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M.Sc. (Medical and Health Sciences)

Offered by: International Medical University (IMU)
Exam BodyInternal Postgraduate Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration1 year (full-time)* 2 years (part-time)*
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time/Part Time
Fees (International Student)10750/Sem
FacultySchool of Postgraduate Studies
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyMasters Degree Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Mode of StudyBy Research
Course Description

Postgraduate research forms a major part of IMU’s activities in its role as a leader in healthcare provision and innovation. Working for a higher degree in research gives students the opportunity to acquire in-depth, specialised knowledge and to apply leading-edge techniques and methodologies. The University prides itself on the facilities and support it provides to research students and on the calibre and dedication of its academic, clinical and technical staff. In addition, researchers have published their findings in high impact journals.

The University allocates more than RM1 million internal funds for research every year. Alongside this commitment, our researchers have also successfully obtained significant amounts of external grants from funding bodies such as the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Ministry of Energy,

Science, Technology, Environment & Climate Change (MESTECC) in recent years. Our researchers have received funding for collaborative research projects in nasopharyngeal carcinoma, colorectal carcinoma, breast cancer, infectious diseases and environmental health.


The areas of research expertise of the IMU faculty are as follows

  • Cancer / Oncology
  • Environmental Health
  • Toxicology / Molecular Biology / Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical Research
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Psychology
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Community Health
  • Building-Related Illnesses
  • Human and Medical Genetics

The selection of supervisor(s) will depend very much on the research area and be based on mutual agreement between both parties. The principal supervisor must be engaged within IMU whereas a co-supervisor can be from any established institution. All supervisors are subject to the credentialling guidelines of IMU.


Both programmes are research-based and degrees will be awarded by IMU on successful completion of a thesis. Examination is by assessment of the thesis, and includes an oral examination of the contained research.

For PhD, there is also provision for candidates to submit their theses in the form of published works resulting from their research projects during period of their candidature, subject to the evaluation by the Review Committee.

Entry Requirements
MSc in Medical and Health Sciences


Applicants are required to have obtained:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a 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 the field or related fields or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field and rigorous internal assessment.


  • Applicants with the appropriate experience will be given priority of selection.


PhD in Medical and Health Sciences

Applicants are required to have obtained:

  • A Master’s Degree accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  • Other qualifications equivalent to a Master’s degree
    that are accepted by the University’s Senate.


A Bachelor’s degree with the following conditions:

  1. a bachelor’s degree in the field or related fields with first-class (CGPA of 3.67 or higher) or its equivalent from an academic or Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme;
  2. undergo internal assessment;

Bachelor’s degree candidates who are registered for master’s degree programmes may apply to convert to the doctoral degree programmes subjected to the following conditions:

  1. within 1 year for full time and within 2 years for part-time candidates;
  2. having shown competency and capability in conducting research at doctoral level through rigorous internal evaluation by the HEP; and
  3. approval of the University’s Senate.
For Malaysian Students


Not applicable

For International Students


  • IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  • Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.
Intake Months

Throughout the year

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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