8 January 2014 – The 3-year Bachelor of Science (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the International Medical University was accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the world’s leading chemistry community and professional body, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. Mr Toby Underwood, Accreditation Manager of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “The Royal Society of Chemistry is proud to further expand its accreditation activities in Malaysia. We hope accreditation at all universities helps with development of curricula and global student mobility. Accreditation is a peer review process, and we value engagement activities in Malaysia and hope to accredit other courses at Malaysian universities and build on our existing relationships with over 49,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe and bringing together chemical scientists.”
“The Royal Society of Chemistry is proud to further expand its accreditation activities in Malaysia. We hope accreditation at all universities helps with development of curricula and global student mobility.”
– Mr Toby Underwood, Accreditation Manager of the Royal Society of Chemistry
As part of this accreditation the university has arranged all the final year students in the course to be given free membership to RSC. Membership with this society will improve the visibility and recognition of the IMU pharmaceutical chemistry degree and improve the students’ chances to go for higher education and obtain employment overseas.
This accreditation also gives IMU academic staff free membership to RSC for a year. Staff will be eligible to apply for international research funds, discounts in the registration fee for the international conferences and receive educational information from RSC which can be used in teaching and learning activities. Commenting on this accreditation, Prof Yeoh Peng Nam, Acting Dean, School of Pharmacy said, “We are pleased to announce the accreditation of our 3-year Bachelor of Science (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry degree by the RSC. This accreditation would offer vast benefits to staff and students in this course. The certificate, to be presented to the IMU on 26 February 2014, is a testament to the high teaching standards we follow in the university. The accreditation process also examined the University’s facilities, quality assurance, staffing and student support.” The certificate presentation will be followed by a talk on membership benefits by Ms Katie Dryden-Holt, Membership Recruitment Supervisor from RSC.
“The certificate, to be presented to the IMU on 26 February 2014, is a testament to the high teaching standards we follow in the university.” – Prof Yeoh Peng Nam, Acting Dean, School of Pharmacy
IMU welcomed its first cohort of pharmaceutical chemistry students in 2008. The University is the first university in Malaysia that provides an undergraduate training in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. The Pharmaceutical Chemistry degree is completed in three years (6 semesters), and is undertaken entirely at IMU. Upon completion of the degree, you can enter the workforce and begin your career as a pharmaceutical chemist. Graduates who meet the criteria can continue to pursue the Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme at the University of Sydney or Curtin University, and are given credit exemptions. This qualification is registrable for practice as pharmacists in Australia and Singapore but is not registrable for practice as a pharmacist in Malaysia at the moment.
For more information about the Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme at IMU, click here