Study while working

AS a leading private Medical & Health Sciences university in this region, the International Medical University (IMU) offers weekend postgraduate programmes, providing an opportunity for working adults to enhance knowledge and work-ready skills. One of these programmes is Master of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MAPC).

An assistant manager at a local pharmaceutical company, and having earned her Master's Degree in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry with distinction from IMU, Jeyashanthini Nalaiya said, "The programme gave me an opportunity to carry out my research project at my work place under the co-supervision of an experienced researcher in my company. The programme gave me the flexibility to balance out my work with my studies."

Accordingly, Wong Hiew Yi claims, "One of the main hurdles for students considering to pursue postgraduate education while retaining their full-time job is to find schools that accommodate their work schedule." Wong, 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.

"As the classes are delivered on weekends, I was given the opportunity to utilise my time during the weekdays to be a part of an on-going research project for the discovery of neuroprotective agents," said Tan Khaishin, an IMU graduate that recently passed with distinction. "Earning a distinction means a lot to me. It makes my graduation unique and memorable."

Yamen Al Khateeb, an international student from Syria, explained, "My employer sponsored my Masters to advance my skills in the research area of bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of investigational new drugs.

"IMU has excellent reputation in Medical and Health Sciences education along with good research facilities with access to sophisticated equipment, such as HPLC, LCMS and NMR, and a faculty with years of experience in industry." Yamen recently obtained his Master's degree and would like to earn his PhD in the near future.

According to Muna Ali Othman Salem, a pharmacist from Libya, "I also had the opportunity to carry out part of my research project in a well-established research university on collaboration."

The MAPC programme was developed primarily for working adults who would like to upgrade their qualifications while working full-time. 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 to enrol into either the entire course or selected modules.

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