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Science has seen mankind’s quality of life improve by leaps and bounds since the bubonic plague plunged Europe into the Dark Ages. As much as scientific progress in vaccines has resolved historically deadly diseases such as polio and others, the continual emergence of new and old diseases emphasizes the importance of medical biotechnology to improve healthcare delivery.

Medical Biotechnology Degree

Even though you may not be aware of this Biological discipline in secondary schools in Malaysia, medical biotechnology has been in existence for centuries. From the early days of diseases where medicine alone could not save dying people from very simple bacterial infections, medical biotechnology has grown out of necessity to save human lives. Medical Biotechnology is a subset of medicine and biotechnology that teaches us how to use any living organisms to come up with products to help us live long and more productive lives.

We are all exposed to and have benefitted from Medical Biotechnological discoveries from Edward Jenner’s creation of vaccination for small pox, to the use of DNA technology to identify SARS-CoV-2, inherited diseased genes, and human remains, to advances in vaccine development using mRNA and adenoviral vector platforms. During the last few years we have seen the amazing yet controversial progression of gene editing experiments by growing human organs in animals for future transplantation, to the current use of DNA biotechnology in viral detection and development of a viable vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of genomic sequencing has revolutionised and assisted us in identifying and characterising the pathogenicity of the SARS-CoV-2 variants (delta, delta-plus, mu, omicron, xbb and bq variants).

All the information from science subjects that you have studied in secondary and high schools are amongst some of the key courses you will study in Medical Biotechnology such as Forensic Science, Molecular Medicine, Biopharming, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Stem Cell, Data Analytics and Omics Technology. Medical Biotechnology students at IMU will also learn how to contribute towards developing beneficial products to prevent and treat human diseases, learn how to communicate your findings to the general public and eventually market your own biotechnology products and set up your own biotechnology companies. Amongst the teaching methodologies conducted in the programme include: face-to-face as well as virtual lectures, hands-on laboratory practical, small group teaching (problem based learning and tutorials), workshops, computer-aided learning (CAL), seminars, presentations, industrial visits, video reviews, internships with our partner schools in Australia, guided reading and portfolio as well as original and independent research work. In addition, the annual event of Graduated Preparedness Advisory Committee (GPAC) enables students to obtain insights from our biotechnology industry partners and in preparing students to the future market needs through a series of forums with relevant industries. As preparation for the workplace/internship, in Year 3, the students will participate in peer-review feedback as part of the learning to self- and peer-critique in preparation for challenges faced in the workplace/graduate school.

MBOT is a professional body that recognises and registers graduates with specific skills in the areas of technology. The Medical Biotechnology programme at IMU has obtained accreditation from MBOT, and with this recognition, our graduates are eligible to register as certified Graduate Technologists (GT). Certification as GT should assist our graduates in securing viable careers in the workforce locally and abroad.

Key Facts


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Medical Biotechnology (IMU)
  • Degree from Partner Universities


  • July and September

total duration

  • 3 years (Degree from IMU)
  • 3 – 4 years (Degree from Partner Universities)

Why Study Medical Biotechnology 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 all 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.

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

IMU’s Medical Biotechnology curriculum is aligned with the Malaysian biotechnology priorities and it has been developed to meet high international standards and is accepted by University of Newcastle, Australia for credit transfer into their programme.

Exposure to Entrepreneurship

With enterprise management as part of the curriculum, students will be able to have a better understanding of biotechnology-related business matters which can transform their future careers.

Well-Established Rapport with BiotechnologyBased Industries and the Bioeconomy Corporation

IMU works closely with biotechnology-based industries and the bioeconomy corporation for industrial attachments locally or abroad and latest information on the industry.

Programme Structure

Semester Contents

MPU SHORT SEMESTER Semester 1 Semester 2
  • MPU U1 Penghayatan Etika dan
    Peradaban *
  • MPU U1 Philosophy and Current
  • MPU U1 Malay Language Communication 2**
  • MPU U3 Nutrition and Wellness/ History of Health Professional/ Introduction to Media Literacy/ Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror/ Survey of Asian Literature

* Malaysian students
** International students
MPU U3 choose any 1 module

  • Basic Mathematics and Statistics
  • Science Communication
  • Chemistry for
  • Biotechnologists
    Biodiversity and Conservation for Biotechnology
  • Instrumentation, Biosafety and Quality Management
  • Molecular Biology and Immunology
  • MPU U2 English for Health Sciences/ Bahasa Kebangsaan A
  • General Pharmacology
  • Medical Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Ethics and Biotechnology
  • Applied Biochemistry
  • Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques
  • Fundamental of Bioinformatics
Semester 3 Semester 4 SHORT SEMESTER
  • Analytical Chemistry for Biotechnologists 1
  • Introduction to Healthcare Data Analytics
  • Forensic Science
  • Fundamental of Structural Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Management and Experimentation on Animals
  • Elective: Algorithms and Data Structure/ Medical Epidemiology and Public Health* *

Choose 1 elective module

  • Toxicology and Toxinology
  • Omics Technology
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Biotechniques in Biotechnology and Community Health
  • Advanced Data Analytics
  • MPU U4 Social Responsibility
  • Pathology for Biotechnologists
  • Research Methodology
  • Current Trends in Medical Biotechnology
  • Free Elective: Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine/ Radiobiology

* Choose 1 elective module

Semester 5 Semester 6
  • Medical Biotechnology Research Projects
  • Elective: Biotechnology Research Commercialisation / Fundamentals of Business Management / Fundamentals of Cosmeceuticals / BioPharming:Harvesting Therapeutics/ Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals and Supplements*

*Choose any 3 elective modules

  • Biotechnology Internship

Entry Requirement

Examinations Requirements
A- Levels CCD
(including 2 Science subjects / Mathematics)
(including 2 Science subjects / Mathematics)
Australian Matriculation 65% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (including 2 Science subjects / Mathematics)
NCEA Level 3 60% aggregate (including 2 Science subjects / Mathematics)
Canadian Grade 12/13 70% aggregate in 6 subjects
(including 2 Science subjects / Mathematics)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B in 5 subjects (including 2 Science subjects /
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 or GPA 2.00 (including 2 Science subjects / Mathematics)
Indian Pre-University Average of 70% (including 2 Science subjects / Mathematics)
Ministry of Education Matriculation # cGPA 2.50 (including 2 Science subjects /
International Baccalaureate (IB) 26 points (including 2 Science subjects /
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) cGPA 2.70
(2 Science subjects must be AP
Foundation Studies # cGPA 2.00 or 50%
(including 2 Science subjects / Mathematics) (Foundation in Science / Foundation in Biosciences / Foundation in Engineering or equivalent)
Degree BSc in related field:
cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science (UiTM), Diploma in Microbiology (UiTM) – cGPA 2.50
Diploma in related field – 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.

Minimum credit in Mathematics, one science subject and one other subject at SPM level.  Students may be exempted from the above requirement if they achieved the same results at Pre University level.

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.

English 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


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.
  • 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) Medical Biotechnology 3 3 6 18,500 37,000
– Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle
Bachelor in Biotechnology
3 18,500 37,000 2 4 A$41,105
– Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde
MSc Industrial Biotechnology
4 3 6 18,500 37,000 1 2 £25,750
– Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde
MSc Forensic Science
4 3 6 18,500 37,000 1 2 £25,750

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) Medical Biotechnology 3 3 6 19,550 39,100
– Credit Transfer to University of Newcastle
Bachelor in Biotechnology
3 19,550 39,100 2 4 A$41,105
– Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde
MSc Industrial Biotechnology
4 3 6 19,550 39,100 1 2 £25,750
– Credit Transfer to University of Strathclyde
MSc Forensic Science
4 3 6 19,550 39,100 1 2 £25,750

Partner Universities

As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in medical biotechnology, the IMU maintains its relationship with partner university in Australia.

Views from Our Community

Yeo Ee Lin

Alumna, Medical Biotechnology

The Medical Biotechnology programme at IMU and the IMU lecturers have prepared us well for a real work environment not only in equipping us with laboratory skills, but also in soft skills such as communication skill and time management. Sufficient number of practical classes and opportunities for each of us to conduct an experiment are provided by this programme. This ensures that we can practice and learn more before we get into industrial training.

Christopher Naythan Ravi

MB116 – Alumnus, Medical Biotechnology

IMU Medical Biotechnology programme has prepared me in a lot of ways for this industrial training such as giving me the insight that medical biotechnology is not just about being in the field of research but it can be so much more such as in the marketing department, regulatory affairs and many more. Besides that, all the courses provided in the medical biotechnology programme were very beneficial especially the organic chemistry modules as it helped me understand the fundamentals to be able to move through easily in the chemical and chromatography department.

Kok Li Shan

Alumna, Medical Biotechnology

I particularly selected the medical biotechnology programme at IMU because the curriculum suits my preference of wanting to learn more of both medical and technology related contents. True enough, the curriculum was up to my expectations and some even were more than what I had expected. In general, the programme was well planned out in terms of helping me to gain knowledge, develop new skills and apply it at the late stages of the course. I was excited as additional workshops; communication classes and entrepreneur classes were included in this technology-based programme. These sessions were very useful for self-development and prepared me more readily for the workforce in the future. The additional skill set, exposure to related industries and inter-professional learning have also enlightened me. I felt that the programme had nurtured me with valuable knowledge, equipped me with essential skills and techniques and prepared me towards being a health science professional.

Chiang Jun Wei

MB118 – Student, Medical Biotechnology

Now, I know that studying Medical Biotechnology could make me be someone that I wanted to be, to help alleviate suffering of people through innovation of drugs to treat diseases. In fact, as I learn more about biotechnology, I find out that being a biotechnologist is not just a job which one will only work in a laboratory as a researcher, but it actually provides a lot of job opportunities in many different field, including government agency for policy regulation, pharmaceutical and technology companies, as a product specialist, etc.


Why choose this programme?

Biotechnology applies scientific and engineering principles and practices to utilise biological resources for development of mankind. Medical Biotechnology applies the wealth of knowledge in biotechnology for the advancement of health sciences.

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?

  • Solid foundation in knowledge for biotechnology today and tomorrow
  • Progressive development of technical skills from Year 1 to Year 3
  • Opportunity to work in industry during internship
  • Experience in original research work in an active environment
  • Exposed to entrepreneurial skills and business communications
  • Emphasis on diagnosis and drug discovery for diseases

What are the teaching-learning approaches used?

Methods of curriculum delivery include plenaries, laboratory practicals, small group teaching (Problem based-learning and Tutorials), workshops, computer-aided learning (CAL), seminars, presentations, industrial visits, video reviews, internships, guided reading and portfolio as well as original and independent research work.

Who are the teaching staff?

The University has PhD qualified academic staff with teaching and research experience in the field of medical and pharmaceutical biotechnology.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through their class tests, practical reports, workshops, portfolios, projects, logbooks, written reports, presentations, dissertations and end-of-semester examinations.

Are there any industrial placements?

This programme has a biotechnology internship module whereby the University facilitates placement in industries related to medical biotechnology. The programme works closely with the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) in the fulfillment of the National Biotechnology Policy. BiotechCorp helps to identify the niche areas and channel our students to the appropriate industries for internship.

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.

What are the semester contents?

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

Who will award the degree?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Biotechnology degree is awarded by IMU. Those who transfer to the partner university will be awarded with a degree from the partner university.

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

Medical biotechnologists can be employed in R&D departments/ quality control divisions/commercial divisions of pharmaceutical, fermentation and food science industries. This area of expertise can also be utilised in agricultural, supplementary diets, healthcare technology and environmental industries, hospitals, universities/ colleges and writing/journalism. In Malaysia, employment opportunities can be found in both public and private hospitals and universities, research organisations like PORIM, SIRIM, CARIF, INFORMM, IMR amongst others or multinationals like GSK, Pfizer, Astra-Zeneca and a plethora of public-listed companies in the agrobio industry. Employment opportunities are also available abroad, for example in neighbouring Singapore, Australia, Europe and United States of America where the biotechnology industry is critically in need of a skilled work force.

  • Innovative drugs – development of various medicines, vaccines and diagnostics
  • Diagnostics – diagnostic and detection kits for AIDS, hepatitis, Nipah virus, SARS etc
  • Gene therapy and stem cell research
  • DNA fingerprinting for crime solving
  • Paternity identification
  • Human Genome Project
  • Rice Genome Project
Industrial & environment
  • Production of industrial enzymes, biopesticides, bioherbicides and biofertilisers.
  • Treatment of hazardous wastes (e.g. heavy metals) in the environment
  • Development of waste bioremediation process
  • Developing new products and processes for the manufacture of food
  • Molecular marker-assisted breeding
  • Using genetic engineering and genome mapping (trying to locate genes to improve crop production or crop resistance to pests and diseases)
  • Plants producing pharmaceuticals & plants with value added traits – high sugar tomato, vitamins enriched rice, canola with improved oils etc

When do I apply for a place at IMU?

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

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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
BSc (UPM), MSc (UPM), PhD (Monash)

“Medical Biotechnology is a fast-growing industry showcasing the advancement in technology. It is a diverse field that makes cutting edge discovery in healthcare. The Medical Biotechnology curriculum in IMU not only focus on knowledge and applications, but also aligns to the market need. The delivery of this programme is supported by a team of experienced and passionate lecturers specialising in various fields of Biotechnology. The teaching and learning activities are conducted via face-to-face classes or virtual classes. Besides knowledge sharing, we also engage our students in personal and professional development, including the interpersonal and entrepreneurship skills, which well-prepared them for the workplace.”

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