What is Molecular Medicine? Basically, it is the specialised development of medical treatment through the fundamentals of cell, biological pathways and genome.
MSc in Molecular Medicine
Conventional / Open & Distance Learning (ODL) Mode
Advances in Molecular Medicine have facilitated major breakthroughs in disease diagnoses, management and treatment. Today, doctors are able to offer tailored cancer therapy with the improved understanding of human genome and gene pathways. Further advances in metabolomics and bioinformatics tools enable scientists and clinicians to predict drug response and improve treatment outcomes.
In Malaysia, there is growing demand for Molecular Medicine specialists especially with government’s initiatives to support the biotechnology sector with the establishment of Bio-Nexus company incentives.
The IMU Master of Science in Molecular Medicine programme is designed to cater for medical or basic sciences graduates seeking advanced training in cellular and molecular biology, genetics as well as drug development and treatment.
The curriculum provides equal emphasis on knowledge (coursework) and skills (research) with interactive lectures, case studies and discussion. Problem-based learning methods are used to stimulate analytical thinking. Students are required to propose research plans that will be put into action during the final semester. Similarly, students will have the opportunity to design laboratory management policy and product commercialization plans through the selective modules offered under the programme.
One unique feature of the programme is the flexible delivery of the coursework with classes held on weekends or online. Students also have the opportunity to conduct their research project in a related industry or their own workplace.
About Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
What is ODL?
Open and distance learning provides working professionals an alternative to conventional programmes at universities, giving them the opportunity to earn a university degree without interrupting their career. As Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with 30 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education, IMU offers a few postgraduate programmes via this learning mode with students having the opportunity to benefit from all the teaching and support that the University has to offer.
Benefits of ODL
Designed especially for students with employment, family or other commitments, this mode of learning provides flexibility and convenience for the student to schedule their studies around these obligations and around their lifestyle – allowing a student to plan and pace their own learning at a time and learning environment that is most suitable for the student. It also saves students from spending time travelling to the university, the costs of travelling to the university and the costs of staying near the university.
Teaching methods include a series of annotated lectures supplemented by videos. For each subject taken, students will be part of a student online community. Students will also be assigned a mentor who will be available to answer any questions and provide feedback on their progress.
Students will be assessed fully online via the in-course assessment assignments and end of module assessment assignment so they don’t need to be at the University to sit for your exams. They will the receive their grades and feedback online.
In order to do this, students will be required to have a desktop/laptop, internet connection, a headset and webcam to participate in online tutorials and other group activities, access to standard office software – such as Microsoft Word and Excel, plus any standard browser, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox and Skype for certain online sessions.
Time will be an ODL student’s most important commitment – understanding, working through and reflecting on all teaching materials. The hours spent per week on their studies for the duration of the programme depends on module taken.
Support from University
ODL students are fully registered student of the University with all of the support and services available to them, the same as the on-campus students. Technical support will also be provided if students have difficulty in accessing the e-learning platform.
Why Study Molecular Medicine at IMU?
|A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS||B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS|
Applicants are required to have obtained:
For Malaysian Students
For International Students
The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:
For the Double Degree of MSc in Molecular Medicine(IMU) and MSc in Queen Mary University of London(QMUL) track
Students are required to achieve IELTS Band score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in the written component).
Application and Registration Fees
|Fee||Malaysian Student (RM)||International Student (RM)|
|Refundable Caution Deposit||2,000||2,000|
|Student Association Fee per Semester||40||40|
|Tuition Fee (RM)|
|Tuition Fee (Conventional Mode)||40,000||50,000|
|Tuition Fee (ODL Mode)||36,000||36,000|
Double Degree*: RM40,000 (Malaysian student) + GBP10,000 (approximately RM57,430)
*MSc in Genomic Medicine (QMUL) – GBP10,000
Views from Our Community
Student, MSc in Molecular Medicine (ODL)
This programme (MSc in Molecular Medicine) has been so convenient in upgrading my knowledge and academic status without creating much conflict between my work and postgraduate learning as 100% teaching and learning are done online. The easy access to course materials, discussions, assignment submissions, presentation, and feedback allows me to learn at my own convenient time and place guided by the targeted learning timeline with also guidance by the lecturers.
Ali Qusay Khalid
Student, Master in Molecular Medicine
I chose to learn from the best. The journey has started after completing my Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences. A passion was developed, inside me, towards exploring the threat of Dengue Virus and the role to minimise it. After much consideration, I decided to take up MSc in Molecular Medicine at IMU due to its mixed-mode scheme that builds a firm basis for reputed research work under professional supervision. The programme offered a unique opportunity via Artificial Intelligence to design anti-Dengue models using the innovative Schrödinger Software. I was able to achieve my goal with distinction and deep understanding.
Student, Master in Molecular Medicine
IMU MSc in Molecular Medicine focused on strengthening the basic knowledge about research methodology which helped in my career as a researcher. The programme is structured to introduce various impending research areas to find our personal interest in the vast field of medical research. The IMU faculty have multiple areas of expertise and are supportive in imparting their knowledge to us. I'm very thankful to my supervisor at IMU for introducing me to his collaborator at National University of Singapore for my research project which has enhanced my career prospects as a budding medical scientist.
Chin Seow Fong
Student, MSc in Molecular Medicine
MSc in Molecular Medicine (MMM) programme in IMU has exposed me greatly to a vast knowledge of diseases during my studies. The programme is designed for those who are interested to pursue academic or research in medicinal science. It encourages independent learning, self-exploring, team discussions, and given the liberty to work on your own topic of interest, provided if it’s relevant. It is also relatively convenient to access all the study material and lecture videos and notes since open distance learning (ODL) was implemented for the programme. Apart from the programme itself, there are various scientific research related workshops and seminars that were greatly benefit the students. Studying MMM in IMU greatly benefits me in terms of knowledge, discipline, and exposure.
Prof Ong Chin Eng
Professor and Lecturer, Master in Molecular Medicine
Our MSc in Molecular Medicine programme aims to provide a strong fundamental understanding through comprehensive student-centred learning activities and a practical, hands-on experience in research and entrepreneurial aspects of molecular medical field. Both the core and selective modules allow students to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles, application, and potential of molecular medicine. Faculty delivering the programme are research-active experts in their field, this means that students not only learn the essential theory but also the most up-to-date and current opinion in the relevant areas. Since its inception, the programme has provided excellent training for clinical and science graduates for successful careers in the life sciences industry, research, academia and medicine.
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DR LIEW YUN KHOON
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director
PhD Medical Microbiology (UPM) , BSc (Hons) Microbio. (UPM)
“IMU MSc Molecular Medicine Programme is designed to cater for medical or basic sciences graduates seeking advance training in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, as well as drug development and treatment. The programme prepares students for career opportunities in medically focused biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; and equips students with enhanced skills to carry out research at a higher degree in related fields. The coursework is conducted in a highly engaging and conducive environment to stimulate learning experience. Comprehensive practical training is also provided via hypothesis-driven and disease-oriented research project.”