Earning a master’s degree
CONTINUING your education will help advance your career and while it certainly will not be easy, there are many possibilities to earn a master’s degree without compromising your career.
The International Medical University (IMU) offers weekend postgraduate programmes, providing an opportunity for working adults to enhance knowledge and work-related skills for advancing their careers in the industry or academia.
One of these programmes is the Master of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MAPC).
Jeyashanthini Nalaiya, an assistant manager at a local pharmaceutical company, earned the MAPC with distinction from IMU.
She says, “The programme gave me the flexibility to balance my work with my studies.”
Wong Hiew Yi, a regulatory affairs executive, alumna of the University of Strathclyde and a graduate student at IMU, is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies in analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry.
“The weekend classes are supplemented with an excellent e-learning platform that enables me to manage my time for both work and learning,” says Wong.
Tan Khaishin, who recently graduated with distinction in MAPC at IMU, says, “As a research assistant, I can apply the knowledge and skills obtained through the programme’s coursework while carrying out the externally funded research project under close supervision of the principal investigator.”
Yamen Al Khateeb, an international student from Syria who recently obtained his master’s degree, says, “IMU has an excellent reputation in medical and health sciences education along with good research facilities with access to sophisticated equipment, such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Hence, I chose to pursue my master’s at IMU.”
According to Muna Ali Othman Salem, a pharmacist from Libya, “Postgraduate studies at IMU expanded my knowledge and skills in separation sciences, drug design and synthesis.
“I also had the opportunity to carry out part of my research project in a well-established research university on collaboration. It helped me to develop a range of essential skills to carry out bioassays for pharmacological evaluation of small molecules.”
The MAPC programme was developed primarily for working adults who would like to upgrade their qualifications while working full time.
Through this course, students will be able to acquire specialised knowledge and skills in modern analytical techniques, which could be used to detect, identify and quantitatively determine drugs and related substances.
This mixed-mode master’s programme, delivered only on weekends, also attracts fresh graduates. The minimum duration of this programme is 18 months with an option for students to enrol in either the entire course or selected modules.
International Medical University (IMU) is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with more than 25 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.
Established in 1992, IMU pioneered the world’s first Partner Medical Schools programme and has since gained international recognition with more than 30 world-class university partners.
IMU’s main campus is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, with branch clinical schools in Seremban, Kuala Pilah, Batu Pahat andKluang.
Committed to its brand promise Delivering the Future of Better Healthcare, in 2010, IMU became a fully integrated healthcare institution offering education, healthcare services in both medical and complementary alternative medicine, and research to serve and improve the quality of lives.
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.
(From left) Yamen, Prof Alexander Gray (University of Strathclyde), Tan and Muna at the Best Practices for Phytochemical Research in Drug Discovery post-conference workshop by Prof Gray during the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Conference at IMU.