ABOUT THE MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY DEGREE

Ever wonder how new drugs and vaccines are discovered? Why there are improved and accelerated drug testing, better diagnostic capabilities, and the availability of foods which enhance nutritional values? This progress has tremendously improved healthcare and is viewed by many scientists as only a beginning to the great era of medical biotechnology. Scientists believe that the availability of “targeted therapies” for diseases and individuals should dramatically improve drug safety and efficacy, and the development of predictive technologies may lead to a new era in disease prevention, particularly in some of the world’s rapidly developing economies. This sound rationale holds great potential and promise in the field of medical biotechnology.

The IMU Medical Biotechnology programme has incorporated key features to prepare the modern Medical Biotechnologist for challenges beyond tomorrow. These features offer an appreciable advantage to students as there is significant emphasis on concepts and theories important for creating a stable platform to develop technical know-how and skills.

The technical skills of the student begins with learning in a controlled laboratory environment. As the student progresses, he/she will be taught to think and solve problems analytically through modules that were specially designed for them to make independent decisions.

Furthermore, IMU has a myriad of expertise in the field of medical and pharmaceutical sciences. The faculty members are already engaged in active research work, providing a suitable environment for the medical biotechnology student to experience the thinking, planning, application and discussion related to research.

KEY FACTS

Degree

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Biotechnology (IMU)

Degree from Partner University

Commencement

August and September

Total Duration

3 – 4 years

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Credit transfer options to the University of Newcastle, Australia

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

EXAMINATIONS
REQUIREMENTS
A-Levels CCD (including 2 science subjects)
STPM CC (including 2 science subjects)
Australian Matriculation 65% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
NCEA Level 3 Not less than 60% (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
Canadian Grade 12/13 70% aggregate (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B in 5 subjects (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 or GPA 2.00 (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
Indian Pre-University 70% (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
Ministry of Education Matriculation# cGPA 2.50 (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 26 points(including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) cGPA 2.70 (2 science subjects must be AP courses)
Foundation * # cGPA 2.00 or 50% (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
(Foundation in Science, Foundation in Biosciences, Foundation in Engineering)
Degree BSc: cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science (UiTM), Diploma in Microbiology (UiTM) -cGPA 2.50 (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)
Diploma in related field – cGPA 2.00 (including 2 science subjects / Mathematics)

All qualifications should include a pass in SPM or equivalent 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.

  • Students without IELTS or MUET 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 MUET and (or) IELTS exam 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 details or to register for the test.
  • The entry requirements and English requirements are subject to change.

PARTNER UNIVERSITIES

As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in medical biotechnology, the IMU maintains its relationship with partner university in Australia.

Australia

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United Kingdom

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APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES

Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
Tuition Fees 106,500 117,300
  • 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.

FEE STRUCTURE

MALAYSIAN STUDENT

PROGRAMME TOTAL DURATION (YEARS) AT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (IMU) AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY (PU) GRAND TOTAL (RM)
YEARS TOTAL SEMESTERS TUITION FEE ESTIMATED TUITION FEES AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY
PER SEMESTER TOTAL YEARS SEMESTERS TUITION FEE PER YEAR TOTAL ($)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Biotechnology 3 3 6 17,750 106,500 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle

Bachelor in Biotechnology

3 3 17,750 53,250 3 A$25,220 A$37,830 166,740
Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

4 2 4 71,000 2 4 £15,600 £31,200 239,480

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

PROGRAMME TOTAL DURATION (YEARS) AT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL UNIVERSITY (IMU) AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY (PU) GRAND TOTAL (RM)
YEARS TOTAL SEMESTERS TUITION FEE ESTIMATED TUITION FEES AT PARTNER UNIVERSITY
PER SEMESTER TOTAL YEARS SEMESTERS TUITION FEE PER YEAR TOTAL ($)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Biotechnology 3 3 6 19,550 117,300 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle

Bachelor in Biotechnology

3 3 19,550 58,650 3 A$25,220 A$37,830 172,140
Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

4 2 4 78,200 2 4 £15,600 £31,200 246,680
  • International rates based on exchange rates: A$1 ≈ RM3.0, €1 ≈ RM4.5, £1 ≈ RM5.4, C$1 ≈ RM3.1, USD1 ≈ RM3.2
  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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
Medical Biotechnology Feb 3 Jul 2015
Sep 21 Aug 2015

Pre-U Grades Required for Scholarship Eligibility

Pre-U Qualification A-LEVELS
Grades
CPU
%
STPM
cGPA
MOE Matrikulasi
cGPA
IB
Points
UEC
Grades
Australian Matriculation
ATAR
Approved FiS
cGPA
IMU FiS
cGPA
Medical Biotechnology 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why choose this programme?

Biotechnology applies scientific and engineering principles and practices to utilise biological resources for development of mankind. Medical Biotechnology applies the wealth of knowledge in biotechnology for the advancement of health sciences.

What is the structure of the programme?

The philosophy of the IMU Medical Biotechnology programme is an outcome-based curriculum, which begins with a foundation phase in biological and physical sciences. The foundation phase emphasises on concepts and theories important for creating a stable platform to develop technical know-how and skills introduced in the transition and final phases of the course. In the intermediate phase of the course, much emphasis will be given to technical hands-on skills, culminating in the advanced phase, whereby students conduct independent research project. Interwoven into the curriculum are modules related to human and community aspects such as laws, ethical issues, enterprise management and communication skills. The advanced phase of the course also introduces an internship programme where attachments to biotechnology industry players are assigned.

What are the key features of the programme?
  • Solid foundation in knowledge for biotechnology today and tomorrow
  • Progressive development of technical skills from Year 1 to Year 3
  • Opportunity to work in industry during internship
  • Experience in original research work in an active environment
  • Exposed to entrepreneurial skills and business communications
  • Emphasis on diagnosis and drug discovery for diseases
What are the teaching-learning approaches used?

Methods of curriculum delivery include plenaries, laboratory practicals, small group teaching (Problem based-learning and Tutorials), workshops, computer-aided learning (CAL), seminars, presentations, industrial visits, video reviews, internships, guided reading and portfolio as well as original and independent research work.

Who are the teaching staff?

The University has PhD qualified academic staff with teaching and research experience in the field of medical and pharmaceutical biotechnology.

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?

This programme has a biotechnology internship module whereby the University facilitates placement in industries related to medical biotechnology. The programme works closely with the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) in the fulfillment of the National Biotechnology Policy. BiotechCorp helps to identify the niche areas and channel our students to the appropriate industries for internship.

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.

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
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Biological Science
  • General Chemistry
  • Essential of Genetics I
  • Human Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Biostatistics
  • English
  • Pengajian Islam / Moral
  • Animal and Plant Physiology: Foundations for Biotechnology
  • General Pharmacology
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Organic Chemistry 2
  • IT for Biotechnologists
  • Physics for Instrumentations
  • Diversity of Life
  • Natural Products
  • Microbiology for Biotechnologists
  • Analytical Chemistry for
    Biotechnologists I
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Pathology for Biotechnologists
  • Essential of Genetics II
  • An Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Applied Biochemistry
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
  • Toxicology and Toxinology
  • Immunology
  • Analytical Chemistry for Biotechnologists II
  • Utilisation of Biological Resources
  • Pengajian Malaysia
  • Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques
  • Genomics and Molecular Diagnostics
  • Instrumentation, Biosafety and Standardisation
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Biopharming
  • Enterprise Management
  • Forensic Science
  • Utilisation of Structural Information
  • Cancer Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology Internship
  • Selective: Neurochemistry
  • Selective: Chemistry of Palm Oil
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Project
  • Current Trends in Biotechnology
  • Essential Biotechniques
  • Communications Skills and Etiquette
  • Legal, Ethical and Social Aspects of Biotechnology

Remark:
1. The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.
2. The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has recently introduced Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum (MPU) modules to replace the Mata Pelajaran Wajib (MPW)/MQA modules. All students must pass these modules (MPU U1, U2, U3 and U4) in order to graduate.

Who will award the degree?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Biotechnology degree is awarded by IMU.

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

Medical biotechnologists can be employed in R&D departments/ quality control divisions/commercial divisions of pharmaceutical, fermentation and food science industries. This area of expertise can also be utilised in agricultural, supplementary diets, healthcare technology and environmental industries, hospitals, universities/ colleges and writing/journalism. In Malaysia, employment opportunities can be found in both public and private hospitals and universities, research organisations like PORIM, SIRIM, CARIF, INFORMM, IMR amongst others or multinationals like GSK, Pfizer, Astra-Zeneca and a plethora of public-listed companies in the agrobio industry. Employment opportunities are also available abroad, for example in neighbouring Singapore, Australia, Europe and United States of America where the biotechnology industry is critically in need of a skilled work force.

INDUSTRY AREAS OF WORK
Healthcare
  • Innovative drugs – development of various medicines, vaccines and diagnostics
  • Diagnostics – diagnostic and detection kits for AIDS, hepatitis, Nipah virus, SARS etc
  • Gene therapy and stem cell research
Forensics
  • DNA fingerprinting for crime solving
  • Paternity identification
Bioinformatics
  • Human Genome Project
  • Rice Genome Project
Industrial & environment
  • Production of industrial enzymes, biopesticides, bioherbicides and biofertilisers.
  • Treatment of hazardous wastes (e.g. heavy metals) in the environment
  • Development of waste bioremediation process
  • Developing new products and processes for the manufacture of food
Agriculture
  • Molecular marker-assisted breeding
  • Using genetic engineering and genome mapping (trying to locate genes to improve crop production or crop resistance to pests and diseases)
  • Plants producing pharmaceuticals & plants with value added traits – high sugar tomato, vitamins enriched rice, canola with improved oils etc
When do I apply for a place in IMU?

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

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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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medicalbiotechnology_Dr Anna Ling

“Intensified efforts in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases have lifted the focus of modern biotechnology towards healthcare sphere. IMU’s Medical Biotechnology programme prepares students for a more challenging and dynamic world by instilling students with up-to-date knowledge and skills through various teaching and learning activities. Without compromising good research skills, the programme exposes students to entrepreneurial and business communication skills and equip them to be well conversant in legal, social and ethical issues pertaining to the field, both locally and globally.  “

DR ANNA LING PICK KIONG
Lecturer and Programme Coordinator
BSc Hons (UniMAS), PhD (UPM)

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