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Gaining a Master Degree in Molecular Medicine During the Covid-19 Pandemic

29 Oct 2021

The course content of MSc in Molecular Medicine (MMM) programme at IMU is uniquely designed to help students develop their skill sets in research (either lab-based or non-lab based). These skills may be required to gain knowledge and confidence if a student wishes to pursue a doctoral programme after the completion of their Masters degree. In addition, the MMM programme also trains students in key aspects namely, communication skills, and teamworking competencies. The programme provides students with an in-depth knowledge in common diseases and their mechanisms at a molecular level. A key feature of this programme is the possibility of students to credit-transfer and enrol for a double-degree option offered by the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Such students will therefore obtain two MSc degrees, one from a UK University and another from a Malaysian University. Essentially, the MMM programme explicitly aims to inculcate traits of critical thinking, problem solving, and develop an individual with the foresight to anticipate and deal with potential problems in the field of work. Since 2020, through the pandemic 21 students enrolled in the MMM programme which has flexible tailor-made modes and structure designed to meet the various needs and demands of the students.

Students also have the privilege to choose between part-time and full-time modes of learning. Furthermore, our open and distance learning platform could allow students to attend and participate in the learning activities from the comfort of their homes.

This unique feature has therefore made the programme even more attractive and preferable among the international students from different time zones namely, Yemen, Indonesia, Kuwait, Sudan, Maldives, Tanzania, India, and Iraq.

At this moment, 18 of our students are in their research semester which involves molecular fields of study through lab-based, in-silico, computer-aided diagnosis, developmental research, and systematic review. Several of these research projects are conducted in collaboration with international laboratories in Singapore, Australia, and England, where students have also been successful in getting their findings published in reputed scientific journals.

Since 2012, there have been 35 MMM graduates who have successfully completed their master’s degree with flying colours and are now well-placed in reputable positions in various sectors. Employer feedback surveys have shown that all our graduates have been performing well in their respective careers. Interestingly, our database has revealed that most of our students have been adult workers at the time of enrolling into the MMM programme.

Some of them were medical doctors, some pharmacists, and others are healthcare or laboratory scientists. Since graduation, some of our MMM students have been promoted to new positions like manager, principal medical lab scientist, and more. The MMM programme also encourages the graduates to further their postgraduate journey to PhD, where they secure a career even overseas in countries like Germany and Singapore.

What Our Students Say
Chin Seow Fong Malaysian One of the MMM students, Chin Seow Fong, a Malaysian, said, “Since young, I’ve always thought that being a scientist is a job that is too far-fetched for a person like me. What I caught on from venturing into the scientific field is “learning beyond borders”. Hence, I had decided to continue my study as a postgraduate. I joined the MMM programme for two years, and my most memorable learning experience was learning about in silico drug discovery. It was a very useful learning activity. We all need something in life that would mould us and guide us to greater heights. I believe this is a suitable place for you if you are interested in expanding your knowledge about human diseases, as well as getting involved with research.”
Hadyah Muhammad Yemen “I completed my bachelor’s degree at Dar Salaam International University for Science and Technology, specialising in medical laboratories. After that, I worked as a medical laboratory specialist at Marib General Hospital. However, I had a strong determination to further my studies as a master’s student. I found out about the IMU MMM programme through Google. I was impressed by the course and design of this MMM programme, specifically the stem cells and computational drug discovery modules. Although it was difficult during the COVID 19 pandemic, the staff members guided me to overcome problems that I faced throughout my research journey, for which I am thankful of.” More on Hadyah’s experience: IMU MSc in Molecular Medicine Student: Nothing will Deter Me from Gaining a Masters Degree

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