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What Is IMU’s

Medicine Programme

The IMU Medical programme is into Medical Sciences and Clinical Training.
The first 2.5 years focus on the Medical Sciences and is undertaken at the University’s
campus in Bukit Jalil. On completion of the Medical Sciences, students proceed to clinical
training. Students may choose to undertake this training either at the Clinical Campus
Seremban for another 2.5 years, or at a Partner Medical School (PMS) overseas. The
overseas duration varies from 2 to 4 years.
The IMU has an integrated system-based curriculum for its medical programme and uses
a variety of approaches to its teaching-learning activities. These include lectures, problem-
based learning (PBL), task-based learning (TBL), practical classes, independent learning,
clinical skills sessions and clinical training with patient contact. Clinical training is carried
out at Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar Seremban, Hospital Jempol, Hospital Tuanku Najihah
Kuala Pilah, Hospital Port Dickson, in Negeri Sembilan; Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail in
Batu Pahat, Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom in Kluang, Johor, and other teaching
hospitals and health clinics in Negeri Sembilan and the Klang Valley.
The early exposure of students to clinical experiences emphasises the importance of
clinical application of basic science and serves to stimulate students’ interest in Medicine.
From August 2017, we have incorporated the USMLE Step 1 Preparatory Course into the
IMU medical curriculum across Semesters 1 to 5. This is to allow IMU medical graduates
to begin early preparation to sit for USMLE Step 1 examination that carves a path towards
United States residency opportunities.
Students will have the opportunity of doing their clinical electives in selected hospitals in
the USA to enhance their learning experience in different healthcare systems.
degree / duration partner universities

MBBS (IMU) — 5 years australia

Degree from partner
universities — 4½ – 6½ years


February and August

united kingdom

ireland canada
A Word from the Dean

“Medicine is an internally rewarding vocation, with

a passion for excellence and compassion for people.”

PROF NAFEEZA HJ MOHD ISMAIL — Dean, School of Medicine

PhD (Pharmacology) (UKM), MBBS (UM), PMP
How Does the
Programme Work?

Medicine Programme Structure

semester semester semester semester semester

Basic Medical Sciences
Cardiovascular System
Gastrointestinal System
GP Posting
Community Health Survey
(20 weeks) (5 weeks) (6 weeks) (1 week) (2 weeks)
Anatomy Respiratory System Renal System Reproductive System Clinical Integration Block
Physiology (5 weeks) (4 weeks) (4 weeks) Clinical Attachment
Biochemistry Haematology System Endocrine System Musculoskeletal System (4 weeks)
Genetics (5 weeks) (4 weeks) (5 weeks) Clinical Skills and
Embryology Nervous System Integrated Medical
(5 weeks) Seminars
Pathology (4 weeks)
Immunology Clinical Rotation / Elective
(4 weeks) Forensic Science
Microbiology (4 weeks)
Parasitology Basic Life Support
Pharmacology (1 Week)
Community Medicine
Clinical Skills

semester semester semester semester semester

Clinical Rotations in:
Clinical Rotations in:
Specialised Postings:
Clinical Rotations:
Senior Clerkship
General Medicine Orthopaedics Obstetrics & Medical Block (20 weeks):
(7 weeks) (7 weeks) Gynaecology (6 weeks) Internal Medicine
(8 weeks) (5 weeks)
General Surgery Psychiatry Surgical Block
(7 weeks) (7 weeks) Paediatrics (6 weeks)
(8 weeks) Surgery
Family Medicine Surgical-Based Block Family Medicine (5 weeks)
(7 weeks) (7 weeks) Elective / Selective (6 weeks)
(8 weeks) Obstetrics &
(5 weeks)
(5 weeks)

The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.

The MPU modules are compulsory modules imposed by Ministry of Higher Education under the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 (Act 555).
All students must take these modules and pass as a prerequisite for the award of the degree.
Assessment The Partner Medical Schools (PMS) award their respective degrees
to students upon satisfactory completion of their programmes.
A variety of assessment methods are employed in the medical
curriculum to assess the learning outcomes. This includes various Graduates from IMU’s Medical programme and PMS are working
types of: in various healthcare facilities in Malaysia and other countries
including Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia.
• Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
• Objective Clinical Examination (OSCE) The School of Medicine was granted 5-year accreditation
• Objective Practical Examination (OSPE) (2015-2020) from Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) for its
• Modified Essay Questions (MEQ) medicine programme.
• Essay Questions (SEQ)
• Extended Matching Question (EMQ)
• Short Answer Questions (SAQ) Career Pathway
Medicine offers a vast variety of career choices. Most doctors
treat patients full-time, while others also teach, conduct research,
Clinical Training manage hospitals and clinics, or develop healthcare policy.
Clinical exposure to patients starts as early as Semester 1 and
A doctor can work in private hospitals, or start a private practice,
throughout the integrated system modules in Semesters 2, 3 and
either with the basic degree, or after specialisation. A doctor may
4. In Semester 5, students spend 4 full weeks in hospital postings.
also choose to remain working with the Government. Doctors can
In the clinical years from Semester 6 to Semester 10, students are
join an academic institution, teach or do research. Doctors can
posted to the full range of major medical and surgical specialties.
combine medical knowledge and IT skills to develop e-learning
Clinical and hospital postings are conducted in hospitals and modules: the future of medical education.
health clinics including:
Medicine has diversified. Increasingly the focus is on preventive
• Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar Seremban healthcare and the management of chronic diseases and ageing
• Hospital Port Dickson population. These are also the areas that many doctors serve.
• Hospital Kuala Kubu Bharu
• Hospital Orang Asli, Gombak
• Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Kluang
career paths for doctors
• Hospital Jempol
in malaysia
• Hospital Tuanku Najihah Kuala Pilah
• Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail Batu Pahat Basic Medical Degree
• Several health clinics in Negeri Sembilan and the Klang Valley MBBS, MD, MB BCh BAO, MB ChB

Currently, Semester 10 students undergo their 6 months of

Senior Clerkship at Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail Batu Pahat Housemanship
or Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Kluang. During this 2 years
semester, students work in wards as shadow house officers
under the supervision of senior clinicians, in order to prepare
them for their housemanship. This is important for the students Medical Officer
as they will be provided the opportunity of hands-on incremental 2 years
responsibility for patient management.
Overseas Clinical Electives
General Practitioner Postgraduate Degree
Students will have the opportunity of doing their clinical electives Private Master, MRCP, FRCS, etc
in selected hospitals in the USA in order to enhance their learning Medical Officer
Government Service
experience in different healthcare systems.
Advanced Training /
Cardiology, Nephrology,
Recognition of Degree Urology, Neurology, etc

The IMU awards the Medical degree of MBBS (IMU) to students

upon completion of the IMU 5-year Medical programme. This Medical graduates are required to have SPM-level BM qualification certificate in
order for them to be appointed into the public service.
degree is recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC)
International students are advised to check with the professional bodies for
and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
internship / practising opportunities.
The degree is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
Presently, non-Malaysians are not eligible for housemanship positions in Malaysia.
Duration of Study and Transfer Requirements

track 1 track 3

University Duration of Medical Programme University Duration of Medical Programme

Phase 1 Phase 2 Total Phase 1 Phase 2 Total
(IMU) (Years) (Years) (IMU) (Years) (Years)
(Years) (Years)

Malaysia United Kingdom

International Medical University 2½ 2½ 5 University of Warwick, England 3 2½ or 3 3 5½ or 6

track 2 track 4

University Duration of Medical Programme University Duration of Medical Programme

Phase 1 Phase 2 Total Phase 1 Phase 2 Total
(IMU) (Years) (Years) (IMU) (Years) (Years)
(Years) (Years)

Australia Australia

University of Adelaide 2½ 3 5½ Australian National University 4, 5 3 2 5

4, 5
University of Newcastle 2½ 3 5½ University of New South Wales 3 3 6

University of Tasmania 2½ 3 5½

University of Western Sydney 2½ 3 5½


Dalhousie University, Canada 2½ 2 4½

United Kingdom • Full duration of study for the Medical programme (undergraduate and graduate
entries) is 4½ to 6 years, depending on the university of choice.
University of Aberdeen, Scotland 2½ 3 5½ • The list of partner universities is subject to change.
University of Dundee, Scotland 2½ 3 5½
Graduate Entry
University of Edinburgh, Scotland 2½ 3 5½ 3
For University of Warwick, student with a first degree on entry may transfer after
University of Exeter, England 2½ 3 5½ 2½ years. The qualification should fulfil the following, with final approval from the
University of Warwick:
University of Glasgow, Scotland 2½ 3 5½ a.Students can transfer to a graduate school provided that they have a first degree
in biological, natural, physical or health sciences. If the Degree does not fall into
University of Leeds, England 2½ 3 5½ this category, IMU will refer to University of Warwick for clearance.
b.The First Degree must be obtained not more than 10 years ago. If the Degree has
University of Liverpool, England 2½ 3 5½ been conferred for more than 10 years, the students have to get another degree
or do Bachelor in Medical Sciences (Hons) at the IMU to qualify for the graduate
University of Manchester, England 2½ 3 5½ school.
University of Nottingham, c.The students should not be younger than 18 years old at transfer.
2½ 2½ 5
England 2
d.The minimum entry requirement IMU will accept into the Medical programme
Queen Mary University of London, with the First Degree is CGPA 5.5 out of 7.0 (for Australian universities). For the
2½ 3 5½
England USA and Asian countries, the CGPA accepted is 3.5 out of 4.0.
Queen’s University of Belfast,
2½ 3 5½
Northern Ireland
Students without a first degree will have to spend another half a year to complete
University of Southampton, the IMU Bachelor in Medical Sciences (Hons). Tuition fees for this programme is for
2½ 3 5½
England semesters 6 and 7.
Ireland For Australian National University and University of New South Wales, students are
required to complete the IMU Bachelor in Medical Sciences (Hons) prior to transfer.
National University of Ireland, 5
The fee for the bridging course varies and is dependent on the institution of
2½ 3 5½
Galway choice.
What Is IMU’s Medical Sciences
Programme About?

The Bachelor in Medical Sciences (Hons), (BMedSc (Hons)) programme was initiated in
2003 and is an accredited 3 years honours degree. The first 2.5 years focus on the Medical
Sciences as part of the IMU Medical programme (MBBS) in Bukit Jalil campus.
On completion, the Phase 1 MBBS students are eligible to spend an additional two (2)
semesters to undertake a research project and submit a dissertation. Students will be
supervised on the preparation of research proposal, designing and executing of research
methodology using various scientific tools, data analysis, presentation and preparation
of the dissertation and manuscripts for publication. In addition, there is a coursework
covering various aspects of research methodology. At the end of this programme,
students will be equipped with new knowledge and practical experience in the areas of:
• Scientific research methodology
• Analytical skills during data analysis and evaluation of results
• Statistical methods relevant to research
• Application of information technology to research
• Ethical issues pertinent to research
• Scientific writing
• Literature search and review process
• Health and safety issues in laboratory and experimental practice
This degree is a prerequisite for those who intend to transfer to the Graduate Partner
Medical Schools (PMS). However, it is also offered to those who are transferring to
undergraduate PMS and Seremban Clinical Campus. This is another option for students
who wish to exit the programme with an honours degree in Medical Sciences.
How Does the
Programme Work?
Medical Sciences Programme Structure
semester semester semester semester

Basic Medical Sciences
Cardiovascular System
Gastrointestinal System
GP Posting (1 week)
(20 weeks) (5 weeks) (6 weeks) Reproductive System (4 weeks)
Anatomy Respiratory System Renal System Musculoskeletal System (5 weeks)
Physiology (5 weeks) (4 weeks) Nervous System (5 weeks)
Biochemistry Haematology System Endocrine System Clinical Rotation / Elective (4 weeks)
Genetics (5 weeks) (4 weeks) Basic Life Support (1 Week)
Embryology Online module Presentation of research projects by supervisors
Pathology (Biomedical Research: Selection of project by student
Current Trends, Laboratory
Immunology Management and Submission of the research proposal to IMU
Microbiology Regulatory Guidelines) Research and Ethics Committee for approval
Parasitology Presentation to IMU-JC
Pharmacology Procurement of research reagents and consumables
Community Medicine by supervisor
Clinical Skills

semester semester semester Assessment

Community Health Survey
Molecular Tools in
Research Project and
Different types of assessment methods are employed
in the curriculum to assess the learning outcomes,
which include:
• Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
(2 weeks) Biomedical Research Dissertation Part II • Objective Clinical Examination (OSCE)
Clinical Integration Block Research Design and • Objective Practical Examination (OSPE)
Clinical Attachment Methodology • Modified Essay Questions (MEQ)
(4 weeks) Research Project and • Written Examination
Clinical Skills and Dissertation Part I • Research Proposal and Findings Presentation
Integrated Medical • Dissertation
(4 weeks) • Viva voce
• Written assignment
Forensic Science
(4 weeks) • Online quizzes

fees overview
How Much Does Fee Amount (RM)
It Cost? Malaysian Student International Student

Application Fee 300 950

Registration Fee 1,300 3,400

Medical Sciences Programme Fees
All fees quoted are in Ringgit Malaysia unless Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
stated otherwise. Tuition Fee (Semesters 1-5) 267,000 293,750
All fees are accurate at time of print. For latest Tuition Fee (Semesters 6 & 7) 38,000 39,500
fees and information, please visit IMU website at Student Association Fee 40 40

Research Fee - 3,500

Why Study Medicine
at IMU?

1 2 3
An Established Private Build Your Future Healthcare Largest Private Medical
Healthcare University Professional Network School in Malaysia
— — —
IMU is Malaysia’s first and most As IMU offers the widest range of IMU’s MBBS programme was established
established private medical and healthcare programmes, our students are in 1999 and to date has the highest
healthcare university with over fully immersed in a vibrant community number of faculty members, registered
27 years of dedicated focus in of students and practitioners from students and successful graduates of any
healthcare education. IMU achieved all healthcare fields. This allows for other private medical schools in Malaysia.
the SETARA-2017 Tier 6 status the development of strong friendship The School has been re-accredited by
(Outstanding) under the Mature amongst peers that will be the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
University category. foundation of an extensive healthcare and Malaysia Medical Council (MMC) for
professional network upon graduation. maximum duration
of 5 years (2015 – 2020).

4 5
Curriculum Benchmarked to Better Preparation for
International Standards Housemanship and a Career
— as a Doctor
IMU’s medical curriculum has been developed to —
meet high international standards and is accepted
With clinical exposure as early as
by 21 international partner universities for credit
Semester 1 and an intensive 6-month
transfer into their medical programmes. The
Senior Clerkship at Hospital Sultanah
medical curriculum is not only benchmarked to
Nora Ismail Batu Pahat / Hospital Enche’
meet high international standards but now it also
Besar Hajjah Khalsom Kluang in Semester
provides a pathway for our graduates to train and
10 (unique in Malaysia), students
work in the United States with the incorporation
are better prepared for patient care,
of the USMLE Step 1 Preparatory Course into the
housemanship training and to become
IMU medical curriculum across Semesters 1 to
better doctors.
5. This is to allow future medical graduates to
begin early preparation and be competent to sit
for USMLE Step 1 examination that carves a path
towards United States residency opportunities.
How Much Does
It Cost?

Medicine Programme Fees

All fees quoted are in Ringgit Malaysia unless stated otherwise.

fees overview
• Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
Fee Amount (RM) • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit are payable upon acceptance of
the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
Malaysian Student International Student • As stipulated by Malaysian Ministry of Education, international students are
required to pay Student Visa Application fee of RM2,500 AND personal bond
Application Fee 300 950 (depending on nationality) upon registration.
Registration Fee 1,300 3,400 • International students will also be required to pay Student Visa Renewal fee
every year.
Refundable Caution • Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees”.
2,000 2,000
• All students are required to pay Student Association Fees of RM40 per semester.
Tuition Fee 490,000 543,500

fees by programme routes

Total Duration (years)

Programme Route At International Medical University (IMU) At Partner University (PU) At IMU + PU

Tuition Fee Tuition Fee Total Tuition Fees **

Total Semesters

Total Semesters

Per Semester Total Per Year Total



Malaysian / Malaysian /
Malaysian International Malaysian International International International Malaysian International
Student Student Student Student Student Student Student Student

MBBS (IMU) 5 5 10 49,000 54,350 490,000 543,500 – – – – – –

Credit Transfer to
5½ 3 6 A$76,000 A$228,000 954,648 981,398
Universities in Australia *
Credit Transfer to
4½ 2 4 C$77,250 C$154,500 764,490 791,240
University in Canada *
Credit Transfer to 2½ 5 49,000 * 54,350 * 267,000 293,750
5½ 3 6 €35,000 €105,000 771,210 797,960
University in Ireland *
Credit Transfer to
Universities in the 5½ 3 6 £49,900 £149,700 1,079,422 1,106,172
United Kingdom *

* Students who are transferring to partner universities • The average total study duration varies with each
will be required to pay transfer fee of RM4,400 per partner university.
• Tuition and ancillary fees at partner universities
** Based on exchange rates: A$1 ≈ RM3.016, overseas are subject to annual increases, and are
€1 ≈ RM 4.802, £1 ≈ RM5.427, C$1 ≈ RM3.22 exclusive of bridging fee.
• All fees are accurate at time of print. For latest fees
and information, please visit IMU website at
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