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International Medical University

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International Medical University

Campus setting Suburban
Living cost RM 1,800 per month
Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students 10%
Institution type Private

About International Medical University (IMU)

The International Medical University (IMU) is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 22 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. The University is the first university in Malaysia that offers conventional and complementary medicine, all under one roof. Established in 1992, the University enjoys an international reputation and provides a high standard of education at pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development level. Its undergraduate programmes consist of both local tracks (IMU degree), as well as international partner tracks (partner university degree).

IMU pioneered the world’s first Partner Medical School programme, allowing a student to start their education in Malaysia while completing and earning a degree at an international university. Over the last 22 years, IMU has grown from a medical college with 5 partner universities in 1992, to an internationally recognised higher education institution with more than 30 world-class university partners in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US, Ireland, China and UK. Through this collaboration, IMU has provided the opportunity for more than 3,500 students to complete their degrees at these prestigious universities.

The main campus of IMU is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since 1999, IMU has established clinical schools in Seremban and Kuala Pilah (Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia) as well as Batu Pahat and Kluang (Johor, Malaysia). Currently, the University has over 3,400 students across its various programmes, with about 2,980 students based at Bukit Jalil, while another 420 at the Clinical schools. IMU has also plays host to over 200 international students representing 30 countries worldwide.

To date, IMU offers:

  • a pre-university programme (Foundation in Science)
  • a range of undergraduate programmes in medical and health sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Nursing, Nursing Science, Dietetics with Nutrition, Nutrition, Psychology, Biomedical Science, Medical Biotechnology, Chiropractic, Chinese Medicine)
  • as well as postgraduate degrees (MSc and PhD in Medical and Health Sciences (By Research), MSc in Public Health, MSc in Formulation Science, MSc in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and MSc in Molecular Medicine).

IMU’s Learning Model is grounded on its core values, which fosters students’ development into knowledgeable and competent healthcare professionals who are critical thinkers, reflective and yet proactive. The aim is to create healthcare graduates that are committed to lifelong learning and imbued with a sense of good citizenship, leadership and ethical behaviour.

IMU’s curriculum for its undergraduate programmes has been benchmarked to international standards and is accepted by international partner universities for credit transfer into relevant programmes. Today IMU is an integrated medical and healthcare institution, offering education, healthcare and research in partnership with some of the world’s most respected individuals and universities in the field of medicine and healthcare. 


An Established Private Medical & Health Sciences University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with 28 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.  IMU has a SETARA-2017 rating of 6 stars (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

A specialist university with a 100% focus on medicine & health sciences

IMU is a university wholly specializing in medicine, health sciences, and complementary medicine programmes which means that all resources are devoted to excellence in this area of education. Comprising of five schools in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the IMU has something to offer everyone interested in pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate and continuous learning programmes in the field of healthcare.

Integrating education with research and healthcare practice

IMU is also pioneering the close integration of Research and Healthcare practice together with Education. Students get early exposure to research projects by interacting with the established IMU Institute for Research, Development & Innovation (IRDI) throughout their degree.

Over the years IMU has also established partnerships with leading hospitals in the country to allow its staff and students to get continuous and extensive real-life clinical experience. It also operates its own private clinics, IMU Healthcare, in areas such as Dentistry, Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine to ensure close integration of real practice with education.

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Partner to the world’s prestigious universities

IMU pioneered the partner university model. It has established a strong global network with 32 partner institutions of higher learning. These collaborations cover most of the undergraduate programmes offered in IMU.

This reflects its historic commitment to opening doors to education and training opportunities outside Malaysia via credit transfer and twinning programmes, opportunities that would not otherwise be available to Malaysians. IMU’s diverse partner universities include universities from Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Renowned and highly experienced faculty

IMU’s lecturers are highly qualified in their fields of expertise with extensive experience in not only academia (teaching, research, and publications) but also in clinical/professional practice. 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 specialized subjects on a rotational basis at IMU

IMU learning philosophy produces competent & caring healthcare professionals.

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. The IMU Cares programme provides ample opportunities for IMU students and staff to engage and serve the community.

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 this combines to create graduates who are committed to lifelong learning and imbued with a sense of good citizenship, leadership, and ethical behavior.

Graduate ‘employment ready’ with a professional network of peers

At IMU you will have relevant clinical exposure and/or industrial placements which better prepares you to become a healthcare professional, giving you an advantage in the employment market. In addition, you will study alongside a diverse population of students and practitioners from all healthcare fields. This inter-professional learning allows you to appreciate how the different fields in healthcare practice relate and complement each other, which better prepares you for employment.

You 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 your career development.

A Medical University with Self-Accreditation Status

In 2017, IMU is the first and only private Malaysian medical university to receive self-accreditation status from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The self-accreditation status entitles a higher education provider (HEP) to accredit its programmes except for programs that require accreditation and recognition of the relevant professional body. MQA awards the status to public universities and private campus branches based on the respective institution’s solid and reliable internal quality assurance system.

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