International Medical University (IMU)

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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biomedical Science APPLY

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Duration 3 - 4 Years
Intake Deadline
July and Septembe
  Tution Fees N/A


As long as new strains of diseases emerge, causing a detrimental effect on the health of our communities, biomedical science will play an important role in healthcare delivery.

Correct diagnosis of the disease is imperative. Patients’ lives rely greatly on the results of clinical laboratory investigations conducted by capable biomedical scientists.

Similarly, biomedical scientists are essential in the field of biomedical research, a sector at the forefront of the Malaysian government’s push into developed nation status. It is also a field of endeavour that first-world nations put a premium on.

As such, biomedical science is a profession that will continue to expand especially in Malaysia where there has been rapid growth in the healthcare system.

At IMU, the biomedical science degree programme is mapped to the international standards set by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), UK.

The competencies required for a successful career are mapped out and students are able to track their progress as they advance.



Biomedical Science programme obtained a prestigious accreditation from the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), UK

This biomedical science degree from IMU is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), UK. All graduates with an IBMS-accredited degree are eligible to apply for registration as a biomedical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK upon completion the IBMS Certificate of Competence training portfolio. Accreditation also provides eligibility for the Institution to become a member of HUCBMS (Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science).




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 in 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.

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

Curriculum Benchmarked to International Standards

IMU’s Biomedical Science curriculum has been developed to meet high international standards and is accepted by University of Newcastle, Australia, University of Otago, New Zealand and University of Strathclyde, Scotland, England for credit transfer into their medical laboratory science and biomedical science programmes.

Better Exposure to Practical Training

Better Exposure to Practical Training

Students will have many hours of hands-on practical sessions where every student has the opportunity to hone his / her skills in the microbiology lab, pathology lab, etc. This will be an advantage to the students in their future careers.

Better Preparation to be a Biomedical Scientist

Better Preparation to be a Biomedical Scientist

With exposure to industrial attachment and research, students will be better prepared to be a competent biomedical scientist, upon graduation.

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science in UK

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science in the UK

The IMU Biomedical Science programme has been accredited by the prestigious Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), UK. Getting an IBMS-accredited Biomedical Science honours degree from the IMU will give you all the necessary scientific knowledge, skills and training to begin a career in biomedical science and be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK.





CDD (Including 2 subjects from:
Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)


Overall cGPA 2.50
(cGPA 2.33 In 2 subjects from:
Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

Australian Matriculation

65% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (Including 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

NCEA Level 3

60% aggregate
(with an average of 60% in 2 subjects from Biology; and/ or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

Canadian Grade 12/13

70% aggregate in 6 subjects
(with an average of 60% in 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)

B in 5 subjects (Including 2 subjects from:
Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

Australian University Foundation Programmes

70% aggregate or TER / UAI / ENTER / ATAR 75 (with an average of 70% in 2 subjects from Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

Indian Pre-University

70% aggregate
(minimum 60% in 2 subjects from Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

Ministry of Education Matriculation *

Overall CGPA 2.50
(cGPA 2.33 In 2 subjects from: Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

26 points (Including 2 subjects from:
Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP)

Overall CGPA 2.50
(cGPA 2.50 in 2 subjects from Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics)

Foundation in Science #

Overall CGPA 2.50 (cGPA 2.50 or 55% in 2 subjects from:
Biology; and/or Chemistry; and/or Physics / Mathematics) (Foundation in Science / Foundation in Biosciences / Foundation in Engineering)




BSc in a related field :
CGPA 2.00


Diploma in Science, Diploma in Microbiology, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology cGPA 2.75 (including 2 science subjects)

# 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 to 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.



Band score of 3*


An overall band score of 5.5*


Those who opt for an overseas option must achieve an overall band score of 7.0.

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


What are the aims of the programme?

Biomedical science is the study of basic sciences that relate to medicine including biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, parasitology, pharmacology, haematology, immunology, histopathology and cytopathology.

The IMU Biomedical Science programme has been designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the basic sciences that are related to medicine and to develop skills in different biomedical areas.

The aim of this programme is to provide training for undergraduate biomedical science students that would prepare them to work effectively in healthcare services which includes diagnostics, therapeutics, determining the nature of diseases, quality control, prevention, control and treatment of diseases.

This programme also aims to provide the students with technical and analytical skills to carry out biomedical research. Furthermore, the programme also prepares them to pursue postgraduate studies in a range of disciplines.

What are the key features of the programme?

The programme has incorporated key features to prepare the modern biomedical scientist. These features offer an appreciable advantage by enabling students:

  • To have a sound knowledge of the functioning of the human body in physiological and pathological states via the body-organ systems courses.

  • To develop knowledge, skills and attitudes through a structured in-house learning experience. The learning experience will be delivered through various teaching-learning approaches. In-house practical sessions will be conducted using simulated and clinical specimens.

  • To gain practical experience while working under close supervision alongside experts in the respective biomedical science disciplines, through attachments at appropriate hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, university and/or research laboratories.

  • To develop further laboratory experience and expertise while working as an apprentice, under minimal supervision. This period of attachment as an apprentice provides an opportunity to demonstrate the trainee’s expertise in a prospective employment environment and a long-term career prospect.

  • To acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to the biomedical science disciplines which would prepare the graduate for further training in postgraduate biomedical science programmes, and where feasible, medicine and allied health sciences.

  • To develop professionalism. Opportunities will be given to the students to put theory into practice in their development as an effective member of the healthcare team.

  • To develop their curiosity and enthusiasm for the biomedical sciences through student-centred learning activities including Portfolios of Learning, Problem-Based Learning and Research Projects.

What are the teaching/learning approaches used?

In addition to didactic large group teaching sessions (Plenaries), the programme is also delivered through small group teaching sessions (Problem-based learning, Laboratory practicals, Workshops, Computer-aided learning, Tutorials, Seminars, Presentations and Attachments / Placements). Such small group teaching sessions will provide opportunities for the development of a range of skills necessary for the biomedical scientist. The projects in Semester 6 will provide opportunity for the student to conduct studies in biomedical field and it is hoped that students will acquire critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for postgraduate training later.

What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure 

Who will award the degree?

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biomedical Science degree is awarded by IMU. The partner universities will award their respective degrees to students who transfer to their school.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through their class tests, practical reports, workshops, portfolios, projects, logbooks, written reports, presentations, dissertations and end-of-semester examinations.

Are there any industrial placements?

There will be 8 weeks of industrial placement in the attachment semester.

What is the medium of instruction?

The medium of instruction is English. Students who come from a system of education in which the medium of instruction is not English are strongly recommended to improve their proficiency in English by making their own arrangements to attend additional English Language classes before entering IMU.

What sort of jobs/careers can be undertaken with this degree?

Biomedical scientists may be employed by public and private hospital laboratories, public health laboratories and private pathology laboratories. Biomedical scientists analyse specimens of blood and body fluid, enabling diagnosis of illness and evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment. Their nature of work includes performing chemical analysis of body fluids and haematological analysis of blood samples, isolating micro-organisms and matching the blood of donors to recipient to ensure compatibility.

Biomedical scientists may be involved in medical, veterinary and agricultural research in universities and research/health institutions. Industries employing biomedical scientists for research and development include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, cosmetics and toiletries. Examples of biomedical science research include research on causes and cures of diseases for example, cancer, AIDS and hepatitis, animal cloning, gene therapy as well as discovery, development and production of biopharmaceuticals, diagnostic products and chemicals.

Biomedical science graduates can undertake postgraduate degrees in any of the related disciplines. They could also pursue a career in education. The biomedical science degree can be used as graduate entry into medicine. Biomedical science graduates can also enter the police force in the area of forensics or enter scientific journalism.

When do I apply for a placement in IMU?

You can apply as soon as you have your forecast or actual results.



As an assurance of a total commitment towards quality education in biomedical science, the IMU maintains its relationship with many partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.


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