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Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)   APPLY

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Level UNDER-GRADUATE
  Duration 4 Years
  Intake July and September
  Tution Fees N/A

ABOUT THE PHARMACY DEGREE

Pharmacy offers diverse and rewarding career options from patient care, clinical research, and leadership roles in all aspects of the healthcare system. Pharmacists can work in hospital and community settings, enjoying versatility in their choice of work preferences and schedule. With the ever-increasing volume of medicines in the market, pharmacists have a crucial role in helping doctors and patients decide on the medicines that will have the most beneficial results. Indeed, with pharmacists as part of the healthcare team involved in patient care, outcomes improve and costs decline. Pharmacy graduates can also work on product development. In Malaysia and abroad, they are in great demand in the pharmaceutical industry for clinical research, formulation research and development, production, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and marketing. The IMU Pharmacy programme offers the option to complete the entire 4-year programme locally at IMU or credit transfer to the University of Otago, New Zealand or University of Tasmania, Australia.

 

WHY STUDY PHARMACY AT IMU

An Established Private Healthcare University

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 28 years of dedicated focus on healthcare education. IMU achieved the SETARA-2017 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

Build Your Future Healthcare Professional Network

As IMU offers the widest range of healthcare programmes, our students are fully immersed in a vibrant community of students and practitioners from all healthcare fields. This allows for the development of strong friendship amongst peers that will be the foundation of an extensive healthcare professional network upon graduation.

Reputation for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Education

Reputation for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Education

Established in 1992, IMU is the pioneer of private pharmacy education in Malaysia and the largest local private pharmacy school with more than 3,000 pharmacy alumni. The IMU BPharm (Hons) programme has always upheld the highest standards in education, proven by the 5-year full accreditation by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) with Pharmacy Board Malaysia and its partnerships with Australia and New Zealand universities for credit transfer options. The School is also recognised by Pharmacy Board Malaysia as the liberalised training premise for Provisionally Registered Pharmacist (PRP) under the Research and Development Academia track.

Strong Focus on Industry Engagement

Strong Focus on Industry Engagement

The school and programme have a strong focus on partnerships with key healthcare organisations; hospitals, community pharmacies, private medical centres and pharmaceutical companies in education and research. The partnerships are not limited to only students’ attachments at hospital, community and industry, but also networking opportunities with leaders and experts in the field and collaborative research with industry for product development and product improvement. Many industrial partners and experts from various industrials have been engaged by the School in curriculum delivery and assessment of the programme to help produce work-ready graduates. The School also works in collaboration with Parkway Pantai, one of Asia’s largest integrated private healthcare groups for scholarships, training and industrial pupillage of IMU undergraduates.

Competency in Research

Competency in Research

IMU BPharm (Hons) provides a competitive advantage for its students with interests in research. One semester is dedicated to building students’ knowledge and skills in research processes, from the identification of a problem and definition of the research objectives to the presentation of research results. Students are also encouraged to be involved in the publication of their research work. Several students have been able to execute their research in collaboration with international universities from France, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and Thailand. In 2018, 63.63% of the student’s research publications and 75% of students’ review papers were published in highly reputed scientific journals.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

EXAMINATIONS

REQUIREMENTS

A-Levels

BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B in Chemistry) Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

STPM

cGPA 3.00 with BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology and Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics (minimum B in Chemistry) Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Australian Matriculation

70% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 80 including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum 70% or equivalent to B in Chemistry) Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

NCEA Level 3

70% aggregate including Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics or Physics (minimum 70% or equivalent to B in Chemistry) Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level).

Canadian Grade 12/13

Canadian Pre-University (CPU) / Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP) 75% aggregate in 6 subjects including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum 70% or equivalent to B in Chemistry) or Ontario Secondary School Diploma 75% aggregate in 6 subjects including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum 73% or equivalent to B in Chemistry) Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)

B4 or 70% in: ~Biology; and ~Chemistry; and ~Physics; and ~Mathematics; and ~Additional Mathematics or another subject Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Australian University Foundation Programmes

70% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 80 including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum 70% or equivalent to B in Chemistry) Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Indian Pre-University

Overall 80% aggregate and score not less than 75% in Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics (minimum 75% or equivalent to B in Chemistry) Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

Ministry of Education Matriculation *

cGPA 3.00 & minimum B in Chemistry and attained 5Bs in ~Biology ; and ~Chemistry ; and ~Physics ; and ~Mathematics / Additional Mathematics ; and ~Another subject at SPM level or equivalent Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

30 points (excluding bonus points) with minimum 6 points in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics at Higher Level (HL) and another subject at Standard Level (SL) Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP)

Not applicable

Foundation in Science

cGPA 3.50 & minimum B in Chemistry and attained 5Bs in ~Biology ; and ~Chemistry ; and ~Physics ; and ~Mathematics / Additional Mathematics; and ~Another subject at SPM level or equivalentMalaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)*Foundation in Science from other institutions will be subjected to the Dean’s approval on a case by case basis.*

Degree

BSc in related field: cGPA 2.75

Diploma

Diploma in Science (Chemistry or Biology or Physics) – cGPA 3.75 including B in Chemistry; or Diploma in Pharmacy – cGPA 3.50 and attained 5Bs in ~Biology ; and ~Chemistry ; and ~Physics ; and ~Mathematics / Additional Mathematics; and ~Another subject at SPM level or equivalent Malaysians must attain minimum C in BM and English at SPM or equivalent level (except Degree level)

FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE

  • 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)

FOR ADMISSIONS INTO THE IMU FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE PROGRAMME, STUDENTS WILL NEED TO HAVE:

  • 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.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

MUET

Band score of 3*

IELTS

Overall Band Score Of 6.0 (Not Less Than 5.5 For Individual Bands)*Students Transferring To University Of Otago Are Required To Have An Overall Band Of 6.0 (Not Less Than 6.0 For Individual Bands) Students Transferring To University Of Tasmania Are Required To Have An Overall Band Score Of 6.5 (Not Less Than 6.0 For Individual Bands)

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

BPharm

What is the structure of the programme?

The BPharm (Hons) programme uses an innovative curriculum developed entirely by the IMU School, completed in four years (8 semesters), and is undertaken in Malaysia. Credit transfer options are also available for this. The curriculum is largely based on Body Systems, and integrates the study of these systems in health and disease with the study of drug treatment. An entire semester in the fourth year is devoted to research and another semester to supervised practise.

What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure 

What are key features of the programme?

  • Designed around a progressive increase in student-centered and self-directed learning, and a corresponding decrease in didactic and teacher-centred activity

  • Largely based on body systems: Integrates the study of these systems in health and disease with the study of drug treatment

  • Progressive development of skills and competencies using simulations and supervised practice

  • Systematic exposure to community, hospital, and industrial pharmacy, culminating in extended clinical pharmacy placements

  • Devotion of an entire 4th Year Semester to research aimed at inculcating rigor and the scientific ethos

What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction is English. Students whose pre-university education is not in English are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency by attending English classes before entering IMU.

What happens after I graduate?

How do I become a pharmacist? What PRP training settings are available?

  • Get a degree in pharmacy from a university recognized by LFM.

  • Undertake 52 weeks Provisionally Registered Pharmacist (PRP) training followed by 52 weeks mandatory service as a Fully Registered Pharmacist (FRP).

    • PRP training & mandatory service can be undertaken in both government & private sectors.

  • PRP training sites in sectors other than KKM are summarised belowPRP training sites in sectors other than KKM

Is it difficult to secure PRP training? What is the waiting period for graduands to start PRP training? What personal qualities are helpful?

  • All sectors of pharmacy provide PRP training.

    • The numbers of posts depends on many of the factors described under ‘Does Malaysia have enough pharmacists? What is the outlook for pharmacists in Malaysia?’ (see above)

    • The waiting period depends on the sector, the number of posts, and when (during the year) these posts become vacant.

      • The exact number of Ministry of Health positions, and when these become available is not explicitly stated.

  • The School helps to notify graduands on availability of PRP postings from KKM and industry partners. Briefings by the representatives from KKM and partners on the application and opening of training are arranged from time to time to prepare the graduating cohorts.

  • Individuals need to continually enhance their marketability and competitiveness for the job market. They should –

    • become familiar with PRP settings, choices; regulations and application process

    • construct/update their curriculum vitae

    • learn to write application letters, do well at interviews

    • commit to ongoing learning and profession development

    • continually develop their competence, including communications skills, leadership

    • ensure that they courteous, polite and thoughtful of others

When do I apply?

You can apply using forecast or actual results.

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