So you are thinking of taking up Medicine, but you are not sure? You heard from friends that studying Medicine is tough, it is a long course, and you have to make many sacrifices: and so you are undecided. Well, Medicine is tough. To take up Medicine, you not only need good grades, you also need to be convinced yourself that it is your career choice. That choice is yours, not your parents’ or anyone else’s, as you need total commitment, tenacity and determination on your part to carry on till you become a doctor and beyond.

What we do in IMU is to help you achieve your dream. We’ll make you a good, technically competent and more importantly a caring doctor. The 8 IMU outcomes make it explicit that we’ll help you do just that. The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) preparation course is linked within the IMU medical curriculum  which helps all enrolled students to get 36 months of exclusive access for Step 1 USMLE preparation. IMU is the first to offer this support for future medical graduates to be additionally prepared for residency position and potentially practice professionally and legally in the USA. This initiative prepares future medical graduates for overseas studies and opportunities where they were previously unavailable. We emphasise professionalism and ethics, and we strive to maintain the high ideals of Medicine as a noble profession.

The science of curing a disease or lessening physical pain is not always the most important aspect of the doctor-patient relationship. Patients come to visit doctors for many reasons, and sometimes it is for emotional support and kindness, for empathy, for openness with someone they can trust and respect. In time to come, when you become a doctor, you will always be a doctor: because of the special and unique doctor-patient relationship through most harrowing and fragile moments, and through life and death. Medical students and young doctors always remember the first baby they deliver: the joy they share with patient and family; the first death they have to certify: the heavy heart to break the news and to comfort relatives who have lost their loved one. Whether you are a small time country doctor or a big time consultant in the premier hospital, you are sure to make a difference in the lives of those you touch!

Yes, Medicine is a life changing career. It is for those who are fully committed to take up the challenge. I can assure you that you’ll not regret that decision!


To know about the career pathways for medical doctors, see this infographic.




Medical degree from Partner Medical Schools


February and August

Total Duration

4½ – 6½ years

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International Students

International Students

Presently, international students are not able to do their housemanship in Malaysia


School of Medicine was conferred the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) ASPIRE for Excellence Award in the area of “Student Engagement” at 2013’s AMEE conference in Prague, Czech Republic.


Why Study Medicine at IMU?

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 25 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU achieved a Tier-5 rating in the SETARA ratings of Malaysian Universities and University-Colleges awarded by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

As IMU offers the widest range of healthcare programmes, our students are fully immersed in a vibrant community of students and practitioners from all healthcare fields. This allows for the development of strong friendship amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive healthcare professional network upon graduation.

Largest Private Medical School in Malaysia

IMU’s MBBS programme was established over 16 years ago and to date has the highest number of faculty members, registered students and successful graduates of any other private medical schools in Malaysia. The School has been re-accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Malaysia Medical Council (MMC) for maximum duration of 5 years (2015 – 2020).

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

IMU’s medical curriculum has been developed to meet high international standards and is accepted by 23 international partner universities for credit transfer into their medical programmes.

Better Preparation for Housemanship and a Career as a Doctor

With clinical exposure as early as Semester 1 and an intensive 6-month Senior Clerkship at Hospital Batu Pahat / Hospital Kluang in Semester 10 (unique in Malaysia), students are better prepared for patient care, housemanship training and to become better doctors.


A-Levels BBB or ABC in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics
Australian Matriculation 80% aggregate or ATAR 85 including
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics
NCEA Level 3 Average of 80% in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics
Canadian Grade 12/13 85% aggregate in 6 subjects (with an average of 80% in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B4 in 5 subjects
(Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 80% aggregate or ATAR 85 including
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics
Indian Pre-University Average of 75% in all subjects (with an average of 70% in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics)
Ministry of Education Matriculation# cGPA 3.50 in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics
attained 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics / Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM/O-level
International Baccalaureate (IB) 30 points with a minimum of 2 science subjects or Mathematics at Higher Level (HL)and 1 science subject at Standard Level (SL)
attained a minimum score of 4 each in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) Not applicable
Foundation * # cGPA 3.50 in
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics or Mathematics
attained 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics / Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM/O-level
Minimum Credit in BM and English at SPM/O-level
Degree BSc: cGPA 3.30
Diploma Diploma in Health Sciences – cGPA 3.50
provided duration is not less than 5 semesters or 2.5 years in the same accredited institution
attained 2Bs each in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and 3Cs in English, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM/O-level

Foundation in Science

  • Foundation in Science qualifications from other higher education institutions will be considered on a case by case basis for admission into the local IMU programmes.
  • Students with IMU Foundation in Science can apply into IMU programmes and programmes with selected credit transfer options, upon meeting the entry requirement eligibility. ** (Please refer to IMU Foundation in Science brochure for more details)

For admissions into the IMU Foundation in Science programme, students will need to have:

  • Pass SPM / O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics, 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects.
    Note: Specific SPM / O-Levels requirements may be needed for admissions into IMU programmes.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall band score of 6.5.
Those who opt for the overseas option must achieve an overall band score of 7.0
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) Overall score of 180* (for International students only)
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) Overall score of 200* (for International students only)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of 58* (for International students only)

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


As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in medicine, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia, Ireland, United States and United Kingdom. The list of partner universities is subject to change.












United Kingdom















Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 300 950
Registration Fee 1,300 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
Tuition Fees 490,000 543,500
  • 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.



MBBS (IMU) 5 5 10 49,000 490,000 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to Universities in Australia * 5 49,000 * 267,000 3 6 A$68,000 A$204,000 919,800
Credit Transfer to University in Canada * 2 4 C$77,250 C$154,500 761,400
Credit Transfer to University in Ireland * 3 6 €33,000 €99,000 722,400
Credit Transfer to Universities in the United Kingdom * 3 6 £49,900 £149,700 1,030,470


MBBS (IMU) 5 5 10 54,350 543,500 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to Universities in Australia * 5 54,350 * 293,750 3 6 A$68,000 A$204,000 946,550
Credit Transfer to University in Canada * 2 4 C$77,250 C$154,500 788,150
Credit Transfer to University in Ireland * 3 6 €33,000 €99,000 749,150
Credit Transfer to Universities in the United Kingdom * 3 6 £49,900 £149,700 1,057,220
  • * Students who are transferring to partner universities will be required to pay transfer fee of RM4,400 per semester.
  • ** Current estimates only.
  • Based on exchange rates: A$1 ≈ RM3.2, €1 ≈ RM4.6, £1 ≈ RM5.1, C$1 ≈ RM3.2, US$1 ≈ RM4.4
  • The average total study duration varies with each Partner University
  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases.


Full duration of study: 4½ to 5½ years (depending on the University)
Phase 1 (IMU) Phase 2 Total
International Medical University 2½ years 2½ years 5 years
University of Adelaide, Australia
University of Newcastle, Australia
University of Tasmania, Australia
Western Sydney University, Australia
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
Dalhousie University, Canada 2½ years 2 years 4½ years
University of Aberdeen, Scotland
University of Dundee, Scotland
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
University of Exeter, England
University of Glasgow, Scotland
University of Leeds, England
University of Liverpool, England
University of Manchester, England
University of Nottingham, England
Queen Mary University of London, England
Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
University of Southampton, England
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
2½ years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
2½ years
3 years
3 years
3 years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
5 years
5½ years
5½ years
5½ years
National University of Ireland, Galway 2½ years 3 years 5½ years
Full duration of study: 4½ to 6½ years (depending on the University)
Option A Phase 1 (IMU) Phase 2 Total
Australian National University, Australia ###
University of New South Wales, Australia ###
3½ years
3½ years
2 years
3 years
5½ years
6½ years
University of Warwick, England 2½ or 3½ years 3 years 5½ or 6½ years


Please note that some Partner Medical Schools have bridging courses upon transfer. The fees for this course are from RM2,145 to RM49,500.


For University of Warwick, student with a first degree on entry may transfer after 2½ years. Students without a first degree will have to spend another year to complete the IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) to be eligible to transfer. The IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) is one year programme. Tuition fees for this programme is RM24,300 per semester.

# The Graduate School of Medicine is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) which means that graduates of the course are eligible for registration as a medical practitioner. The MBBS is an internationally recognised degree and students may undertake postgraduate training in a number of countries outside of Australia including Canada, UK and New Zealand.

## Not applicable to students transferring from 2016 onwards. The list of partner universities is subject to change.

### Australian National University , University of New South Wales will only accept IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) to be eligible to transfer.

Info: Please note that some Partner Medical Schools have bridging courses upon transfer. The fees for this course are from RM2,145 to RM49,500.

Matching Process for Students Going to Partner Medical Schools (PMS) Abroad

The matching process is carried out early in the fifth semester. It is computerised and completely impartial. The students state their choice of PMS in strict order of preference. The PMS also rank the students based on their academic performance, student attributes and involvement in co-curricular activities. The computerised programme gives 5 times greater weighting to the students’ choice over the PMS ranking of students.


These graduate medical schools normally only admit candidates with a first degree eg BSc into their 4-year programme. Because of the unique nature of the IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hons) degree, candidates with this degree are given credit for exemption to part of the 4-year course. This can result in considerable savings in tuition fees and living expenses overseas.

You will be matched to one of the three graduate-entry medical schools mentioned above.

1) Do not have a degree at the time of entry into IMU you will do Phase 1 (2½ years). You can qualify for entry into the BMedSci degree if you have not failed any major examination during Phase 1. To get the IMU Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMed Sci)(Hons) degree, you will have to remain for 1 more year to complete a research-based degree, the BMed Sci at the IMU. You must achieve an upper second class degree. If you do not achieve an upper second class degree, or have failed a major examination in Phase 1, every effort will be made to offer you a place in an undergraduate PMS. In the unlikely event that there is no PMS place, there will be a place for you in the IMU Clinical School.

2) Have an UPPER SECOND CLASS degree when you enter IMU, you could transfer to UW upon successfully completing Phase 1 (2½ years) in IMU, provided you have not failed any major examination during the course. ANU will only accept the BMed Sci (IMU) as the first degree.

● Through a matching process, you will spend 2 years at ANU, or 2½ years at the UW.

● You will have 2 degrees (BMed Sci from IMU and the MBBS equivalent from the PMS).


This is the current PMS route that the majority of our medical students take. You will be matched to a Partner Medical School for another 2½ to 3 years upon successfully completing Phase 1.

● If you choose this route, you will compete for a place in every PMS, except ANU and UW.

● The PMS Undergraduate route costs between RM355,000 and RM560,000*(at current prices and conversion rates). These figures cover tuition and cost of living for the PMS.

Students who test positive for Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) can only be matched to Canadian Partner Medical Schools.


Our Partner Medical School (PMS) are prepared to accept non-Malaysian students. However, students with citizenship in any countries of the PMS will not be eligible to transfer to:

1) The country where they hold citizenship.
2) or hold citizenship with the bloc of countries that shares the same Medical Council, e.g. Australia and New Zealand


● Citizens or PR holders of Australia or New Zealand will not be matched to any of the PMS in Australia and New Zealand.

● Citizens or PR holders of United Kingdom, Ireland, or members of the European Union will not be matched to any of the PMS in the UK and Ireland.

● Citizens or PR holders of Canada will not be matched to any of the PMS in Canada.
Effectively all UK, Irish and Australian Schools are prepared to accept international students.

Students who are matched to Canadian partner school will not be allowed to remain in Canada following completion of the medical training for any purpose, including postgraduate medical training in Canada.

Students with citizenship and permanent resident status in Europe, Australia and Canada are advised to check with the Admission Department on their eligibility to apply. Students with Permanent Residence Status in the following countries cannot be matched for admission into the following Partner Medical Schools:

Australia - Australian National University
– University of Adelaide
– University of New South Wales
– University of Newcastle
– University of Tasmania
– Western Sydney University, Australia
Ireland - National University of Ireland, Galway
United Kingdom - University of Aberdeen
– University of Dundee
– University of Edinburgh
– University of Exeter
– University of Glasgow
– University of Leeds
– University of Liverpool
– University of Manchester
– University of Nottingham
– Queen’s University of Belfast
– Queen Mary University of London, England
– University of Southampton
– University of Warwick
Canada - Dalhousie University, Canada


* The list of Partner Medical Schools is subject to change from time to time.

The IMU is not responsible for housemanship training.

Introducing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Preparatory Course at IMU

The International Medical University (IMU) is proud to announce the offering of the USMLE Step 1 (United States Medical Licensing Examinations) Preparatory Course. This will not only further benchmark the IMU medical course globally but provides a pathway for our graduates to train and work in the United States.

The Preparatory Course is blended into our IMU medical curriculum across Semesters 1 to 5 (August 2017 Intake onwards). Medical students joining from the August 2017 Intake won’t be paying additional fees for the USMLE Step 1 preparatory course. This initiative will also be available for our current students (before the August 2017 Intake) and alumni at a discounted price. USMLE Step 1 preparatory course for IMU medical students and graduates is launched in partnership with Becker Professional Education. Becker is a US-based company promoting quality education and training for health professionals.

The programme provides USMLE Step 1 preparatory materials which includes recorded USMLE review lectures, ebooks, review books, question bank, live virtual interactive sessions and other learning materials. Such comprehensive materials are very useful for our students in preparing for the USMLE Steps.

Passing the USMLE Steps allows students to be eligible for US residency options and opens up additional pathways to obtain post-graduate qualifications. The USMLE is one of the tougher exams to pass and the challenge is to attain good scores to get a residency of choice.

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
Medicine (MBBS) Feb - 9 Jan 2015
Aug 17 Jul 2015

Pre-U Grades Required for Scholarship Eligibility

Pre-U Qualification A-LEVELS
MOE Matrikulasi
Australian Matriculation
Approved FiS
Medicine AAA 95 – 100 3.90 – 4.00 4.00 40 – 45 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 98 – 100 4.00 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 IMU medical programme?

The IMU medical programme is structured in two phases: Phase 1, Medical Sciences and Phase 2, Clinical Training.

Phase 1 (Medical Sciences)
This phase of 5 semesters (2½ years) focuses on the Medical Sciences and is undertaken at the University’s campus in Bukit Jalil. Completion of Phase 1 in Malaysia enables all students to become familiar with local health conditions and facilities in rural and urban settings. From the second Semester, students gain early clinical exposure at Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban, Kuala Kubu Baru Hospital and other government health centres and private clinics in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

Phase 2 (Clinical Training)
On completion of Phase 1, students proceed to Phase 2 which focuses on clinical training. Students may choose to undertake this training either at the IMU Clinical School in Seremban or at a Partner Medical Schools (PMS) overseas. The overseas duration varies from 2 to 3 years. Note: Students are to choose where to take their Phase 2 option at the time of application and this option is indicated on the letter offering a place.

What are the aims and key features of the local MBBS (IMU) degree?

Through its teaching, the IMU aims to produce “reflective medical practitioners” and “caring doctors”. Students who wish to undertake a medical programme completely in Malaysia can join the IMU Clinical School in the Seremban subcampus for the final 2½ years.

Key features of IMU programme include:

  • An adaptive curriculum
  • Outcome-based education
  • Technology-driven learning
  • Dynamic, experienced and eminent faculty
  • Clinical training in Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban
  • Regular assessments and feedback
  • Well-equipped Skills Centre and a Learning Resource Centre comprising of a library, medical museum and e-learning resources.
What are the teaching/learning approaches used?

The IMU has an integrated systems-based curriculum for its medical programme and uses a variety of approaches to its teaching and learning activities. These include lectures, problem-based learning (PBL), practical classes, independent learning, clinical skills sessions and clinical training with patient contact at the Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban and other health clinics in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

The early exposure of students to clinical experiences emphasises the importance of the basic sciences to its clinical application and serves to stimulate students’ interest in medicine. Note: Students are to choose where to take their Phase 2 option at the time of application and this option is indicated on the letter offering a place.

What is the duration of the IMU medical programme?
What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

What are the semester contents for Phase 2 (Clinical Training) in the IMU Clinical
Semester 6 Clinical rotations in:

  • Internal Medicine (7 weeks)
  • Surgery (7 weeks)
  • Family Medicine (7 weeks)
Semester 7 Clinical rotations in:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (5 weeks)
  • Orthopaedics (5 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (5 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (5 weeks)
  • End of Semester Exam
Semester 8 Specialised postings (8 weeks):- ENT- Dermatology- Emergency Medicine

  • Ophthalmology (2 weeks each)
  • Selectives & Electives (8 weeks)

Second rotation of major postings

  • Family Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Orthopaedics (2 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (2 weeks)
Semester 9 Clinical rotations:

  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (4 weeks)
  • Surgery (4 weeks)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (4 weeks)
  • Anaesthesiology (2 weeks)
  • Radiology (2 weeks)
  • End of Semester Exam
Semester 10 Senior Clerkship (20 weeks):

  • Internal Medicine (5 weeks)
  • Surgery (5 weeks)
  • Paediatrics (5 weeks)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (5 weeks)
When do students get clinical exposure?

Clinical exposure to real-life patients starts as early as the first year. Students will have patient contact one day a week at Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban, Port Dickson Hospital, Kuala Kubu Bharu Hospital and various community health centres in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor. These hospitals are approved by the Ministry of Health for the clinical teaching of the IMU students.

What is the aim of the clinical exposure?

The aim of the clinical exposure is to ensure that students gain sufficient interviewing and examining skills before transferring to the clinical course provided by the IMU Clinical School or the Partner Medical Schools (PMS). In addition, they will obtain experience in the common presentation of diseases in Malaysian patients. This is important for their practice of medicine in Malaysia.

Where are the IMU Clinical Schools?

IMU has four clinical schools, one in Seremban, one in Batu Pahat, one  in Kluang and the other in Kuala Pilah. The IMU Clinical School in Seremban is a purpose-built 5-storey teaching block located next to Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban. This building with a built-up area of about 62,000 sq ft is linked to the Hospital via a walkway.

Hospital Batu Pahat became an additional teaching facility for IMU in 2003 and currently Semester 10 students undergo their 6 months of Senior Clerkship at Hospital Batu Pahat. During this semester, students work in wards as junior house officers under the supervision of senior clinicians, in order to prepare them for their house officer posting. This is important for the students as they will be provided the opportunity of incremental responsibility for independent patient management.

In 2008, Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Najihah (HTAN) in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan was sanctioned by the Ministry of Health as an additional teaching hospital for the IMU. An IMU teaching resource was set-up at a building near the hospital.

What are the teaching facilities in the Clinical School?

The teaching facilities include:

  • Airway Research Laboratory
  • Library
  • On-call Rooms and Rooms Doctors’ On-call
  • Clinical Skills Unit
  • Navigator Research Unit
  • Problem-based Learning Rooms(PBL)
  • Conference Room
What teaching hospitals/clinics are used by the IMU?

Besides Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban, the other teaching hospitals used are Hospital Port Dickson, Hospital Batu Pahat, Hospital Kuala Pilah, Hospital Kuala Kubu Bharu, Hospital Gombak and Hospital Kluang. Students are also taught at district hospitals as well as community health clinics, government health clinics and family practice clinics in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

Who are the teaching staff?

Most of the academic staff (which include local and overseas trained lecturers) are full-time. Through arrangements with our Partner Medical Schools (PMS), experienced academic staff come as visiting lecturers to teach specialised subjects on a rotational basis at IMU. In addition, experienced academicians and clinicians from Malaysian medical schools and research institutes, as well as consultants in private practice are also invited to teach the students.

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.

It is compulsory for students to attend a course in Bahasa Malaysia as the national language is used in both community health work and the practice of medicine in Malaysia.

What happens after I graduate as a doctor?

All medical graduates have to complete an internship or housemanship after graduation. This can be done in Malaysia or in some overseas countries. Presently, international students are not able to do their housemanship in Malaysia

The IMU student who graduates from any of the Partner Medical Schools (PMS) can apply to the Ministry of Health for a housemanship position in Malaysia. In Malaysia, the internship is for 2 years.

Those who graduate from the UK can apply for a house officer position there. Graduates from Ireland can apply for housemanship positions in Ireland or take the Proficiency & Language Assessment Board (PLAB) examination and apply to workin the UK.

Graduates from Canada can apply for internship positions in the United States after they have passed the USMLE Step 1. However, they must also pass USMLE Step 2 before taking up the position. IMU Canadian graduates cannot undertake their internship in Canada.

How can I do postgraduate training overseas?

Doctors who have completed their house officer positions in the UK may apply to work as Senior House Officers (SHO) in the UK and sit specialist examinations e.g. membership/fellowship of the various medical professional colleges in the UK or Ireland.

In the United States, when you apply for an internship position, you are also applying for a residency (postgraduate) position.

How can I undertake postgraduate training in Malaysia?

The present programme for postgraduate specialist training for doctors has been on-going for nearly 20 years. The Malaysian Universities which run this professional Masters programme are UM, USM and UKM. It is a four-year training programme. Many Malaysian doctors who attend the local course also sit the membership examinations of the UK colleges and thus end up with postgraduate qualifications from the UK as well.

Do I have to serve the Malaysian Government?

It is compulsory for all Malaysian doctors who want to practise in Malaysia to serve the Government for two (2) years.

How do I register to work as a doctor?

The Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) is the professional body in Malaysia which regulates and issues the “Annual Practicing Certificate” (APC) to all doctors.

All applications for registration and for renewal of APC are made to the MMC. The MMC is also responsible for gazetting doctors as specialists.

When should I apply?

You can apply using your forecast or actual exam results.

Who will award the medical degree?

The IMU will award the medical degree of MBBS (IMU) to students in their Clinical School. This degree is recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) formerly known as National Accreditation Board (Lembaga Akreditasi Negara or LAN). The degree is listed in the World Health Organisation (WHO) directory of medical schools.

The Partner Medical Schools (PMS) will award degrees to students in their respective training programmes. Degrees from these schools are recognised internationally and locally by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) for full registration.

When do I attend a student interview?

All applicants who have pre-university qualifications that meet IMU’s minimum requirements have to attend an interview. The interview is to gauge the students’ aptitude and motivation for pursuing a career in Medicine as well as communication skills in English. Students will be informed of the date and time of interview after the application forms and all other necessary documents are received by the IMU.

Does IMU accept international students?

The IMU welcomes international students. International students applying for the medical programme are required to check with the respective professional bodies in the countries they wish to work in on accreditation issues.

Compulsory subjects

The Private College Act (Section 34(3) Act IPTA 1997) under the Malaysian Education Policy requires students to attend a course of instruction in Bahasa Kebangsaan (National Language), Pengajian Agama/Moral (Moral and Religious Studies) and Pengajian Malaysia (Malaysian Cultural Studies). At the end of the courses, students are required to sit for the examinations. Students must pass all the papers during their time at the IMU.

What should a potential student do to prepare for the medical training?

All potential candidates are advised to try and obtain practical experience related to their intended career:
(a)   Voluntary work in charitable organisations, eg. Spastics Home (b)   Hospital/clinic/pharmacy attachment for a period of 4 to 6 weeks (c)   Talk to students and practitioners about the profession and life as a student


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  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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RSS International Medical University » Schools » School of Medicine

prof Dato Dr S T Kew

“Medicine is a life-changing career. It is for those who are fully committed to take up the challenge.”

Dean, School of Medicine
MBBS (Sing), FAMM, FAMS, FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Glasg), FRCPI, FACP (Hon), FRACP (Hon)

Cert No: KLR 0500119

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