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International Medical University (IMU)

International Medical University (IMU)

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Institution Profile

Background of institution

International Medical College (IMU)

The International Medical University (IMU) was established in 1992 as the International Medical College (IMC), Malaysia’s first private medical college. An institutiony wholly specialising in medicine, health sciences and complementary medicine programmes with all resources devoted to excellence in this area of education, it attained university status in 1999. The university remained true to the key elements of the IMC vision, which are to widen access to professional healthcare education, and to use innovative, integrated and student-centred means in providing that education.

IMU is part of IMU Health, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare Berhad (IHH). IHH is a leading international provider of premium healthcare services. Known as the World’s second largest listed healthcare operator, IHH presently operates close to 10,000 licensed beds in 49 hospitals across their home markets of Singapore, Malaysia and Turkey, and key markets of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India. IHH is also present in Brunei, UAE, Macedonia and Iraq.

Academic strength

International Medical College (IMU)

IMU pioneered the partner university model. This provides students of the majority of its undergraduate programmes with credit transfer options to one of its 33 internationally recognised higher education institution in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Ireland, China and the UK. Such an option proves that IMU’s curriculum for these programmes is benchmarked to international standards. Students also have the option to complete their entire degree in IMU.

IMU’s learning philosophy is grounded on its core values, which fosters students’ development into knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals who are critical thinkers, reflective and yet proactive. Active involvement in the community allows students to translate knowledge gained in classrooms into health education to the public, enhance communication skills and strengthen professional and technical skills in real world environments. All these combine to create graduates who are committed to lifelong learning and imbued with a sense of good citizenship, leadership and ethical behaviour.

Programme outline

International Medical College (IMU)

IMU’s main campus is located in Bukit Jalil with clinical campuses in Seremban, Batu Pahat, Kluang and Kuala Pilah. The university prides itself on its state-of-the-art facilities which are extensive and equipped with the latest technology. In recent years, the course line-up has evolved to meet Malaysia’s growing need for healthcare staff in multiple disciplines.

At IMU, students will have relevant clinical exposure and/or industrial placements which better prepares students to become a healthcare professional, giving them an advantage in the employment market. In addition, students will study alongside a diverse population of students and practitioners from all healthcare fields. This inter-professional learning allows them to appreciate how the different fields in healthcare practice relate and complement each other, which better prepares them for employment. Students will also have the chance to develop strong friendships amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive professional network upon graduation which will facilitate their career development.

All programmes are government-accredited; the MBBS degree is recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council, the dentistry degree by the Malaysian Dental Council, and the pharmacy degree by the Malaysian Pharmacy Board.

Student Support Services & Student Development Activities

International Medical College (IMU)

IMU has more than 4,000 students on-campus and that number is steadily growing. Most students are from Malaysia and the international students hail from Singapore, Japan, Sri Lanka, USA, Mauritius, South Korea and Maldives. IMU has more than 400 international students from 40 countries.

There are more than 300 highly-qualified and experienced teaching staff who are from Malaysia, USA, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and many more. Most of them are involved in supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research and dissertations, conduct workshops and are actively involved in their own research. Through exclusive arrangements with our partner universities, senior faculty members from those universities participate in yearly quality assurance reviews which ensures that IMU benchmarks global standards. Some also come as visiting lecturers to teach specialised subjects on a rotational basis at IMU.

Scholarships / Financial aid

IMU also offers financial assistance such as the IMU Scholarships, FiS Scholarships and National Higher Education Fund study loans.

Academic Facilities and Resources

International Medical College (IMU)International Medical College (IMU)

At IMU, students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities including the Learning Resource Centre which combines the resources of the library, e-learning and medical museum. Its Bukit Jalil campus in Kuala Lumpur is equipped with a gymnasium, student lounge, dance floor and a café for relaxation and to encourage student interaction.

Four research thrust areas have been identified under the Institute for Research, Development and Innovation, namely, environmental and population health, bioactive molecules and drug discovery, cancer and stem cell research, and health professional education research.

The university’s Healthcare Centres, which serve as a teaching site for IMU students, bring the disciplines of allopathic (Western) medicine and those of complementary and alternative medicine together under one roof.

So far, more than 9000 students have passed through IMU’s doors. Graduates can look forward to careers in Malaysia’s public and private healthcare institutions or industries, or opportunities to undertake postgraduate studies locally or overseas.

Courses Offered

Click on a programme name for full details.

Pre-University/Foundation Studies
Foundation in Science
Fees (Local): RM24,900/Course
Duration: I year (3 Semesters)
Bachelor's Degree Level
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (IMU) or Dentistry Degree from Partner Dental Schools
Fees (Local): 598,000/Course
Duration: 5 Years
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (IMU) or Medical degree from Partner Medical Schools
Fees (Local): RM494,900/Course
Duration: 5 Years
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)
Fees (Local): 84,000/Course
Duration: 4 Yrs
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) (IMU) or Pharmacy Degree from Partner Universities (BPharm)
Fees (Local): 191,600/Course
Duration: 4 Years
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science (IMU) or Degree from Partner Universities in overseas
Fees (Local): 111,000/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chinese Medicine (IMU) or Chinese Medicine Degree from Partner Universities in overseas
Fees (Local): 103,200/Course
Duration: 4.5 Years
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chiropractic (IMU) or Chiropractic Degree from Partner Universities in overseas
Fees (Local): 248,800/Course
Duration: 4 Years
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition (IMU) or Degree from Partner Universities in overseas
Fees (Local): 177,600/Course
Duration: 4 years
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Medical Biotechnology (IMU) or Degree from Partner Universities in overseas
Fees (Local): 111,000/Course
Duration: 3 Years
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutrition or Nutrition degree from Partner University
Fees (Local): 117,000/Course
Duration: 3 Years
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry (IMU)
Fees (Local): 111,000/Course
Duration: 3 Yrs
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Psychology (IMU) or Degree from Partner Universities in overseas
Fees (Local): 85,200/Course
Duration: 3 Years
Masters Degree Level
M.Sc. (Medical and Health Sciences)
Fees (Local): 5500/Sem
Duration: 1 year (full-time)* 2 years (part-time)*
M.Sc. in Acupuncture
Fees (Local): RM52,500/Course
Duration: 2½ - 5 years (part-time)
M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine
Fees (Local): Fees (Conventional 40,000 Fees (ODL) 36,000 Double Degree: RM 40,000 + GBP10000.00 (approximately RM 52,110*)
Duration: Full time 1 - 2 years Part time 2 - 6 years Double Degree of MSc in Molecular Medicine (IMU) and MSc in Genomic Medicine (QMUL): 2 - 4 years
M.Sc. in Public Health
Fees (Local): 44000/Course
Duration: 1 year (full-time) 2 - 6 year (part-time)
M.Sc.(Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
Fees (Local): Fees (Conventional): RM43,000, Fees (ODL) : RM38,800
Duration: Full time: 1 years Part time: 2-6 years
Master in Pharmacy Practice
Fees (Local): 40000/Course
Duration: Full-time: 1 year Part-time : 2 - 6 years
Master of Counselling
Fees (Local): 55,000/Course
Duration: 2 years (full-time) 4 years (part-time)
Masters in Health Informatics and Analytics
Fees (Local): 40000/Course
Duration: 1 Yr
Masters in Health Professions Education
Fees (Local): 13800/Course
Duration: Full time: 2 - 4 years Part time: 3 - 6 years
MBA in Healthcare Management
Fees (Local): 40500/Course
Duration: 15 months
Postgraduate Diploma
Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes Management & Education
Fees (Local): 25,200/Course
Duration: 1 year (full-time), 3 years (part-time)
Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontics
Fees (Local): 55,000/Course
Duration: Full-time - 1 year Part-time - 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics and Analytics
Fees (Local): 30000/Course
Duration: 9 months
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education
Fees (Local): 12,000/Course
Duration: Full time: 1 - 3 years Part time: 1½ - 5 years
Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry
Fees (Local): 59900/Course
Duration: Full-time – 1 year Part-time: 2years
Postgraduate Diploma in Prosthodontics
Fees (Local): 50,000/Course
Duration: Full-time - 1 year Part-time - 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma of Business Administration in Healthcare Management
Fees (Local): 27000/Course
Duration: 10 months
Postgraduate Certificate
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics
Fees (Local): 20000/Course
Duration: 6 months
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Professions Education
Fees (Local): 14,000/Course
Duration: Full time: 6 months - 2 years Part-time: 1 - 4 years
Postgraduate Certificate of Business Administration in Healthcare Management
Fees (Local): 18,000/Course
Duration: 6 months
Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) Level
Doctor of Philosophy (Medical and Health Science)
Fees (Local): 7200/semester
Duration: 3 years (full-time) 4 years (part-time)

Key Personnel

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman

President, International Medical University (IMU)

YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman attended Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, St John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur and Geelong Grammar School in Victoria, Australia and obtained his MBBS from Monash University, Australia. He obtained the Masters of Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the University of Singapore.

He became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and did his postgraduate training in nephrology at Georgetown, University Hospital, Washington DC (USA) and Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne (1975-1976). He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 1991.

He started the Department of Nephrology and developed the nephrology and dialysis services at Hospital Kuala Lumpur and extended this to other hospitals in the country.

He was Director General of Health Malaysia from 1991 to 2001, and was appointed President of International Medical University in 2001.

He was:-

  • President, Malaysia Medical Association (1985)
  • Master, Academy of Medicine Malaysia (1990-1998)
  • Founding President, Malaysian Society of Nephrology (1984-1985)
  • Founding President, Malaysian Society of Transplantation (1996-2002)
  • President, Association of Private Hospitals, Malaysia (2002-2008)

He is:-

  • President, Malaysian Health Informatics Association (MHIA)
  • President, Board of Governors, National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
  • President, National Diabetes Institute (NADI)
  • Chairman, Integrated Healthcare Holdings Sdn Bhd (IHHSB)
  • Chairman, Board of Directors – CCM Duopharma Biotech Berhad (CCMD)

Student Testimonials

Tharmagajan Tharmachandirar, Sri Lanka

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (IMU-PMS), Third Year (5 years programme)

I sat for the Cambridge A levels in Abu Dhabi where I live and I felt only partially preparde for medicine. However, the first year of IMU was a foundation year and coverd what I had previously not learnt in pre-U. Ihave just finished semester 5 this June and will tranfer to Brighton and Sussex Medical School in UK this September.

The most Challeging part of my course is remembering everything that we come across daily. The key to overcoming this I belive is repetition and acarefully laid out study plan. In addition, lecturers in IMU are always happ to clarify doubt and provide advice.

Extracurriculor activities have always been an integral part of my development although somethimes it hard to find the time. In IMU I have participated in running and mountain climbing activities. I have also represented IMU internationally at the 4th Asian Universities Debating Championship.

Upon Completion of my MBBS and subsequent intership I would like to specialise in paediatrics, particularly surgery.

Clarissa Alexia Tan Rui Si Singapore

Dentistry, 5 Years (second-year student)

My course of study is dentistry. This entails the study of medical curriculum on top of dental lab work and our own dental curriculum. The most challenging aspect of my course is coping with the heavy workload of both medical and dental curriculum, as well as long hours of dental lab work. This is overcome by having friends who encourage each other and help each other along, and the patience of lecturers and other dental staff.

In 2010, I was elected the vice secretary of my school house, I was also an assistant emcee during our oral health week. Outside of school, I enjoy doing yoga, pilates, and cooking.

Siddarth Kogilwaimath, The Republic of India

Medicine, 2 1/2 years

I am currently in the second year of the medical programme in IMU. I first heard of IMU from an ex-student, who had graduated to studying in UK, US, Canada and Australasia. It is closer to home, and not all that different. IMU saves us time as we can bypass the first degree requirement, required by certain Universities for an entry into their medical programmes.

Ya Fatou Samba, Gambia

Medicine, 1 1/2 years

I am from the beautiful country of Gambia and I am currently studying medicine. Living in Malaysia is not as bad as I thought it would be. Coming from Gambia, a very far and totally different place, I never thought that it would be so easy to adapt to the local environment. Communication was a problem initially but with English and a bit of Bahasa Melayu, you can easily find your way in this country.”

Contact Details

International Medical University (IMU)

126, Jalan Jalil Perkasa 19
Bukit Jalil
57000 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan

Type: Private University & University College

Tel: 03- 86567228
Fax: 03-86567229
Website: http://www.imu.edu.my

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Other Campuses

International Medical University (IMU), Sekolah Klinikal

Jalan Rasah
70300 Seremban
Negeri Sembilan

Type: Private University & University College

Tel: 603-86567228
Fax: 603-86567232
Website: http://www.imu.edu.my
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