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Foundation in Science

Offered by: International Medical University (IMU)
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Exam BodyInternal Qualification Malaysia
Course Duration1 Yr
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)26700/Course
FacultyCentre of Pre-University Studies
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyPre-University/Foundation Studies
Field of StudyPre-University Programme / University Foundation Studies
Course Description

The IMU Foundation in Science (FiS) provides the academic preparation required for admission into a science-related degree. Students will be equipped with strong fundamental knowledge and skills to pursue study in the areas of medicine and health sciences.

Subject to specific entry requirement, the completion of the Foundation in Science will allow students to gain entry into IMU degree programmes or to other degree programmes in Malaysian universities as it is a MQA accredited programme.

Students will enjoy the exposure to science given by IMU lecturers through workshops, seminars, experiments in the laboratories or lectures by visiting professors from IMU’s partner universities. This opportunity will build the students’ interest in a particular field and help students to choose the pathway leading to their career choice.



The Foundation in Science is a 1-year programme and conducted in 3 semesters. Assessment will be in-course as well as summative. Students are taught the core academic subjects together with English language.

The Cross Boundary Studies offered will enable students to work in collaborative groups to explore an issue in a multidisciplinary approach, strategise and implement changes to have a positive impact on the issue. Students will be able to communicate how they apply their knowledge and apply it to solve the issue of concern.

Selected modules will be linked to the IMU degree programme to enable lecturers in these programmes to build linkages and introduce health science specialisations to the students.

Students will be assessed through class tests, end of semester examinations, practical work, reports, assignments, problem-based learning sessions, projects and presentations of their work.


Semester Contents

Semester 1
  • Chemistry 1
  • Biology 1
  • Mathematics 1
  • English for Academic Purposes (Intermediate)
  • Computing Studies
Semester 2
  • Chemistry 2
  • Biology 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • English for Academic Purposes (Advanced 1)
  • Physics for Health Sciences
Semester 3
  • Chemistry 3
  • Biology 3
  • Mathematics 3
  • English for Academic Purposes (Advanced 2)
  • Cross Boundary Studies
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

  • Pass SPM/O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics and 2 Science subjects and two other subjects.
  • Pass O-Levels equivalent qualification based on MQA guidelines
  • IELTS: Overall band score of 5.0 or equivalent.



The foundation programme provides the academic preparation required for admission into IMU. Students offered a place in the IMU Foundation in Science programme will also be given a conditional offer into one of IMU’s local undergraduate programmes, subject to achieving the entry requirements and meeting all prerequisites*.

To be eligible for a conditional offer, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

Medicine Pharmacy Biomedical Science, Nutrition, Dietetics with Nutrition Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Medical Biotechnology, Chinese Medicine, Psychology Chiropractic Nursing*
cGPA 3.50 cGPA 3.50 (Including B in Chemistry) cGPA 2.50 with minimum cGPA 2.50 in Biology / Physics and Chemistry cGPA 2.50 cGPA 2.75 cGPA 3.00
Pass with 5Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and another subject. Malaysian students are required to attain a credit in Bahasa Melayu and English Pass with 5Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and another subject. Malaysian students are required to attain a credit in Bahasa Melayu and English Pass with 5 credits, 3 of which must be from either Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics or English Pass SPM/O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics, and 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects

*Applicable to Malaysian students only. For International students, please refer to the University.

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

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