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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine (IMU) or Chinese Medicine Degree from Partner Universities in overseas

Offered by: International Medical University (IMU)
Exam BodyInternational Medical University (IMU) or Partner Universities
Course Duration4 Years
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)113,000/Course
FacultySchool of Health Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Course Description

Chinese Medicine (CM) has its origin more than 2500 years ago, greatly influenced by the teachings and written works of great herbalists, acupuncturists, philosophers and physicians. They emphasised man’s relationship to the environment, considering the human body to be a mini universe governed by opposing forces (yin-yang) which kept the body working in balance and harmony. In health, the opposing life forces of yin and yang were in balance while in illness there was an imbalance. CM studies the person in health and disease from the aspects of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation in a holistic manner. The range of treatments in CM include herbal therapy, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, tuina, bone and spine manipulations, dietary therapy, exercise therapy like qigong and taijiguan.

Currently, there is a worldwide trend to integrate certain Chinese medicine practices like acupuncture and herbal remedies to complement the management of pain and reduce side effects of drugs used to treat chronic diseases. Today many universities in Australia, Canada, the United States of America, Europe, including France in addition to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore have degree and postgraduate degree courses in Chinese medicine.


Traditional Chinese Medicine in Malaysia

The Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia recognises that a large proportion of its multiethnic population consults CM practitioners and use other traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) practices with importation of herbal products being 3 to 4 times the value of allopathic products. The Complementary Medicine Unit in the MOH coordinates and implements policies related to training and registration of practitioners with the aim to integrate T&CM into the national healthcare delivery system. It introduced standards for courses at diploma and degree levels to be enforced by the Malaysian Quality Agency (MQA). The Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act once passed by Parliament will regulate the T & CM practices.

Entry Requirements
A-Levels EE
(Science Stream)
STPM cGPA 2.50
(Science Stream)
Australian Matriculation 65% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (including 2 Science subjects)
NCEA Level 3 60% aggregate (including 2 Science subjects)
Canadian Grade 12/13 60% aggregate in 6 subjects (including 2 Science subjects)
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) B6 in 5 subjects (including 2 Science subjects)
Australian University Foundation Programmes 70% aggregate in 4 best subjects or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 or GPA 2.00 (including 2 Science subjects)
Indian Pre-University 60% aggregate (including 2 Science subjects)
Ministry of Education Matriculation * cGPA 2.00 (including 2 Science subjects)
International Baccalaureate (IB) 24 points (including 2 Science subjects)
American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) Not applicable
Foundation in Science # cGPA 2.00 or 50%
Degree BSc in related field: cGPA 2.00
Diploma Diploma in Science, Diploma in Microbiology; Diploma in Traditional and Complimentary Medicine – cGPA 2.50


Diploma in Traditional and Complimentary Medicine with 2 years working experience in the related field – cGPA 2.00

# The duration of this programme must be a minimum of 1 year in the same accredited institution and foundation in other disciplines are accepted.



  • Foundation in Science qualifications from other higher education institutions will be considered on a case by case basis for admission into the local IMU programmes.
  • Students with IMU Foundation in Science can apply into IMU programmes and programmes with selected credit transfer options, upon meeting the entry requirement eligibility. ** (Please refer to IMU Foundation in Science brochure for more details)


  • Pass SPM / O-Levels with minimum 5 credits in Mathematics, 2 Science subjects and 2 other subjects.
    Note: Specific SPM / O-Levels requirements may be needed for admissions into IMU programmes.


MUET Band score of 3*
IELTS Overall band score of 5.5 (Malaysian and International students) *


Students who are transferring to RMIT University are required to have an overall band score of 6.5 (not less than 6.0 for individual band)

China’s Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Students who are transferring to China universities are required to have  HSK 4 prior to transfer and HSK 5 prior to graduation**
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) Overall score of 160* (for International students only)
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) Overall score of 180* (for International students only)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of 42* (for International students only)

* ONLY applicable for those who are completing the entire degree at IMU, Malaysia

** UEC students with a pass in Chinese Language are exempted from HSK.

Intake Months

February and September

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

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