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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.

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.

Key Facts

DEGREE

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

Commencement

  • 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 29 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
  • General Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
  • Biological Science & Genetics
  • Human Biology
  • Information Acquisition & Analysis
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
  • General Pharmachology
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Pharmaceutics I
  • Physical Pharmacy
  • Behavioural Science
  • MPU – U2 (English Academic Writing)
  • Pharmaceutics II
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Natural Products in Medicine
  • Microbiology for Pharmacists
  • Renal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Extemporaneous Dispensing
  • MPU – U4 (Part 1)
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
  • Endocrine & Reproductive System
  • Haemotology & Immunology
  • Pharmaceutics III
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Medicine Dispensing & Counselling
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • MPU – U4 (Part 2)
  • Central Nervous System
  • Pharmaceutics IV
  • Pharmaceutical Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Pharmacy Ethics & Jurisprudence
  • Selective
  • Clinical Pharmacy I
  • Basic & Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Research Methodology
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Public Health Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnonology
  • Current Trends & Critical Appraisal
  • Elective
Semester 7 Semester 8
  • Research Project I
  • Research Project II
  • Industrial Placement
  • Clinical Pharmacy II
  • Clinical Pharmacy III
  • Clinical Pharmacy IV

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 80% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / 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 70% aggregate including Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics or Physics (minimum 70% or equivalent to B 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 TER / UAI / ENTER / 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 * cGPA 3.00 & minimum B in Chemistry and attained 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics / Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM level or equivalent

Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree 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) Not applicable
Foundation in Science # cGPA 3.00 & minimum B in Chemistry and attained 5Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics / Additional Mathematics and another subject at SPM level or equivalent

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

Degree BSc in related field: cGPA 2.75
Diploma Diploma in Science (Chemistry or Biology or Physcis) : 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)
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

Note

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
Tuition Fee 191,600 204,800
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Students 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 Duration (Years) At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University(PU) Grand Total (RM)**
Years Tuition Fee Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Total Years Total ($)*
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) 4 4 191,600
Credit Transfer to University of Otago
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
4 2 95,800 2 NZ$85,376 334,767
Credit Transfer to University of Tasmania#
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
4 2 95,800 2 A$69,900 307,527

International Student

Programme Route Total Duration (Years) At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University (PU) Grand Total (RM)**
Years Tuition Fee Estimated Tuition Fees at Partner University
Total Years Total ($)*
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) 4 4 204,800
Credit Transfer to University of Otago
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
4 2 102,400 2 NZ$85,376 341,367
Credit Transfer to University of Tasmania#
Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
4 2 102,400 2 A$69,900 314,127
  • # Students who opt for credit transfer to University of Tasmania are required to complete additional modules.
  • * Current estimates only
  • ** Based on exchange rate: A$1 ~ RM 3.0290, NZ$1 ~ RM 2.7990
  • Tuition and ancillary fees at Partner Universities overseas are subject to annual increases.

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.

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

Senior Lecturer, 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

Student, 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.

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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 & mandatory service can be undertaken in both government & private sectors.
  • PRP training sites in sectors other than KKM are summarised below

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 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

When do I apply?

You can apply using forecast or actual results.

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  • Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport

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

DR MAYUREN CANDASAMY

Senior Lecturer & Programme Director
BPharm, MPharm (Pharmacology), Ph.D (Pharmacology), R.Ph (India)

“Pharmacist, the medicines expert is imperative in the healthcare system and have impact on patient care and health outcomes. The professional scope of a pharmacist is wide and includes practice in hospitals, community settings, pharmaceutical industries, regulatory bodies, research and academia. The pharmacy curriculum at IMU provides every student with distinctive opportunities to tailor them for a lifetime of career fulfilment and succession in the diverse practice settings. The IMU BPharm (Hons) programme established in 2004 has been and will continue to produce caring and competent pharmacist for every community!”

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