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What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist? Nutrition is the science that deals with the study of foods and nutrients, and their effect on an individual. On the other hand, Dietetics is the practical application of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease.

Dietetics with Nutrition Degree

Graduates of IMU’s Dietetics with Nutrition Degree programme will be able to work as dietitians in the government and private sectors, providing healthcare services, food service management, and counselling in disease management and prevention.

This 4-year programme provides an advantage for employment as students are exposed to a variety of work placements such as food service, clinical dietetics and community dietetics.

The BSc(Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition programme in IMU has been awarded the International Accreditation for Education Programs for Dietitian-Nutritionists conferred by the International Confederation of Dietetics Association (ICDA). This ICDA award is a recognition that the IMU dietetics with nutrition curriculum has met the standards to produce competent dietitians upon graduation. The award will also enhance the international reputation of the programme in member countries of ICDA. We are the first university in the world to receive this inaugural award by ICDA.

Key Facts


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Dietetics with Nutrition (IMU)
  • Degree from Partner Universities


  • July and September

total duration

  • 4 years

Why Study Dietetics with Nutrition 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.

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

As IMU offers the widest range of healthcare programmes, our students are fully immersed in a vibrant community of students and practitioners from a variety of healthcare fields.

This allows for the development of strong friendship amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive healthcare professional network upon graduation.

Well-Known Faculty Members

The lecturers in the Division of Nutrition and Dietetics are recipients of research grants, high impact publications and key opinion leaders in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Training Future Leaders

Our curriculum provides opportunity to develop leadership and team working skills due to strong emphasis on Interprofessional learning and group projects.

The courses place great emphasis on building good communication skills through various oral presentation, case study discussions, training with simulated and real life patients.

Opportunity for Work Life Experience and Student Mobility

The innovative curriculum offers early exposure to work experience and hands-on opportunity to enhance skills through clinical and community projects.

There are also opportunities for student mobility programmes in clinical and community setting which improves work preparedness of the graduates.

Programme Structure

Semester Contents

SHORT SEMESTER Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Hubungan Etnik / MPU3133 Pengajian Malaysia 3
  • TITAS / MPU3143 Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2
  • Work-Life Balance in Global and Malaysian Perspective
  • General Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Human Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Professionalism in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Principles of Human Nutrition
  • English for Health Sciences
  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Food Culture and Nutrition
  • Principles of Food Preparation
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment Methods
  • Food Environment and Eating Behaviour
  • Social Responsibility
Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
  • Nutrients and Metabolism
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Contemporary Nutrition
  • Food Safety and Regulations
  • Research Methods in Dietetics
  • Nutrition, Health and Fitness
  • Selective: Introduction to Healthcare Data Analytics / Exercise Physiology
  • Dietetics in Community
  • Pathophysiology for Dietetics 1
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
  • Food Service Management 1
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Scientific Communication in Nutrition
  • Pharmacology for Dietetics
  • Education and Counselling in Dietetics
  • Pathophysiology for Dietetics 2
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy 2
  • Research Project in Nutrition and Dietetics 1
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Selective: Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine / Physical Conditioning
Semester 6 Semester 7 & 8
  • Food Service Management 2
  • Research Project in Nutrition and Dietetics 2
  • Professional Practice in Dietetics Nutrition Care
  • Process Skills Development
  • Dietetics Practicum 1
  • Dietetics Practicum 2

Entry Requirement

Examinations Requirements
A- Levels CDD (Including 2 subjects from:
Biology; and/or
Chemistry; and/or Physics /
STPM Overall cGPA 2.50 (cGPA 2.33 In 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
Australian Matriculation 65% agggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (including Biology and Chemistry)
NCEA Level 3 60% aggregate
(with an average of 60% in 2 subjects from Biology; and/ or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
Canadian Grade 12/13 70% aggregate in 6 subjects
(with an average of 60% in 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B in 5 subjects
(Including 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75
(with an average of 60% in 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
Indian Pre-University 70% aggregate
(minimum 60% in 2 subjects from Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
Ministry of Education Matriculation # Overall cGPA 2.50
(cGPA 2.33 In 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 26 points
(Including 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) Overall cGPA 2.50
(cGPA 2.33 in 2 subjects from Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)
Foundation Studies # Overall cGPA 2.50
(cGPA 2.33 In 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/ or Physics / Mathematics)
(Foundation in Science / Foundation in Biosciences / Foundation in Engineering or equivalent)
Degree BSc in related field:
cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science (including 2 science subjects) ; Diploma in related field
– cGPA 2.75
Diploma in related field with a cGPA less than 2.75 and minimum 3 years of working experience in the same field

# 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 IELTS Overall band score of 7.0

The following categories of students* are exempted from the English requirements:
Students who graduated from other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English Language for example:


Advanced Levels / Australian Matriculation / Australian University Foundation Year / Canadian Matriculation / International Baccalaureate / Foundation in Science / Other Pre-University/  Programmes from Local Higher Education Institutions


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

Griffith University

Applications will be subject to meeting the necessary prerequisites, including English language entry requirements. For entry into the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics the following applies:

A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.5

  • OR a minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 92 (no score less than 22)
  • OR no score less than 4 in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum overall score of 185 (no score less than 176) on C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

Please note that achieving the minimum Entry and English requirements as stated does not guarantee you admission into any of IMU’s programmes.

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information.

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 850 2,000
Refundable Caution Deposit 1,000 1,000
  • 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.
  • All students who are applying for the NHEF loans are required to pay their semester fees in FULL by the due date stated in the invoice.
  • The fees quoted for partner universities are current estimates only
  • Student must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees
  • All tuition and ancillary fees are subject to annual increases, currency exchange rates, and exclusive of levy and bridging fees (if any).
  • All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.
  • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, international students are required to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM2,500 AND personal bond (depending on nationality) upon registration.
  • * Overseas fees are indicative and subject to annual increase and currency exchange rate. Fees are exclusive of levy and bridging fee.
  • Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University: USD64,334 (RM289,503) which include tuition fee for 16 months, International Students fee and other fees
  • Exchange Rate as of November 2022:
    – Australia A$1 = RM3.10
    – Canada C$1 = RM3.30
    – China RMB1 = RM0.65
    – Ireland €1 = RM4.70
    – New Zealand NZ$1 = RM2.80
    – United Kingdom £1 = RM5.50
    – United States of America US$1 = RM4.50

Fee Structure

malaysian student

Total Duration (years) At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University (PU)
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee (RM) Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Per Year Years Semesters Tuition Fee Per Year *
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition 4 4 8 22,500 45,000
– Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics 4 2 4 22,500 45,000 2 4 A$39,305
– Credit Transfer to Griffith University Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics 4 2 4 22,500 45,000 2 4 A$35,000

International Student

Total Duration (years) At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University (PU)
Years Total Semesters Tuition Fee (RM) Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Per Semester Per Year Years Semesters Tuition Fee Per Year *
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition 4 4 8 24,050 48,100
– Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics 4 2 4 24,050 48,100 2 4 A$39,305
– Credit Transfer to Griffith University Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics 4 2 4 24,050 48,100 2 4 A$35,000

Partner Universities

As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in dietetics with nutrition, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Views from Our Community

Gursharon Kaur Gill

Alumnus, Dietetics with Nutrition

The IMU Dietetics with Nutrition programme has indeed prepared me well to enter the working world. With the intensive clinical practicum training by the Clinical Instructors and lecturers, I have not only built a good foundation of knowledge but also improved my soft skills with the various exposures that I have had through the coursework and training at the hospitals, health clinics and community centres.

Abdul Rahman bin Mohamed

Alumnus, Dietetics with Nutrition

Dietetics with Nutrition in IMU has taught me 2 keys things; character development and strong work ethics. This has helped me maintain my standard as Clinical Dietitian in the government sector today. The close relationship with the passionate lecturers sharing their wisdom will always be cherished in my mind.

Kee Ling Xuan

Second Year Student, Dietetics with Nutrition

I am glad to meet experienced, and friendly lecturers who have worked in a related field in the past. This has inspired me to be a competent dietitian in the future. With this, it prepares me for future work life after graduation.

Ong Yee Ping

Final Year Student, Dietetics with Nutrition

I have always been fascinated by how nutrition can impact human health, which is the main question that leads me to my journey in IMU. It is also one of the best decisions that I have made for myself. Studying Dietetics with Nutrition in IMU made me realise that it is not just about the knowledge that is valuable, but what comes together with the knowledge. The soft skills that I acquired along the journey have made me a better person than I was before besides essential knowledge and skills to become a competent dietitian.

Research & Activities

Diet and nutrition play an important role in influencing our health. Hence, it is essential that research is conducted in the areas of nutrition and dietetics to further our knowledge in this field. This is one of the important roles of the Centre for Transformative Nutrition and Health (CTNH) in its bid to gain a reputation in food & clinical nutrition related areas.

What is CTNH?

CTNHThe Centre for Transformative Nutrition and Health (CTNH) aims to contribute and increase knowledge in the field of nutrition and health and train future nutritionists & dietitians. We are a team of researchers from various backgrounds, studying the nutrition-health relationship at various levels to understand the complex ways in which diet and nutrition influence our health.


Why choose this particular programme?

  • Globally, obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancers are on the rise due to increase affluence and sedentary lifestyles.
  • Diet can significantly impact prevention and treatment of such lifestyle related diseases.
  • Dietitians are needed to counsel and educate clients on appropriate diets, menu planning and food preparation in addressing illnesses or diseases for optimum health.

What is the structure of the programme?

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

What are the key features of the programme?

  • First programme in Malaysia offering a degree in the disciplines of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Universities globally are beginning to offer a degree to provide graduates the edge to work in both clinical and community settings.
  • IMU curriculum is outcome-based whereby graduates will meet market demands for clinical and community dietetics such as food service dietitians, researchers and other job opportunities requiring the expertise in nutrition and dietetics area.

What are the teaching-learning approaches used?

The Dietetics with Nutrition programme utilises a combination of teaching and learning approaches which include lectures, tutorials, practical classes, seminars, problem-based learning, field visits, group/individual assignments, and development of communication skills.


Students are required to conduct a research project in the third year. Topics in nutrition and health related fields will be chosen. Students will be required to prepare a research proposal, to collect and analyse data, and to write a thesis at the end of the exercise.


With this knowledge and skills, the students are able to work in their future work environment as competent and effective professionals working in the clinical community and / or industry settings.

Who are the teaching staff?

The University has well-qualified, experienced teaching staff from the Dietetics with Nutrition programme. Over half have recent practicing experience and are qualified dietitians. The lecturers have postgraduate degrees in the area of nutrition and dietetics. The teaching staff are pioneers in this area of study and have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate student projects and dissertations as well as conducted workshops. They are also actively involved in research and have published extensively in the areas of nutrition and dietetics.

Other qualified senior professional staff of IMU will also provide lectures in the non Dietetics with Nutrition modules in Year 1 of the programme. Dietitians from various specialists hospitals will also be invited to teach in this programme.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through their class tests, practicals, reports, workshops, essays, problem-based learning, projects, presentation, thesis and written examination.

An OSCE (objective structured clinical examination) is also conducted during the Final Year to ensure students are capable of providing competent and safe dietetic practice upon graduation.

Are there any industrial placements?

Industrial placements are professional posting scheduled for the entire 4th year and form the practicum part of the programme. Students shall be rotated through 20 weeks of clinical dietetics practicum in a hospital setting, 10 weeks of community nutrition practicum in a government and private facility/institution, and 10 weeks of food service management practicum in a food service industry.

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 the IMU.

Who will award the Dietetics with Nutrition degree?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition degree is awarded by IMU. The partner university will award the respective degree to students who transfer to the school.

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

There are various job opportunities for the graduates of this programme. As qualified dietitians, they can seek employment in the following work places:

Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities
Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities dietitians provide nutrition care for patients in hospitals. They assess patients’ nutritional status, develop, implement and monitor medical nutrition therapies appropriate to the patient’s medical history and lifestyle. With sufficient years of experience and further certification, dietitians may specialise in paediatrics, gastroenterology, renal and other specific medical areas. Dietitians work in community-based healthcare settings such as medical clinics, long term care facilities and wellness centers to provide dietary consultancy for medical conditions and may perform home visits to assist patients’ compliance to dietary advice, and assist in disease prevention programmes.

Food service industry
Dietitians supervise meal planning and preparation in hospitals, workplace cafeterias, sports institutions and other facilities requiring large-scale food service such as schools, prisons, and long-term care homes. Dietitians manage the food safety procedures, menu development, budgeting and control.

Medical and healthcare related business/industry
Dietitians may be employed by wellness and food/nutrition-related or pharmaceutical industry to provide food and nutrition information to clients and patients. Dietitians provide advice on nutritional content, and use of therapeutic products.

Sports and fitness industry dietitians may be employed to provide dietary counselling to recreational and competitive athletes to improve performance and health. They serve as a food and nutrition resource for coaches and trainers; and provide sports nutrition education for fitness programmes.

University / Research Institutions
Dietitians may join an academic institution to teach, conduct research and undertake publication, as well as contribute in building capacity in training future dietitians. For those who wish to focus on research, they may explore working in research institutions in the public or private sector (e.g. research and development industry).

Private Consultancy
Dietitians with sufficient experience may venture to setting up their own practice or work under contract with healthcare facilities. They perform nutrition assessment and advice on diet-related concerns such as weight loss, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. They may also provide consultancy in nutrition and dietetic matters to corporate, government and professional societies.

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A Word from the Programme Director



Lecturer and Programme Director
BSc(Hons) Dietetics UKM, MSc Health Sciences (Nutrition) UKM

“Dietitians empower individuals to adopt health-conscious food choices to reach specific health related goals. In IMU, we are dedicated to train our students to be competent dietitians who will be able to contribute tremendously in the field of healthcare, food service, community, corporate setting, industries, research, educational arenas and many more.”

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