Nutrition is the science on how food, nutrients and other dietary components affect growth and development in health and disease. Nutrition science also examines the environmental, socio-cultural, psychological and behavioural aspects of food and eating. Consumer concerns on food and water safety, food quality and regulations are important issues addressed in nutrition.

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutrition offered by IMU encompasses all these and other central issues of nutrition. These programmes provide students with a good grounding in basic and nutritional sciences, as well as equip them with state-of-the art skills to pursue careers in industry, education, health promotion, research and journalism, to name some examples.

The IMU Nutrition curriculum is tailored to prepare students to meet the work demands of the modern day nutritionists. Accordingly the curriculum accords strong emphasis not only on core nutrition modules, but also on key profession-supporting modules such as nutritional status assessment, diet-related non-communicable diseases, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, communication and marketing management.

Our BSc (Hons) Nutrition also provides students with a rigorous experience in research methodology and application for each stage of the research process and data management. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their completed research in scientific conferences and journals.



Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutrition (IMU)


August and September

Total Duration

3 years

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

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

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

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

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

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


English Language Requirement

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

MUET Band score of 3 (for Malaysian students only)*
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5 (for Malaysian students)*

Overall band score of 6.0 (for International students)*
Those who opt for overseas option must achieve an overall band score of 7.0.

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.


Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
Tuition Fees 109,800 120,900
  • 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) Nutrition 3 3 6 18,300 109,800 - - - - -


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutrition 3 3 6 20,150 120,900 - - - - -


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
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
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?
  • Given the obesity epidemic and the rise in diet-related non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease, and cancers, there is a growing interest in healthy eating and disease prevention. Nutrition concerns have become an important factor in food choices.
  • More people are turning to nutritionists for expert advice. Both government agencies and private companies are continually looking for qualified nutritionists for guidance in health promotion, nutrition education and communication.
  • Join a profession that can bring about a direct impact on the nutritional wellbeing of individuals and society.
What is the structure of the programme?
  • The IMU nutrition programme is a 3-year, full-time course comprising a total of 6 semesters and 1 short semester. This programme incorporates a comprehensive curriculum that integrates knowledge from the physical, biological and social sciences.
  • The first two years of study are devoted to basic sciences, core nutrition subjects, and supporting modules. In the third year, students are able
    to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the conduct of nutrition education and health promotion activities, as well as to undertake a research project that spans two semesters.
  • In the final semester, students are required to complete supervised practical placement in partnership with an appropriate industry, and in a community setting, each of 8 weeks (full-time) duration. These obligatory practical training prepares students with the professional experience
    necessary for competent delivery of education and health promotion activities.
What are the key features of the programme?
  • With the university’s strong emphasis on the problem-based learning model, nutrition students will also be trained to engage stimulating
    issues and work as a team toward resolving the challenges.
  • In keeping with the reputation of the university academic programmes, the nutrition curriculum is also driven by outcomesbased approaches to student learning. Students are trained to have the essential knowledge, skills and work ethics to meet market demands for nutritionists.
  • Our nutrition curriculum was developed leveraging on the strengths of well-renowned nutrition programmes world-wide. It is structured to prepare students with the intellectual and functional competencies to cope with multiple demands of the nutritionist.
What are the teaching/learning approaches used?

The nutrition programme utilises a combination of teaching and learning approaches, including lectures, tutorials, practical classes, computer-aided learning (CAL), e-learning portal, seminars, debates, problem-based learning, field visits, group and individual assignments and presentations in the community.

Who are the teaching staff?

The faculty comprises well-qualified lecturers with vast experiences in teaching, research, publications, working in partnership with the government and industry in Malaysia and internationally. Expert research areas of the faculty include maternal and child nutrition, micronutrients, dietary lipids and diet-disease relationships. The nutrition programme also receives teaching support from experienced staff in IMU with respect to teaching basic sciences and
other modules.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through class tests, end of semester examinations, practical work, reports, assignments, problem-based learning, projects, presentations, and thesis for the final year projects.

Are there any industry placement?

Students are required to undergo industrial placements scheduled in the 6th semester. Students will be attached to appropriate community level in collaboration with the industry partners, government, private associations, non-governmental organisations or related international agencies.

What are the semester contents?
Semester 1 Semester 2 Short Semester
Semester 3
  • Principles of Human Nutrition
  • General Chemistry
  • Human Physiology
  • Professionalism in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Communication
  • Genetics
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Principles of Food Preparation
  • Food Culture & Nutrition
  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Sports &
    Exercise Science
  • Nutritional Immunology
  • Analysis of Nutrients in Foods
  • Foundation in Food Science
  • Applied Statistics for Nutrition Research
  • Research Methods in Nutrition


  • Nutritional Assessment Methods
  • Nutrients and Metabolism
  • General Microbiology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Selective (Infectious Diseases / Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Semester 4
Semester 5
Semester 6
  • Community Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Food Safety and Regulations
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Nutrition, Lifestyle & NCDs
  • Research Project in Nutrition I
  • Selective (Contemporary Nutrition / Exercise and Aging)
  • Nutrition in Health Promotion
  • Scientific Communication in Nutrition
  • Research Project in Nutrition II
  • Nutrition Education & Communication
  • Selective (Health Psychology / Exercise & Physiology)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation of Nutrition Programmes
  • Marketing Management for Nutritionists
  • Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals & Supplements
  • Environmental Issues and Nutrition
  • Practicum

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 six 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 IMU.

Who will award the nutrition degree?

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

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

In the past decade, the government of Malaysia has substantially expanded its nutrition programmes and number of nutritionists to address diet-related challenges in the country. Increasing public interests in nutrition and health-promoting products have led the food and related industries and businesses to create more job opportunities for nutritionists. Nutritionists are well–placed to be employed in different settings in Malaysia and internationally.

Community Nutrition
Nutritionists are employed by government agencies and private organisations for community nutrition activities. These include assessment of nutritional status; formulation and evaluation of nutrition programmes; development of training manuals and guidelines, conduct of nutrition education and health promotion, undertake surveys and research, and coordinating nutrition intervention activities. Community settings include schools, work places (e.g. offices and factories), orphanages and homes, as well as rural and urban populations of concern.

Industry and Businesses
There are diverse roles for nutritionists in the food industry, ranging from regulatory roles to ensure nutritional claims and product labelling are appropriate, to being involved in nutrition research for supporting new product claims. The food industry also engages nutritionists for marketing, advertising, advisory and communication roles.
The wellness industry in Malaysia is growing rapidly in tandem with the increase in people becoming more health conscious. The wellness business offers career opportunities for nutritionists in providing healthcare services and products to individuals and corporates. The fitness industry and sports nutrition industry are also fast growing in Malaysia, as increasingly more fitness clubs and exercise facilities are set up. Nutritionists have advisory roles in these businesses on matters related to body composition, weight management, energy and nutrient requirements, and dietary supplements.

University / Research Institutions
A career in an academic institution is for those interested in teaching, research, scientific writing, giving presentations and building capacity
in training future nutritionists. For those who wish to focus on research, they may explore working in research institutions in the public sector (e.g. Institute for Medical Research, Institute of Public Health), or the private sector (e.g. food and healthcare industry).

Nutritionists with sufficient experience can offer consultancy in nutrition services, education and advocacy to the corporate and government sectors, professional societies and the mass media. Freelance nutritionists may be engaged to offer nutrition screenings, education, and healthy lifestyle management to individuals and in group settings.

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!



“Our Nutrition programme prepares students to meet the needs for nutritionists, research institutions, mass media and businesses involved with food, nutrition, wellness, fitness and health.”

Lecturer and Programme Coordinator
BSc (Nutrition & Community Health) (UPM), PhD (Vaccine Technology) (UPM)

Cert No: KLR 0500119

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





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