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Master in Pharmacy Practice

Offered by: International Medical University (IMU)
Exam BodyInternal Postgraduate Degree, Malaysia
Course DurationFull-time: 2½ years Part-time : 2 - 4 years
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time/Part Time
Fees (International Student)53650/Course
FacultySchool of Postgraduate Studies
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyMasters Degree Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Mode of StudyBy Coursework
Course Description

The Master of Pharmacy Practice is designed to extend the pharmacists’ knowledge and skills and aims to develop an informed appreciation of current and future roles in various areas of pharmacy practice including hospitals, community pharmacies, pharmaceutical industries, academia, regulatory bodies, and research organisations with better career opportunities.

The Master of Pharmacy Practice (MPP) degree programme offered by IMU is unique and the first of its kind offered by a Malaysian private institution to local as well as international students. There will be three areas of specialisation offered namely Clinical Pharmacy, Social & Administrative Pharmacy, and Pharmacy Management. The areas of specialisation can be chosen based on the graduate students’ preference and according to their career needs in the future.

The development of this Master of Pharmacy Practice degree programme also takes into consideration the needs of the practising pharmacist at the moment:

a) the need to obtain a post graduate qualification

b) the need to upgrade and specialise in the new areas of pharmacy




The Programme caters to pharmacists wanting to undertake postgraduate education relevant to their needs, whilst remaining in employment. To meet these requirements the Programme is designed for maximal flexibility, allowing choice of modules and their timing, and strategically blending online and on-site learning. Cooperative learning is facilitated using online tools and online moderators, taking into account the needs of adult learners.


Course Contents

Semester 1
  • Biostatistics & Research Methodology a, b, c
  • Pharmacotherapeutics I a
  • Pharmacotherapeutics II a
  • Health Care Ethics and Law a, b, c
  • Quality Assurance in Pharmacy b, c
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing c
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicines
  • Biopsychosocial Pharmacy b, c
  • Evidence Based Pharmacotherapy a, b
Semester 2
  • Pharmacotherapeutics III a
  • Pharmacotherapeutics IV a
  • Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance a
  • Pharmacoeconomics b
  • Health Wellness and Disease Prevention a
  • Pharmacy Education b
  • Business and People Management b, c
  • Information System and Operation Management b, c
  • Management of Healthcare Institution c
Semester 3
  • Research Project a, b, c


  • a Core modules for Clinical Pharmacy (CP)
  • b Core modules for Social & Administrative Pharmacy (SAP)
  • c Core Modules for Pharmacy Management (PM)

Note: Modules not listed as ‘Core’ under particular specialisation could be offered as ‘Optional’ based on each speciality, in order to complete the required minimum 20 credits from coursework.

The teaching format will generally include lectures (face-to-face and e-learning), supplemented by field visits, on site discussions, seminars, case studies and self-directed learning.

The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.

Students are given the opportunity to take part in research projects in areas pertaining to pharmacy practice i.e., clinical, social and management. The students could undertake either:

  • Advanced Quantitative Research – Survival analysis, intervention studies, secondary data analysis, advanced measurement tool development techniques, advanced modeling techniques
  • Advanced Qualitative Research – Ethnography qualitative research, attitudinal and behavioral studies, epidemiological qualitative studies
  • Mixed Methods Research – Multistage measurement tool development using Quali-Quantitative research


Mainly continuous throughout the programme via projects, critical reviews, practical reports, reflective reports, proposal presentations, project presentations field reports during the first two semesters. A research dissertation is assessed in Semester 3.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor degree in Pharmacy or its equivalent, with a cGPA of at least 2.75, as accepted by the HEP Senate; or A Bachelor degree in Pharmacy or its equivalent with a cGPA of minimum 2.50 and not meeting 2.75, may be accepted if the applicant passes an internal (IMU) assessment; or An applicant with a Bachelor degree in Pharmacy or its equivalent, who does not fulfil either of the above requirements but who has at least 5 years of relevant post-registration working experience may be considered, subject to an internal (IMU) assessment.

Intake Months

March & September (Starting 2016)

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

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