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Chinese medicine is over thousands of years old.

However, enrolling for Chinese Medicine is not about learning the history and traditions of an ancient civilization but rather, gaining an understanding of Chinese philosophy and how these have been adapted into the healing arts in ways that are still relevant today.

Chinese Medicine Degree

Chinese Medicine approaches health from a holistic manner in terms of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The range of treatments include:

  • Herbal therapy
  • Acupunture
  • Moxibustion
  • Cupping
  • Tuina
  • Bone and Spine Manipulations
  • Dietary Therapy
  • Exercise Therapy: Qigong & Taijiguan

Today, there is a revival in the acceptance of Chinese Medicine even in western nations. Indeed, certain Chinese Medicine practices like acupuncture and herbal remedies are integrated with western medicine for pain management and to reduce the side effects of prescription drugs.

IMU’s Chinese Medicine programme comprises both western and Chinese Medicine subjects. It is an outcome-based approach, whereby students develop clinical skills during their junior years, with early clinical attachment to prepare them for a successful career. As the programme is fully conducted in English, our students get to pursue career opportunities not only in Malaysia but on a broader, global scale.

Key Facts


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Medicine Degree from Partner Universities


  • September

total duration

  • 4½ years (Degree from IMU)
  • 5 years (Degree from Partner Universities)

Why Study Chinese Medicine at IMU?

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 30 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.

IMU achieved the SETARA-2018/2019 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

Internationally Benchmarked English Curriculum

IMU is one of the few universities in Malaysia to offer Chinese Medicine in an English-speaking environment. The programme is delivered in English, is supported with Mandarin when required, and is accepted by Australia and China for credit transfer. Both our partner universities in Australia and China are part of the large WHO Chinese Medicine research centre network.

Personalised Attention from Lecturers

Students are able to receive personalised attention from their lecturers due to an emphasis on small group learning. This enhances the teaching and learning experience for students.

Strong Western Science and Medicine Component

IMU offers a wide range of medical and healthcare programmes. The western science and medicine subjects in Chinese Medicine are delivered by experienced western medicine practitioners.

Not only are students able to fully immerse in a solid medical science learning environment, they could also enhance their learning through inter-professional networking and activities at IMU.

Student-Centred and Lifelong Learning Emphasis

The IMU educational philosophy is not about how many lectures are delivered. Instead, it emphasises on how much students have learned.

This unique approach encourages students to be responsible for their own studies. As such, many learning activities are centred around students, from which they will hone their critical thinking and clinical skills to become competent lifelong Chinese Medicine practitioners in the modern world.

Programme Structure

Semester Contents

MPU Short Semester Semester 1 Semester 2
  • MPU – U1: Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban, or Malay Language Communication 2
  • MPU – U1: Philosophy and Current Issues
  • MPU3 Work Life Balance
  • Chinese Medicine Theory
  • Scientific Thinking and Introduction to Traditional and Complementary Medicine
  • Limb & Trunk Anatomy
  • Selective: Medical Classical Chinese
  • Selective: Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture and Basic Mandarin
  • MPU2 English for Health Sciences/Bahasa Kebangsaan A
  • Human Physiology and Biochemistry 1
  • Head and Viscera Anatomy
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Chinese Medicine Diagnosis
  • Chinese Medicine History and School of Thought
Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
  • Human Physiology and Biochemistry 2
  • Chinese Materia Medica and Herbal Formulae 1
  • Acupuncture and Tuina 1
  • Selected Readings of Internal Classic
  • Chinese Materia Medica and Herbal Formulae 2
  • Psychology for Healthcare Professional
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Pathology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Chinese Medicine Practicum 1
  • Chinese Internal Medicine 1
  • Acupuncture and Tuina 2
  • CSD: Diagnosis
  • Basic Radiology
  • MPU4 Social Responsibility
Semester 6 Semester 7 Semester 8
  • CM Electives
  • Chinese Internal Medicine 2
  • Shang Han Lun
  • Differential Diagnosis in Western Medicine
  • Chinese Medicine Practicum 2
  • CM Gynaecology
  • CM Paediatrics
  • Golden Chamber
  • Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Research Methodology and Biostatistics
  • CM Electives
  • Research Project 1
  • Chinese Dermatology and External Medicine
  • Wen Bing
  • Medical Law, Regulations & Ethics
  • First Aid and Emergency Conditions
  • Chinese Medicine Practicum 3
Semester 9 Semester 10
  • Supervised Clinical Practice 1
  • Research Project 2
  • Supervised Clinical Practice 2

Entry Requirement

Examinations Requirements
A- Levels EE (Science Stream)
STPM cGPA 2.50 (Science Stream)
Australian Matriculation 65% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (including 2 Science subjects)
NCEA Level 3 60% aggregate (including 2 Science subjects)
Canadian Grade 12/13 60% aggregate in 6 subjects (including 2 Science subjects)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B6 in 5 subjects (including 2 Science subjects)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate in 4 best subjects or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 or GPA 2.00 (including 2 Science subjects)
Indian Pre-University 60% aggregate (including 2 Science subjects)
Ministry of Education Matriculation * cGPA 2.50 (including 2 Science subjects)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 24 points (including 2 Science subjects)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP)
Foundation Studies # cGPA 2.50
(Foundation in Science or equivalent)
Degree BSc in related field: cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science, Diploma in Microbiology; Diploma in Traditional and Complimentary Medicine – cGPA 2.50

Diploma in Traditional and Complimentary Medicine with 2 years working experience in the related fiend – cGPA 2.00

# The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution and foundation in other disciplines are accepted.

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:
  • 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.

Language Requirement

MUET Band score of 3; or
(For Malaysian students)
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5; or
TOEFL iBT* Overall score of 46; or
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE)* Overall score of 162; or
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE)* Overall score of 162; or
Cambridge Linguaskill* Overall score of 160; or
Pearson Test of English (PTE)* Overall score of 51; or
Credit Transfer For IELTS – RMIT University – Overall band score of 6.5 (Not less than 6.0 for individual bands); or

For China’s HSK – Students who are transferring to China universities are required to have HSK 4 prior to transfer and HSK 5 prior to graduation.**

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

** UEC students with a pass in Chinese Language are exempted from HSK


Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information

Application and Registration Fees (2022)

*2023 fee will be updated soon

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
Tuition Fee 103,200 113,000
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer etter issued by the IMU Admission 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
  • Student must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester

Fee Structure

malaysian student

Programme Route Total
International Medical University (IMU) Partner University (PU) Grand Total (RM)**
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Total Years Semesters Tuition Fee per year Total ($)*
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine 4 4 8 long 10,800 103,200 103,200
4 short 4,200
Credit transfer to RMIT University Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) 5 3 6 long 10,800 77,400 2 4 A$36,480 A$72,960 303,138
3 short 4,200
Credit Transfer to China 5 3 6 long 10,800 77,400 2 4 RMB
3 long 4,200

International Student

Health Sciences Programme Total
International Medical University (IMU) Partner University (PU) Grand Total (RM)*
Years Total Semester Tuition Fee Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Total Years Semesters Tuition Fee per year Total ($)*
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine 4 4 8 long 11,500 113,000 113,000
4 short 5,250
Credit transfer to RMIT University Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) 5 3 6 long 11,500 84,750 2 4 A$36,480 A$72,960 310,488
3 short 5,250
Credit Transfer to China 5 3 6 long 11,500 84,750 2 4 RMB
3 long 5,250
  • *Current estimates only
  • **Based on exchange rates: A$1 ~ RM3.0940, RMB1 ~ RM0.6592
  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases

Partner University

As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in chinese medicine, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia and China.

View from Our Community

Wong Pui Mun

Alumna, Chinese Medicine

Choosing IMU to pursue my dream of becoming a Chinese Medicine practitioner was one of the best decisions in my life. IMU Chinese Medicine programme did not only imparting the knowledge to students but it also trained students’ thinking ability. Apart from attending lectures, this course provided PBL sessions and supervised clinical practices. During my studies at IMU, I looked forward to PBL sessions as they were more interesting and we could learn from others through discussions. Knowledge without practice is useless, thus we have supervised clinical practice in the fourth year which allows us to apply our knowledge clinically. It has helped to improve our critical thinking and clinical skills, rather than learning everything by rote. IMU’s method of teaching has certainly trained us to become a competent Chinese medicine practitioner.

Goh Si Woei

Alumna, Chinese Medicine

IMU’s Chinese Medicine programme integrates both Chinese and Western medicine subjects for the needs of nation and to develop competent practitioners. It is a challenge to study Chinese Medicine since it provides brand-new knowledge to any student and it is very different from what we have learned previously, but you will find it fun and interesting once you embark on this lifelong journey.

Sng Kim Sia

Alumnus, Chinese Medicine

IMU Chinese Medicine programme is a unique programme which comprises both western and Chinese medicine subjects. As an established and internationally recognised university in healthcare education, we benefited from the university's strong foundation in western medicine teaching and managed to expand our connections with colleagues from various healthcare fields. IMU conducts the programme with an outcome-based approach, where the university's teaching methods challenged us to develop our clinical skills, critical thinking and public speaking skills, while cultivating our professionalism along the way. All these skills are essential for us to be competent and stand out among others in our workplace in the future.

Freya Tang Sin Wei

Alumna, Chinese Medicine

IMU is a place of learning, culture and fun. Besides learning about my profession, I had the opportunity to know people from many other healthcare professions which helped build my professional network for my future career. I am grateful to the faculty members who are always helpful and provide students with assistance in the challenges they faced while learning. By delivering the programme fully in English, this programme welcomes any student who is interested in learning Chinese Medicine without worrying about the language barriers. Even after graduating for 4 years, I do not regret spending my time here.


What is the structure of the programme?

The IMU Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine (CM) is a 4.5 years full-time course taught in English and Mandarin where necessary. After graduation, the graduate must spend 12 months in an accredited hospital by the Public Service Department of the Malaysian Government as an intern. Upon satisfactory internship, the Chinese medicine practitioner (CMP) can be registered by MOH to practice in Malaysia.

The IMU’s CM course trains CMPs to deliver evidence-based healthcare services. The course fulfills the requirements of the MQA (Malaysian Quality Agency). At the end of the course the student should have acquired knowledge and relevant skills to be a competent practitioner; has a good command of Mandarin, Malay and English; is able to communicate with all stakeholders; has acquired the attributes of a professional, is a team player, a life-long learner, a critical thinker with knowledge of research techniques, the CM business and takes time to reflect on actions taken.

The IMU has partnerships with several universities of TCM in China (Shanghai University of TCM, Shangdong University of TCM, Guangzhou University of TCM, Beijing University of TCM) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) for students to transfer after 3 years in this programme. After an additional 2 years, the graduates will be awarded the bachelor degrees in CM of the respective partner universities.

The CM course consists of modules in basic Medical Sciences and Chinese Medicine. The contents will be delivered via many delivery modes, including case studies, practice visits, attachments to hospitals or clinics and supervised clinical practice. A research project in Semesters 7 aims to develop skills of scientific inquiry, observation, analysis and scientific writing.

What are key features of the programme?

This course has incorporated a number of key features to prepare the graduate for challenges beyond graduation. These proactive features enable students to acquire the following outcomes.

  • A solid foundation in the basic medical sciences to build a good understanding of the structure of the human body, its functions and disease processes from the western scientific aspect. This will be taught by lecturers who have experience teaching medical, pharmacy and nursing students.
  • Knowledge of Chinese philosophy of balance (yin and yang), the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and the importance of Chinese classics and their contribution to the development of Chinese medicine.
  • Knowledge of the importance of diet and exercise in therapy.
  • Knowledge of the concepts and theories, important for development of acupuncture, moxibustion, tuina, herbal therapy.
  • Able to speak and write Mandarin, Malay and English at a functional level.
  • Acqusition of relevant practical and clinical experience.
  • An inquiring mind, skills of discovery, analysis and presentation.
  • Knowledge of the laws and ethics governing the practice and business of CM in Malaysia.
  • Knowledge of CM business, the setting-up and management of a CM clinic and CM herbal shop.
  • Interaction with students in other healthcare courses like chiropractic, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, psychology and pharmaceutical chemistry. This will facilitate interdisciplinary networking and friendships which would develop into better inter-professional working hips after graduation.

When do students get clinical exposure?

During semester 12, students will spend a substantial amount of time in hospital or clinic attachment, observing clinical Chinese medicine practitioners. This will progress to supervised clinical practice under experienced CMPs.

Are there any Internship placements?

IMU will guide students in securing internship placements in hospitals which are accredited by the MOH and the Public Services Department (PSD), Malaysia, so that our graduates will be able to register with the MOH and can work in government hospitals and clinics as well as in the private sector.

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 supported by Mandarin when required. Students who are not proficient in English or Mandarin are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency in English and Mandarin by making their own arrangements to attend additional English and Mandarin classes before entering the IMU.

Who will award the degree?

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

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

Once registered with the MOH, the Chinese medicine practitioner can work in any of these positions.

  • Chinese medicine practitioner in integrated healthcare in a government or private hospital.
  • Chinese medicine practitioner in a Chinese medicine hospital.
  • Acupuncturist in an integrated hospital or Chinese medicine hospital or clinic.
  • Chinese medicine practitioner in a private Chinese medicine clinic, as the owner and practitioner or as an employee.
  • With additional post graduate qualification as a lecturer in a University or Chinese academy. delivering courses (diploma, degree, post-graduate degrees or certificate) in Chinese Medicine or acupuncture.
  • A member in the sale and marketing of Chinese medicine products.
  • With additional post graduate training as a researcher in an academic institution or herbal or pharmaceutical manufacturing company.

What personality traits are best suited for a career in Chinese Medicine?

The person who is patient, has good interpersonal and communication skills, eager to learn, is dedicated and responsible, proactive and good tempered, is empathetic, self-reliant, generous and willing to share is best suited for this profession.

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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!

A Word from the Programme Director



Senior Lecturer and Programme Director
PhD(SHUTCM), MSc(Imperial, UCL),

“Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine consisting of health preservation and healing practices which is originated from China but is still in practice today. Malaysia is moving towards integrated practice in healthcare and has enforced the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act (T&CM Act) 2016 since 1 August
2016 with 15 government hospitals providing T&CM services. In line with the national policy, the Chinese Medicine programme in IMU is delivered in an integrative manner, where students will acquire knowledge from both Chinese Medicine and western medicine. By delivering our programme in English, we open the doors to everyone who is keen to learn Chinese Medicine without the constraint of needing to first master Mandarin. Through such studies, students will equip themselves with evidence-based medical knowledge to deal with future challenges locally or internationally as a healthcare provider.”

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