Earn­ing a mas­ter’s de­gree

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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.

About IMU

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.

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