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Pharmacists are experts in medicines who work alongside doctors, nurses and dentists as part of the healthcare team. As a pharmacy graduate, you will need to understand the science behind drug discovery, development and delivery along with how patients react to the medicines they take. You will also have to understand individual patient care and public health issues to deliver the best health and pharmaceutical care. Our pharmacy degree combines science and pharmacy from the start. Our aim is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be a medicines expert to choose from the full range of pharmacy careers.

Pharmacy Degree

With the ever-increasing volume of medicines in the market, pharmacists work along with doctors to improve therapeutic outcome and patient care.

Indeed, with pharmacists as part of the healthcare team involved in patient care, outcomes improve and costs decline. Pharmacy graduates can also work on product development. In Malaysia and abroad, they are in great demand in the pharmaceutical industry for clinical research, formulation research and development, production, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and marketing. The IMU Pharmacy programme offers the option to complete the entire 4-year programme locally at IMU or credit transfer to the University of Otago, New Zealand or University of Tasmania, Australia.

IMU has emerged as champion in the 2024 Employers’ Choice of University awards for their Pharmacy programme by Talentbank.

The IMU School of Pharmacy is ranked 151-200 this year in the QS ranking by subject (Pharmacy & Pharmacology), securing the top spot among Malaysia’s private universities and ranking fourth among all public and private universities in the country.

Unleashing the Potential of IMU Pharmacy Students Through Global Mobility Programme

In a world that is becoming more interconnected by the day, the pharmacy field is experiencing rapid evolution, bringing forth fresh challenges and possibilities. To ensure that IMU pharmacy students are fully prepared to excel in this dynamic environment, embracing the transformative potential of mobility programmes becomes paramount. These programmes, which may involve elective postings or research experiences, offer invaluable opportunities. IMU’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) (BPharm) students will have the chance to participate in such mobility programmes, supported by the Global Exposure Funding (GEF).


Key Facts


  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) (IMU)
  • Pharmacy Degree from Partner Universities (BPharm)


  • July and September

total duration

  • 4 years

Why Study Pharmacy 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.

Graduates’ Career Readiness and Employability for the Future Jobs

Innovations in digital health are reshaping how healthcare is accessed and provided worldwide, and is set to revolutionise the healthcare sector in the future. In line with this, the School of Pharmacy is committed to provide up-to-date teaching and learning experiences by incorporating the digital health components in the pharmacy curriculum to prepare our graduates to be work-ready and responsive in a technology-driven healthcare industry.

Opportunity to Gain Global Experience

Students will have the opportunities to gain global experiences through elective or research placements in Asia, Australasia, Europe, UK and US. Participating in international educational programmes will be an added advantage to the students as they broaden their perspectives on global opportunities, international work culture and knowledge including networking opportunities. Each student is given a guaranteed financial support, to meet either part or full travel expenses.

Unique Pharmacy Alumni-Mentor Programme

With more than 3,000 pharmacy graduates in our alumni network, the School introduces a Professional Practice Fellow programme, which focuses on connecting students with established alumni career professionals; providing them with a unique opportunity to improve transferable skills, strengthen networking skills and promote seamless transition from university to workplace. Our students will learn more about possible career paths from experienced professionals when they embark on the programme.

Bringing Industry to University Teaching

As part of the graduate preparedness for workplace, the School is actively engaging industrial experts from community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, industrial pharmacy and academic pharmacy, to share their work experiences, expected competencies, and career prospects as well as teaching. This would provide students with exposure on the latest practical aspects and know-how, and understand how their knowledge can be translated to the workplace.

Programme Structure

Semester Contents

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Information Acquisition & Analysis
  • Pharmacy and Healthcare I
  • General Pharmacology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology for Pharmacists
  • Formulation Science
  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • Pharmacy and Healthcare II
  • Pharmaceutics I
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Cardiovascular and Renal Systems
  • Compounding Pharmacy
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
  • Pharmaceutics II
  • The Endocrine & Reproductive Systems
  • Haematology & Immunology
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medicine Dispensing & Counselling
  • Pharmaceutics III
  • Complementary Medicines
  • The Nervous System
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Jurisprudence & Entrepreneurship
  • Selective*
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Cancer
  • Clinical Pharmacy I
  • Current Trends & Critical Appraisal
  • Public Health Pharmacy
  • Research Methodology
Semester 7 Semester 8
  • Research Project I
  • Research Project II
  • Industrial Placement
  • Elective
  • Community Pharmacy Placement
  • Hospital Pharmacy Placement
  • Clinical Pharmacy II

* Selective Modules:

1. Cosmeceuticals
2. Radiopharmacy

3. Veterinary Pharmacy
4. Traditional Chinese Medicine

5. Introduction to Healthcare Data Analytics
6. Digital Health Applications

Entry Requirement

Examinations Requirements
A- Levels BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B in Chemistry)

Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

STPM cGPA 3.00 with BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B in Chemistry)

Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Australian Matriculation ATAR 80 including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B or equivalent in Chemistry)

Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

NCEA Level 3 80% aggregate including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B or equivalent in Chemistry)

Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Canadian Grade 12/13 80% aggregate in 6 subjects including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B or equivalent in Chemistry)

Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B4 in 5 subjects:
~Biology; and
~Chemistry; and
~Physics; and
~Mathematics; and
~Additional Mathematics or another subjectMalaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 80% aggregate or ATAR 80 including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B or equivalent in Chemistry)

Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Indian Pre-University Overall 70% aggregate and score not less than 70% in Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics

Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Ministry of Education Matriculation # Overall cGPA 3.00 with a B in Chemistry and attained 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics/Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM/O-Level

Malaysian must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level

International Baccalaureate (IB) 30 points with a minimum of 2 science subjects or Mathematics at Higher Level (HL) and 1 science subject at Standard Level (SL) and attained a minimum score of 4 each in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP)
Foundation Studies # IMU Foundation in Science
Overall cGPA 3.00 with a B in Chemistry
and attained 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics/Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM/O-LevelMalaysian must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level*Foundation in Science or equivalent from other institutions will be subjected to the Dean’s approval on a case by case basis
Degree BSc in related field: cGPA 2.75
Diploma Diploma in Science (Chemistry or Biology or Physics) : cGPA3.75 including B in Chemistry; or
Diploma in Pharmacy: cGPA 3.50 and attained 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics / Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM level or equivalentMalaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

# 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.

English Language Requirement

MUET* Band score of 3; or
(For Malaysian students)
IELTS Overall band score of 6.0 (Not less than 5.5 for individual bands); or
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE)* Overall score of 169; or
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE)* Overall score of 169; or
Cambridge Linguaskill* Overall score of 160; or
Pearson Test of English (PTE)* Overall score of 59; or
Credit Transfer IELTS

  • Students transferring to University of Otago are required to have an overall band of 6.0 (Not less than 6.0 for individual bands)
  • Students transferring to University of Tasmania are required to have an overall band of 6.5 (Not less than 6.0 for individual bands)

The following categories of students* are exempted from the above 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 2,000 2,000
  • 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.
  • ** Students who opt for credit transfer to University of Tasmania are required to complete additional modules.

Fee Structure

malaysian student

Total Duration (years) At IMU University 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 Pharmacy (Hons) 4 4 8 26,000 52,000
– Credit Transfer to University of Otago
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
4 2 4 26,000 52,000 2 4 NZ$46,616
– Credit Transfer to University of Tasmania **
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
4 2 4 26,000 52,000 2 4 A$35,950

International Student

Total Duration (years) At IMU University 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 Pharmacy (Hons) 4 4 8 27,000 54,000
– Credit Transfer to University of Otago
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
4 2 4 27,000 54,000 2 4 NZ$46,616
– Credit Transfer to University of Tasmania **
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
4 2 4 27,000 54,000 2 4 A$35,950
Country Estimated Living Costs
(Per Year)
Exchange Rate
(As of Dec 2023)
Estimated Living Cost (Per Year) Australia AUD 21,000 – AUD 30,000 ≈ RM 65,900 – RM 94,200 AUD 1 ≈ RM3.14
Canada CAD 28,000 ≈ RM 98,000 CAD 1 ≈ RM3.50
China RMB 85,000 ≈ RM 56,100 RMB 1 ≈ RM0.66
Ireland EUR 12,000 ≈ RM 62,000 EUR 1 ≈ RM5.17
New Zealand NZD 22,000 – NZD 26,000 ≈ RM 64,500 – RM 76,200 NZD 1 ≈ RM2.93
United Kingdom GBP 10,000 – 22,700 ≈ RM60,000 – RM 136,200 GBP 1 ≈ RM6.00
United States of America USD 16,000 ≈ RM 75,800 USD 1 ≈ RM4.74
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia RM36,000 RM36,000

Partner Universities

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

Students enrolled in the pharmacy programme at IMU have the opportunity to credit transfer, allowing them to complete their degree at either the University of Otago in New Zealand or the University of Tasmania in Australia.

2 years + 2 years

2 years + 2 years

Industrial Partners

The curriculum structure is constantly updated to meet the ever-changing industries’ needs and includes research-led teaching to deliver evidence-based knowledge and practice in the industry. Students will have the opportunity to undergo industrial training in the related sectors in their final semester. They will also be able to collaborate with industry or/and researcher in related project in their final year. The organisations involved in these internships are:

Our Alumni

Our alumni today have embarked on diverse and promising career paths across various industries. They are a true testament to the versatility of their education, as they continue to excel in a wide range of professional healthcare fields, as can be seen in the list below.

Government Clinics

  • Klinik Kesihatan Kuala Lumpur
  • Klinik Kesihatan Bukit Kuda
  • Klinik Kesihatan Tanah Puteh
  • Klinik Kesihatan Sungai Besi
  • Klinik Kesihatan Ipoh
  • Klinik Kesihatan Jalan Masjid
  • Klinik Kesihatan Daerah Hulu Langat
  • Klinik Kesihatan Puchong
  • Klinik Kesihatan Pasir Gudang
  • Klinik Kesihatan Putrajaya
  • Klinik Kesihatan Kampung Pandan
  • Klinik Kesihatan Seri Kembangan
  • Klinik Kesihatan Sekinchan
  • Klinik Kesihatan Taman Medan
  • Klinik Kesihatan Botanik
  • Klinik Kesihatan Bakri
  • Klinik Kesihatan Jalan Lanang
  • Klinik Kesihatan Putrajaya
  • Klinik Kesihatan Kampung Pandan
  • Klinik Kesihatan Jelapang
  • Klinik Kesihatan Masai

Government Healthcare & Hospitals

  • National Institute of Health
  • Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia
  • Hospital Segamat
  • Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim
  • Hospital Sultanah Aminah
  • Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
  • Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan Kuantan
  • Hospital Klang
  • Hospital Umum Sarawak
  • Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail
  • Hospital Serdang
  • Hospital Pulau Pinang
  • Hospital Selayang
  • Hospital Seremban
  • Hospital Bukit Mertajam
  • Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah
  • Hospital Duchess of Kent
  • Hospital Miri
  • Hospital Queen Elizabeth 2
  • Hospital Sibu
  • Hospital Sungai Buloh
  • Hospital Shah Alam
  • Hospital Labuan
  • Hospital Melaka
  • Hospital Taiping
  • Hospital Port Dickson
  • Hospital Sri Manjung
  • Hospital Permaisuri Bainon Ipoh
  • Hospital Bentong
  • Hospital Seberang Jaya
  • Hospital Sultan Ismail
  • Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail
  • Hospital Gerik
  • Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Najihah
  • Hospital Putrajaya
  • Hospital Pakar Sultanah Aminah
  • Hospital Tampin
  • Institut Kanser Negara
  • Hospital Ampang
  • Hospital Kampar
  • Hospital Bintulu
  • Hospital Wanita Dan Kanak-Kanak Sabah
  • Hospital Teluk Intan
  • Hospital Langkawi
  • Hospital Teluk Intan
  • Hospital Kajang
  • Hospital Slim River
  • Hospital Banting
  • Hospital Kajang
  • Hospital Pontian
  • Hospital Tanah Merah
  • Hospital Tunku Azizah
  • Hospital Balik Pulau
  • Hospital Jerantut
  • Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-kanak Kuala Lumpur
  • Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah
  • Clinical Research Centre Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah
  • National Institute of Health

Government Pharmaceutical & Pharmacy

  • Kotra Pharma (M) Sdn Bhd
  • AstraZeneca
  • Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim
  • Hospital Pulau Pinang
  • Hospital Putrajaya

Government Research

  • National of Institute of Health (NIH)

Private Clinics & Hospitals

  • Klinik Dr Tee
  • Klinik Uni-Med
  • Promedik / Missi Care
  • KPJ Miri
  • Rajang Specialist Centre
  • Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang
  • Big Pharmacy Healthcare Sdn Bhd
  • Sunway Medical Centre
  • Acumed Medical Group
  • Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh
  • Penang Adventist Hospital
  • Thomsons Hospitals Sdn Bhd
  • Island Hospital
  • Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur
  • IHH Group Malaysia Operation Division (Currently at Gleneagles Medini Johor)
  • Prince Court Medical Centre

Private Pharmacy

  • Caring Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Sri Ledang
  • Sunway Pharmacy
  • Alpro Pharmacy
  • Ascen Plus Pharmacy
  • DT Pharmacy Rawang
  • FMB Farmasi
  • Big Pharmacy
  • Multicare Pharmacay Sdn Bhd
  • AA Pharmacy
  • Georgetown Pharmacy
  • AM PM Pharmacy
  • All Day Pharmacy
  • Bionime (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Mega Kulim Pharmacy
  • Mediglo Pharmacy
  • Goodmedic Pharmacy
  • Health Lane Family Pharmacy
  • Biochem Pharmacy Klang
  • Direct Pharmacy, Taman Segar
  • Compounding Pharmacy
  • Bewell Pharmacy
  • Blackmores Pharmacy
  • MyLife Pharmacy
  • Unichem Pharmacy
  • Straits Pharmacy Melaka (Malim Branch)
  • Enhance Pharmacy
  • ICARE Pharmacy
  • Farmasi Murni Marketing
  • PMG Pharmacy
  • Lotus Pharmacy
  • Sitiawan Pharmacy
  • HTM Pharmacy Group Sdn Bhd
  • Kotra Pharma (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Siang Pharmacy
  • Medi Heal Pharmacy
  • Pharmart Pharmacy
  • Firstcare Pharmacy
  • Eminent divisions sdn.bhd
  • OUG Pharmacy
  • Lane Family Pharmacy
  • Sunlight Pharmacy (KK) S
  • Cottage Pharmacy
  • Joy&Health Pharmacy Sdn. Bhd.
  • Sabah Pharmacare
  • An Noor Pharmacy
  • Medplus Pharmacy Sdn Bhd
  • Unicare Pharmacy Sibu Sarawak
  • Juzcare Pharmacy
  • Jom Pharmacy
  • Farmasi Green Pharma
  • Today Pharmacy Sdn Bhd
  • Farmasi Good Day
  • Wellings Pharmacy
  • DM Pharmacy
  • Wellings Pharmacy
  • HTM Pharmacy
  • Community Pharmacy

Private Healthcare

  • Bionime (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Life Factor Sdn Bhd
  • Perniagaan Herbal Sri Tanjung
  • Healthcare Copywriter
  • KL MED Resources(M) Sdn Bhd
  • MSD Malaysia
  • MPS Young Pharmacist Chapter
  • Caring Pharmacy
  • Healthlane Family Pharmacy
  • MyCityHealth Sdn Bhd.
  • Clinical Research Centre
  • Vista Eye Specialist

Private Research & Sales

  • Abbott Laboratories (M) Sdn. Bhd
  • School Uniform Shop
  • Property Agent
  • Phibro Coporation
  • Bayer Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Bionime (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
  • Haezen
  • Room 8808 (Boutique)
  • Servier Malaysia
  • Mayflax
  • Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals
  • Ubisson Sdn Bhd

Private Education

  • IMU University
  • A Plus Tuition Centre
  • Child K Learning Centre

Private - Installation, Repair & Maintenance, Manufacturing

  • Syntronic-A Global Design House
  • Johnson & Johnson Malaysia
  • CCM Duopharma Biotech Berhad
  • MSD
  • Pfizer Malaysia
  • Hovid Bhd
  • Kotra Pharma (M) Sdn Bhd
  • Xepa Soul Pattinson
  • Y.S.P. (M) Sdn Bhd


  • Ledeis Solutions
  • New Creation Church KL
  • DKSH Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • Perniagaan Sang Kee

Views from Our Community

Ziqian Ooi

Alumna, Pharmacy

The pharmaceutics modules together with the industrial attachment was an eye-opening experience for us to have a better understanding of how a pharmaceutical company operates. We were exposed to the departments, such as research and development, production, quality control, etc. The pharmaceutics modules in the IMU BPharm (Hons) had raised my interest and curiosity to know more in-depth about the pharmaceutical industry. The diversity in the role of a pharmacist can play in the pharmaceutical industry has shaped my career pathway in becoming an industrial pharmacist.

Marilyn Tee Cheng Ling

Alumna, Pharmacy

My final semester in IMU has helped me visualise a clearer picture of the working environment due to the attachments and hands-on experience. Through my community pharmacy placement, I was able to learn valuable soft skills that cannot be taught through the books which helped me tremendously in my personal development. On top of the strong academic foundation given by the remarkable lecturers of IMU, these external challenges I faced has also helped me to further enhance my knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Sarannya A/P Balakrishnan

Alumna, Pharmacy

The industry engagement activities and industry visit conducted in the different semesters of my study so far have been nothing short of eye-opening and very informative. I always look forward to attending any talks by the guest speakers from the industry and experience sharing sessions, as I feel inspired and motivated to follow in their footsteps. I could correlate our theoretical knowledge with the processes being carried out in the pharmaceutical industry. I am lucky to be able to gain such insights about the happenings in various fields such as production, quality control, and marketing in the workforce even when I am still studying. The initiatives taken by our lecturers enabled my learning process to be more meaningful as now I have a clearer vision of where I want to be after I graduate.

Dr Mai Chun Wai

Alumnus, Pharmacy

IMU provides a good research culture that promotes inter-disciplinary research collaboration with local and internationally renowned scientists. I am grateful to IMU for all the opportunities and support IMU has invested in me. I believe this is so for all other academicians as well.

Vilashini Saravanan

Alumna, Pharmacy

I truly enjoy learning under the tutelage of brilliant, enthusiastic lecturers here as they never fail to inspire me to be as knowledgeable as them one day. Embarking on the BPharm programme at IMU has changed me for the better, and I'm confident that by the time I graduate, I would be well-equipped with knowledge and skills of a pharmacist, beyond the textbooks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the structure of the programme?

The BPharm (Hons) programme uses an innovative curriculum developed entirely by the IMU School, completed in four years (8 semesters), and is undertaken in Malaysia. Credit transfer options are also available for this. The curriculum is largely based on Body Systems, and integrates the study of these systems in health and disease with the study of drug treatment. An entire semester in the fourth year is devoted to research and another semester to supervised practise.

What are the semester contents?

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

What are key features of the programme?

  • Designed around a progressive increase in student-centred and self-directed learning, and a corresponding decrease in didactic and teacher-centred activity
  • Largely based on body systems: Integrates the study of these systems in health and disease with the study of drug treatment
  • Progressive development of skills and competencies using simulations and supervised practice
  • Systematic exposure to community, hospital and industrial pharmacy, culminating in extended clinical pharmacy placements
  • Devotion of an entire 4th Year Semester to research aimed at inculcating rigour and scientific ethos

What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction is English. Students whose pre-university education is not in English are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency by attending English classes before entering IMU.

What happens after I graduate?

How do I become a pharmacist? What PRP training settings are available?

  • Get a degree in pharmacy from a university recognised by LFM.
  • Undertake 52 weeks Provisionally Registered Pharmacist (PRP) training followed by 52 weeks mandatory service as a Fully Registered Pharmacist (FRP).
    • PRP training and mandatory service can be undertaken in both government and private sectors.
    • PRP training sites in sectors other than KKM are summarised below:
      No Type of Premises Number of Premises
      1 Non-Manufacturing Pharmaceutical Industry 29
      2 Manufacturing Pharmaceutical Industry 26
      3 Community Pharmacy 628
      4 Private Hospital 37
      5 R & D Academia 13
      6 Hospital Kementerian Tinggi 4
      7 Hospital Kementerian Pertahanan 3
      Total 740


Is it difficult to secure PRP training? What is the waiting period for graduands to start PRP training? What personal qualities are helpful?

  • All sectors of pharmacy provide PRP training.
    • The numbers of posts depends on many of the factors described under ‘Does Malaysia have enough pharmacists? What is the outlook for pharmacists in Malaysia?’ (see above)
    • The waiting period depends on the sector, the number of posts, and when (during the year) these posts become vacant.
    • The exact number of Ministry of Health positions, and when these become available is not explicitly stated.
  • The School helps to notify graduands on the availability of PRP postings from KKM and industry partners. Briefings by the representatives from KKM and partners on the application and opening of training are arranged from time to time to prepare the graduating cohorts.
  • Individuals need to continually enhance their marketability and competitiveness for the job market. They should –
    • become familiar with PRP settings, choices; regulations and application process
    • construct/update their curriculum vitae
    • learn to write application letters, do well at interviews
    • commit to ongoing learning and profession development
    • continually develop their competence, including communications skills, leadership
    • ensure that they courteous, polite and thoughtful of others

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You can apply using forecast or actual results.

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A Word from the Programme Director

A/Prof Dr Dinesh Kumar Chellappan

Associate Professor & Programme Director
BPharm, MPharm (Manipal), PhD (Manipal)

“The IMU BPharm (Hons) programme was established in 2004 with an aim to produce world-class Pharmacy graduates who are competent, and are able to adapt to the ever changing practice environments. Pharmacy is a noble profession where patient safety and patient care are utmost goals of the practice. Pharmacy graduates are generally employed in various sectors namely, hospitals, community outlets, pharmaceutical industries, higher education sectors, drug regulatory bodies and armed forces. The BPharm programme at IMU offers students the opportunity to empower themselves through innovative methods and an outcome based curriculum, that enable them to be competent and practice-ready.”

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