Pharmaceutical chemistry is an interdisciplinary science that deals with drug design and synthesis, drug formulation and testing, as well as the delivery of drugs in the body. In view of the increase in the occurrence of existing and new diseases, continuous work in the discovery of new drugs that have high therapeutic efficacies but minimal side effects is necessary. Pharmaceutical chemists play a significant role in this global effort in drug discovery and also in drug development.

The IMU Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme introduces students to all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry, with a strong emphasis on the detailed understanding of the physical and chemical properties of chemical compounds as well as their reactions. Students are trained in the application of modern information and scientific technologies in drug development, safety and efficacy studies. Elements of team work, communication and lifelong learning skills are incorporated into the curriculum throughout the programme in order to prepare graduates who are versatile and adaptive in the future places of employment, which are not only limited to the pharmaceutical industry.


To know about the career pathways for pharmaceutical chemists, see this infographic.



Bachelor of Science (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry (IMU)


February, August and September

Total Duration

3 years

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This pharmaceutical chemistry degree from IMU is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK. Membership with this society will improve the visibility and recognition of the IMU pharmaceutical chemistry degree and improve the students’ chances to go for higher education and obtain employment overseas.

This accreditation also gives IMU academic staff free membership to RSC for a year. Staff will be eligible to apply for international research funds, discounts in the registration fee for the international conferences and receive educational information from RSC which can be used in teaching and learning activities.


A-Levels CCD (including 1 science subject / Mathematics and minimum C in Chemistry)
STPM CC (including Chemistry and 1 Science / Mathematics)
Australian Matriculation 65% aggregate (not less than 60% in Chemistry) or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75
NCEA Level 3 60% (not less than 60% in Chemistry)
Canadian Grade 12/13 70% aggregate in 6 subjects (not less than 70% in Chemistry)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B in 5 subjects (including Science / Mathematics and minimum B4 in Chemistry)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate in 4 best subjects (not less than 60% in Chemistry) or
TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 or GPA 2.00
Indian Pre-University Average of 70% (not less than 60% in Chemistry)
Ministry of Education Matriculation# ABB/ cGPA 2.50 (2 subjects including Chemistry and 1 science subject / Mathematics)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 26 points (Chemistry and 1 science subject / Mathematics at the Higher level (HL) with score not less than 3 in Chemistry)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) cGPA 2.70
Including Chemistry or Mathematics must be AP courses
Foundation * # cGPA 2.00 or 50% (including Chemistry)
(Foundation in Biosciences, Foundation in Engineering, Foundation in Science)
Degree BSc in related field: cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science / Diploma in Microbiology –
cGPA 2.00 with minimum cGPA 2.50 in 2 subjects including Chemistry and 1 science subject / MathematicsDiploma in related field – cGPA 2.00

Entry into Degree Programmes with a Foundation in Science

  • 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, contact 03-2731 7272
  • # The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution.
  • Please contact Admissions Office for further information on the acceptance of international qualifications for admission into IMU.

English Language Requirement

MUET Band score of 3
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5*
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)
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) Overall score of 160* (for International students only)
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) Overall score of 180* (for International students only)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of 42* (for International students only)

Password English Test

  • Students without IELTS / MUET can opt to sit for the Password English Test which is available only at IMU and must obtain the equivalent score required for IELTS / MUET. Students who have successfully enrolled using the Password English Test are still required to sit for the IELTS / MUET exam (where applicable) within the first year of their studies at IMU
  • This is ONLY applicable to those who are completing the entire degree at IMU, Malaysia.
  • Please contact Admissions Department for further information or to register for the test.


As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in pharmaceutical chemistry, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia.




* Graduates from the IMU’s BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry will be given credit exemption for the first semester modules of the Master of Pharmacy programme at the University of Sydney (USYD).


Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
Tuition Fees  111,000 117,300
  • 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.



Bachelor of Science (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry (IMU) 3 3 6 18,500 111,000 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to University of Sydney
Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
5 3 6 2 4 A$47,280 A$94,560 413,592
Credit transfer to Curtin University
Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
5 3 6 2 4 A$43,125 A$86,250 387,000


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry (IMU) 3 3 6 19,550 117,300 - - - - -
Credit Transfer to University of Sydney
Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
5 3 6 2 4 A$47,280 A$94,560 419,892
Credit transfer to Curtin University
Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
5 3 6 2 4 A$43,125 A$86,250 393,300
  • * Current estimates only
  • Based on exchange rates: A$1 ≈ RM3.2
  • 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
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Feb 9 Jan 2015
Aug 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
Pharmaceutical Chemistry 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?

Pharmaceutical chemistry contributes directly to the healthcare industry in ensuring that high quality pharmaceuticals are continued to be developed, produced and improved. Together with a team of scientists from a variety of disciplines as well as the healthcare professionals, the pharmaceutical chemists can make a difference to the lives of patients and the general health of the human mankind.

What is the structure of the programme?

The IMU Pharmaceutical Chemistry is completed in three years (6 semesters), and is undertaken entirely at IMU, Malaysia. The curriculum begins with foundation sciences in the early phase, and extends to the applied knowledge and skills associated with drug development activities in the later phase. Industrial attachment and research are essential components of the training in this programme.

What are aims and key features of the programme?
  • First programme in Malaysia that provides a complete and specialised training in pharmaceutical chemistry.
  • Significant hands-on practical training, especially in volumetric and titrimetric techniques, instrumental techniques, basic synthetic chemistry techniques, spectroscopy and chromatography.
  • Extensive training in pharmaceutical analysis, including method development and validation, pharmaceutical formulation and pharmaceutical technology.
  • Exposure to research methodology and opportunity to conduct research, with training in preparation of professional-style research reports such as dissertation and oral presentations.
  • Industrial attachment that enables students to gain valuable industrial experience and establish networking with the industry.
  • Elective major modules that provide exposure to chemistry-related professions in industries other than the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Broad career options for the graduates. Besides pharmaceutical industry, the graduates can find employment opportunities in the oleochemical, food, biotechnology, cosmetics and toiletries industries. They can also work as clinical trial coordinators or continue to pursue postgraduate training in related disciplines.
  • Graduates from the IMU’s BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry will be given credit exemption* for the first semester modules of the Master of Pharmacy programme at the University of Sydney and University of Curtin. The full-time Master of Pharmacy programme is registrable for practice as a pharmacist in Australia and Singapore.**

*Must meet criteria.
**Refer to their respective websites for more information. This qualification is not registrable for practice as a pharmacist in Malaysia at the moment.

Who are the teaching staff?

The programme is taught by a team of local and overseas trained full-time lecturers, many of them with extensive experience in various industries locally and abroad. Besides, guest lecturers from relevant industries are also invited to share with the students the latest industrial practices. The students will also be guided by industrial supervisors during the industrial attachment.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through class tests, practicals, projects, workshops, written reports, logbooks, assignments, portfolios, presentations (oral/poster), dissertation, peer assessments and end-of-semester examinations.

Are there any industrial placements?

Students will undergo industrial training in pharmaceutical or chemical industries during this programme. This industrial placement can be undertaken either locally or overseas.

What are the semester contents?

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

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 degree?

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

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

Pharmaceutical chemists can be employed in:

  • Pharmaceutical industry, as members of Research and Development, production, quality control/quality assurance, sales and marketing teams.
  • Chemical industries in the areas of oleochemicals, food, biotechnology, cosmetics and toiletries, assuming active roles in research and development, quality control/quality assurance, sales and marketing activities.
  • Government laboratories such as the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, Chemistry Department, environmental protection unit and forensic science unit.
  • Multinational drug companies, as coordinators of clinical trial studies.
When do I apply for a place in IMU?

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


Faculty Members Research Interest Teaching Experience
Ng Sook Han
BSc (Universiti Putra Malaysia), MSc (Universiti Putra Malaysia), PhD (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
Drug Delivery System, Colloid Chemistry, Nanocosmeceutical, Natural Product Undergraduate (3 years)
Wong Lai Chun
B.Sc (University of Malaysia, Malaysia), MRes (Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK), PhD (Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK), Post-doc (Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK)
Drug discovery – Synthesis, Natural Products, Pharmaceutical Analysis
Cheong Kok Whye
BSc (Universiti Putra Malaysia), MSc (Universiti Putra Malaysia), PhD (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
Hydrocolloids and gums, Emulsion technology and formulations (both micro- and nanoemulsions), Structural biology, Enzyme technology
Cheong Siew Lee
B.Pharm (National University of Singapore), PhD (National University of Singapore), Post Doc (Institut für Pharmakologie und Toxikologie, Würzburg, Germany)
Drug design and structural optimization of ligands targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), Application of computational approaches (molecular modeling) in drug design and discovery of new ligands targeting GPCRs, Integration of mutagenesis, pharmacological characterization and modeling approaches for elucidation of structure and function of GPCRs. Undergraduate (2 years)
Sreenivasa Rao Sagineedu
BPharm (Andhra University, India), MPharm (Andhra University, India), PhD (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia)
Drug Discovery and Development, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Natural Product Chemistry, Metabolomics
Lee Choy Sin
BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry (University of Malaya), PhD (University of Malaya)
Organic synthesis, Oleochemistry, Polymer chemistry, Analytical chemistry Undergraduate (7 years)
Postgraduate (2 years)
Chun Wai Mai
BPharm (Hons), First Class (International Medical University, Malaysia), RPh (Malaysia Pharmacy Board, Malaysia), Good Clinical Practice Certificate (Ministry of Health, Malaysia), Research Fellow/ Visiting Researcher (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom), Basic Teaching Licence (International Medical University, Malaysia), PhD (International Medical University, Malaysia), YPASM Research Fellow (British Antartic Survey, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Drug Discovery; Cancer; Infection, Immunology and Inflammation; Pharmaceutical Care and Education
Murugesh Kandasamy
B.Pharm (The Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical university, India), M.Pharm (The Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical university, India), PhD (Jadavpur University, India), Post Doc (Department of pharmaceutics, University of Mississippi, Oxford, USA)
Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, Drug discovery – DMPK, Allometry scaling – Human clearance and volume of distribution, Pharmaceutical Analysis Undergraduate (1 year)
Postgraduate (1 year)
Punniyakoti Veeraveedu Thanikachalam
B.Pharm (The Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical university, India), M.Pharm (Punjabi University, Patiala, India), PhD (Department of Clinical Pharmacology, NUPALS, Niigata, Japan), Post Doc (Department of Clinical Pharmacology, NUPALS, Niigata, Japan), Post Doc (WPI IFReC, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan), JSPS Post Doc (Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan)
Hormonal and signal transduction pathways in cardiovascular diseases, Basic signaling, and molecular mechanism(s) that regulate cardiac remodeling in the failing heart, using a variety of experimental approaches ranging from cell culture, autoimmune to transgenic models and various therapeutic approaches for heart failure, Studies on molecular mechanisms of autoimmune diseases, with a special interest in the role of cytokines in disease, Role of mast cell in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disorders, Studies on inflammation in obesity-related disease, Incretin based therapy for type 2 diabetes, Role of AMPK and ER stress (protein misfolding) in metabolic diseases, Delivery therapeutics biomolecule (siRNA) for cardiac diseases Undergraduate (3 years)
Keng Pei Sin
BSc (Universiti Putra Malaysia), PhD (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
Scale up reaction using bioreactor, Environmental chemistry – removal of chemicals using low cost material, Oleochemistry
Lee Siang Yin
BSc (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur), MSc (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur), PhD (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur)
Polymer synthesis, Topical delivery, Rubber chemistry
Ramu Meesala
B.Sc (Acharya Nagarjuna University, India), M.Sc (University of Hyderabad, India), PhD (University of Hyderabad, India), Post Doc (GlaxoSmithKline, RTP, NC, USA; Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Synthesis of Heterocycles, Organometallic Chemistry, Natural Product Synthesis Undergraduate (6 months)
Keng Pei Sin
BSc (Universiti Putra Malaysia), PhD (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
Kaki Venkata Rao
B.Pharm (Kakatiya University, India), M.S (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), India), PhD (Panjab University – India)
Design and synthesis New Chemical Entities (NCEs) for drug discovery research, Chemistry of drug degradation and Identification of degradation products using advanced analytical tools.


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Dr Keng Pei Sin

“Through this programme, the students will receive a focused and specialised training on various pharmaceutical drug development techniques. The programme will prepare graduates to be well equipped with contemporary knowledge and skills that are prerequisite for a rewarding career in the pharmaceutical and other chemical industry sectors as well as for a postgraduate study in a relevant field.”

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