as a food and nutrition resource for coaches and trainers; and provide sports nutrition education for fitness programmes.

University / Research Institutions
Dietitians may join an academic institution to teach, conduct research and undertake publication, as well as contribute in building capacity in training future dietitians. For those who wish to focus on research, they may explore working in research institutions in the public or private sector (e.g. research and development industry).

Private Consultancy
Dietitians with sufficient experience may venture to setting up their own practice or work under contract with healthcare facilities. They perform nutrition assessment and advice on diet-related concerns such as weight loss, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. They may also provide consultancy in nutrition and dietetic matters to corporate, government and professional societies.

When do I apply for a place in IMU?

You can apply using 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!


dieteticswithnutrition_Jamilah Abd Jamil

“Dietitians play an important role in health promotion, disease prevention, treatment of human illness and rehabilitation therapy. They are trained in food service, community dietetics and clinical dietetics. The curriculum equips the graduates to function as a competent dietitian, one with great innovation, imagination and insights.”

Lecturer & Programme Director
Bachelor of Dietetics (UKM), MSc in Public Health (IMU)

Cert No: KLR 0500119

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





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