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MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Competent Pharmaceutical and Analytical Scientists are in demand in the pharmaceutical industry. If you have a degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or other related disciplines, the IMU MSc in Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme could help you extend your knowledge and expertise in the field.
The programme encompasses drug discovery, drug design, drug development, techniques for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of drugs, quality management and the regulatory environment, and research skills including writing proposals, scientific writing and specialized laboratory skills.
IMU’s Analytical & Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme consists of two semesters and is a combination of course work and research. Learning activities are conducted on weekends for the convenience of working students.
Part-time: 2 – 6 years
Mode of Delivery
A bursary of RM8,000 is available for international students joining the 2020 intake.
The MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MAPC) programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community and the oldest chemical society in the world. Accreditation by the Royal Society of Chemistry is a formal recognition that the programme is in line with international quality and standards. Employers are assured that graduates with accredited degrees have achieved the standards required to be considered professional chemists.
What is ODL?
Open and distance learning provides working professionals with an alternative to conventional programmes at universities, giving them the opportunity to earn a university degree without interrupting their career.
As Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with 27 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education, IMU offers a few postgraduate programmes via this learning mode with students having the opportunity to benefit from all the teaching and support that the University has to offer.
Benefits of ODL
Designed especially for students with employment, family or other commitments, this mode of learning provides flexibility and convenience for the student to schedule their studies around these obligations and around their lifestyle – allowing a student to plan and pace their own learning at a time and learning environment that is most suitable for the student. It also saves students from spending time travelling to the university, the costs of travelling to the university and the costs of staying near the university.
Teaching methods include a series of lectures (Powerpoint lectures, video lectures and i-lectures) supplemented by online discussions, forums and quizzes. For each subject taken, students will be part of a student online community. Students will also be assigned a mentor who will be available to answer any questions and provide feedback on their progress.
Students will be assessed fully online via the in-course assessment assignments and end of module assessment assignment so they don’t need to be at the University to sit your exams. They will the receive their grades and feedback online.
In order to do this, students will be required to have a desktop/laptop, internet connection, a headset and webcam to participate in online tutorials and other group activities, access to standard office software – such as Microsoft Word and Excel, plus any standard browser, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox and Skype for certain online sessions.
Time will be an ODL student’s most important commitment – understanding, working through and reflecting on all teaching materials. The hours spent per week on their studies for the duration of the programme depends on module taken.
Support from University
ODL students are fully registered student of the University with all of the support and services available to them, the same as the on-campus students. Technical support will also be provided if students have difficulty in accessing the e-learning platform.
The mixed mode programme consists of two semesters and is a combination of course work (21 credits) and research (22 credits). New semesters commence in March and September each year and each semester comprises 20 weeks.
Face-to-face teaching and learning activities are conducted on weekends. The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.
Aim: The aim of the module is to equip you with in-depth knowledge and skills that are essential for identification and structural determination of compounds of natural or synthetic origin.
Synopsis: Topics in this module includes NMR, Mass, IR and UV/Vis spectroscopic methods which are mainly used in the identification and structural elucidation of organic and pharmaceutical compounds. Hands-on workshops will be used to guide you on spectra interpretation and structure determination. You will also learn about hyphenated mass spectrometry techniques such as liquid chromatography (LC-MS) and inductively coupled plasma (ICP-MS), and how to perform method development and validation on these instruments.
Teaching modes: Plenary, Laboratory Practical and Workshop
Assessment methods: Practical reports, Workshop reports and Critical review report
Hands-on laboratory practical: You will develop a HPLC method for a given compound. Following that, you will then perform validation for that method as per the regulatory guidelines.
Aim: The aim of this module is to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in HPLC validation process as conducted in pharmaceutical and related industries as per the respective regulatory authority (EMA, ICH and FDA).
Synopsis: This module addresses the practical aspects of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). You will learn how to develop and validate HPLC method as per the regulatory authority’s guidelines. The module also provides the requisite scientific knowledge and understanding of analytical method development and validation, verification and transfer to allow informed interpretation of current regulatory guidance from European Medicines Agency EMA, International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Teaching modes: Plenary, Laboratory Practical and Workshop
Assessment: HPLC worksheet, Practical report, Validation project report, Presentation
Hands-on laboratory practical: You will critically analyse and select appropriate technique (TLC, Column or Centrifugal Chromatography) for separation and purification of compounds in unknown mixture. The purified compounds are to be analysed and their chemical structures will be established using variety of spectroscopic techniques, including UV-Vis, FTIR, NMR and Mass spectroscopy.
Aim: The aim of this module is equip you with the essential knowledge and technical skills in drug discovery and preclinical drug development.
Synopsis: This module covers the theoretical approaches in drug discovery including the process and preclinical, patenting, legal and regulatory requirements associated with drug development. Hands-on experience in web based drug discovery tools are a major component in this module.
Teaching modes: Lecture and Workshop.
Assessment: Workshop reports and Project report.
Aim: The aim of this module is to equip you with the latest computational drug discovery techniques.
Synopsis: The role of computational drug discovery techniques has become a decision-making tool in the design, discovery and development process of new drugs. The exponential growth of ligand/protein scientific data accelerated the practice of computational drug design strategies that provides a good starting point for research via. virtual simulation-based screening, computer-assisted molecular modelling and the application of drug discovery software to identify drug-like compounds to fight against diseases. Thus, in this module, you will gain technical skills in this exciting area of chemistry through an extensive training on computational strategies and applications widely used in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries all over the world.
Teaching modes: Lecture, Facilitated computer aided discovery (CAL) workshops
Assessment: Workshop reports and Project report
Hands-on CAL: Students will be engaged in CAL workshops (65 hours) with dedicated hands-on training on concepts based on industry case studies. Students in collaboration with peers and faculty will practice various computational techniques such as ligand-based pharmacophore modelling, structure-based protein-ligand docking, and quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) modelling.
Aim: The aim of this module is to equip you with the concepts and practices of product and process validation protocols as per regulatory requirements and the knowledge on the various aspects of quality management systems.
Synopsis: Quality management system (QMS) is a formalised system that documents processes, procedures and responsibilities for achieving quality policies and objectives to meet the customer requirements and their satisfaction. The module is an essential foundation for students who wish to work in industries and approved laboratories in improving their quality management systems. The module outlines various regulatory guidelines, namely ISO, ICH, FDA, and CGMP.
Teaching modes: Lecture and E-forum
Assessment: Forum reports and Project report
Aim: The aim of the module is to develop your theoretical and practical skills to plan, organize and write grant proposal and scientific paper. You are also trained to critically evaluate scientific literature by appraising their merits, demerits and relevance in a particular context.
Synopsis: The module introduces the concepts of research from broad philosophical, theoretical, ethical and methodological perspectives. You will learn about the processes associated with research activities related to various disciplines in chemical sciences.
Teaching modes: Lectures, Workshops and e-Forums.
Assessment methods: Critical review report, Journal style writing and Proposal writing.
Aim: The aim of this module is to prepare you to conduct independent research.
Synopsis: This module involves planning, getting your research project approved by IMU Joint Committee on Research and Ethics, and conducting your research project. Besides performing bench work, you are expected to present the progress of your research to your supervisory team, twice in the semester.
Teaching modes: Discussion with supervisor(s), research work
Assessment: Progress reports
Aim: The aim of this module is to provide you with the experience, knowledge and skills in the conduct of research in terms of data acquisition and analysis, results interpretation to conclusion.
Synopsis: In this module, you will continue to conduct and complete your research project which you started in the Research Project I (MAPC307) module. This module consists mainly of independent research work, where you will be guided by your supervisor(s). You will gain research skills including modern laboratory and instrumentation skills, and develop critical thinking and effective communication skills.
Teaching modes: Discussion with supervisor(s), Research work
Assessment: Supervisory evaluation, Result presentation, Viva, Dissertation
Semester 1 (20 Weeks)
- Course work modules including Research Methodology & Scientific Writing
- Research Project I
Semester 2 (20 Weeks)
- Course work modules
- Research Project ||
LEARNING AND DELIVERY METHODS
Teaching and learning methods are in line with objectives of programme modules. The research module and student centered learning delivery methods throughout the programme enhances your analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills, promote your professional development and prepares you for the current challenging work environment.
A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
|Applicants are required to have obtained:
||For Malaysian Students
For International Students
The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:
APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES
|Malaysian Student (RM)||International Student (RM)|
|Refundable Caution Deposit||2,000||2,000|
|Student Association Fee per Semester||40||40|
|Tuition Fees (Conventional Mode)||43,000||53,750|
|Tuition Fees (ODL Mode)||38,800||38,800|
- All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
- A bursary of RM8,000 is available for international students joining the 2021 intake.
- A 10% bursary is available for members of special groups. Click HERE for more details.
- 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.
- Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees“.
- For information on Student Visa Application fee, please check the “Visas & Immigration“
Prof Mallikarjuna Rao Pichika
Prof Mallikarjuna Rao Pichika is a Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy. His is at present the Associate Dean (Research and Consultancy), School of Pharmacy looking after the research activities in the School and the Head for the Center of Excellence, ‘Bioactive Molecules and Drug Delivery’, Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI). Prof Mallikarjuna’s research specialisation is in medicinal chemistry with a special emphasis on drug discovery and development. He has authored more than 60 research papers in national and international indexed journals and his publications receive about 1000 citations. He has patents for the development of herbomineral formulations.
A/Prof Ng Chew Hee
A/Prof Ng Chew Hee has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate chemistry courses for more than 20 years. He has been awarded more than RM1.8 million of research grants and published more than 70 journal papers. His research areas cover Coordination Chemistry, Biological Inorganic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, application of metallodrugs as anticancer and antiprotozoal agents, nanoparticle-metal complex conjugates, and recently genetic and epigenetic factors affecting the drug resistance/ sensitivity of anticancer metal complexes. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Committee for Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conferences (AsBIC). He is an active member of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry as member of the Industrial Chemistry Section, Chemistry Education Section and Malaysian Chemistry Quiz Technical Committee (K3M).
A/Prof Ooi Ing Hong
A/Prof Ooi Ing Hong is the former head of department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy. He received the IMU Achievement Award for T&L Innovation for leading the pharmaceutical team in designing and developing the MAPC programme in 2012, which was accredited by MQA with a perpetual status in 2014. He is a member of Joint Technical committee-Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) working group for chemistry degree programme standards, and a member of IKM industrial chemistry section. He also serves as a scientific committee of international conferences on nanotechnology: fundamentals and applications. His research interest is on synthesis and characterisation of polymeric materials for biomedical applications.
Dr Lee Choy Sin
Dr Lee Choy Sin has 11 years of teaching and postgraduate research supervision experience. Her research expertise is in organic synthesis, polymer chemistry and oleochemistry and her research products include biocompatible and biodegradable polymeric scaffolds, polymer excipients for pharmaceutical formulations and bioactive polymeric reactants for antimicrobial coatings. She has secured numerous national and international research grants, namely Japan Toray Science Fund, ERGS, FRGS, MPOB-GSAS and e-science funds and she has filed 2 patents in Malaysia and regional countries. Dr Lee was awarded The Young Scientist Award 2018 by the Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologists’ Association (MOSTA). She won two Silver Medals in the International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) under the categories of Materials (2017) and Medical and Health (2019).
Dr Sreenivasa Rao Sagineedu
Natural products chemistry & drug discovery, organic spectroscopy and pharmaceutical analysis
Dr Chin Swee Yee
Research Interest :
Synthesis of nanoparticles and bioactivities of nanoparticles
Dr Murugesh Kandasamy
Expertise in pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism studies, PK-PD analysis, physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling
Dr Vasudeva Rao Avupati
Computational drug discovery and hybrid molecular design and synthesis of bio-active molecules
Dr Low May Lee
(i) Metal-based compounds for therapeutic, bioimaging, biosensing and catalysis applications (ii) Smart, stimuli-responsive/bioinspired materials (iii) Molecular self-assembly (iv) Nanomedicine
Dr Thiagarajan Madheswaran
Topical delivery/transdermal delivery using nanoparticles, self-assembled liquid crystalline nanoparticle-based drug delivery, nanoparticle-based drug delivery for cancer therapy, nanoparticle-loaded hydrogel
Dr Wong Lai Chun
Organic synthesis, analysis of pharmaceuticals and environmental contaminants
Dr Irene See
Dr Irene is an experienced research and development manager with almost 3 years’ experience in natural products manufacturing industry and 8 years’ experience in natural products research. Dr Irene also conducts in-house manufacturing training to ground staff as well as product training to customers in different languages. Part of her job duties also involves designing and setting up laboratory and manufacturing facilities, and to follow through with conducting research, and manufacturing the end product. She is skilled in the area of natural products, cell culture, product development and research & development. Dr Irene is currently a technical excellence associate at Reckitt Benckiser (Thailand).
Tan Poh Lee
Tan Poh Lee has more than 10 years of industry experience in the area of research & development (R&D) at Furley Bioextracts Sdn Bhd. She is currently the R&D manager at the company. Furley Bioextracts is a recognised industry leader of Biotechnology in Malaysia. Tan leads the R&D team in tasks which include creating customised testing, product development, product prototyping, process optimisation and regulatory affairs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Programme learning outcomes (PLOs) are a set of learning outcomes which outlines the knowledge, competencies and values students will acquire at the conclusion of the programme. The MAPC PLOs are that students, at the end of the programme, will be able to:
- Apply knowledge and concepts in analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry to solve theoretical and practical problems in the relevant fields.
- Apply and adapt critical thinking, problem solving and scientific skills to find solutions to unfamiliar and complex issues in chemical, pharmaceutical and related industries.
- Critically evaluate information from various sources and use it appropriately to practice self-directed lifelong learning.
- Develop and validate analytical methods to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis by utilising appropriate instrumentation and techniques.
- Demonstrate productive working relationships as a team lead or member and communicate effectively by writing clear, concise and orderly documents and/or giving clear oral presentations.
- Demonstrate appropriate professional and social skills in the practice of chemistry or advancement of the chemical and pharmaceutical sciences.
- Plan, organise and carry out projects systematically and deliver results in the areas of analytical and pharmaceutical sciences.
- Demonstrate high standards of professional ethics and responsibilities by complying with relevant codes of conduct and practice.
Programme educational objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the programme is preparing graduates to achieve after they graduated.
Three to five years upon successful completion of the program, our MAPC graduates will be:
- Professionals who are competent in the application of analytical and pharmaceutical sciences in a wide range of industries.
- Professionals who practice with personal autonomy, integrating ethics, professionalism and social skills into their interactions with stakeholders.
- Professionals who are versatile team leaders and communicators, providing scientific solutions to achieve the organisational goals.
- Professionals who are tenacious in seeking solutions to manage complex issues in analytical and pharmaceutical sciences through continuous advancement of knowledge and skills in their field of practice.
Applicants are required to have obtained:
- A bachelor’s degree in related discipline with minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
- A bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.50 and not meeting CGPA of 2.75, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment; or
- A bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.
English language requirement:
All students are normally required to provide written evidence of their ability in the English Language in order to study in IMU. The standard English Proficiency requirements are usually overall band score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 (PBT) or 79 (IBT) or MUET band 4.
Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]
Students may enroll as full-time, or part-time. The duration for full-time study is one year. The duration for part-time study is minimum 2 years and maximum 6 years.
Teaching and learning methods vary in line with the objectives of the course modules. They include interactive plenary, workshop, computer aided learning, hands-on laboratory practical and blended learning (combination of online with classroom learning).
Students are continuously assessed throughout the programme via in course-assessments including assignments, practical reports and oral presentations. There are no written examinations. To progress from one semester to the next, students must perform satisfactorily during each semester.
The faculty, comprising local and international lecturers with PhD qualification, have many years of academic and industry experience in various related field of specialisations that include pharmacy, pharmaceutical chemistry, analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry, natural products, inorganic chemistry, surfactant chemistry, oleochemistry, pharmaceutical technology, biotechnology, molecular biology, drug discovery, formulation and drug delivery, pharmacokinetics and pharmacognosy. All faculty are actively involved in research and much of their work has been published in ISI-indexed journals. Some staff have successfully patented their discoveries.
- The only master’s programme in this discipline that is offered in mixed mode (Structure B: Course work and Research) in Malaysia.
- The only master’s programme in this region that provides opportunity for students to specialise in both analytical chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry fields.
- The only master’s programme in this discipline in Malaysia that is delivered on weekends, giving opportunity for working adults to balance work commitments and learning.
- The only master’s programme in this discipline in Malaysia having range of practical/hands-on sessions supporting the theoretical aspects of the specialisations.
- The course is offered on a modular basis, allowing students to enrol in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 of each year.
- The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) UK, the oldest chemical society in the world. It is a testament that the curriculum fulfills international standards of chemistry education and research, and graduates of the programme meets the requirements of the chemical sciences profession. MAPC graduates are eligible to become a professional member of the RSC and fully satisfies the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist (CChem) award.
- The Quality Management and Regulatory Systems module is relevant to current industrial settings particularly pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Students learn to critically evaluate, criticise and defend the regulatory guidelines and processes in quality management systems and to apply them in their workplace. The module is delivered by experienced industrial experts to give students an enriching real-life learning experience.
This programme is a mixed mode master’s, which is a combination of taught coursework with research component consisting of at least half the total credits of the programme. Taught masters on the other hand consist mainly of taught coursework, with or without a small component of project work. Masters by research consist of research component only.
Yes, you can pursue a PhD after completion of this programme. A relevant master’s may be a requirement for PhD studies. Students who graduated in this programme were able to successfully obtain scholarships to pursue their PhD.
You may work in pharmaceutical, chemical, oleochemical and phytochemical industries, besides working in specialised government institutions, like the Chemistry Department of Malaysia, and partake in drug testing and evaluation. This programme is also a stepping stone to PhD study.
Yes, besides research, the two coursework modules Modern Analytical Techniques in Quantitative Analysis and Modern Analytical Techniques in Qualitative Analysis contains hands-on laboratory practical of 46 hours and 19 hours, respectively.
Yes, in one of the coursework modules Computational Drug Discovery Techniques comprising dedicated facilitated hands-on computational simulations of 65 hours. You will perform a variety of chemistry modeling, analysis and computational tasks.
Yes, this programme is suitable for students who wish to study full time, or part time. Students with work commitment can study part time while keeping their job. As all the face-to-face teaching is conducted during weekends, your work commitment during the weekdays are not interrupted. Research work can be conducted in students’ workplace if facilities are available to support the research work.
No, publication in peer reviewed journal is not a pre-requisite to graduate. You are however, highly encouraged to publish your master’s work to advance your field of research,
The duration for full-time is 1 year and students must register for all the modules in every semester to complete the programme within the stipulated time. In part-time, the number of modules to register every semester is flexible, so long as you pass all the required modules within 6 years. Part-time students are to complete the research within 3 semesters once the research has started.
You will receive continuous feedback for improvement as you progress in every module. Here are some examples. After every oral presentation, you will receive feedback on the accuracy of the content of your presentation, and also on the soft skills aspects on delivering a presentation. After every written assignment is marked, it will be returned to you with the grades and written feedback.
Areas of research under this programme cover various disciplines of chemistry encompassing analytical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, phytochemistry and formulation science.
Analytical chemistry: Separation, purification, identification and quantification of chemical compounds through different analytical techniques and tools.
Medicinal chemistry: Discovery or design of new therapeutic chemicals and their development into useful medicines. It may involve synthesis of new compounds and investigations of their relationships between the structure of natural or synthetic compounds and their biological activities.
Computational chemistry: Use of computer simulations to assist in drug design and discovery, including virtual screening of databases, identification of correlations between chemical structures and biological properties, as well as computational approaches to design molecules that interact in specific ways with therapeutic target of interest.
Phytochemistry: Isolation, identification, structure elucidation, and study of biological properties of chemical substances derived from plants.
Formulation science: Determination of the proper combination of ingredients in pharmaceutical products to achieve balance in quality and stability.
In ODL mode, lectures and workshops are conducted online and hands-on laboratory is held face-to-face in campus. In Conventional mode most of the teaching sessions are face-to-face in campus, with some online activities such as e-forums.
The Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI) of IMU serves as a platform to govern all research activities and to oversee all academic matters related to postgraduate programmes.
Sufficient facilities are provided for research use, which mainly include cell culture, microbiology and synthetic laboratories. These laboratories are well equipped with equipment for pertinent research activities, such as biosafety cabinets, chemical fume hoods, flow cytometer, multiplex Luminex system, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC).
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Interested in applying for one of our programmes?
You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:
- 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!
WHY STUDY ANALYTICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY AT IMU
An Established Private Healthcare University
Renowned and Highly Experienced Faculty
Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards
Pursue a Master's Degree While Working Full Time
Students will benefit from IMU’s national and international research collaborations with renowned institutions in areas such as drug discovery, design and development, natural products, drug synthesis, pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis.
“Graduates of this programme will have developed a greater depth of knowledge and advanced skills that are essential for R&D, biomedical & pharmaceutical analysis to pursue careers in academia, biotechnology, drug discovery and development, and QA/QC.”
DR WONG LAI CHUN
Senior Lecturer & Programme Director
PhD (UK), CChem, MRSC