The IMU Foundation in Science gives students a proper grounding for a science-related degree, especially in the areas of medicine and health sciences.
The curriculum is designed to stimulate critical thinking and build a life-long love for science via interactive workshops, seminars, experiments or lectures by visiting professors from IMU’s renowned partner universities.
Foundation in Science Degree
Students will not only learn the fundamental scientific principles and skillsets, they will also be motivated to explore their interests in a particular field of science to help them choose the pathway leading to their career choice.
Subject to specific entry requirement, students who successfully complete the Foundation in Science programme will be able to gain entry into IMU or other Malaysian universities as it is a MQA accredited programme.
The IMU Foundation in Science programme has 3 start dates across the year so you can choose the time frame that is most suitable for you.
Why Study Foundation in Science at IMU?
The Foundation in Science is a 1-year programme and conducted in 3 semesters. Assessment will be in-course as well as summative. Students are taught the core academic subjects together with English language.
The Cross Boundary Studies offered will enable students to work in collaborative groups to explore an issue in a multidisciplinary approach, strategise and implement changes to have a positive impact on the issue. Students will be able to communicate how they apply their knowledge and apply it to solve the issue of concern.
Selected modules will be linked to the IMU degree programme to enable lecturers in these programmes to build linkages and introduce health science specialisations to the students.
Students will be assessed through class tests, end of semester examinations, practical work, reports, assignments, problem-based learning sessions, projects and presentations of their work.
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
|*Your two optional subjects are key to success in your proposed undergraduate course and should be chosen accordingly and as advised by your academic mentors.|
Pass SPM/O-Level with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics and 2 Science subjects and two other subjects or equivalent qualification based on MQA guidelines.
English Requirements – IELTS
|MALAYSIAN STUDENTS||INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS|
|Overall band score of 5.0 (for those who did not obtain a Credit in English at SPM/O-Level)||Overall band score of 5.0|
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Requirements for Undergraduate Conditional Offer
|TARGET IMU DEGREE|
Psychology, Digital Health
|FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE GRADE REQUIRED|
3.50* (min cGPA
2.00 in Biology
3.70* (min cGPA
3.00 in Biology
and Chemistry and
(including B in
|cGPA 2.50 (min cGPA|
2.33 in 2 subjects
from Biology and/
or Chemistry and/or
|cGPA 2.50 (min cGPA|
2.33 in 2 subjects
from Biology and/
or Chemistry and/or
|cGPA 2.50||cGPA 2.75||cGPA 2.50|
2.50 or 55%
in 2 subjects
|SPM/O-LEVELS GRADES REQUIRED|
|Pass SPM / O-Levels with 5Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and another subject.|
Malaysian students are required to attain a credit in Bahasa Melayu and English.
|Pass SPM / O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics,|
2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects.
|Pass SPM / O-Levels with|
and 2 other
|Minimum C in SPM/O-Levels English; or IELTS – Overall band score 5.0|
*Applicants are required to pass the IMU Admissions Interview.
Please check all terms and conditions for your chosen FIS to undergraduate degree programme pathway in advance.
*** FIS at the IMU gives an exclusive pathway to the University of Dundee and University of Strathclyde where extra credit exemptions are given to those taking the BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry and BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science for transfer to these respective universities.
** Science subjects – Biology / Chemistry / Physics
Application and Registration Fees
|Fee||Malaysian Student (RM)||International Student (RM)|
|Refundable Caution Deposit||1,000||1,000|
|International Student Administration Fee**||–||2,400|
|Programme Route||Tuition Fee|
|Foundation in Science||24,900*|
|Programme Route||Tuition Fee|
|Foundation in Science||24,900*|
Views from Our Community
Cheeng Jong Jiun
Student, Foundation in Science
FIS here at IMU, in my opinion, was definitely the right choice; I'm currently 6 months in and loving every bit of it. There is a wide variety of modules in FIS that provide the opportunity for one to hone their leadership and critical thinking skills. On that note, the lecturers are always responsive and helpful in students times of need. The faculty of FIS also hosts many programmes like: “Get to know” and '’Look, See and Feel’ activities to provide students with the extra knowledge to better prepare themselves in choosing their preferred undergraduate course. Although, at times all this does come off as rather overwhelming; I've learnt that it is incredibly vital to be disciplined and prioritize time management above all else. I always plan my week in advance, to give myself a better scope on my daily tasks, important activities, and meetings, to ensure that I don't miss out on anything!
Chua Teck Kwang
Student, IMU Dentistry
Foundation in Science (FIS) is indeed a well-designed program as it covers the necessary knowledge for students to progress into their undergraduates’ years. Crucial and heavy topics such as human’s biology, chemistry, mathematics and etc. are well distributed throughout the year of FIS, ensuring the student’s competency as a future healthcare student while at the same time, study-life balance is assured. The faculty of FIS also liaises with various Schools offering undergraduate programmes at IMU to organize ‘Look, See and Feel’ activities. These activities are extremely helpful in depicting the real-life pictures for each undergraduate programme for students to explore and know their interests. For example, when I was a FIS student, I had the opportunity to visit IMU Oral Health Centre while accompanied by lecturers from School of Dentistry. This had helped me to understand what Dentistry is about in a real-life perspective. In short, FIS is simply the best!
Lee Chiu Ying
Student, IMU Nutrition
FIS has provided me with the strong fundamental knowledge of science, communication skills and opportunities to improve myself through various activities. For example, in the Cross Boundary Studies module, it is a group-based work which encourages students to work in a team. Through this module, I was able to strengthen my critical thinking skills and leadership skills which makes me well-prepared for undergraduate study. Also, I like the fact that FIS in IMU is designed to prepare students into the healthcare field with various healthcare related modules like English for Healthcare Professionals, Psychology in Healthcare, Bioscience, etc. Besides, there is also a PBL session in FIS where we discuss a case study and share our thoughts and findings after we did some research on the internet. It really helped me a lot as I gained my confidence and ability to socialise. I am truly glad that I have pursued this programme.
Tan Shi Jie
Studying FIS in IMU was a good choice I had made as I get to learn many things which are related to my undergraduate studies. Hence, I am less stressed when I am in my undergraduate year. During my FIS year, the lecturers are always making our lectures so interesting. The best part of FIS is that I get to know many friends who share the same interest as me and share our ups and downs together. Being a scholar is also an amazing opportunity for me as I get to be involved in many volunteer activities and also be a part of IMU events.
Student, IMU Chiropractic
My experience as a student and class representative in the Foundation in Science programme is one that I will forever treasure. As an international student from Singapore coming straight from IGCSE, I was incredibly young and nervous when I entered this course, but I was well supported, especially by the mentor-mentee programme. The lecturers are so wonderful and willing to help and guide you throughout the journey transitioning into a degree! Academically, FIS laid a strong foundation and matured me as a student, preparing me well overall for entering undergraduate studies. Though there were definitely moments where I felt out of my comfort zone, I now appreciate those tough times wholly, as they helped me adjust to studying in a university setting and ease the transition to degree. After having the opportunity of being a class representative in FIS, I am now also the class representative of my current batch! Aside from academics, hosting the orientation for my juniors was incredible! The friendships I made in FIS are some of the strongest I have, even after graduation. FIS taught me so much, both academically and personally, and I'm extremely grateful to have been able to experience it.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the duration of the programme?
1 year (3 semesters)
Why study FiS in IMU?
The 1-year FiS programme is designed to streamline the pathway for students who have decided to pursue an undergraduate programme at IMU.
Hence, the FiS curriculum is geared specifically towards the medical and health sciences areas of knowledge, which provides you better preparation for undergraduate studies in those fields.
As a student of our foundation programme, you will be a full member of the University community and will have full access to all the opportunities and facilities the University has to offer.
What are the semester contents?
Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]
Who Are the IMU FiS teaching staff?
The Foundation in Science is the flagship programme of IMU’s Centre of Pre-University Studies. The Centre is headed by Professor Peter Pook , who is the also the Vice President overseeing IMU’s Schools of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The programme was developed by a team of education experts led by Dr. Chia Chee Fen, Assistant Director for IMU Centre for Education. Both of these key figures have extensive professional experience in education.
A team of highly experienced teaching staff is being assembled to deliver the curriculum. This team will be guided by the rigorous quality standards IMU has implemented over the last 21 years in the delivery of its undergraduate courses.
How does the IMU FiS give ‘preferred enrolment’ into IMU programmes?
When you enrol for IMU FiS, you will also receive a conditional letter of offer to join certain IMU local undergraduate programmes upon completion of the FiS. The programmes that you will be offered will depend on your entry level qualification grades (SPM/O-Level) into FiS. This conditional offer will give you preferred entry into an undergraduate programme subject to you meeting ALL other entry requirements of the undergraduate programme. Application fees for the undergraduate programmes will be waived. For Medicine and Dentistry, students are required to attend compulsory interview as one of the requirements.
NOTE: Meeting all pre-requisite requirements does not guarantee admission to any IMU degree.
Will I have to re-apply for the IMU undergraduate degree after completing my FiS?
Application process would be simplified as FiS students will be required to confirm their selected undergraduate programme during their studies in IMU. Medicine and Dentistry applicants will need to go through the interview sessions. Application fees to the undergraduate programme will be waived except for Medicine and Dentistry.
Is IMU FiS recognised by other universities apart from IMU, either local or international?
IMU’s Foundation in Science programme serves as the students’ stepping stone into an illuminating experience in healthcare education and eventually a bright career pathway in professional healthcare in the University’s extensive range of undergraduate programmes, those of its international partner universities.
Can a student register for an IMU Partner University credit transfer programme?
Yes, to most of IMU’s Partner University credit transfer programme .
Are there any scholarships available for IMU FiS programme?
Yes, scholarships are available. Please refer to this link for more details.
How do I apply for scholarships?
IMU will be offering scholarships for students with good results in their actual SPM / O-Level examinations. Eligible students will be notified through the FiS offer letter given to them, to apply for the scholarship.
Required supporting documents:
– School leaving certificate
– Office bearer at school level
– Representation at State or National level
– Personal statement of at least 100 words
There will be limited places and allocation is decided by the scholarship committee based on the documentation submitted. Recipients will then be notified a month after applicants submitted their applications on the conditional offer of the scholarship, pending for the actual scholarship amount based on actual examination results, that will be deducted from semester 2 onwards (for Jan intake).
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The IMU Foundation in Science programme is designed to equip prospective students with the sufficient knowledge and skills needed to increase their efficacy to shine in the degree programmes of their choice. It is a preferred pathway designated for IMU’s local and overseas degree programmes. This programme has proven to facilitate smooth transition of our students into the various degree programmes which leads towards a promising career pathway.